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Brexit: On To Exeter

Debbie flew back this morning and I headed to Paddington Station to take the train to Exeter. I know that I'm in England and we all speak the same language but I swear that every other person who talks to me sounds like they are speaking in tongues.
I thought the US was a melting pot. Well ... London must be the giant kettle.
Anyway here are some scenes I didn't post from London.


Brexit Tour Continued

Last night, we took a cruise down the Thames with 200 of our closest friends (actually it was a group of students and faculty from USF).  We also spotted our old friend, sunken ship hunter and author David Mearns who lives in London. He is an alum of the College of Marine Sciences and a wealth of information about ... Everything!
Here are some pictures:

The real London Bridge.  The Tower Bridge ... Which everyone mistakes for the London Bridge.  The tallest building in Europe known as The Shard
The Walkie Talkie ...They name buildings differently here.

 City Hall
A museum that now houses the aquarium. 

An old clock that breaks a lot. 

That's our tour of London so far. We wound up in a pub watching Iceland beat England in soccer. Iceland? There are only 4 people in Iceland. 
It's been a bad week for England!

Brexit Stage Left!

Flew to London today.

We heard there was some kind of a brisket or a breakfast or a Brexit or something like that ... So I figured if it's food I want to get a taste. Turns out it's a governmental thing. You probably knew that. 
Oh well ... The other reason I scheduled this trip was because I was asked to speak to the leadership at the University of Exeter about fundraising. They are just about to start their very first campaign and wanted to get some pointers.
Deb came with me for a couple of extra days before I travel to Exeter on Wednesday. 
Our flight on British Airways left at 6:00 PM Tampa time and landed at 8:00 AM London time. Four movies, a large English woman laying on my left arm, Debbie sitting across the aisle before having a few small disagreements about landing documents and POOF we were there in a flash. 
Oh did I say I stiffed the limo driver by mistake?

I thought sure that Debbie had said it was prepaid (another slight disagreement) so I gave him a tip and wi…

When Jews Were Funny

Just watched this documentary today.

The news has been so terrible lately ... terrorism everywhere, thoughtless murder and hate crimes. I just wanted to find something that made me laugh. And nothing makes me laugh more than watching old jews tell jokes or talk about their relatives.

Like the name implies, The filmmaker was trying find out why jews were so funny years ago. He really found out that they still are ... they (we) find humor in just about anything and always have. It's a survival thing I guess.

Here are some old Jewish stories:

Moishe is in a train with his head back moaning loudly. "Oy, am I thoisty!"
His friend Izzy looks over at him and he again says, "Oy, am I thoisty!"
This continues for about ten minutes. Every few minutes Moishe puts his head back and moans :       "Oy, am I thoisty!"

Finally, Izzy gets up, thinking that he can't listen to this for another two hours and gets a cup of water and hands it to Moishe. He drinks it d…

Oh My Gawd!

Sister Keli shared an interesting tale the other night:
"Oh my God ... You know how bad it was storming last week? Well my cell phone died and I had to make a call. So ... I jumped in my car and plugged it into the adapter and turned on the ignition. "
"Where was the car?"
"In the garage."
"Was the garage door down?"
"Yes ... But the windows were up."
"Keli ... Have you ever heard of carbon monoxide poisoning?"
"Of course silly. That's why I kept the air conditioning on."