Didn't We Have A Time? We Had A Time!

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Oh Internet, you may think you've had fun before, but have you ever been to an amusement park in the middle of a rainy afternoon wearing an assortment of wacky hats? Do the math! If hats are funny on their own, and amusement parks are exciting by themselves, combining the two can surely only lead to the most fun ever experienced by anyone ever, right? Last Saturday, nursing hangovers, we discovered a bizarre collection of headwear at my friend Josh's flat: there was a fez, a crown, a grey tweed pork pie hat, a Russian Revolution cap, and a funereal ladies' hat with a black lace veil. We also discovered that there was a funfair in the park across the road. Some genius among us decided that if we wore the hats to the funfair---because, really, what better cure for a hangover is there than a few stomach-lurchingly bumpy rides and a whole lot of bright flashing lights?---then we'd immediately multiply the benefits of both and have the best! day! ever! And that person was absolutely right. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting That's Huston on the right in the pork pie hat, Blakeburn in the middle with the Russian Revolution cap, and Doug to the left wearing the funereal ladies' hat with the black lace veil. As you can see, I'm bringing up the rear in the crown. Since I had misjudged the weather in London horribly---bringing with me from Charleston a selection of sundresses, flip-flops, and tank tops---I also had to borrow a very large and bulky coat from a boy who is significantly taller than I am. And who also is a boy. As such, I ended up looking like some forgotten Britpop artist from the mid-90s. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Check out the man behind me giving me a funny look. He may be wondering why I'm appearing to ape Noel Gallagher, but that's nothing compared to the abuse poor Doug took for wearing the ladies' funereal hat with the black lace veil. He was called, with much malice, "Hat Boy!" by one of the carnies. An incredibly creative and cutting insult, don't you think? He also had someone yell at him "why don't you go and get married?" Because of course! That's exactly what a man who decides to wear a tweed jacket and a black lace hat to a funfair needs more than anything else---to go and get married! There's the cure! The best part of the funfair was the time we spent on the bumper cars, circling around and around and around as, inexplicably, a reggae soundtrack played in the background, and we clutched our hats. If you are so inclined, you can see the video Josh took while I steered here. Keep your eye on the man in the funereal ladies' hat with the black lace veil, who even says "You're mine!" into the camera at one point. And listen for my screaming at the end. It's particularly English screaming, I think, which I suppose means I'm well and truly home. By the way, there are more photos here. But I'm new to Flickr so they're in the wrong order.

May 26, 2006

Who is it in the beginning of the video that says "Yee-ha!" Is it you? I assume it's you because you live in South Carolina, however if it IS you, I can no longer be your sister. The same goes for when you, Sean, Luke, and I went to the water park in San Diego and you and Sean came down the water slide screaming so loud that they stopped the other rides, and Luke and I had to pretend we didn't know you.

May 26, 2006

He's not giving you a funny look - he's laughing at the blonde man in a ladies' funereal hat with a black lace veil taking a photo of you.

May 26, 2006

You. Are. Adorable.

That is all.

May 26, 2006

That video made me giddy, because there is nothing better than riding bumper cars in the rain whilst a reggae soundtrack goads you on. In England, no less!

I wish I was having as much fun as you!

May 26, 2006

Ah, the illustrious Huston again...cannot get enough pictures of that man...

Glad you had a great time! The adventure has just begun!

May 26, 2006

The great thing about being the photgrapher is that you're never in any of the photos.... my enigma is preserved.

Thank God there are no pictures of last night. Or are there? I can't really remember...

May 26, 2006

Wait—are you barefoot in that first photo? The rumors will fly . . .

reluctant housewife
May 26, 2006

Why is it that every time I see a picture of a group crossing a street in England I immediately think "Abbey Road!"?

I'm full of original thoughts, I know.

May 26, 2006

Oh how I wish I lived in a place where people had such interesting names as Huston and Blakeburn.

May 26, 2006

Yes! Marvelous names! And you look more like a starlet than you do Noel. That particular beast knocked my friend down on a crosswalk in Vancouver, you know -- and you don't look as though you'd do the same. Especially not in a cute hat.

And I want to see Josh!

May 26, 2006

I love when you sneak in those MSCL references.

Nothing But Bonfires
May 26, 2006

Well, Huston's name is really Huston (his middle names are even better) but Blakeburn's name is actually Kate, though her last name is Blakeburn. In the horribly geeky way that only university students studying English together are permitted to be, I used to call her William Blake(Burn) and she called me Robert Burns.

Once I figure Flickr out, there will be more pictures. Including pictures of Josh! Maybe even pictures of Josh LICKING THE BAILEYS THAT SPILLED ONTO THE TABLECLOTH last night. There came a point when we'd spilled about three rounds of drinks, and thus took on a "waste not want not" attitude to the loss.

And in case "didn't we have a time?" is bothering you because you can't remember where it's from, it's from this. Scroll right to the very bottom of the page.

Also, if you are my mother, please don't think my whole trip has been like this! I asssure you, I have also been drinking cocoa at the library, attending knitting circles, and helping little old ladies cross the road.

May 26, 2006

Oh, I know the song playing at the funfair! It's "Homely Girl" by UB40. Good song.

I think you look more Damon Albarn-esque Noel Gallagher.

Looks like it was great fun :)

May 26, 2006

stop it, holly. just stop looking so damn cute all the time!

May 27, 2006

I forbid you to do that Holly Burns. And I can't believe you just told the whole internet. But, since it's out in the open, I think people should know that your Baileys licking was no less vociferous than anyone else's, perhaps more so the longer it went on. Which was FAR TOO LONG...

Uncle Zoloft
May 27, 2006

HOLLY! If you have not reached Sean yet, please do. I spent about an hour on the phone last evening with Thespian Libby. Some evil sh!t went down yesterday with your former/present landlady.

May 27, 2006

Thanks for the MSCL script - b/c frankly the line, it was buggin me! Ya'll definitely had a time! The flikr pics were fun too. I left you some comments under "Anthropologal" but don't bother to look at my pics b/c they are just of the house I rent before I moved in. I only flikr for boring reasons.

May 27, 2006

You sure are pretty.

May 27, 2006

Looks like you're having a ball, you British squealer. (that was no scream).

Frankly, I think Doug looks quite fetching in his women's funeral hat.

Venting Mama
May 27, 2006

No Fair! I want a funny hat.

May 27, 2006

I LOVE that you wear the crown. I would SO wear the crown.

I really would.

May 28, 2006

I have a leopard-print Gore-tex hat that I wear all winter long--it's warm, cuddly, and large. But now I want a crown. Well, to be more specific, I want a crown that will make me look like you.

So happy to see you having fun over there. The adventure has begun!

May 28, 2006

Was going to chime in with, "awww MAN! I have NOT heard Ali (UB-40) sing 'Homely Girl'...since I was in England!" - and then I realized, sadly, that was about nine years ago. Yeah for Robert Burns! You guys looked like you were having the best of a great time.

May 29, 2006

Delighted to see that you are having such a fabulous, drunken time as a long-forgotten Britpop artist. You could totally pull it off, you know.

Just start showing more cleavage and demanding of bellhops, "Don't you KNOW who I am???"

May 29, 2006

Holly, I have not seen you this happy in a long long time.

Still sure about the whole U.S. thing? Just wondering.

H.A. Page
May 30, 2006

Your photos are great!!!! Flickr is lots of fun. It is amazing what is opening up with digital. Cheers.

May 30, 2006

I have been peeping Tom at your website for a couple weeks...but now I am exposing myself because I just had to comment on the first picture - its very Abby road-esqe...and i love it. As well as all the others, sounds like London is wonderful and it really DOES rain there all the time. Who knew?

Doug AKA "Hat Boy"
Jun 01, 2006

Gretchen - you are soo right are about Holly looking happy. I had only ever seen pictures of Holly before I met her in London at the "hat party" thrown in her honour at our mutual friend Josh's house. I arrived late and said hello to everyone at the party before whispering to Josh "who's that? OMG *that's* Holly Burns!".

She looked happy in the old pics and was a bundle of joy and in real life too. I think I can speak for everyone when I say, we haven't had so much fun in ages and we'd love to have Holly AKA "DC Burnside"* here with us in Blighty.

I should say to Holly's American friends that, on the plus side, life in America agrees with her -- DC Burnside looked about three years younger than her English contemporaries and in rude health.

We miss you already.

*(a character from long-running British TV police drama "The Bill")

Jun 04, 2006

I absolutely adore this black and white picture of the four of you guys. It is so beautiful and fun and cool and arty and everything.