Tonight I’m flying off for my “sabbatical” in Britishland, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be Over There until about mid-September.
Because I don’t know what kind of Internet connectivity will be available in Thomas Hardy country, I’ve taken the liberty of plundering my archives of some interesting articles and essays, and will be posting said pieces for the next few days or so until I’ve figured the situation out. Regular blogging will then resume, only consider them as coming from behind enemy lines, so to speak. There will also be pics and such from various places such as Edinburgh, Lord’s and perhaps even from Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea F.C. (of whom I’ve been a loyal fan since 1972). I’m not going to see my trip through a camera lens — I’m not Japanese, after all — but there will be shots of pubs and other places of interest so you’ll be able to see the locations of my several misadventures. (Evil Kim is stirring…)
Of course, the timing of the posts will generally be askew because of the time difference between the UK and the US. Also because hung over. But there will be at least some golden oldies from previous blogs to fill the void when my brain is full of bitter ale rather than creative juices.
What has amazed me in re-reading my old stuff is how many of these pieces have stood the test of time. There are of course some obvious anachronistic exceptions: for example, Tony “Scum” Blair is no longer PM of Great Britain, thank goodness, nor is Arnold Schwarzenegger governor of Gollyfornia (ditto). But the substance of what I wrote well over a decade ago is still current. The issues haven’t changed, only some minor circumstances and the dramatis personae.
Anyway, here I go. Wish me luck with the boarding process… or watch the news for the ruckus. (“At DFW Airport today, an angry passenger was arrested after inviting a TSA official to perform a sex act on himself…”)
Oh, let’s just have a sing-along:
~~~~~~“The Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming and we won’t be back until it’s over, Over There.”~~~~~~~~~~
Safe and uneventful travels to your destination.
I recall the old wartime complaint about the Americans was that they were Over Paid, Over Sexed and Over Here.
Make us proud.
May you be overpaid and oversexed as well!
Looking forward to your misadventures. Safe travels.
Have all the enjoyment your body can endure! 🙂
Welcome to the UK!
“At DFW Airport today, an angry passenger was arrested after inviting a TSA official to perform a sex act on himself…”
Damn, and this is the first week I wasn’t travelling through DFW in months……
I remember like it was yesterday when I got off the train and walked out into Edinburgh. It was one of the most remarkable cities I have ever seen. I had one of my best days on earth wandering around. The castle blew my mind. The great pubs near the sea were fabulous and walking up the narrow staircases of the Scott monument to be able to view the city was killer.
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