Yesterday we ran into the same realtor we first met a couple of days ago. She was delighted to see us, pulled me aside, and said, "I just have to ask... is that a southern American expression? I have it stuck in my head now! I even called my American friend to ask her about it."
Which expression? "You're standing in the way; the cows eat you for hay"
I am not sure where I got that from. Is it a southernism? A Michigan thing? Something from a book? I have no idea!
Realtors seem, inevitably, to be running late so yesterday evening we were talking to 2 cute boys while we were waiting. When they found out we were from Georgia, they were very disappointed by our accents. Apparently there is some vampire TV show that they like to watch and the actors have southern accents and the boys loved them.
All of this, combined with our experience yesterday, reminded me how important first impressions are. When you are visiting a foreign country you are an ambassador for your country -- for some people you meet you will be their impression of an "American". Likewise the people we meet and interact with these first days start to form our impressions of what "Ozzies" are like.
The sun is shining this morning, we have 5 open houses to go to, I have a cup of coffee with sweetened, condensed milk in my hand, and Spongebob is on TV. It's a good day.