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 😉
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: “I 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….
“This situation over a cellphone use — 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.”
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.
The commercials are also on TV. This is a funny ‘outtakes’ Geico commercial with the smooth Cockney tones of Jake 🙂
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.
You can donate ‘tips’ here to help me win (note: tip for me – it is a competition you know!).