Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 29

Some strange things

1. American dishwashers are not designed for wine glasses. There is no way you can stand them up on the customary top shelf or even lie them down at an appropriate angle. I feel they are designed this way on purpose to prevent people from drinking wine. Indeed, even a throw-back to prohibition, if dishwashers had been invented then.

2. I have only got into the wrong side of the car to drive three times. Once was when I dropped Harry at his first day of school, and then I had to pretend I was purposefully there to reach in to the glove compartment for some tissues….

3. I am fascinated by American eateries. I keep passing places on various routes and noting them down.

How could you not be fascinated by these places? They just randomly pop up on the roadside.

4. I keep thinking in movies/novels. Everywhere I go my imagination sets a scene in literary or cinematic style.  It is a very visual country.

5. I have started adopting a semi-Joss Stone thing (remember the Sony awards accent debacle?) with the language.

I have started saying “Hey” instead of ‘”Hi” or “Hiya”. A subtle amend to make me / the recipient of my introduction more comfortable.

The other day I missed out the “and” in a sentence. I said “come visit”. Ugh.

I said to Harry we would do something “on the weekend”.

It happens to us all out here……


We went to Chick-Fil-A. On a Saturday early evening (get out clause/excuse: it has a play area). I am now ashamed about this.

Here’s why:

Article from CNN website…

Eat Mor Chikin: Chick-fil-A’s stance on same-sex marriage faces test

The row over same-sex marriage could see thousands of Christians flocking to Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, while same-sex couples will turn up at the fast-food chain Friday for public displays of affection.

Both events are intended as mass shows of support by people on both sides of the marriage issue and mark the latest round in a longstanding beef that gay and lesbian rights groups have with Chick-fil-A’s leadership, which has openly espoused biblical values, not only in its operating principles but in its conservative definition of family as well.

The controversy came to a boil after an interview with the fast food restaurant chain’s president and COO Dan Cathy appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16 and he weighed in with his views on family.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Proponents of same-sex marriage spread Cathy’s comments, eventually creating a firestorm of criticism on social media, including assertions that his comments and position were bigoted and hateful.

A handful of politicians joined in denouncing or backing Cathy’s remarks. Opinion: Religious liberty under threat

Former GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum encouraged people to show their support for Chick-fil-A by buying food there Wednesday. Huckabee dubbed the day “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” and touted in his TV and radio shows and online.

Over 550,000 visitors to Huckabee’s event page on Facebook have responded that they will participate. The action enjoys the support of the Rev. Billy Graham.

Proponents of same-sex marriage have organized a simple counterprotest for Wednesday, asking people to donate the approximate cost of a Chick-fil-A meal, about $6.50, to gay and lesbian rights groups, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Friday’s protest promises to be the more visible, as GLAAD is backing a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day” to be held at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide and encourages participants to take and post photos to the Internet.

The organization says on Facebook that this particular protest is not a response to Huckabee’s call to demonstration and that it was announced July 19 — three days after the interview with Chick-fil-A’s president .

GLAAD encourages supporters not to go in groups and to keep the kisses on the conservative side.

Oh my word! As we sat eating our chicken delights (my other half proclaiming that this was the best chicken he had tasted in ages) it all became clear to me what I had done. I am, as has been well evidenced, a fag hag, and proud of it. I love a civil partnership event, I do!

And so I declared that my husband would not be able to get his chops round another Spicy Chicken Sandwich again until Chick-Fil-A sort themselves out.

And here’s what put that final nail in the dead chicken’s coffin for me….this is what’s posted up on the wall.

Enough said.

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2 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 29

  1. Iain says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t know about Chik-fil-A before you went!

  2. Beth Novick says:

    I’m going to LOVE reading your impressions of our area.

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