Just got back from an errand to FNAC. Went to the counter to pay for my item, and learned that they can't accept cards as the machine's down. After establishing that paying by check is ok, I take out my checkbook. I guess I hesitated too long, because I couldn't remember if the euro amount or the payee goes on the first line (I've only written a total of two checks previously), because the teller offered to fill it out for me. In English.
Status: Mission Failed
Not even the sight of some guy riding by on his bike wearing capri-lenth jeans on the walk home could lift my spirits.