TheKnitter and I went to a women-wanting-to-start-businesses meeting today. It was free, and supposedly offered in honor of "International Women's Day" (or something to that effect).
I will now provide you with a list of why you should never get together 40 French women (and two American ones) who want to start their own businesses:
1. You might be able to start the meeting with some degree of order, but whatever thread of organization it was you were working with will slowly but surely unravel, until the women are just interrupting and yelling and talking back and forth across the room to one another.
2. There will always be that one wacko who decides to a) interrupt constantly b) mutter things "to herself" loudly enough so that everyone can hear and c) make strange jokes that aren't very funny. TheKnitter blames drugs, I blame the bottle, but it doesn't matter, the result is the same: that lady needs to shut up and let me listen to the speakers in peace (she could also do without the fanny pack hanging off the SIDE of her hip and the very bad haircut).
3. Once the woman who is opening a "re-looking" business (ie Makeover/Photo shoot orgy) begins to describe how all women want to just feel like models for a day, I'm going to start shaking my head and laughing, because I, for one, don't. Of course, I didn't find the THIRTY MINUTE CONVERSATION about make-up that ensued quite as amusing.
We left before it ended.