John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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This Other Eden, etc.

Well, it's a pretty sure bet that laurie_robey and I won't have gone to the U.K. this past March, considering that it's now May. ;) Although that conclusion was more or less foregone when we decided to bite the bullet and buy a house.

I still want to do it, tho; it doesn't look likely to happen before 2010 now, as we'll have to save up and do that whole "get a passport" thing still. And of course, there's the whole question of what we'd do once we got there. My initial plan was Portmericon, and I'd still like to get to that, but it's not so much for the event itself as it is for a framework to put it into.

I realize the irony of wanting to actually go to England on holiday, but there are lots of reasons I want to go there. The most obvious one is my ancestry … I've got Scots-Irish (hence the hair and eyes), I've got bits of German, bits of French, and depending on if you believe the rumors even a few wandering bits of Native American in there — but most of it is English, from somewhere in that northwest corner somewhere near Carlisle. It'd be nice to connect with my roots, as the saying goes.

There's also just the affinity I feel with British culture, as opposed to a lot of American culture. I read British books, I watch British television, I laugh at British humor; once in high school an underclassman was apparently under the impression that I actually was British, because I "seemed like it," whatever that meant.

The climate change is another factor; I recently found a webpage posted in 2001 by an American in England, and I was amused by the passage, "The British love to complain about their always mild weather." As anyone who has known me for a while can probably attest, I am famous for hating Virginia summers and longing for a place where long sleeves in June is a perfectly rational thing to expect without having to deal with 32" of snow starting in November. The closest thing we have to that in the U.S. is the Pacific Northwest, which is another place I am prone to going to when I have the opportunity. But there I miss what old-worldiness there is to find here — which presumably would not be the case in the U.K., by definition!

So anyway, I'm just rambling, I guess. Point is, "going to the U.K. someday" is still in my plans, even though it's been shoved back a bit due to buying a house.

-The Gneech
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