Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 325

Walmart virgin

Actually, read that as I am now no longer a Walmart virgin.

I made a strange and curious decision to go to Walmart today. I had not been there before and some people have said DON’T DO IT and some have said it’s a joy. I thought I would make up my own mind.

Conclusion: it is not a joy.

Despite the fact that there are shelves and shelves of pre-packed crap food and one aisle of fresh stuff, and then a whole lot of other bits and bobs to nose about at and not buy, there was one thing that captured my attention: the carrier bag carousel. What a clever invention! Yes, I actually took a picture of it…..

The carousel. I was mesmerised......

The carousel. I was mesmerised……

And I was struck by the plethora of candy canes – walls and aisles and shelves of them……

Flippin' millions of the buggers!

Flippin’ millions of the buggers!

Walmart, you might be an institution of the USA, but I shan’t be wondering through your doors again. Cheers, though, and Merry Christmas to you and your employees!

Jack FM disses the Brits

I’ve started listening to a bit of 102.7 Jack FM to get my rock and indie fixation. (They even played Jesus Jones ‘Right Here, Right Now’ yesterday! I loved Jesus Jones and once met the lead singer, Mike Edwards, in The Swan pub in Bradford on Avon during New Year’s Eve – fancy that! Actually, that is where he is from, so he was probably just popping in for a friendly pint.)

Hoorah for the Jesus Jones boys!

Hoorah for the Jesus Jones boys!

Anyway, I heard this commercial/advert on the radio this very day for the station: ‘What would make Jack FM more annoying? Being British.’

WTF?! Cheeky buggers! What do they mean by that?! I’ve tweeted them to find out. Honestly, how rude! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a bit of Jesus Jones to cheer up us much-maligned Brits….

Happy Christmas!

An American friend said to me today ‘Happy Christmas’ and then told me she was being culturally diverse by recognising my British saying. ‘Tis true! Americans don’t say that…Merry Christmas? Happy Holidays? What’s the usual greeting in the USA? I don’t know now. Oh, confused I am.

Whatever you say, have a good one!

Whatever you say, have a good one!

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11 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 325

  1. b.santos says:

    I also noticed the candy cane display. I had a lot of trouble understanding the draw for jelly bean flavored candy canes. Why not just have jelly beans? Maybe I am culturally unaware. I would be interested in your take on compare/contrast Walmart and Tesco. I know they have their differences, but in business articles on this side of the pond, Tesco sometimes is referred to as the Walmart of the UK.

  2. Andy says:

    This website might be worth a look: People of Walmart
    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/photos/
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lesley says:

    I was like you when I first arrived and wouldn’t shop there at all. However, 13 years later I find its not as bad as I thought, for non food items and the people watching is very amusing!

  4. EmmaK says:

    Hereโ€™s a pretty funny list of things that Brits say that are unbelievably annoying: http://survivorsucks.yuku.com/reply/726582/Things-Brits-say-that-are-unbelievably-annoying#.UrJYGOJdDfM such as:

    mind the gapโ€“umm, Iโ€™m not blind you minging pillock

    [sorry posted this on wrong post]

  5. Pat and Pam says:

    So, it’s Merry Christmas in the USA and Happy Christmas in the UK? Wasn’t always. There are Victorian Christmas cards that say Merry Christmas. So — when did it become HAPPY Christmas, I ask???

  6. The irritating thing about those rotating bag holders is that the cashier forgets to spin it completely around and you end up missing some of your bags. You have to spin it yourself to make sure, before you leave. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve arrived home missing some bags. They make the cashiers lazy. Many of them won’t even lift off the bags and hand them to you, they just spin it around so you can do it yourself.

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