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To: Blurb2350
You and me both, sister! And you’re exactly right about the female voice. When I was a girl there weren’t many women on TV news shows, but the few there were spoke calmly, and sounded like mature adults. Nowadays I don’t have a TV, but I do enjoy the radio; I even listen to NPR, esp. for their international coverage. Naturally there are oodles of females in their lineup, but they sound nothing like the newswomen of old. They sound like a bunch of empty-headed, up-talking junior high grrrrrls, “vocal fry” and all. It’s hard to take them seriously. (I read once that Margaret Thatcher took lessons from a vocal coach early in her career in order to sound more serious, less like a screeching housewife.) And many of the men on NPR sound stereotypically gay.

I played slow pitch softball when my husband and I went to Saudi Arabia. The company, ARAMCO, [now Saudi ARAMCO] had to do things to keep us women busy...or there would be trouble.

So the camp had slow pitch softball. The women from the South were outstanding players and they won most of the time.
Well there was a team of British women...hopeless, and I played on their team. We had a couple of American "good ole boys" as our coach. It was NOT easy for them to teach those Brit women how to play.

I was the shortstop so that should tell you how BAD the rest were.
Well, one inning there was a woman at first and second. The hitter ROLLED a softie to me. I picked up ball, tagged the woman running to third [I didn't have to move an inch.] and LOBBED the ball to the second baseman. DOUBLE PLAY!!

Our two coaches went BERZERK with joy....a DOUBLE PLAY!
The team I played on was THATCHER'S CATCHERS!
We lost the game but I do remember that MEMORABLE DP: 6-4. I still remember it as if it were yesterday.

Huzzah for Maggie Thatcher.

There is a T.V. program on called "Questions for the Prime Minister." Occasionally I "catch" it.

11 posted on 06/12/2020 1:51:50 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Yeah, the Brits are mostly hopeless at American sports like baseball and basketball. But nobody can hold a candle to them when it comes to cricket and kerb-crawling! Well, maybe the Pakistanis . . .

12 posted on 06/12/2020 4:17:43 PM PDT by Blurb2350
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