Published: February 4th 2009February 3rd 2009
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Today was quite the interesting day...to say the least. Oh where to begin. How about from the beginning (i guess what's why its called that). I woke up around 10:45 (I am living a tough life over here), and traveled to class through the highest accumulation of snow London has seen in 18 years.....6 inches (seriously...that's how much). As I was walking towards the building I noticed several students who were in my class walking towards me. "Oh no....you've got to be kidding," I thought. "Class is canceled, there is a sign on the door." (Karma for laughing when the Buses were suspended). My emotions took a roller coaster ride. First I was very mad, but then realized I was in London, and was happy to be out and a bout in the city. I happened to see Pammy walking out of Faraday, so her and I walked to a place to grab some lunch. We did take-away, its what they call take-out (the differences here are overwhelming). We then brought it
back to Faraday and ate it with Tara.
Afterward I relaxed until my next class, where we watched and studied a British Comedy Movie (tough stuff). It was very funny, but I felt bad at parts, because it was very satirical against the British Government, and being non-British, when I laughed I was laughing at them, not with them. Oh well, I didn't refrain.
We were given a 15 minute break in the middle of class, and my friends Steph, Jocelyn, and I went to find a Starbucks. This was my first trip to one in London I was excited (I lasted a pretty long time). Well this trip brings me to a new part of my blog: Obnoxiously Annoying Person of the Day. I hope you enjoy.
So there we were, in Starbucks. The man behind the counter asked if I was ready. I said "Yes, no wait, I want something to eat as well." He said "Ok, let me get your drink order first." (Keep in mind he is speaking in a British accent. Has no effect on the story, just in case you were re-enacting it out loud). I said sure. I was feeling
quite sleepy, so I asked for a Grande (medium) Black Coffee. Then I proceeded to check out the food selection. Approximately 10 seconds went by and he said "Are you ready?" Seriously? I politely said "No" and kept looking. To which 10 seconds later I can hear him say "Let me ring you up." I ignoring his request and kept looking. 10 seconds later he said louder "Let me ring you up." Are joking??? I looked at him puzzled and then continued my search for food. He then said even louder "Can I ring you up now?" That was it, I was so mad. I still had no idea whether I wanted the yogurt covered peanuts or the yogurt covered cashews. I wanted to scream "YOUR ECONOMY SUCKS WORSE THAN MINE!!! YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY I AM ABOUT TO SPEND MORE MONEY!" Instead I grabbed the yogurt covered cashews because it was the closest, not because I decided that was what I wanted, and proceed to let him "ring me up." Congratulations Man Behind the Starbucks Counter on South Hampton Row, you are officially today's Obnoxiously Annoying Person. (your award will be in the mail shortly, along with a complimentary
bag of yogurt covered cashews). Oh, and my coffee was AWFUL!
So then I was on the way home, and was reading through The London Paper on the Tube. It is one of the free papers (i love it). There was a place where Londoners (like yours truly) can write in about a topic. Today's was the terrible storm that occurred Sunday night. Here are two opinions courtesy of The London Paper (all rights reserved):
1: "This country is joke. A bit of snow and the entire country grinds to a halt. Pathetic." --- "James"
2: The weather yesteday was a complete joy. After a heav weekend I was given the perfect excuse not to drag my sorry, hungover self in to work. It would be nice if it snowed every Sunday night in winter" --- "J"
How amazing are both of those?
Then I arrived home and the entire flat sat down to watch "Pretty Woman." Kait was nice enough and got us all popcorn. Although I missed some of it while I was writing this. Oh well.
Bonus Story: Ok, this story might sound conceited, but I want to share. I was in the local market last night, and decided that I wanted to cook the entire flat dinner. Lacking real skills, I choose hot dogs as the desired cuisine. I got all of the necessary items, and informed the flat that dinner would be served at 6:30 (local time that is). I buttered the hot dog buns and then grilled them for a few seconds. I set up the table, with two glasses for each person, a wine glass and a drinking glass, plates, napkins, a knife and fork, and place mat. (You will notice 9 plates, Joe's girlfriend Christian joined us for dinner). I then proceeded to cook the hot dogs in the oven, and served them to what I have been told was everyone's delight. This event was so rare, that I took pictures to document it.
Trivia Answer: 13 (some are Private and Military, but 13 none the less)
Trivia Question: The London Underground, also known as the Tube, began operation in what year?
Sir Darren Nigel Goldberg III of Maida Vale