Hi Everyone! David here!
With Jen starting school this week and all the hectic-ness that it entails I’m going to help her out on her post today. I liked the idea of doing a Thinking Out Loud post, get some of these random thoughts I have bouncing around my head out on the page! So without further ado, here I go!
(Linking up with Amanda over @RunningwithSpoons - J x)
1) How ‘bout them Falcons!
Come on, you didn’t expect a post by me based on my random thoughts not to include some football action! Haha! Great start to the season against the Saints but it kind of fell apart against the Bengals on Sunday. I’ve worked out the problem though… I didn’t wear any Falcons stuff on Sunday, obviously this is why we lost! So am all set for tonight’s game against the Buccs, Falcons cap ready to wear tonight, sorted!
Can’t wait to see them at the end of October in London against the Detroit Lions! Rise Up!
I know Jen covered this a bit last week but it would be crazy for me not to mention it again, seeing as today is the day that everyone in Scotland, aged 16 and over, has the opportunity to go to the polls to answer the question “Do you think Scotland should become an independent country?” Yes or No? I was always a No voter from the very beginning. I am British, born and raised in England until I was 18, but have lived in Scotland for the last 10 years. My Mum is English and my Dad is Scottish. I am married to Jen who was born in England but grew up in Scotland. She has a Scottish Mum and an English Dad. We really can’t get my more British than that! I don’t want the countries to split up, I think at this time in history the world could do with sticking together not creating divides between one another just to prove “Aye, we can go alone!”
It is genuinely scary for us both that the outcome might be independence. We’ll know tomorrow!
(David’s special socks for today…)
Now this is a random topic for you! I love my socks to be really colourful and funky. I don’t own a single pair of plain socks and I often get comments at work about them (doesn’t help I often wander around with no shoes on so it they are pretty obvious!). I’m always on the lookout for more to add to my collection, including knee high ones, they are great for CrossFit! I must add that I must be the only person that likes his mother-in-law buying him socks for Christmas. She has just as mad taste in colours and patterns as me!
Us Brits love a good phrase, instead of actually saying the actual words just as easily! Jen has mentioned a few previously (like last week’s – “beat around the bush”). I’d like to share with you some of the random phrases or words I have had to understand since I first came to Scotland…
- ‘Where do you stay?’ = where are you from? This was my first insight into the weird world of Scottish vocabulary when asked in Fresher’s week at uni. I assumed they were asking where I was staying, which halls of residents. Nope, where I was originally from of course!!??
- ‘I’ll meet you at the back of 9’ = I’ll meet you just after 9 o’clock. This one still catches me out. I hear the “back of” to mean the “end of” so assume the back of 9 would be near 10 o’clock! Yet again, that would be too obvious!
- ‘A piece’ = a sandwich or snack, ‘a fine piece’ = a cake or similar. The first time I went to Jen’s parents’ house her Mum asked me if I would like “a piece?” Then just looked at me… I was waiting for her to finish the sentence though so looked blankly at her. She persevered though, “you know, a fine piece….” There’s me still waiting for “a fine piece of….[insert specific thing here]”. Got there in the end though!
- ‘Geez-Oh’ = Glaswegian version of “Oh my gosh”. This one I love actually and picked it up fairly quickly when we arrived here. I tend to be quite good at that, picking up the accent of the area. Wish I’d recorded what I sounded like after 2 weeks in the Deep South in the US, probably horrific! Haha!
- ‘Messages’ = shopping. This one I quite like too (now I understand it). If you pop out to get your shopping people will sometimes say they are off “to get their messages”. I just thought they meant they were collecting something from the post office!
See, it’s confusing! All the Scots reading this are probably just laughing at me now!
5) Street Art
As you know from my previous posts I love my photography and living in Glasgow has let me try my hand at more urban photography. One amazing asset Glasgow has is the amount and range of street art you see literally everywhere around the city. The council have even commissioned several pieces to make some areas more attractive (e.g. under bridges). Below are some of my favourite examples that I have found so far – always on the lookout for more though!
Hope you have enjoyed a little catch up with David and his thoughts for the week! Back on Monday with some CrossFit love! Until then, have a great weekend! Jen x
Do you like street art?
How do you like your socks, plain, bright or crazy?