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  •  Blessings to you & yours! (3+ / 0-)
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    pixxer, Dvalkure, Joy of Fishes

    I revisit my old haunts ever year..and have lots more to write about for you!

    I remember being in the Texas Panhandle, and taking a tour of a State-owned farmhouse (this was in 1979). Our guide proudly explained that the kitchen we were standing in was the original building, and that this part of the house was '95 years old'.

    Afterwards, I explained to my host that the reason that I didn't go 'ooh and ahhh' as some did, was because my house back in the U.K. was around twice that age, and the little church of 'St Mary the Virgin' opposite, dated from 1235.....

    A visitor from OK, told me that everything was slow in the UK because it felt like you were wading through concentrated history up to your knees! I knew what he meant....

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:20:05 AM PST

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    •  Westerners vs Easterners (2+ / 0-)
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      shortfinals, Joy of Fishes

      A Friend from Montana came east for the first time and his main impression of New England was - " So many cemeteries !" He was impressed by the large cemeteries that stretched on and on and how, even walking in the woods, we'd come across an old, tiny family burial place in the middle of nowhere. It took  awhile to realize that he was coming from a place where Europeans have only been living ( and being buried ) for 100 years. So, even New England seemed ancient to him. And full of dead people !

       We'd be driving around and he'd say " Yup. More dead people."

      “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Julian Bond

      by Dvalkure on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:28:53 AM PST

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      •  The comment I frequently make... (2+ / 0-)
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        shortfinals, Joy of Fishes

        ...to my midwest neighbors and colleagues is the classic one of "In Europe they think 100 miles is a long way. In America they think 100 years is a long time"

        •  A friend (who, when I was living in Derby)... (1+ / 0-)
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          ....asked me if I would like to see he and his family for tea, on their way up to a gathering of the Clan Burns in Edinburgh - I, of course, insisted thay they plan on spending some time with us and staying overnight to break their journey.

          He replied that there would be no need; they were landing on Wednesday morning at Heathrow, driving to Bristol to see the Great Eastern (he liked ships), staying overnight, then going to drive to Bath (Roman Baths, etc), Stratford-upon-Avon (usual stuff) and see both the old and new Coventry Cathedrals, before arriving with us around 3pm - then progress to their hotel in Edinburgh that night! 'Its only 330 miles total, and 260 miles from you to Edinburgh'. I said, 'I'll have your beds ready'.

          Needless to say, they arrived on our doorstep about 7pm, looking like they had just driven from Georgia....utterly worn out! I showed him the phone, and got him to postpone his arrival in Edinburgh to the following night.

          It's not the distance, it is the narrow, winding roads, plus the many junctions, plus the sheer VOLUME of traffic.  My friend said, 'We skipped Coventry, completely'. I told him we'd discuss a sensible itinerary in the morning!

          'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

          by shortfinals on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 09:16:10 AM PST

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