Adventures with Jay King: An American in Britain
Well, here it is July 5th already and I’m sitting on an airplane writing my new blog. It’s late, as usual, and I’ve already been reminded of that fact several times today. So my excuse was that it was a holiday. I love the Fourth of July. I have to say, it’s one of my favorites of all of our holidays. For one thing, like Thanksgiving, it is one holiday that, as Americans, we are the only ones that celebrate it. Also, I have lots of British friends, and I have great fun in reminding them of the fact we are celebrating our independence from Britain. It’s all in good fun, but I did get a lot of calls yesterday from Great Britain, and I made sure I reminded them of the fact we were having a party.
I love to cook, and when I say that I mean BBQ. That’s another American tradition that you don’t find in most places in the world except, I have to say, the South Africans and the Australians love a good cook out and are very good at it. Not as good as us, but a close second.
One of the fun little facts I’ve picked up in my travels is that you always know when you go to a country that was part of the British Empire, at one time or another, or that the British were there for any length of time. The key thing you’ll notice is that they tend to drive on the wrong side of the road. All the vehicles are right-hand drive.
I drive each year numerous times in these countries, and should be considered dangerous at times. Usually, it’s in the wee hours of the morning when I haven’t had my second cup of coffee yet, and have forgotten where I’m at. I’m then reminded by loud honking and screaming from oncoming traffic followed by an international hand gesture. I’m also known for grabbing the wheel or screaming something like, “You’re on the wrong side of the road!” to the person driving until I’m reminded of exactly where I am. It can be embarrassing, but what the heck.
Like most things, I’m always curious about how things like this originated. The most logical reason I’ve heard is that it started with the English Knights. Since most people tend to be right-handed they use to prefer riding on the left hand side of the road to keep their sword-hand free in case they needed it in a hurry. I don’t know if this is true, but I’ve heard it from more than one source.
I had the pleasure of stopping in England for a couple of days at the end of June on the return from my last trip. I got suckered into going motorcrossing on that weekend. I use to ride and race in my youth, but after a few laps my body reminded me of the fact this is for young, rubbery people not old guys like me.
The next day, I had to hop on a plane and head back to the states to do my July 2nd show. I want to thank everyone who tuned in and made it a remarkable show. We had lots of sell outs, and some of the best deals we’ve ever been able to offer on certain designs.
This week, I’m getting to spend a few days with the crew in New Mexico going over our new Mine Finds, and putting together our latest designs. Then I’m off out of the country in search of our next new finds, as well as visiting some of the turquoise mines to see if I can replenish my now dwindling stocks of rough materials.
I’m back at the end of the month just in time to do our July event on the 27th. I’m really looking forward to this. I have a wonderful new lapis Today’s Special to share with you. A lot of our viewers have requested this look, and it’s taken a long time to bring it to the table, so I hope you can take the time out to take a moment to see what we have to offer you.
Hopefully, we will be offering new bowl designs during the July event. These will be limited in quantities, and I look for them to sell very fast. They are made from a natural yellow onyx and a natural banded agate. There will be a stand alone bowl and a smaller set of three custom bowls. These are all handcrafted from a solid piece of natural rough and an exclusive design for us. I hope you will enjoy them, and we will be able to pursue more of these types of decorative bowls in the near future.
Until next time!