Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 168

Things I learned about America today

1. Cars with a white flag, bag or towel hanging from a closed window…I’ve seen a few of these recently. Cars that are parked up on the side of a highway or freeway and there is a white piece of clothing at the top of the closed window on the driver’s side.

What is this is all about, I ask?

Apparently it’s just to show that the car is abandoned or broken down, and….help yourselves if you want it! Apparently a lot of these cars have the plates taken off and the car is then someone else’s issue. How very kind.

I couldn't find an image of a car with a white piece of clothing at the top of a closed window, but I liked this one of a broken down car anyway, so here it is :)

I couldn’t find an image of a car with a white piece of clothing at the top of a closed window, but I liked this one of a broken-down car anyway, so here it is 🙂

2. Code red means it’s going to get v v hot… and it’s been bloomin’ hot these past few days. Like 98-100 degrees hot and I love the sun, but I’m struggling….and hey ho, perfect timing for the air conditioning to pack up, so it’s a hot sweaty mess of grumpiness in the UK Desperate Housewife USA household.

It's getting hot in here!

It’s getting hot in here!

In Baltimore they have declared a ‘code red’ because of the scorching temperatures. The ‘code red’ is a reminder for everyone to take precautions in the crazy heat.

Health leaders are telling people they should avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages while outside in the heat. But we’re British! We always go outside in the mid-day sun with a G&T!

3. Americans loved our tennis! Hurrah for Andy Murray – we Brits whooped and cheered and genuinely pumped our fists with high emotion in the air as he made history today.



We shared this momentous occasion with some Americans, who sampled cucumber sandwiches, scones, Pimms and strawberries and cream, of course.



Despite not having an avid interest in tennis, our American friends understood our enthusiasm for the final and got stuck in with watching the match.

Dear Americans: thank you for indulging in our Wimbledon tennis shenanigans, and our Pimms and scones, and cheering on a Scottish person whom we call British because he won for Great Britain (which also has England and Wales and Northern Ireland in it). (Sometimes we have to explain that bit.) 😉

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3 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 168

  1. EmmaK says:

    precautions ha ha ….I don’t go out of the house if it is hot apart from in the car before 4pm… I don’t want to fry like the Wicked Witch of the West. hurrah for Murray!!

  2. Janey says:

    I find it hard to believe that explanation regarding a white cloth in a car window indicating it’s been abandoned and is then up for grabs to anyone wanting it. That just might be considered stealing. An abandoned car, even stripped of license plates, would still have a VIN (vehicle identification number) and be the responsibility of the registered owner.

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