Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 478

Upsetting the Ravens fans…

In Maryland I know a lot of Ravens football fans. They are generally horrified at this account that took place in our home this week. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sorrynotsorry

Husband: Harry, I got us tickets to see the Ravens play! [fyi, fellow Brits, astronomically expensive tickets for an American football game]

Harry: Ugh, I hate the Ravens. Just cos everyone else likes the Ravens, it doesn’t mean I have to. [My son is โ€ช#โ€Žnotasheepโ€ฌ]

Husband: They’re playing the Steelers…..

Harry: Yey, I love the Steelers! [fyi, he has never seen the Steelers ever before but just ‘supports’ them because he feels sorry for them]

Husband: Well it will be a good game then.

Harry: Yes, I only like the Steelers and the Oreos*

(*he means Orioles, fellow Brits, who are the Baltimore baseball team….)

Hmmm, I don’t think we’ve been doing very well with our American sports education……

Reverse culture shock

This is an expat piece I wrote for Global Living Magazine about returning home and all the stuff that you have to get your head round it. I’m silently preparing, folks, but there’s still so much to do here!

Click on the image to enlarge and read it!

Returning expats...

Returning expats…

Guns in the USA

This is a slightly more controversial issue than the UK Desperate Housewife usually deals with, but sometimes topics like deer spotting in the garden (I did!) and whether they are selling Christmas stuff in Costco yet or not (they are!) don’t always pass muster.

Remember when I went shooting with the cops last year?

In action!

In action!

So, this is my ‘investigation’ into learning about, trying to understand and getting my head round guns.

The long and the short of it is that if someone pulled out a gun, I’d be pretty darn scared. Fact.

What I do appreciate and understand is that much of the USA has a different mentality to guns and gun ownership than the UK, and as expats in America it’s a topic some Brits struggle with. I’m trying to get it, and this piece is about that.

Hey, if you don’t like it, don’t shoot me. (Bad joke, sorry.)

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5 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 478

  1. Mindy Helms says:

    Will you keep blogging as Desperate English Housewife when you return to the UK? I sure hope so! Love your piece on guns, especially on shooting in a controlled environment with a trainer. I’ve had the same experience, and it was a good one. It taught me a great deal about respect and safety. Well done! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Maryjenmary says:

    I will hate to see you go, especially since one of my daughters just moved to Columbia, and I’ll be down to visit her one of these days. I also have a daughter who’s been in London for about four years and is working very hard to try to make it permanent. I raised all three of my daughters to love Britain, and when we go over there we view it with all the wonderment that you find in this country. The bottom line is that both of the countries are wonderful, each in its own way. So, when you go home, don’t forget that many of us will be just dying inside wishing that we could be there with you to appreciate all of the wonders that Britain has to offer. What we need is a better “exchange” system between the two countries that aren’t really meant to be separate.

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