Monday, June 29, 2009

Do They Even Allow White Sox Fans in England?




Well, some of you who follow me on twitter know that I was busy running around on Saturday getting things in order to apply for a passport. The passport is applied for, and I requested that it be expedited. Funny, because I don't even know if I will go, or if Bob will have to go, but I hate to have decisions made for me by being unprepared.
I know. From the beginning...
About a month ago, Bob was told he might need to go to England for business purposes. I don't want to say the company he works for, only because Bob and I don't want his job to be in jeopardy because someone from the company believes I am being negative, which I don't mean to be. Bob visited on vacation England once many years ago, and he is hoping he will get to go. His job has never called him away before, and the idea that the first and only time it may means he gets to go to England has him hopeful and excited. I kind of hope he gets to go.
The thing is, I don't know if I want to go with him. Don't get me wrong. I would LOVE to visit England, but the thought of leaving mom home alone in the care of a paid stranger while I am an ocean away has me feeling conflicted. Mom wants me to go. I have friends from Church who promised to set up a visiting schedule so that her caretaker would see that she has plenty of visitors and cannot be neglected. (I have had to hire caretakers temporarily on and off years ago when mom was more mobile, and I was working. Some were FANtastic. Others required me to get Hungarian on their @$$.) My husband has a sweet cousin who will pick up any slack in visitors.
My mind goes back and forth. Sometimes I am hopeful I get to go to England. Sometimes I am hopeful Bob gets to go to England, but I believe I should stay home. I guess right now, it doesn't matter, because we are still at "maybe" about whether Bob needs to go or not. And in two weeks, I will have my passport. If he doesn't need to go before then, it will be my decision whether I go or not. Commute? Phone calls? Mom isn't computer literate, so emails are out of the question.
@PeterPollock, our friend @katdish asked me whether I'd be able to wear my pink White Sox cap to England while we were twittering. Would that be cricket? Do they even use that expression anymore? You would know better than me. And please don't advise me to wear a Yankees cap.
@BillyCoffey You asked me last week in my questions post whether I would ever wear a Yankees cap or be a Yankees fan. I am sorry, but here in Cook County, we have an ordinance against born and bred Chicagoans becoming Yankees fans. Violating this ordinance is punishable by having one's birth certificate revokes. Don't think for a minute they wouldn't. And I do need a valid birth certificate to get a passport. So the answer is no. As a law abiding citizen of Cook County, I am not now, nor could I ever become a Yankees fan. I hope you understand...

9 comments:

Peter P said...

Only God can tell you whether or not you should go.. but, if it was up to me, I'd say definitely go while you have the chance!

How often will someone else pay for one of the tickets (Bob's)

We don't use the expression 'that's just not cricket' any more but everyone knows what it means... and frankly, you can wear whatever cap you want to wear. American sport is irrelevant to people in England and most won't have any clue what the hat is supporting.

The only problem you might get is if you bump into any American tourists who have a dislike of white sox fans.

Mylestones said...

I'm with Peter P--if you can make it work with lining up care for your mom while you're gone, you should really try to make it happen!
Oh, and at first, I thought your title was "do they even allow white sox fans in NEW England", to which I was prepared to reply "Yes, but only if you agree to root against the Yankees and show vehement disgust for said team at all times."

Helen said...

Right now I am leaning toward going. A couple of months ago Bob thought I needed a vacation, and offered that I could go somewhere by myself while we had care for mom during the day and he was home at night...
Mom thinks I should go...
I suppose if they send him, I will go...They have planes that come back if things aren't working out with mom...I don't have to stay the whole time if she hints that she isn't being treated well... I could find out from friends and family who visit how things are going...
Well, I guess now all I need is for his company to decide he is going, and when.

jasonS said...

My 2 cents (not backed by actual currency) is that if you have a plan worked out and it seems you do, you should go. It's a wonderful experience and if you need a vacation, this would be a great place to go. I'm just sayin'...

sherri said...

I say go go go! This will be a wonderful experience for you and Bob, and remember, it is actually God taking care of your mother, and He'll do just fine without your help while you're away. there are many wonderful people called to do this sort of "work" that would love the opportunity to help your Momma.
I know they allow Cardinals in England, but not sure about White Sox!

Wendy said...

Here's another vote for you going.

Okay, going to be blunt here. And I say all this because I love you dearly. Your mother wants you to go. Having raised you, I'm sure she's an intelligent woman who knows what she wants. It seems to me that you deciding to stay home because no one else could possibly take care of your mom as well as you can would just put strain on your mom. Do you think she'd want you to miss out on life because of her? Or even worse, feel like you're just waiting for her to pass away so you can begin living? I don't think so. You're a wonderful, caring person who deserves to have a lovely vacation with your husband. Please don't beat yourself up over it. It'll make your mother happy.

katdish said...

Oh, Go! if the opportunity presents itself.

Personally? I think you should wear a big Uncle Sam hat and go around shouting "London, Baby!"

Billy Coffey said...

I say go, Helen. I also say move away from Chicago so you can wear a Yankee hat.

Helen said...

JasonS, that's how I've been finding myself leaning.
Sherri, your right. God looks out for my mom, and it's not JUST because he is following me around...
Wendy, Wow. Your right. I didn't look at it that way.
katdish, I would not want to be listed in Wikipedia as a picture for the entry "Ugly American".
Billy, it's too late for me. The White Sox are imprinted on my brain. I think the pink hat helped with that. I chose pink because last year we had a Crosstown Classic Picnic at my Church, and I felt that since my deacon and pastor are cub fans, the fact that my White Sox hat is pink would soften the blow for them...