Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 500

Politico stuff

Someone the other day asked me why I get involved and support the American politico stuff when I can’t vote.

I said to them, that whilst I can’t raise a dolphin, I can do stuff to support it in its natural habitat. After I said this, I had to mull it over for a while, but I think that analogy kind of works πŸ˜‰ .

The way I feel is that I can make a small difference whilst I’m out here in the USA getting involved, supporting my friends and those I believe in. If I just sat there on my sofa, stuffing my face with popcorn, watching whatever trash TV there is, then I think it would be a waste of living out here.

Plus, let me tell you this: the folks I have met have been amazeballs, and the vibe and anticipation is incredible.

I’m really not sure about the kind of people I would meet in the UK if I got involved in this sort of stuff, but last night I sat next to a USA high school kid who was very charming, dapper, funny, articulate, mature and engaging. He made an impression on me, and I’ll watch out for him because I think he’s going to be a big deal when he comes out of Princeton.

Supporting the dishy Calvin Ball :)

Supporting the dishy Calvin Ball πŸ™‚

Campaign HQ

Campaign HQ

The kids get in on the act

The kids get in on the act

Always time for a quick UK Housewife USA signing! ;)

Always time for a quick UK Housewife USA signing! πŸ˜‰

So, what was I doing last night? Phonebanking, which is like campaign cold calling to see if voters support the people I’m calling about.

I was a little skeptical about taking part in this, for several reasons:

a) My British accent. If some British bird calls up an American household it can be rather disconcerting as to why a British person is calling you at all, let alone to ask you about whether you are supporting particular political candidates. I usually get a ‘pardon’ straight away after I’ve spoken to anyone, because they’re taken aback at my accent. Sigh. πŸ˜‰

b) My ‘sultry’ British accent. When I speak all right and proper on the phone I use my rather sultry posh tone, where I sit my voice back in my throat. I don’t know why I do this, it just happens. I think it means I enunciate more clearly. Anyway, last night a woman answered the phone and I had to ask for her husband and I swear to God she thought I was a caller from some adult hotline. Bet she was ready to give him a right bollocking!

πŸ™‚

Fall

What a beautiful Fall day in Downtown Columbia, MD. Wowsers!

The lakefront

The lakefront

Columbia MD

Columbia MD

Looking fabulous

Looking fabulous

How’s that Autumn doing in the UK, chaps?!

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7 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 500

  1. Andy says:

    Don’t you think the American political system is almost broken beyond repair at the moment? We have pretty big stakes elections here in CO in November: Governor, Senator; State Senators and quite honestly I am thoroughly sick and tired of the partisan attack ads on TV and in my mailbox every day. I have looked at all of the candidates and decided that quite honestly none of them are worth my vote and the only things I will vote on are the state amendments that will affect daily living here – and even those ads from the for and against sides annoy the crap out of me. The US desperately needs a viable third party candidate that will bring together the moderates from both sides and the independent voters (like myself), but until then I refuse to vote for either side and their extreme policies. Wow! Time to get off the soap box, this isn’t Speakers Corner in Hyde Park!

  2. I despise those ads on the radio or TV where they’re just slagging each other off. Is that really how we teach our children to treat each other? I think that might be called bullying…

    Always welcome to have your say, Andy! πŸ™‚

    • Mindy Helms says:

      I agree with both of you! Happens here in North Carolina and I feel the same way about my vote. We have a big race too on November 4th, and the slagging is even coming over the internet when I check my email….really?

  3. jlcasto says:

    Speaking of your accent…

    I found this great video on one of your favorite topics: http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2014/10/17/why-brits-and-americans-spell-differently/

  4. Ian Moss says:

    Congratulations on your 500th post!

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Mindy Helms says:

    WOWZERS! πŸ™‚

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