Mad Scientess Jane Expat
My Canadian colleague has left. My boss is South African. My line manager, the bloke and my flatmates are British.
I just realized that I now routinely go days without hearing another North American accent.
Although I dislike the interruption of the church-like silence on London transport in the mornings as much as the next commuter, I must admit I always get a giggle out of people's choices of novelty ringtones. Particularly when they're incongruous. For instance, this morning I sat next to a portly middle-aged lady who was wearing pearl earrings and a tweed skirt. Her mobile rang. With what I could have sworn was "Trollhammaren" by Finntroll. I had to pretend to scrimmage in my rucksack to keep her from seeing me laughing. She must have liked the song quite a bit, because she let it play for a while before answering.
I made that mistake once. Now I'm always careful to ask people if they're *North* American. Too many Canadians out there with chips on their shoulders. ;-)
I noticed the other day that buses now have a voice speaking on them that never used to be there.. umm, unless it was just me hearing it.. oops. I don't think so, though, because it announced where we were at each stop and I didn't know half the stops. Unless I'm mad and the voice in my head knows things I don't - which is actually pretty cool. Just wondered if all the buses have them now? I thought it was quite cool at first until she'd said "This.Is.The.2.2.1.To.Turnpike.Lane." for the 20th time, then I was ready to kill her.
Yes, I think most of them, if not all, do. I'm so used to it on my bus now that I can tune it out, although I remember being jarred by it for the first couple of weeks when I was trying to read my book.
I think it's quite useful, especially since I remember how terrified I was to use the bus for the first few months that I lived here. When you don't know where or when the stops are, it's possible to get horribly lost very easily, even if you are carrying a map around.
I'm glad you reminded me. I practiced in my empty office. Just to make sure. :-D
So what is YOUR ringtone?
Mine's the quietest, most innocuous tone I could find on my phone. It's so subtle that I often miss it.
That's an amusing mental image. Although I don't think you'd want to announce that to a bus full of teenagers in this country...
I especially dig the Viking Synthesizer.
Have you ever heard of Deathklok? I only ask because they have a couple of Scandinavian members.
The musical instruments are the best part of that video.
No, I haven't. I'm not a big follower of metal. Occasionally I'll hear something I like and pick up on it, but I don't make too much effort. Should I look up a particular track?
S'okay, I have a solution. I believe I can still find your number if I dig around deep enough & I'll just ring you at 8pm PST--it'll be *great*! \o/
I've always thought this
would make a good ring tone. Of course, I'm cheap & not phone-savvy & grudgingly default to the list of five options supplied.
Haha. I can almost guarantee it won't wake me up. I sleep like a dead thing.
That would be a toe-tappingly groovy ringtone!
It was the sound of him discovering YouTube?! Well. That's pretty appalling for a chap who's working for a company that does digital advertising.