Archive for 2005
I’ve now cooked my first roast turkey dinner. It took all day to do and there were a few small worries along the way but it all came out well in the end. It seems the same as Christmas Day lunch to me so I enjoyed it – roast turkey, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings, stuffing, bread sauce… I can have another go at it in just over a month. All the stores are now well into their ‘holiday season’, one thing you don’t see much of though is ‘Happy Christmas’, its all ‘Happy Holidays’. How very PC.
Yesterday I saw the first Christmas advert of the year and today I saw several houseswith lights on the outside. The most annoying thing is that every shop we went into in the mall was playing Christmas music. I was under the impression that they wait until after Thanksgiving out here to start the Christmas stuff but that’s not until Thursday.
I’ve heard its getting a bit chilly out there now, the thermometer in the car today read 80 F and my face is a little burned from being outdoors all day working on Derek’s car. Not that I’m gloating or anything, it’s still getting dark by 5pm though.
Has anyone in England seen Christmas stuff out yet?
I stumbled across this local building firm, apparently owned by a British ex-pat. I believe his number plate matches the company name!
As you are probably aware Halloween is a lot more popular out here, the stores have been stocking cosutmes for the last month as well as shelves full of ‘fun size’ sweets. I almost said candy bars there. We were invited to a party on Saturday so I went along as Jason Voorhees or Friday the 13th fame and Brenda as a fallen angel.
It wasn’t the busiest of parties but we managed to enjoy ourselves as far as I can remember, which is somewhere around midnight. Fortunately Brenda stopped them from shaving my eyebrows but instead suggested drawing obscene images on my face with a marker pen. But it’s all fine now because if I don’t remember it, it didn’t really happen.
I think that the prophesised War of the Worlds is coming as there are strange happenings in the sky. It is no longer the blue colour that I have seen every day for the last four months but instead a dirty grey and I got rained on when I went to the postbox. I double checked and I am still in Southern California and not back in England. It’s all very odd…
It’s somewhat disappointing that although we are through to the World Cup, both Mexico and USA were both through before us (albeit against easier teams) and are both still above us in the world rankings. Its $25 on pay per view to watch the match – they only seem to show England matches on PPV, none of the other European teams – so I decided to stick to Talksport radio via the internet.
At least if we lose to USA I won’t get any stick about it as no-one here will know. It won’t even be any fun rubbing their noses in it if we beat the Yanks as it will mean nothing to them. I would say there will be banter with the Mexicans but they (and the Americans) have too much trouble understanding my accent. I’ve even tried pronouncing words with their accent (Mountain Doo instead of Dew) but they still haven’t got a clue what I’ve just asked for. Maybe I need to watch Mickey Blue Eyes again. And Desperado.
No, its not a new child. Brenda was successful in her application for a new job in her office at university. She currently works there as a student assistant, which means filing and running stuff around but a position opened up recently which Brenda and a few others applied for and she starts on Monday. I think the title is something like Supervision Office Administrator so she is more involved in the actual business of the office (which is getting teaching students through their teaching experiences). It also means double the wage she was on so we can afford an appartment before I start working.
I also now have my first credit card so I can start building a credit score, which is used for all kinds of things like how much you have to pay to insure a car. My driver’s license has expired so I can’t drive a car any more but things are starting to come together.
The vows have been exchanged and a great week was had by all. Many thanks again to those who made it over from England for making it what it was. The ceremony is available at the website for Little Church of the West, and I believe it will be there until 09 October. The wedding date was Sept 10, Groom’s last name Williams and Bride’s last name Hernandez.
The week in Vegas was a good one with friends and family venturing out there for the first time, a little gambling and drinking was indulged in. I drove in a huge bus that wouldn’t stay in a straight line (and yes it was before the gambling and drinking of that day) out to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
The day of the wedding went without any major problems, Brenda and I were very relieved to make it to the reception and start to relax! Paul did a fine job with his Best Man’s speech and Steve did a fine job helping to empty the bar celebrating his birthday.
I’m still compiling all the photos and will post the good ones once I find somewhere. If anyone knows of any free photo hosting web sites then please let me know.
My next target is to be a Legal Permanent Resident, which means lots more forms and fees but does mean I will get a work permit, which will let me get a driver’s license and then the world will be mine…
The drive to Las Vegas is tomorrow so this is probably going to be my last post before the wedding. Things seem to be pretty much on track, chapel booked, lunch booked. My suit is sorted, Brenda is out making last minute adjustments to her dress and as far as I know her mum & brother have finally sorted their stuff out. There should be a reasonable sized crowd, originally it started out as just immediate family but then the numbers seemed to grow and grow until at the peak 72 people were going to come. Fortunately (as the chapel holds 50!) people have been dropping out and we are down to 48 now with some still to reply. Still a few more than Brenda & I were hoping to have to stand up in front of! I think that’s the only part that we are both nervous about, especially seeing as most of the people there will be her friends and family that I’ve never even met. The wedding is at midday so we won’t have the whole day to build up the tension, we’ll all be in the bar before long and all will be well.
There should be plenty of photographers present so I’m sure there will be one or two appearing here. I’m hoping to get copies from everyone and put together a selection of the best stills and video. We are away for a week as of Tuesday so will hopefully get some pics up mid next week.