Tag Archives: California

Joe Keery lookalike is a Stranger Thing (Rousse)

Following three decades of no contact, during which one of us had moved to California, I was reunited with my school friend JB. Although we had never been best buddies, our friendship stretched back to infant school. Now that she … Continue reading

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Equality and diversity at awards ceremony in rainy Hawaii (Rousse)

For those for whom this kind of incentive holiday was a first, dark skies and cold rain on Hawaii was a grave disappointment. For me, however, it was a relief, especially since I had spend the preceding weeks in a … Continue reading

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Bike theft at Queen Margaret University (Rousse)

The Californian sunshine lifted my spirits so high that I was convinced that it was unnecessary to padlock my brand new bike outside Queen Margaret University. Of course, when I came back out of the building, my bike was gone. … Continue reading

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Settlers of Catan in San Francisco (Rousse)

As the coach pulled into San Francisco nobody could doubt that we were in free and easy California. From the window I saw pastel painted houses, rainbow flags, and hippies in the street. I checked into the same hotel as … Continue reading

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An uncaring husband (Rousse)

I was furious with TPR. First of all he dragged me all the way to E and LC’s house so that we could land on them unexpectedly – on a day that they were recovering from jet lag following their … Continue reading

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From drama to dental school in California (Rousse)

I was in California on business for two weeks. TPR and my niece B accompanied me. B was about to start drama school there as an international student. We thought it important to check out her new university, not least … Continue reading

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My husband’s secret family (Rousse)

TPR was a father. His two sons were born to American women in the mid-1990s. I knew nothing about this at the time because TPR was working away from home in California.

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Secret sex with students (Rousse)

X wanted to move to the same Californian seaside town where I had settled. The first job he took there was as a waiter, but he had an eye on something more exciting – teaching watersports to children. I tried … Continue reading

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Small dog meets tiger (Belle)

Now that he was ‘all grown up’, T the dog announced it was time for him to leave home.  He intended to move to California. Somehow things didn’t go according to plan. I later discovered that he was cohabiting with … Continue reading

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Tom Skelton’s one-man show, a dress from Woolworths, Dave Eggers, and icing penguins (Rousse)

Although by mid-September the Edinburgh Fringe was well and truly over, a few acts had stayed in town to try their luck with the locals and last of the summer tourists. Tom Skelton of Racing Minds was still performing his … Continue reading

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