Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 340

What do I know about the States?

I really don’t know much about the other states of the USA apart from Maryland. I do, however, have some stereotypes in my head about them, mainly brought about from books and movies and TV shows, and I like to hear what Marylanders say about the other states – areas of Pennsylvania get a bad wrap here from some, as do some of the more Southern states.

But a recent social media summing up of the states, which was generally insulting, tickled my bones. You can see them all here, but these are a few of my favourites. Yes, they are rude, and yes, they uphold many of the stereotypes, but it’s all a bit of fun, right?! After all, this is the UNITED States of America πŸ˜‰

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Not sure I want to visit Vermont now....

Not sure I want to visit Vermont now….

Heading there in March!

Heading there in March!

Similar to Norfolk in the UK, then ;)

Similar to Norfolk in the UK, then πŸ˜‰

I wish someone would do one for the UK! I’d love to see the counties’ stereotypes summed up in this this way.

Man shot in movie theatre

I read many stories about America every day – good ones, fun ones, sad ones, weird ones, hard-to-read ones. This one from Florida just kind of struck me as being – well, sad and, when I’ve told folks (British and American) about it, their reply has been this: ‘Only in America’…….

A retired Tampa police captain is accused of gunning down a man who was texting during the Mark Wahlberg movie, Navy Seal. He will be arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in a Florida court.

Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, is charged with shooting Chad Oulson, 43. Oulson’s wife, Nichole, was treated for a gunshot wound to her hand.

The police chief said: β€œI can tell you, anybody, over a cellphone, to take their life, it’s ridiculous.”

This is the early reports of the shooting.

The police chief pretty much says what we’re all thinking….

β€œThis situation over a cellphone use β€” to escalate that high, I can tell you it’s very scary. Or the fact it’s a movie theater or, you know, a place such as a school, where people have a belief that they should be in a movie theater to relax or a school to learn and have it arise to this kind of level.”

Totally. Wowsers.

The Geico ads

I keep hearing these commercials on the radio for the insurance company Geico, and the voice over is by a British guy with a London accent. I wonder who that is, thought I. And so, naturally, I Googled it.

It’s some geezer called Jake Wood – and then I look closely! Even I recognise him from Eastenders! He plays/played (?) Max Branning, apparently.

Max off Eastenders innit!

Max off Eastenders innit!

The commercials are also on TV. This is a funny ‘outtakes’ Geico commercial with the smooth Cockney tones of Jake πŸ™‚

UK Housewife USA celebrity bartender

This year I’m a ‘celebrity bartender’ for Howard County Library System’s annual Evening in the Stacks fundraiser in February. It’s a Vintage Vegas themed black tie event for the great and good and wonderful of Howard County to attend – and I’ll be pouring drinkiepoos to raise money for educational initiatives in the county.

Celebrity bartender!

Celebrity bartender!

You can donate ‘tips’ here to help me win (note: tip for me – it is a competition you know!).

Thanks y’all!

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6 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 340

  1. pak152p says:

    well if you’re headed to Texas why not check out the following links instead of posting such an idiotic postcard
    http://www.texashighways.com/
    http://www.tpwmagazine.com/
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
    http://texas.wildflowersightings.org/

  2. Melissa S. says:

    Not an EE fan eh? We laugh every time we hear Jake on TV here.

    I lived in Texas for two years and hated it. Would live in my home state of WV any day before Texas. In fact, my aunt who was WV born and raised has been in Texas for the last 12 years and can’t get her @ss back to WV fast enough! She’s house hunting as we speak. πŸ™‚

  3. Pat and Pam says:

    Will you wear your Daisy Dukes to bartend? I’ll bet you’d sell LOTS of drinks if you did! πŸ˜‰

  4. Bear Flag says:

    The ex-cop shooting someone in a movie theater–that is not an “only in America” thing. Woo Bum-kon was a policeman in South Korea who went crazy, shot 56 and wounded 35, in 1982.

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