Sunday, July 23, 2006

How Not to Spend Your 28th Birthday

I gotta say though, it's really not so bad. It's not Prague, but Paul and I are making the most of things. Attempting to walk to places that are not meant to be walked to (shopping malls off interstates) or, while walking to aforementioned shopping malls, being asked for - and being able to give - directions to places (I've been asked twice today where to find different stores in Thurrock). Paul and I have a plan for tomorrow, which is to head directly to Dynes Recovery Service/Garage and wait for our car. We have nowhere else to go, and we think that indicating that our car is our current raison d'etre, we need it done NOW. God willing it will be done by tomorrow evening, and then we can head to Dover and then to the continent. If all works, our plot may have changed a bit, and we'll head to Berlin rather than Prague (thanks to David's kind efforts on our behalf).

But the reason this seems a little fun is that we're conducting the same sort of anthropological investigating here in England as we hoped to in more exotic locales. For instance, yesterday evening, as Chris (a mechanic from Dynes) was kindly driving us to our hotel (in his luxurious Saab) he told us about 'Essex Girls' - who apparently were ruining the reputation of this part of England. Bleached blondes in short skirts who'd "drop their knickers for any bloke in sight". See - who knew? If you came to England, Essex is where you'd find your Long Island Lolitas. Or used to.

With love from Essex,


Blogger Kathryn said...

Hey. Um, this is weird, but, I'm Patrick Tewson's sister, and I was wondering if Team Ramrod got onto the continent OK? You can just reply here if you have a minute. No big deal if you don't.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Hi sis, in Prague, everything's cool. I don't know if the site has text messages sorted yet.

Audrey: Happy birthday!!!!

Audrey and Paul: Good luck, and I can't wait to see you guys zoom by us as the roads get rough.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Hey Patch, thanks. Glad to see you made it, and I'll quit stalking you via Newyorkistan's blog now.

Newyorkistan: hope the clutch gets fixed and you catch up soon!

Audrey, Specifically: Happy birthday!

11:45 AM  
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