Ah, today’s comment from “Richard Weed” is so good, it deserves prominence.
Having monitored your blog over the last few days, it is obvious to me that you are still in the “frustration” stage of moving abroad.
A symptom I have obeserved[sic] quite a few times now, is the continuous need for you to point out the superiority of your home country vis-a-vis your new environment. I have also witnessed feelings of anxiety and anger regarding the UK in your posts.
This is no way to live your life. You must accept that this wonderful country is not the US. Only then will you be able to move on to the “understanding” and “acclimation” stage of your stay abroad.
Now dear blog readers/friends, I have three options. Please help me choose.
(A) Explain to “Richard” that it was MY idea to move to England, I begged my husband to apply for a job transfer, I gave up a job with a great deal of potential in an area of the law that I absolutely love and from the moment I arrived I have waxed lyrical in countless blog posts about how quickly and hopelessly I have fallen in love with London. Further explain that my observations about mundane trivial quirks of British culture are part of this effusive demonstration of love – a la Bill Bryson (as a poor substitute) and that I have also often blogged about what I more clearly realize are disappointing aspects of American society (e.g. the stranglehold of the Christian Right on politics that affect people’s personal lives, t-shirts with words on them, partially hydrogenated oil and open container laws. Just to name a few). Finally, link for “Richard’s” benefit definitions of irony, facetious, ‘tongue in cheek’ and oh, I don’t know… um, HUMORLESS.
(B) Try and discover “Richard’s” real identity… Wait a seco- IS THIS DAVE?! Dave you scoundrel. You really had me going for a second! Kudos on the ersatz psych-speak ; )
(C) Ignore the whole thing because I am already bored. And would rather be blogging about celebrities and missing beer.
Or dear readers and friends, is there a (D) I don’t know about?