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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Made it safely to Tracey's. Last night we went to Chipotle (which had a consistent line of 20+ people in the hour or two that we were there, whereas when we drove past Wendy's, there was a grand total of 5 people dining) and and the liquor store (where Tracey quite unsuccessfully tried to make small-talk with the clerk) and then returned to Tracey's apartment and drank wine while talking about a number of things, including Tracey's closet desire to be an American (she is infatuated with a particular timeframe of the 20th century, but told me I couldn't tell anyone about it...but it's really funny) and how she devoured her American History textbook (with a purple cover) when she was in high school in Northern Ireland.

She informed me that I didn't seem to have a typical American presence (of being brash and loud), but then it became clearer later on that night when we talked about patriotic songs that Tracey is actually a much better American than I. She loves all American patriotic songs with a passion and knows all of the words (or, most), whereas I'd have to listen to the tune and then after a few beats, I'd figure out that I did, in fact, know the song. What she didn't know, however, was John Philip Sousa, American Composer, Conductor & Patriot. She had never heard Washington Post (and said it sounded like a circus and couldn't take it seriously), so obviously she must never have seen a fireworks show before. So we both huddled around my computer using a neighbor's wifi (Tracey's computer--a PC--cannot connect, for some reason) and listened to (and sang) American patriotic songs together.

We might have also accidentally watched a Mormon movie that I rented without knowing that it was a Mormon movie. But goes nicely with our theme of Americana last night. And was actually really funny.

The night was punctuated with only a few police sirens.

But when we woke up at 11 a.m. today, we've transitioned from America to across the pond. Today is British day, evidenced by our lounging in pyjamas (until 3), watching The Vicar of Dibley on YouTube. If you have 9 minutes to spare, click on the link for the first part of the series finale. It is hilarious. But beware...if you have 9 minutes to spare, you might want to make sure that you actually have a couple of hours to spare, as it is a 2-hour finale.

Now we're listening to some Irish music, which sounds peculiarly like Country Western music. Tracey assures me that the Scotsman is not lying when he says that they love Country Western over there...and reminded me that Americans weren't the first to create the genre. While I am not a huge fan of Country Western, I do love listening to the drinking songs because they're so fun.

Well we hope to make it to Baltimore at some point todday, although are unsure about what there is to do there. Continuing on with our British theme, we will be trying to go to Fort McHenry, where the British were ousted. It's also the place where the Star Spangled Banner originates from, so it's sorta like everything's coming full-circle from last night.

- Jenny, 2/10/2007 12:12:00 PM

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