@OneWayMonkey No snark taken. 'The Dole' rather than benefits implies judgement. If you're on the dole and say the dole, that's fine, but if you're not and say someones on the dole, it's distasteful. I don't know. I didn't mean this to go so far, it was jsut my reaction when i read it. I suppose it's always like that when you read an outsiders reaction to your life. Of course there are no snow plows!
@Blushingflwr Hm, yes she says "Ireland is a poor in a way I have trouble explaining [ … ]Despite weather forecasts, the local government had not invested in any form of snow preparedness", which is t least gauche and tactless if i were being kind. "we have this, why don't they?" is naive, but not that likable when describing other cultures.
Also 'the dole'. Seriously. Cringe cringe cringe.
@flannery that's so funny, I totally forgot that some things could be read 'in character'. That would explain it, I suppose. I suppose the didactic (explainey?) tone grates a bit and really adds to the sense of toe curling cringing awkwardness.
@Stacy Worst Yeah that 'dole' thing made me furrow my brows like wha?!
Gah I hate to say this because I liked the story so much, but I found the cultural bias in this story borderline offensive... Ireland doesn't have snow plows because it's super rural, the roads aren't straight and it snows for like a week every two years. And clothes hanging around in a damp house to dry is just what happens in the winter in old houses without dryers because no one has dryers. I don't know anyone with a dryer.
I got the Wit and Casket, which is just a metaphor for my life, really.
I guy I lived with in uni dropped out of his scholarship in Physics to become the guy who leads the horse town the tow path in Llangollen or somewhere godforsaken like that.
He probably doesn't regret it.
Girl, you must be a dependence because you are a compulsive or chronic need; an addiction: an alcohol dependence.
Hells yeah, I am!
In an annoying twist of fate this link isn't available in the UK. Or it is? What's the programme called, maybs I can find it in iPlayer? Would some handy clairvoyant please let me know? I'm spinning my string... NOW!
Imaginary Female Trouble"? Trouble with an Imaginary Female? Or Females imagining troubles?