To look for America

Yes, thats what I’ll be doing on Saturday, looking out for America. Snag is, at 35,000 feet, there arent too many signs to say that you’re entering US airspace lol! I know, they have that map thing on the planes, but lets face it, telling exactly when you cross into the US isnt quite as easy as that. I will know, clouds permitting when we reach Canada though lol. I’ll know when I actually land on US soil though, at New York, unless the plane has the most unique landing system known! Funnily enough, it will be a moment of deja vu, as the first time I left US soil, it was from JFK, and that was 25 years ago. And do you know, I havent been back there since, before Saturday. And of course, one week later, it will again be the last piece of US soil seen by me for a while. Who knows, I might even get back there again, in less than 25 years from now! I suspect I wont be travelling like that by then anyway, given I’ll be 80 by then!

Its a funny thing though, if my ancestors, just over 100 years ago had gone west from Ireland, instead of east, well, I wonder where I’d be now? Maybe I’d be holidaying regularly in England lol! Probably not, but…

Its fair to say that this year, not only am I looking for America, I’m looking for one specific person from America, and yes, its not hard for regular readers to know her name, Louise Brooks. Thats why I’m heading for Rochester on Saturday, and Kansas in September! Yes, I know, in her life sense, its the wrong way round, but anyway…I’m looking forward to it, a return to Rochester after 25 years too, though as far as I can remember, all I saw then was the route to Lake Ontario, and the lake itself, on the way out, and a motel just off the interstate on the way back. So saying its a return visit may be pushing it a bit lol!

Ah, the video, yes, as so often, the title is a giveaway. Finding an original live performance of this, no, I failed, hardly surprisingly. But this is definitely live, so…

A change of direction

Given that its Thanksgiving Day tomorrow in the US, which relates back to the arrival of the first immigrants to the US from here, its time to throw in a piece of hypothetical thought.

Just over a century ago,  my ancestors left Ireland, and headed to England to look for a better life. What made them choose England over North America, Australia, or other places, well who knows? Maybe they didnt want to follow the larger crowd to North America, maybe my great grandfathers had job offers already, or otherwise, I can only surmise.

But its an interesting thought, how different might I, and my life had been if they had gone west, instead of east, as so many Irish people did. Of course, if one set had headed in one direction, and the other had remained on course, I might not even have been born! If that had happened I might not have been holidaying in Boston this year, but living there!

Would I be different as an American, or Canadian woman? I dont know, I’m sure attitudes have differed over the years, musical tastes certainly have, thats for sure. Top British groups have never made it over there, top US groups have never really made it over here, so I suspect my musical influences would be very different. Politically, work wise and other things, would I have been different going through their system. For example, over here, especially when I was a teen, going to university was a pretty exclusive thing. In the US, pretty much everyone gets to go to college, or so it seems to me from over here. Would I have bettered myself with a college education, who can tell?  I might even have been a cheerleader, but I doubt it!

One thing is for certain, I might be used to colder winters than we get here lol! Though I guess that would ultimately depend on where my ancestors eventually moved to in North America, big difference between Northern Alaska and Southern Florida!

I’ve never as yet been in the US for Thanksgiving, so have no real idea what the day is like over there. Well beyond the fact you fill yourself with food, and then settle down to watch football. Of course thats a different form of football to what you’d get over here. In fact, over here the soccer doesnt get played until Boxing Day! Maybe one day I will, hopefully if I’m still up to it when I retire, I might be able to plan travel that way a bit better. Assuming of course anyone will invite me to Thanksgiving dinner lol!

My best wishes to all my American friends for tomorrow, hope you all have a marvellous day, but do remember your brave ancestors who travelled across the ocean in the past, especially those first few, now unknown pilgrims who first celebrated this day nearly 400 years ago.

Music video, well who knows, I might have ended up as a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BADZW9tZ1uc

Though not looking like MM I suspect!

Its Leaving Old Ireland

Yes, a few sharp ones amongst you may note that ‘someone’ wrote a story of that name at some point in the past lol! And without even knowing it would happen in the future, the US setting was Boston! Must have been subliminal, I guess?

Thankfully I will not be arriving by an emigrant ship of the 1840’s, but a modern jet plane, care of Aer Lingus, I wonder what those brave souls would think of that? I think its fair to say that we would be revolted by the conditions on those ships, from what I’ve read at least, it was pretty horrendous.

Its actually 5 years since I weas last in ther Republic of Ireland, probably one of the longer periods between visits, and to call these 2 a flying visit would almost be literal. 3 hours or so at Shannon flying out, just over an hour at Dublin coming back! So not exactly re-dedicating myself to my ancestral homeland, am I lol? Mind, from what I’ve heard, I might feel like I’m in Ireland when in Boston!

Why havent I been back in that time? I think a lot of it is the problem of getting around the country by public transport, it isnt easily done, especially in the midlands, and the west, where my ancestors are from. I cant really blame the currency change, I have to do that for the US after all, but when you can visit Northern Ireland for cricket, and not change currency, well…

Its funny really, its a number of generations now since my families came across from Ireland, but still you feel an affinity for the country all the same. And lets face it, Americans certainly seem to feel that way about the old country, thats for sure! Have never worked out if Ireland is just the prime country for this, or the most noted one though?

Unlike my story heroine, I dont expect to make my fortune in Boston, but I guess you never assume anything in this life. Looking forward to the trip for several reasons, its fair to say that you can expect a blog from Boston at some point!