Black cats in the USA
So, in the UK, we consider it lucky if a black cat crosses your path.
My days are generally very, very lucky because I have two black cats and they cross my path all the time (mostly looking for food or chasing chipmunks).
But, some American folk at my house surprised me by telling me that in North America they consider it to be the exact opposite. Yep, for them a black cat crossing their path is very, very unlucky.
Naturally, I had to investigate this black cat thing:
– In Asia and the UK a black cat is considered lucky.
– In Yorkshire, England, it may be lucky to own a black cat, but it is unlucky have one cross your path.
– In North America, it’s considered bad luck if a black cat crosses your path and good luck if a white cat crosses your path. In the U.K., switch the colors, I guess unless you live in Yorkshire.
My cats ARE British cats, so that could count as actually being lucky even if they are in the USA, couldn’t it…?
Whole Foods, Columbia
****NB: American folk, Maryland friends, Columbia chums, before you read this post please note that I am TAKING THE PISS in sarcastic, cynical British fashion 😉 ).****
There is much excitement in middle-class Columbia, Maryland this week.
A shop has opened that sells food.
Yes, that’s right. A SHOP. And it sells food!
This isn’t any old shop though, they cry!
This shop sells organic food and has fresh pasta bars and middle class people get to spend hours looking round the fabulous aisles and tasting organic tasters and standing in line for ages to buy their organic products.
Not only that….they get to park on the grass because it so busy in the car park and they can stand outside for yonks and yonks before it opens because EVERYONE got there early. Such fun!
Yes, a supermarket has the juices of middle class Columbia well and truly flowing this week.
But, SERIOUS NOTE….I am glad that the area of ‘Downtown Columbia’ is being reinvigorated and regenerated and reinvented and revamped. About bloody time too. That area is not what I would classify as a Downtown area yet though – I think it still has a long way to go and I love seeing the plans and ideas for the whole area.
To be honest, and this will upset a few local blogging friends and friends who have been excited about Whole Foods, I can’t get excited about having a supermarket at the lakefront. If you told me there was an art gallery and a coffee shop and a book shop and other stuff that compliments the theme of Haven on the Lake with its yoga and wellness centre I would be delighted.
But a supermarket is a supermarket, no matter how fancy it is. Sure, people will go there and the Downtown area needs that to happen in Columbia, no doubt about it, but when people go to supermarkets they generally park up, go in, shop, unload and go out again. I was discussing the parking with various friends last night – it’s gonna be a ruddy nightmare there now for those of us who pop to the lakefront for a walk or a cycle or a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. Grumpy of England 😉
Still, whatever my thoughts are on this shop being there and the whole giddy furore that has amused me so in Columbia this week with the opening of Whole Foods, I’m always an advocate for change and development, and I adore the lakefront, so I wish it well. And I may even pop in after my walk round the lake to get some Almond Butter…… 😉