Double takes

This is what happens when I travel in the U.S. I skip along, feeling right at home. Everything seems familiar. People are friendly, even when they have no idea what I want when I ask for the “washroom”; the streets seem just like those of any North American town; my daughter’s pop stations play the same music. Then, just as I’ve been lulled into complacency, something entirely “other” appears.

This, for example, at the grocery store:


Or, at the county fair:


The U.S. is such a fun place to visit. But there are disconcerting signs that say, “you are not at home.”

7 thoughts on “Double takes

  1. Sarah says:

    And why is washroom so confusing? If Americans thought for just one second, couldn’t they figure it out?

  2. sandy says:

    We’re pretty darn lucky to live here…..with our pop, couches and washrooms, eh!

  3. Tanya Kyi says:

    Re the washroom thing: travelling anywhere makes me realize how polite/reserved we Canadians are. We should probably just call it like it is, and say “toilet”!

  4. Bettina Diethelm says:

    I heard of people who found themselves in the laundry, after having asked for the washroom. And restroom? Come on, what are you doing there, taking a nap?

  5. Bettina Diethelm says:

    Yes, we just call it ‘toilet’. No verbal frills….

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