Dear American man living upstairs and speaking loudly on your balcony

Posted on March 3, 2009 by pacificyorkshirebird

avt_kapyork_large115A letter I wish I wrote to my upstairs neighbor last summer:

Dear American man living upstairs and speaking loudly on your balcony,

You seem like a nice guy. I am writing because I’m sure you don’t know me even though I feel like I know you. I think you are from Texas.

Anyway, I live below you and I go to bed pretty early but I leave my window open for some fresh air.  I can hear you and your friends out on the balcony. You guys have a pretty good time and I find the sound of your voice is really comforting – obviously because of the familiar accent.

You see, I have some really awesome guy friends back home and like my lady friends, I miss them dearly. You remind me of them. Except when you get drunk and become a jackass. But actually even that reminds me of them a little.

I don’t actually know which flat you live in.  So, can you do me a favor? Can you speak loudly and carry and American accent so that I’ll recognize you in the corridor and then we can meet? That’s the only way I can think of to meet you without being a stalker.

Thanks mate,

PS. I am not trying to chat you up.
PPS. Can you tell your friends to blow their cigarrette smoke in the other direction please? Thanks.

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  1. pacificyorkshirebird March 10, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for all the comments above – I am so glad to know I am not the only one who feels this way about meeting other Americans in Yorkshire.

    Hi Yorkist J – It is so temping to meet up with people who read our blog. But we decided to be anonymous from day one in order to be brave enough to write the things we really feel. But, speak up with you accent. Even if you don’t meet us, you might meet other nice Americans. I think most UK cities have American meet-up groups.

  2. notfromaroundhere March 4, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve become one of those annoying people who stops people in the street or in the shops when I hear a familiar accent, although sometimes I do admit I cringe when I hear someone speaking particularly like a Valley Girl–then I usually just keep walking :-)

    We should be thinking blog-meet-up at some point, there are so many of us now…

  3. Yorkist J March 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Interesting that you should post this. I found your blog recently, and have been following it since. Unlike most people, it seems, I came across this site by googling “American expat in York,” while hoping to find some other Americans living here. My wife and I have been here for a year and a half now, and I am starting to feel isolated, like I need to make some new friends. I’ve been wondering if it’s possible to try to meet with you ladies, but have been afraid of sounding creepy. But, having said that, this entry makes me wonder if perhaps it’s not such a bad idea after all. So, if you’re willing, my wife and I would love to meet you somewhere, maybe a café or a pub or something?

  4. peacefulyorkshire March 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Really you should have just looked for Mr. Texas by seeing who was wearing a cowboy hat and tight wranglers when exiting and entering the building… then it would have been more obvious without having to revert to becoming a stalker. Oh and he probably would have had some Marl’bro’s in his back pocket too, hence the cigarettes you were smelling.

  5. yankeebean March 3, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Hahahaha!! I know what you mean about the ‘stalker’ thing. There’s no way to meet someone like that without a thin film of weird-ness settling over everything… I once got be ‘hello-friends’ with someone that had a North American accent and worked in the centre of York. I couldn’t figure out how to ask if she wanted to go and get some coffee without seeming like I fancied her or was stalking her.

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