Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 314

Shooting baskets

Today I sat and watched two young African-American dudes play some craaaazy basketball.

Wow, they were bouncing two balls at the same time, and there’s only one other place I’ve seen that done, but that’s another story about a hen weekend in Amsterdam.

Basketball (not my image!)

Basketball (not my image!)

Anyhow, I was mesmerised by their ball skills – they were shooting some mean baskets.

(Listen, I’m not sure if I have the lingo right, and in all honesty I feel a little uncomfortable in my English middle class voice saying such phrases, cos when I do say it, it just sounds a little ridiculous….)

So, what I meant to tell you was that these dudes were playing some amazeballs basketball and then along came two white, middle-aged women and they grabbed a couple of basketballs and started shooting some baskets and dribbling and wotnot beside them and then they all kind of interacted for a while, playing some sort of a game and joking about and it was just brilliant to see.

I don’t think I’d ever see that in my hometown in the UK. Not even with hopscotch in the playground.

For the record, the dudes whipped the ladies’ asses (oh gawd, that sounds like another Amsterdam story…) – I’ll re-phrase that: the young dudes pretty much ruled the basketball court for those 10 minutes, but them ladies…. well, they gave them a run for their money, that’s for sure.

Two little, funny things in America today

1. A friend said today that my voice reminded her of a female Russell Brand. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

2. England and the USA got their World Cup 2014 draws for Brazil. I made a reference to it, calling England the UK instead of England. I think that’s just habit.

Decades party USA style

So tonight I attended a work party and the theme was Decades and very marvellous it all looked too – lots of thought and effort into the different decades and their personalities.

Fabulous!

Fabulous!

Yeah, we rocked it!

Yeah, we rocked it!

The food was even in decade order and taste and menu style. Check out American food from the decades (and yes, there was LOADS of it!) πŸ˜‰

No idea!

No idea!

So not British

So not British

Even the peas and carrots felt really American, even tho we Brits have those too!

Even the peas and carrots felt really American, even tho we Brits have those too!

What can I say. Meatloaf.

What can I say. Meatloaf.

Nope, no clue

Nope, no clue

Anyway, at the end of the night I snapped shots of the lists for each decade that people had been asked to write on, giving their thoughts about culture, artefacts and memories that each decade evoked for them.

I thought it would be interesting to see these, and I wonder if American readers can offer any more and if British readers spot any that would not have made the British list, or if there are some glaring omissions from a list that would be have been written by Brits. I wrote on a couple of them…..I wonder if you can tell which mine are!

The 50s

The 50s

The 60s

The 60s

The 70s

The 70s

The 80s

The 80s

The 90s

The 90s

The Noughties

The Noughties

Whaddya think folks?

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One Response to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 314

  1. Pat and Pam says:

    That last food picture, the tree made with toothpicks of pineapple etc — looks like something Fanny Craddock created. I think I saw a snippet of a show of her doing it. So, I think the Brits did that, too.

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