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Britain, Britain, Britain. They've had running water here for over ten years! [20051103|10:47]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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In London, the only piece of American sports team paraphernalia that I've seen are caps and hoodies bearing the logo of the New York Yankees. This is most probably because that's the only team most people know out here, kind of like Manchester United in the States. So when I wear my black Blue Marlin hoodie with the logo for the Los Angeles Angels, I tend to attract attention. When I put the hood up because my head is cold, I tend to attract the attention of the Yankees-hoodie-wearing teenagers who put their hoods up because they're trying evade the omnipresent CCTV cameras. And when a bunch of them decide to call "Westsiiiide" at me in North London accents, I think I should be commended for not collapsing in the middle of the pavement, howling.

Although perhaps I've already received my reward for today in the form of the marked discount at the hardware store, presumably because I was the only female in there and I smiled at the boy at the cash register.
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[User Picture]From: attictroll
2005-11-03 10:51 (UTC)
Nice. Do you score the same in the comic shop?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-03 11:01 (UTC)
To be fair, I actually didn't notice the discount until I got home and looked at the receipt.

I don't patronize the comic shops here often enough to score a discount, but I did get them from shops in LA and San Diego. I think, though, that was more through sheer volume of Marco's and my combined consumption rather than me having boobies. :-P
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[User Picture]From: attictroll
2005-11-03 11:55 (UTC)
Hmph. My comic shop is entirely too much of a straight boy for me to work him. I have to make do with the rest of my neighborhood for the cute-boy discount, here in the gay mecca of Washington. (Though, Danaid, I don't get drinbk bought for me so much as I did in Dempsie's.)

Well, should you have difficulty finding anything, I have access to an /amazing/ house o' geek. Well, that and Danaid would have an excuse to drop in goodies for a care package. She'd love that.

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[User Picture]From: attictroll
2005-11-03 11:57 (UTC)
Hrm. "drinbk" may equal "drinks." I haven't decided.
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From: 24db
2005-11-03 11:11 (UTC)
"Westsiiiide"...respect sister! ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-04 12:53 (UTC)
Why thank you, my highly esteemed Caucasian brother.
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From: 24db
2005-11-04 12:54 (UTC)
hahahahaha...yeah cheers mate, btw still waiting for that coffee :P
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[User Picture]From: 3_nic
2005-11-03 11:22 (UTC)
I never got any discount in a hardware store because I was female and smiled. That's so unfair!
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From: 24db
2005-11-03 12:25 (UTC)
damn...did you do the discount dance?
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[User Picture]From: 3_nic
2005-11-04 14:12 (UTC)
Yeah... The judge had me pay for the destruction in the store :-/
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From: 24db
2005-11-04 14:58 (UTC)
lol...have a good weekend you!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-04 12:55 (UTC)
Oh, it's difficult being a pretty boygoth, isn't it. I staple my hand to my forehead in sympathy.
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[User Picture]From: 3_nic
2005-11-04 14:09 (UTC)
A goth? Where? *looks around*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-04 15:07 (UTC)
That's right. Silly me. This is LJ, there are no goths here.
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[User Picture]From: 3_nic
2005-11-04 15:17 (UTC)
Then why is your hand stapled to your forehead?
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From: capitalflash
2005-11-03 11:43 (UTC)
i blame tim westwood.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-03 14:42 (UTC)
I had to look him up, but dude. Totally. It's all his fault.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-03 14:41 (UTC)
Actually, no. As in the original Los Angeles Angels, a minor league team. Blue Marlin likes to do reprints of the logos of defunct teams.
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2005-11-03 18:12 (UTC)
Interesting bit of LA history. I'm so unhip; it took me 10 minutes to figure out why the kids were yelling "westsiiide," but now that image is very funny.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-03 14:44 (UTC)

Fo shizzle my wha.

Certainly, my African-American brother.
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[User Picture]From: repoman
2005-11-03 15:50 (UTC)
I wish I got a discount at the hardware store. Perhaps I should try out this smiling thing at a mainly female visited store...like a yarn shop.

That was an odd thing about europe. I was kinda taken back the first time I saw London teenagers getting all ghetto. At first I was disappointed since I have little respect for the celebration of thug life. Yet as I spoke with them, they just didn't know any better and were truly gleaning it for effect. That's when it became funny to hear them throw out "yo's"...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-11-04 13:11 (UTC)
Heh. It really was quite unfair. But I bet you could get away with it at a fabric store.

It's kidn of difficult to take them seriously, isn't it. I mean, in theory, a pack of ravening teenagers is a pack of ravening teenagers. But when I come out of my front door, find a group of loud, hoodie-wearing, posturing London teenagers, say, "Excuse me, please," and have them all move aside murmuring, "Sorry, miss," I have trouble believing they're quite so dangerous as the ones in, say, Los Angeles. Where they'd probably all be packing.
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From: lafleuve
2005-11-03 22:24 (UTC)
I told you I would always be here even if you didn't hear me in your space, so here I am in your space, but it no longer matters, I suppose.

I will miss you, my girl, my woman.
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2005-11-04 01:25 (UTC)
Haha, I had a similar experience last weekend. I was wearing my Boston Red Sox hat and feeling conspicuously American when a gold-chain-wearing "innit, bruv!" teenager approached me saying, "Hey, isn't you, like, hate the New York Yankees?" When I replied that, yes, we were rival teams, he smiled at me and said, "Yeah... wicked."

I had to excuse myself before I peed laughing.
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