Monday, July 4, 2011

A standard measurement!

My hubby called this a rant! It has been pointed out that I may be suffering from 'Cognitive Dissonance' which would explain my 'rants'. I think I am still just being observant and informative!

Cheap Seats!
My niece arrived yesterday from the UK. On the flight over here the air stewardess had told the man sitting next to her that she normally worked in business class. She said ‘You get a better standard of people in Business class’. He was very quick to point out that he normally flew business class and totally agreed with the stewardess. He would, wouln't he? He was a better standard of people!
If you mention any trip involving flying here in Azalea Lane you are immediately asked if you are flying Business Class. It matters here. They have indicators by which they measure you against their Middle class standards and where you sit on a plane is one of them. My hubby has a zillion air miles from all the global jet setting he does. Company policy is that no one flies business class. He never gets upgraded. He is an inverted snob. You could never call him pretentious. The only reason he wants to fly business class is because he doesn’t fit into the economy seats. I suspect the Trolley Dollies sense this. They don’t upgrade him because he won’t appreciate the ‘honour’. He doesn’t measure up to a ‘better standard of people’ because he doesn’t care... Unlike the air stewardess who ‘normally’ flies business class, serving the bloke in economy who isn’t ‘normally’ in the cheap seats! Yeah right! It isn’t about the experience here; it’s all about the badge. They want to wear the Business Class badge!
Cars are also an indicator. There are three types of badge wearers. Honda is the badge of choice for the majority of Azalea Lane dwellers! All the folk with old Honda Odyssey’s are twitching because there is a new version out. The badge has just been upgraded and it drives ‘em nuts! Suddenly they have gone from having a perfectly acceptable and decent indicator of their standards to being in the cheap seats. They wannabe upgraded!
Honda Pious drivers are the trendy eco middle class who may also buy organic food, although purchasing organic is far more to do with them thinking it will be germ free than anything to do with animal welfare.
The others are those who are about to leave middle class suburbia for more moneyed climbs! First Class! They drive European cars: Range Rovers, BMW’s and Mecerces. They are breaking free of Azalea Lane! They want everyone to know!
Another really important indicator is where you went to university. It is one of the first things asked. Rather an inane pointless question when the answer is obvious because everyone wears their state uni sweatshirts and have bumper stickers (fender in the US) claiming their alumni! I was told when I first arrived by one particularly friendly neighbour that I was not qualified to work in America and would never get a job as my degree was from England and to teach here I would have to pass the exacting standards of NC State. She was quick to point out that the US university system was the best in the world.  Maybe… but I was equally quick to point out UK education was good enough for J.F Kennedy and Bill Clinton! Did they have to re-sit in the US to pass US exacting standards? Besides 10 presidents had no university education at all!
It is still all about the badge. The segway tour guide proudly wore a ‘University of Swansea’ sweatshirt. I wondered if that was why he was riding around on a segway all day. Had he failed to impress NC State with his Welsh degree? I have a friend who studied at Swansea so I can’t ask who would be impressed with the Swansea sweatshirt without sounding dismissive and I know how it hurts when someone sneers at your alumni! That woman who dismissed my 'crappy' Manchester degree offended me! (she was also the one who assumed I was 'looking' for a church!)
You see people driving shitty old cars with bumper stickers of their uni. It seems like a crap advertisement to me. ‘Come to our university and you won’t get very far in life!’ (by the
Azalea Lane standards… they aint flying business class) I have a strong feeling that Ivy League universities like Yale (that 5 Presidents attended) do not sell bumper stickers. I suspect there are rather more refined badges of honour for such Alumni!


  1. He was right it is a rant... but one I agree with so I am not going to complain.

  2. No complaints here either.The only thing that stops me flying business class is affordability but that does not make me an inferior person. I concider my self as good as anyone.

  3. Don't diss Swansea!!!!!

    and that coming from a birmingham girl - at least in Swansea we drove cars with bumpers. Dont want to sound elitist but was it Red brick Birmingham or poured concrete Birmingham City Uni?

    and we had sheep

    and surfing

    and climbing

    and beaches (admittedly with a lot of poo on)

    and Mumbles

    I could go on...!!!


  4. Stranger said:
    Poooooor sheep!...all those students... all those sheep!
    I didn't diss Swansea! Wouldn't dare. I was more 'dismissive' of his 'T-Shirt' to prove it!

  5. so many sheep so little time!