Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 415

Mini Daisy Dukes

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I love wearing me some Daisy Dukes. Call it ridiculous, call it not-very-classy, call it a poor attempt at channeling a cowgirl, call it whatever you like. But I still love wearing ’em!

BUT. Even I would not wear these, spied in Target this week:

Itsy bitsy teeny weeny

Itsy bitsy teeny weeny

Yikes! That would be just very, very chilly in the nether regions and require a great deal of pruning. 😉

School differences

USA schools and schooling and teaching and the nature of kids. Ah, a topic I could chit-chat about for yonks! I will do a blog on the differences I’ve encountered between UK and USA schools, but I suspect I’ll do that nearer the time I am due to leave Uncle Sam’s shores, cos it might just be a little controversial…. 🙂

In the meantime, this is my more cheeky comparison for Lost in the Pond. Enjoy!

Rubber / eraser

Rubber / eraser

Laurence is Lost in the Pond

One of my very fave blog sites is the aforementioned Lost in the Pond, created by fellow Brit Laurence Brown.

This is his jolly and charming interview for this blog – hoorah!

Name: Laurence Brown
Bit about you: A British expatriate living in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am an editor at a leading publishing company and a contributor for BBC America. Having graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in English Language and Creative Writing, I now run a blog called Lost in the Pond, charting the endless cultural and linguistic differences between Britain and The United States.

Occupation: Editor and freelance writer
Location whilst in the USA: Indianapolis, IN
Location when you lived in the UK: (Various) London, Lancaster, Grimsby

1. Tell me a bit about you and your time in the USA, experiences, travel etc.
From a very early age, I developed a deep affinity for the United States; Spielberg movies, Quantum Leap and pro-wrestling taught me everything I thought I needed to know about the place – except how to live there. Having moved to the U.S. in 2008, I have gradually learned that last part for myself.

Laurence doing his podcast

Laurence doing his podcast

2. If you were a teenager in the USA, which high school group would you belong to and why?
As a longtime thespian, I would have likely gravitated toward the glee club. However, as a soccer enthusiast, this decision might have proven unpopular among those they call “jocks.”

3. Some Brits come over to the USA and seem to hanker after home a lot and then bitch about America. What’s the worst thing/s you’ve heard a Brit say about living in the USA?
I honestly don’t know where to start. There are certainly some trivial elements of American life that nonetheless prompt a sizeable British backlash. I suppose the worst thing, oddly enough, is the constant British uproar over the word ‘soccer.’ Many Brits resent Americans for “changing the name”, oblivious to the fact that one of the sport’s early British names was, lo and behold, ‘soccer.’

4. If you could choose an alternative decade and one U.S. city to live in, what would these be and why?
New York City in the 1920s. I love the idea of waltzing into a an old speakeasy during the nation’s prohibition era and playing cards with flat-capped New Yorkers, as the music of Gershwin plays in the background. There would probably be much cigar smoke and a fight or two.

American food - a British matter!

American food – a British matter!

5. If Bill Bryson asked you to co-write a new USA travel/culture book with him, what would your suggestions be for this?
I imagine our collaboration would be a hybrid of Bryson’s own Notes from a Big Country and the Karl Pilkington show An Idiot Abroad. Naturally I’d be the book’s Warwick Davis to Bryson’s Karl Pilkington and our adventure would bear the painfully predictable title of Notes from an Idiotic Country. Actually, I’ve just realized this plan would lose me a lot of readers.

6. If you were given three magic wishes to make happen for you whilst in the USA or for the USA itself, what would they be?
1) That sausage rolls might become as accessible as Lunchables.
2) That Indiana might boast a workable transit system.
3) That I might be working and residing in New York City.

7. Finally, ‘zee’ or ‘zed’?
I say ‘zee’ whenever the other person is clearly confused by the British pronunciation, which I use at all other times.

Make sure you catch Laurence’s podcast on his blog – it’s faberooni!

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5 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 415

  1. Kaley says:

    A lot of Hoosiers share your wishes for a public transport system!

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