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know some good games we could play,' Said the cat.
know some new tricks,' Said the Cat in the Hat.
lot of good tricks. I will show them to you.
mother will not mind at all if I do.'"
Seuss (The Cat in the Hat)
finally on a plane bound for Heathrow! Finally out of Turkey. Still
reeking of Idil's perfume, and still a little drunk. Or at least hung
over. But finally out of Turkey!
I finally land 4 hours later I get on line for Passport Control. I'm
trying not to freak (due to my previous problems with entering and or
leaving Countries), but probably not doing too well. And of course,
my Passport Agent is an Asian girl with a British accent. And, man was
into the airport I looked for Harry. Couldn't find him, so what did
I do? Went straight outside for a smoke.
I came back in I spotted Harry standing by the Arrivals gate waiting
for me, so I went up behind him and asked if he was waiting for anyone
this Spat guy." He replied.
we headed off to the London Underground.
Harry buying our tickets.
and Harry on the Train heading to Colchester.
and Harry in a Pub having a drink. I never knew that Pubs in England
closed at 11 pm!!
night I finally got to sleep. Once again, another 40 something hours
next morning I was finally able to shower off Idil's perfume. God, did
that drive me nuts.
Saturday we headed into London.
here we are getting a bus to the train in downtown Colchester.
Viola! 2 seconds later, in London! Funny how everything is red in London.
They seem to really like that color.
it just me? Isn't "Soft Ice" water? Or at best, slush?
scary is that?
and I were finally able to find a real "Fish and Chips" place
in London. Of course, this is after hours of walking looking for it.
always thought that Fish and Chips were a common British meal, but apparently
it's been replaced by Curry and Veggie Burgers.
is always a strange thing in different cultures. In Turkey, EVERYTHING
is made from red meat. Even the fruit. But in England you can't get
red meat if you begged.
Harry calling in for some phone sex. He says that if he doesn't do it
every 3 hours, his head will explode. Doctor's orders.
London there was a demonstration going on. Anti-this or that, who knows.
But they seemed really pissed off.
park or statue or something. Oooh, pretty.
we were down by the Thames, there were those little crap tourist shops
selling junk. I kept trying to buy this big foam top-hat with the British
flag on it, but Harry kept trying to talk me out of it! He got sly and
even said, "Don't get it here, I know a better place that will
have it cheaper!" And like a sucker I believed him.
I finally bought one, along with 50 Quid of crap (as Harry calls it)
for my friends and family.
A Circus!! At first, Harry was trying to convince me that Picadilly
Circus was a real circus with clowns and elephants, and that I needed
to give him the money so he could buy us tickets. But then he said he
was joking, and that there was no Circus in London. Well, if that ain't
a Ferris Wheel, I'll eat my hat!
Hat in question. Harry was very embarrassed to be seen with me while
I was wearing it.
even ended up struggling over it because he wanted to throw it in the
he pulled the old, "Let me try on the Hat, I think I'm starting
to like it" trick. Bye hat.
I had to buy another Hat.
kids, Big Ben...."
few shots of the Thames.
Stories of the London River Patrol."
the underside of the "Ferris Wheel". It was actually built
for the Millennium party. Do they know that the party is over?
Right". And with the Hat on, I do!
it was back to Colchester.
Where's the steering wheel???
there it is!
But the cars are on the wrong side of the road!! It's a mad house, a
Emma and Geoff picked us up and took us to dinner at the Red Onion.
shot for each person there. Geoff, Emma, Harry, and Me! Of course, it
would have been easier if we had just....
a group shot! Harry refused to be in the pic due to his aversion to
I snuck it in!
must say, it was great to finally be in a place where I could hear English
being spoken around me. Even the way the British mangle the language.
then it was off to a Pub for a drink.
me and Tim. For some reason everyone thinks this guy is my twin? Maybe
I should send him to the Turkish Army...
at the moron in the Hat!"
don't know why she was showing me her belly, but I liked it.
general shots of the freaks at the Pub.
here;s Harry wth Mark and Hayley, who (as Harry puts it) "went
off for a shag and didn't make
it back to Geoff & Emma's".
shot of the biggest freak of all.
lot of people hated the Hat, and fought to get it off their heads. One
guy threw it on the floor and stepped on it.
trying to ignore me. Right before he punched me in the face.
go into the light!
getting a Pint, and Emma helping him digest.
hottie bar Wench.
doing the "Pull My Finger" bit that I taught him.
the local Pub girls saw the Hat!
LOVED it, and wanted to try it on.
as a show of appreciation (I guess it's a British thing) they took off
their clothes!! The guy with her was not happy.
when I showed Harry the pics, he was heard to comment, "I've been
coming to this Pub for years and have never seen a girl flash, you're
here for two days and you get one starkers."
which I replied, "It's the Hat!"
suddenly EVERYONE wanted to wear the Hat. I actually had to fight to
get it back!
artsy pics from Geoff.
trying to learn to "High Five." She needs some practice.
then, at 11 pm, the other hottie Bar Wench came out to let us know it
was last call.
sorry, folks, but while you do not HAVE to return to your domiciles,
remaining here is no longer permitted. Thank you for your cooperation."
it was back to Geoff and Emma's for some more drinks.
Emma showing off her love for New York. Or her boobies, I'm not sure
did you bring that awful American here? He's staring at the twins!"
while Geoff uploads his pics and video footage. Oh yes, video is coming
some shots of us hanging out. Right before we wrecked the place!
next day we had a thing they call "Sunday Lunch". I didn't
know what that would be, but I was willing to try.
went to a place called the "Rose and Crown".
out we basically had lunch. But on a Sunday. These Brits and the way
they make up their own language....
here's some of Geoff's video of us in the Parking
Lot. (Don't know what they call a parking lot in England) (Less
than 1 meg)
night we headed to "The Hogs Head Pub" (another great British
name). They were having Trivia night so they named their team the "Spatcave
Dwellers". How cute. We lost by a half a point!!
on the floor in a Pub? Eww.
finally got a chance to break out the new Tattoos, but British sensibility
only allowed me to put it on their arms. Prudes.
sticking her finger in a hole in the wall. That girl and her holes...
don't get me started!
Hat makes another appearance!
at the ripe old hour of 4 am, we headed to Heathrow so Harry could get
rid of me! I tried to change my ticket to a later flight, but $200!?!?!
thing scared the hell out of me. It's a Hedge Hog. I've only ever seen
them in Pet Shops. I wanted to take it home as a gift for my snake,
but they're fast little buggers!
shot of the London Underground.
in the Airport, we realized we were in the wrong Terminal and had to
get back on the Underground. By the time I got to Check In I had about
an hour to my flight.
was (of course) pulled for a "random" bag search, and they
took me to this small area. One guy put my bags on the X-ray machine,
while another looked over my Passport. I kept looking at the X-ray screen
because I was really curious what it showed. The Passport guy told me
to pay attention, and I apologized and told him I was looking at the
you can't go back there and see it."
the other guy looked over at me, and said, "You want to see the
over I went to look at the guts of my luggage.
told me that when he hits this certain button the machine will show
any Organic materials. They'll show orange on the screen. I got a little
worried because I still had this double headed Rose that Idil's mom
had made from the flowers Idil gave me. It was very sweet, although
a little premature. So I'm figuring that the whole machine is about
to go crazy with alarms and stuff.
hits the button, and my ENTIRE bag glows orange! I was in shock. I asked
him, "Did a family of Midgets sneak in my bag? Why is it all organic?"
tell me? Have anything organic in there?" He asked.
a few very uncomfortable seconds he added, "Like clothes?"
Clothes are organic, so that was what we were seeing.
he moves on to the next bag.
goes in and all I see are these wires running all through the bag everywhere!
I know it's not my Walkman, that's in my carry on. So I asked what the
wires were, and again he replies, "You tell me, got any wires like
things that would show up in an X-ray?"
that I can think of."
gives me this "I know you're guilty" kind of look and then
says, "Got Zippers?"
So those are the zippers from pants and jackets. My bad. He was just
trying to scare me!
after that I head back to meet Harry for a last coffee.
thanked him again for his hospitality, then headed in with 15 minutes
until my flight.
on line for the metal detector I heard an announcement telling me that
I had 2 minutes to get to my gate or my plane would leave without me!
So I cut the line, telling everyone that it was me they were paging
and then proceed to run through the airport looking for my gate. All
the while, the announcements are getting worst.
now have one minute."
now have thirty seconds."
then I finally got to the gate.
out of breath and ready to pass out when I finally get to the actual
plane door. And who is waiting there for me? The Captain.
finally made it. We were going to leave without you."
made up some excuse about being in the bathroom and then getting lost.
He took my boarding pass, looked at it and said, "Don't worry,
we'll get you to Boston without a problem."
I'm supposed to go to New York!
stammer out a "Huh, but.. but.. I"
hands me back my pass and says, "Just kidding."
British humour. (See how I spelled it the British way? That's Irony.
Just wanted to point it out for those that will miss it.)
hours later I was home. Finally.
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