Culture Shock Strikes Again

Anecdote: Yesterday people from church picked us up as usual. There were six of us in the car, and after replying to hospitable inquiries about Ian’s and my summer we fell silent. The rest of the group proceeded to discuss Andy’s bike, which had been stolen, and what kind of new bike he needed.

“I really need a 21-speed,” Andy said, “to be able to get around.”

“Yeah, a 10-speed just doesn’t work that well around here.” The other man, Cowboy, agreed.

I thought about that briefly, then chimed in: “What would you need a 21-speed bike for around here? There aren’t any hills.”

General laughter, and a reply that “Worcester is known as the City of Seven Hills!” and wasn’t I amusing being sarcastic like that. Continue Reading >>