You say Vacation, I say Holiday.
We all have out ways of saying things, the following is a bit of fun on ‘speaking the same language for vacations and Holiday.
Ring … Ring … Ring…
Jeb: Hello there. I read your message about doing a home exchange – my log cabin in the mountains of Georgia for your place in Hampstead – is that right?
Cecil: Correct, sir. I saw your listing on the IVHE.com (International Vacation Home Exchange) web site and the exchange coordinator arranged for us to communicate.
Jeb: Great, we’ve wanted to do a direct vacation swap someplace where they speak English. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions first?
Cecil: Not at all. And I’ll have a few for you.
Jeb: Okay, you say your place is a flat in Hampstead – a flat what?
Cecil: A guess you would call it an apartment.
Jeb: Oh, a flat apartment? No stairs?
Cecil: It’s a split level.
Jeb: So, it’s not flat? Kinda step-uppy?
Cecil: I suppose. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?
Jeb: Let ‘er rip.
Cecil: You say its two and a half bath? Sorry, but what is a “half bath”?
Jeb: The third bathroom doesn’t have a bath.
Cecil: So, it’s a lavatory without a tub or a shower?
Jeb: Yeah, that, but there is a sink and a commode.
Cecil: Right. Indoors, I presume?
Jeb: You betcha. We upgraded last fall.
Cecil: Did someone fall in your lavatory? Oh, dear.
Jeb: No, we put in indoor plumbing when the leaves started to turn.
Cecil: Oh, I see. Last autumn.
Jeb: Yep. Say, do you have one of those spray things next to the toilet?
Cecil: If you mean a bidet, yes we do, in the master bedroom ensuite.
Jeb: Ellie May, my cousin Buella’s girl, warned us about them. She got turbo charged in all the wrong places when she used one at a fancy hotel in Vegas.
Cecil: It is quite safe, sir. We’ll leave a diagram and instructions on how to use it.
Jeb: Great. So, okay, your not-so-flat apartment is located on High Street? How high is it?
Cecil: That would be the main street in town, and it’s not high at all.
Jeb: Then why do you call it … never mind.
Cecil: Shall we talk about your kitchen?
Jeb: Okee dokee.
Cecil: What kind of cooker do you have?
Jeb: My old lady most of the time, but she doesn’t come with the house.
Cecil: I mean the appliance – gas? Electric? Wood burning?
Cecil: And in the bedroom, do you have a wardrobe?
Jeb: I do. Mostly denim pants and flannel shirts. Why?
Cecil: Your underwear is denim? Never mind, where do you keep your, er, wardrobe?
Jeb: In a chifferobe, big ol’ cedar one. Makes your pants smell real good.
Cecil: I’m sure.
Jeb: Okay, my turn. Are you close to a subway?
Cecil: Yes, actually. You can catch one right across the street.
Jeb: Great. I love their sandwiches.
Cecil: I mean there is a tube station across the street. You won’t need a car to get around.
Jeb: Wouldn’t want one. You guys still drive on the left, huh?
Cecil: You’re right. You wouldn’t want one. Does your car have a spare tyre under your bonnet just in case?
Jeb: No, my spare tire is over my belt buckle. My old lady wears a bonnet when she works in the garden, but there’s nothing under it … wait a minute, did I say that?
Cecil: Oh, lovely. You have a garden?
Jeb: Sure do. We grow eggplant, zucchini, and rutabagas.
Cecil: Are those flowers? They sound exotic.
Jeb: Ha, ha. You’re funny.
Cecil: We’re looking for a quiet country retreat where we can watch the sun go down over woodlands and be awakened by the cock’s crow.
Jeb: Will roosters do?
Cecil: Quite. And what are you really looking for?
Jeb: A few days in a big foreign city. We want to do and see things we can’t do or see at home.
Cecil: You’ll find endless possibilities here.
Jeb: So, what do you think? Your not-so-flat flat sounds good to me. Does our little country cabin work for you?
Cecil: Yes, I think so. I’ll confirm the exchange on IVHE (www.ivhe.com), this sounds like fun.
Jeb: Sounds good. You sure do talk funny, but I like you.
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