|This happened before we got to the US, but I wanted to share it with you.|
Heathrow airport: still the best place to get a £2,45 ($4.16) glass of water.
|That was all the snow I saw; and all I wanted to see.|
One of the things that impressed me was Whoopers. Whoopers are the US equivalent of the UK Malteser. They are both about the size of a large marble, have a brown confection coating and a crunchy malt middle. That is where the comparison ends, however. I used to love Whoopers, but when I tried one while I was there, I found they tasted like chemicals. Then I read the label and found out why.
|Where's the chocolate?|
I was happy to see that the Americans are as loopy over adult coloring books as the Brits. I think it’s a fine idea, but I’m not going to pick one up until I see a “Color by Numbers” coloring book.
|They were, as in Britain, everywhere.|
It didn’t surprise me that there were no other cars around, after all, we were out in the middle of nowhere. What surprised me was that they had built a 4-lane highway out in the middle of nowhere. Still, it was a welcome change from the congestion endemic to southern England.
As mentioned above, we visited Cooperstown, but we did NOT go to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Instead, we visited the Farmer’s Museum and the Fenimore Art Gallery. Both were spectacular. And the Farmer’s Museum had the Cardiff Giant!
|Don't know about the Cardiff Giant? Look it up; it's a fascinating story.|
|If you don't want to stare at a computer screen, then you can't get anything to eat or drink.|
|My friend's boys, when we were over for a visit.|
The theme for that year was the Battle of Hastings. (This year it's Shakespeare. We’re going to make British history scholars out of those kids if it’s the last thing we do.) To accomplish this, we gave them shields, swords and an altered version of the Bayuex Tapestry.
|Not bad for an old pair of trousers and some Elmer's glue.|
|Okay, so it not really a tapestry.|
|Random scene. You have no idea how long it took to do this.|
The man-hours to complete the tapestry were phenomenal. And then, when I finished, I had to make another.
Mitch pretty much ignored his tapestry in favor of the sword and shield (really, wouldn’t you?) but Charlie was fascinated by his. He spent hours unrolling it, then releasing the end and letting it roll up.
|Amazing what will amuse kids.|
I just hope they like the Shakespeare books half as much.
|Mitch, Charlie and Reagan (yes, after the President).|