Monday, April 14, 2008

Where are you from?

What do Scotland, Damascus, London, Berlin, Sweden, Moscow, England, and Jerusalem have in common?

They are all towns in Arkansas (USA). Seriously.

I say this to give some background for my story. I had a patient come into my office whose last name happened to be Bates. "Where is does your family come from?"


"Well, my family came from Cotton Plant/Brinkley part of the state. So we might be related a few generations back."

A blank look on there face. "We moved from England to Canada when I was little. Later to Washington state before moving to Arkansas."

Now (mental head slap) I got it. They didn't even realize there was a town called England in Arkansas. It was now my turn to explain.


Øystein said...

Funny story!

A quick google maps search, and it turns out there's an Oslo (city were I live and capital of Norway) in Minnesota. Just south of Warsaw, actually. The US town that is...

And no less than 10 Norway in the US! Not in Arkansas, though. But hey, you got Sweden :)

rlbates said...

And you know Sterileeye, even with the international blog world, I just don't think that way when patients come into my office. :)

Jeffrey said...

what did the English emigrants name the town they are in when they miss home?


That's probably the story. No? ;)

How about New England in MA?

rlbates said...

Probably so, Jeffrey. :)

Dreaming again said...

Silly people! did they not know that they had quite literally, and figuratively moved to the center of the universe??

Every Arkansas, Texan and Oklahoman would be happy to tell them that!