Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 04 June 2012

Cool looking Jubilee flag picture I pinched from the net

This weeks weekend relevant prompts, for Monday Haiku are:

  1. Back in the UK – I’m currently in the UK staying with some family. The hot weather of the previous week (before I got here) has been replaced by more traditional, miserable looking weather. Anyhoo, it is nice to see everyone here. There is a post up tomorrow about the travel and how much of it is routine (more than I previously realised, thats for sure).
  2. Airport Security – I had a brief encounter with airport security. See tomorrow’s post for more “exciting” details.
  3. Jubilee – I didn’t even know it was the jubilee until last week. That probably says more about me than anything else.

So here we go:

Walk familiar paths

several degrees cooler

back in the UK

Ooo a layered meaning, this is too much for a Monday…

I look like I’m bad?

hi, airport security

You will find nothing

Although they might have done. Nothing illegal I should add.

Huh, what jubilee?

Not fill the joy of this man

Traitor to the crown?

There is a small family gag here. I’m not the only member of the family on my mothers side who know longer lives in the UK. Both of my mother’s sisters also live in different countries. One of them took up citizenship in the country. When I saw her last year, she made some reference to not being a UK citizen no longer. I jokingly said, “I know, you’re a traitor to the crown” (part of the joke being I’m hardly a royalist myself). – Also in this last one there is a small writing exercise in that I wanted to use some of the words from the third haiku last week. The idea of using almost the same words but in a different context.

Bonus Haiku is looking at terms that have been used in search engines, and found this blog. I don’t know why but “Soft Splats” stuck out. What was that person searching for? Bonus Haiku between the lines below. If you figure out what I meant in the first one, feel free to explain it to me in that comment box below:


Poke you with a stick

Take this hammer to the brain

Oh soft splats, soft splats

Alternative take:

Changing babies bum

Open. Explosive! Quick, duck!

Er look, soft splats, soft…


Things I learned this weekend:

  • On the way to buying a sunday paper (The Observer – One thing I do miss in the US), I walked some pathways not walked in a long, long, time, reminding me of times when I was at College and used to queue for the bus on a saturday morning, for my saturday job. A memory I wasn’t expecting. There also used to be a girl who would also wait and get picked up (whose parent’s house I walked past). I didn’t know her at the time but I met her a few years later when we ended up briefly working together. I wonder what happened to her? I cannot even remember her name.
  • I can manage a 33 hour awake day better than I thought I could.
  • I still seem to be getting up at an early hour. I don’t have my son here in the UK, you would think I would like a lie in. Apparently not.
  • The UK can bring it’s flags out for a Jubilee after all. Usually they only come out during a football tournament. Not something like a memorial day. A key difference there between the UK and the US methinks.
  • I sometimes can enjoy walking in the drizzly rain. I never see it in Southern California, on the odd occasions when it rains there, it rains hard. It was a bit like seeing an old friend again. A friend I suspect I don’t need to see too often.
  • I’m now looking forward to the new LFC season. The new manager Brendan Rodgers, newly poached from Swansea, seems to have some good ideas and philosophy. Many speak highly of him. He plays a passing, attacking game. It sounds encouraging.
Have a fun week.

Lexicon word of the day: pachyderm.


7 comments on “Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 04 June 2012

  1. Smaktakula says:

    America hasn’t always been as flag crazy or as flag-as-offensive symbol as we are today. The veneration of the flag is a more modern phenomenon than you might think. The flag pledge came about in the 30’s, I believe. But usually you would only see it on patriotic holidays (of which we have a few; no St. Swibbens’ Day for us!). Then, after the First Desert Misadventure, it became a symbol of patriotism (you might be surprised to know that for most of the 20 th Century it was illegal to wear the flag on clothing unless part of a uniform), which took a life of its own after 9/11.

    I understand that in times past, the Union Jack was more acceptable in the UK, but is now more reflexively viewed as a reminder of the colonial excesses of the Empire Upon Which The Sun Never Sets (better leave a light on just in case).

    I found out too late
    In the UK what it means
    To be full of spunk.

    But on the plus side, in the UK sucking on a fag isn’t quite the identity-altering endeavor it would be here.
    Have fun!

    • Elliot says:

      I noticed the first time I came to America that there are a lot more flags hanging around places than there is in the UK. Then there are more occasions where even more flags will appear. These days in the UK it is almost embarrassing to have the flags out unless encouraged via a relevant event, but even then it seems to me that people do it to feel a part of something, rather than pride in the flag. The UK still likes to feel it is bigger than it is these days, and have some pride in that, but doesn’t want to display it. You are supposed to know!

      On the differences of a few words, I think you pointed out in an earlier post, complimenting someone on their fanny is best saved for the right person and special occasions – in the UK anyway.

  2. Jeannie says:

    Well now…holding back (UK) and excesses (USA)–when I was growing up we said the pledge to the flag every single morning before classes began. We also had prayer, and a trip to the principle’s office meant a spanking was coming…smoking was common back then (50’s & 60’s). You know what I find odd, at least in Colorado…for all the anti-smoking that goes on, why is it every other car I pass someone is smoking, not to mention the “pot stores” we have here? Of course, those are for medical purposes only…:)

    Soft splats…LOL!!!

    • Elliot says:

      Minus the flag part I think the rest was common in the UK as well going back to the 50s and 60s. I just find it interesting how it is more important in the US and less so in the UK. The UK is a lot less patriotic unless someone questions it. That is not to say either position is right, just that they are different.

      The UK also banned smoking in restaurants and bars a few years ago. I must confess, being a non smoker, that I much prefer it. But then I don’t smoke these days.

  3. crubin says:

    As my brain favors the concrete over the abstract, I can only understand your bonus haiku at face value. Which is probably why I enjoyed them so much. I also remember those diaper splats, the ones where you just didn’t quite make it in time, and as a result, the carpet bore a lovely new stain…

    • Elliot says:

      Thanks Carrie. I had one particularly bad diaper when I was looking after my son one afternoon on my own. After removing it due to him weeing everywhere, he then promptly fired something else through the air. A nice bit hit the side of some chest draws and started to slide. As I paused wondering what to do, he smiled the finished off his wee. I think my wife had a good laugh at that one when she got home that day.

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