Everyone needs to meet a Ken
When you talk to someone in the queue for an ice-cream, remember that that person might just be a good person to know!
This is Ken McNaughton, whom I met in the ice-cream queue in Ellicott City. He’s a superstar!
I think me and Ken need to hook up for some extra work! 🙂
First National Anthem
Today I had to stand for my first USA National Anthem.
I didn’t know it was coming. I was at a 5k race and before it started there was a silence for those affected by the Boston Marathon and then everyone stood, hand on heart, and the National Anthem played. All in all, it was quite a moving experience.
What really intrigued me was that during it there is a line that goes:
‘Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!’
and at the start of this line (I think it was this line – correct me if this is wrong…) many men sang the ‘Oh!’ very loud and long. Upon enquiry I was informed that this is always sung at Orioles’ games (baseball, dear UK chums) because they are known as the ‘Os’.
Every day I am learning something new!
What’s the time, Mr Wolf?
FYI, this childhood game that was nearly banned from the playgrounds in the same vein as British Bulldog, is played in much the same way in the USA I have found out after running myself ragged with a group of children today.
Except here in the USA they call it “What’s the time, Mr Fox?’.
Why fox, not wolf, I wonder!
A child’s perspective
A friend of mine is returning the UK after three years in the USA, with her four year old and two year old in tow (and her husband!).
When asked what the five year old was looking forward to most about going to the UK (she has an American accent and pretty much all she knows is the USA), she replied thus: “Radiators. So I can hang my clothes on them to dry and make them warm.”
And how odd – I had been thinking just the other day about how useful a radiator is. They just don’t exist here in America-land!