Monday, November 24, 2008

Life in the U.K. - 4

Political correctness is alive and well in the U.K.

And getting completely ridiculous and out-of-hand.

I'm going to leave my comments at that, as my Welsh - Dutch - English - French - American Indian ancestry probably doesn't allow me to have an opinion.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Life in the U.K. - 3

Here's an article I find about the oldest pubs in the U.K. And it's getting serious.

Earlier this year, an online row over which pub was the oldest in south Buckinghamshire alone became so furious that Wikipedia was forced to remove the offending articles.
They take their pubs seriously over here. And there is a lot of competition in the four countries to determine which is the oldest in each. Of course, once they figure out the number 1 in each country, they'll start arguing about which is the oldest in the Kingdom.

There is one in Wales that can produce a paper trail back to 1110. Yeah, 1110. 382 years before Columbus sailed for India. And around the time the Vikings supposedly were exploring New Jersey. New Jersey. Is it any wonder they didn't stay.

But the writer does have his priorities in order here:
When all is said and done, though, there is little definitive proof of which pub is Britain’s oldest. But after a pint or three in these character-rich watering holes, you may well ask – does it really matter?
Not to me. But I haven't been here that long.

I don't need this kind of thing in my life

So I'm out there looking for post on baseball in Europe and Africa, and I come across this site.

In other words, be careful what you wish for, because you never know what you will get. And since I wasn't paying attention, I went ahead and registered.

But its a dating site. Nothing to do with baseball at all. The assholes.

Of course, there was a link to this site.

Like I need this in my life.

My super special 104th post of all time

Hey, I made it to 100 posts. Actually a couple of more. I wasn't really paying attention. The way things were going, there were longs stretches of time when I didn't write anything at all, and other periods when I was getting 2 or 3 a day. But I saw today that I had 103 posts, which works out to about 1 every other day since I started this.

I think that's good for me. I like doing this, and was worried that when I couldn't write, I would just stop all together, but I did keep coming back to it.

I would like to thank all of those of you who have read any of this, and particularly those who made comments. Every one of them was read and appreciated, even if there was no answer.

Through this site, I have managed to make some new friends that, while not communicating with them every day, have managed to become a relationship of sorts. That's as good as any thing I've achieved so far by doing this.

I will continue on with this, although when I start working again, I might slow down again. I will continue to write about Neeve and how things are going. I think that's why most people come here to read my posts. That's mainly for me, as it provides a record of how I see things, and well as being good therapy for me to sit down and put it into words.

I also continue to write about other things, such as what its like being an American in the UK, my life and the things I've done (again for the record for Neeve) and what ever I can find on baseball over here. I don't expect people to come here every day to read anything and I don't think a lot would. This isn't really a baseball site, and what I write about isn't everyone's cup of tea. But its what I like to do and will continue to do, as long as I feel the desire to do it.

Almost half the posts have been commented on, so some one is stopping by. Many thanks to all of you.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The international league

Now, this was funny.

So, anyone reading, lets see how you do.

You can pick Europe, Asia, South America, the States. Hell, you can pick Antarctica for all I care.

I'm working on a list right now. Lets see how you all do.


This is off the top of my head and what I can think of right now:

United States:

Hershey Chocolates


London Blitz
Dresden Firebombers
Paris White Flags
Den Hauge Justices
Berlin Brown Shirts
Stockholm Syndromes
Rome Gladiators
Hamburg Lers
Bonn Fire
Augsburg Bankers
Seville Barbers
Limerick Poets


Durban Turbans
Pretoria Marchers

Monday, November 10, 2008

Life in the U.K. - 2

Its great to live in a democracy, because our politicians make the best decisions.

It's nice to know that there is no economic crisis, no poverty, no problem with kids killing each other in knife attacks, and the UK won't be sending troops to the DROC to stop the killing.

So obviously they have plenty of time to worry about the important issues in life.

Its really nice to know that someone else's political system is just as fucked as our is.

Life in the U.K. - 1

Chad Johnson and all the other hotdogs playing professional sports should be so glad they are American and not English, because this proves their antics would never be accepted here in the U.K.

He has received a fine and a warning. In the states, his gesture would have been on Sports Center at least 100,000 times by now. Can you imagine the hissy fit Joe Buck would have with this one.

And for some reason, the club will donate to charity. Can you imagine Jerry Jones making a donation to any charity for the actions of Terrell Owens? I doubt it.

It wasn't really a good thing to do, but the guy was trying to show support for his friend. Since when has that ever been wrong?

And as Jeremy Schockey has proven many times, freedom of speech means freedom to be an idiot.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lessons in the English language - 1

Redundancy - Chiefly British. Removed or laid off from a job.

Yep, I've been laid off. So I'm back to writing again, at least for awhile. It was funny. For the last 3 years, when I had the time to do this, I didn't. Then I decided to start writing a blog when I didn't have the time. But I'll try to get some posts done, and maybe a few to save for the future, if I ever get another job.

I'm not really all that concerned about it. I was looking for something else, and would have left as soon as I found something. I would have preferred to wait until I had another job, but I'm not stressing. I got to the point where I really didn't like going to work anymore (at this particular place) and when you get to that point, its time to move on.

But I'm not completely destitute just yet. I have my military retirement, and my disability check every month. I can pay my rent, and I can buy food, and provide some money for Neeve. I'm probably going to have to file bankruptcy because of the amount of bills I have, but that was a problem with the job. Even if I have to do that, all creditors will get repaid eventually. But they might have to take one for the cause for right now. There are more important things.

I also have a friend here who can get me a job tomorrow in telesales, if I want it. I don't. I was an Army recruiter. If you know anything about that, then you know I don't want to do telesales. But it is a job, with bonuses that could actually allow me to make more than I was. So its a fallback. There's also the day labor place in town I can check out. So I'll give it a week and see what happens.

In the meantime, between dropping my resume different places, I'll be able to do some writing. So for those of you who do come and read, and have come back, please return. There will be a post about the court issue tomorrow.

If I can get a job closer to home, and not spend 3 hours a day on the bus, I'll be able to keep going even after I start back to work.