Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 126

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 was always dapper

Dennis was always dapper

Dennis, me and Paul at our podcast in February this year

Dennis, me and Paul at our podcast in February this year

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.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ellicott-city/ph-exhow-police-homicide-ellicott-city-story,0,1605996.story

http://columbia.patch.com/articles/ellicott-city-blogger-s-daughter-boyfriend-face-murder-charges?ncid=newsltuspatc00000003

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….. πŸ™‚

Ottoman, hassock or poof - you choose

Ottoman, hassock or poof – you choose

Mr DC Pageant

I think it would be very useful blog material for me to get invited to this…..

http://www.mrdistrictofcolumbiapageant.com/

Just saying πŸ˜‰

My fave for Mr DC (don't get why the bird is with him tho...?)

My fave for Mr DC (don’t get why the bird is with him tho…?)

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12 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 126

  1. Michael Oberman says:

    I, too, was a guest on Dennis and Paul’s podcast. They opened me up to talk about my life in rock and roll…from David Bowie to James Brown and Janis Joplin…and how I made the transition from a wild life to become a wildlife photographer. I was always at ease with Dennis, a kind and funny man. I am very sad.

  2. Sue says:

    What a tragedy – I enjoyed listening to your podcast very much and remember you saying what a pleasant, entertaining couple of guys they were. So sad.

  3. I’m truly gutted by this news. Howard County lost a great man.

  4. racheljjo says:

    How utterley awful 😦 So tragic.
    And it think it might be pouffe πŸ˜‰ X

  5. Carol says:

    Hassocks – aren’t they those little rectangular kneelers you, well, kneel upon at church?

    So very sorry to hear the news of Dennis Lane – a tragic loss.

  6. Sue says:

    According to the great oracle of the English language (i.e Oxford English Dictionary!) : pouffe/pu:f (also pouf) . noun. a cushioned footstool or low seat with no back. Need to go and put my feet up on one with a nice cup of tea to have a chinwag with a chum!! xx

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