Thursday, January 17, 2008

When in Rome....

"Yes? Please continue...."

So this post really doesn't relate to the saying "when in Rome, do as the Romans do." But since it does relate to me not being in the USA, I wanted to title it that. And the reader who guesses the context of the quote above gets extra blog points.

Since I am working in another country during an election year, I am getting a lot of questions about our political process. The two questions of note so far are as follows:

1. What is going on with all these primaries and caucuses?
2. What does G.O.P. stand for?

My favorite response was the one I received to my answer to the second question. I told this guy at work that it stands for Grand Old Party (which I later found out is only partially true - it was believed to stand for that, but the original meaning was Gallant Old Party). Regardless, the guy was shocked. He thought it was something much more official - where the G stood for government or something like that.

I told him that all his questions are really testing my civic knowlege... and I like that. I also found myself saying that the primaries are part of what makes our political system so great in that they force the candidates to go to all the states - not just the most populated ones.


Anonymous said...

There was a time, a time before cable, when the local anchorman reigned supreme... When people believed everything they heard on TV. This was an age when only men were allowed to read the news, and in San Diego, one anchorman was more man then the rest. His name was... Ron Burgundy.

(Don't ask me why I can quote Anchorman.)

Laura Bell

Ulovebeth said...

I like two-posts-in-one-day day. Stay warm. Houston is in the 40s today and my company doesn't know how to work the thermostat. I have been sitting in a winter coat at my desk this morning.
Stay hot, Toddy.

Sarah said...

You know who I married, so of course, I knew what you were quoting from the title alone.

Wow, that is really sad.

susannah said...

Anchorman. A movie that I brought with me halfway around the world to Mongolia, and I've watched here more than once. "Public television: no commercials, no mercy!!"

The Traveler said...

That doesn't really apply here... You'll find it... don't act like you're not impressed... 60% of the time it works every time... It's quite pungent, in a good way.