Goodbye Dennis J. Lane
A blogger friend, pillar of the community and thoroughly decent chap left this world last night in tragic circumstances that have shocked our local area greatly.
Dennis was one of those blokes who exuded warmth and friendliness. He was one of those lovely guffawing friendly people who was very interesting and very interested. A great loss for Howard County, his friends and his family.
The blog community will mourn his great words – his writing can be viewed here: http://www.wordbones.com/
I was fortunate enough to be invited by Dennis to join him and his friend Paul’s podcast session one lunchtime at Columbia Mall. From the moment we met, Dennis engaged in sweet, funny banter and even managed to name all the Spice Girls, which I teased him about, of course.
You can listen to Dennis and Paul’s podcasts here: http://www.hocomojo.com/group/andthentheresthat/forum/topics/episode-84-uk-desperate-housewife
Dennis cared deeply about Howard County, Columbia and Ellicott City (his statement on his blog read: I live here. I work here. I love this place.) and the tributes to him on social media networks show how much this man was loved and respected.
Farewell, a true gentleman.
Funny things I learned today about American-English
So, we shall ‘blog on’, as Dennis would want us all to do….
Americans, I have found, do say things differently depending on which area they come from – much like the North and South of the UK. My friend, Julie, discussed this with me:
1. Ten of or ten to – so, for the time 2.50pm some people will say ‘It’s ten of three’, but in Chicago, for example, they say ‘It’s ten to three’, which is much more like the way us UK peeps would say it.
2. Bed clothes or bed sheets – in Baltimore, I am led to believe, the sheets and stuff you put on your bed are called ‘bed clothes’. I’ve never heard such nonsense…!
3. Ottoman or hassock or poof – that thing you put your feet on. Some people here call it an ottoman, then others from other areas call it a hassock (not a British thing). We Brits call it a poof, I think….. 🙂
Mr DC Pageant
I think it would be very useful blog material for me to get invited to this…..
Just saying 😉