You’re From Scotland? Do You Know Phil?


It’s tough to keep up the blog during convention season. Sorry it’s been a few days. Today’s post is a bit out of the writing-grammar-language category, but it was just weird enough that I had to share it. 

My friend John told me about a visit to Wales a couple years ago. Upon learning he was from America, a young boy asked him, “Do you know Shaquille O’Neal?” The world seems pretty small to a fourth-grader, I guess. But we adults know better, right?

My wife, Melanie, is a portrait photographer. Recently she met with a couple about their upcoming wedding. The groom-to-be is from Scotland, and in the course of conversation, Melanie mentioned that our family stayed in Glasgow for a brief visit several years ago.

“Where in Glasgow did you stay?” he asked.

“In an apartment we rented. Do you know where the Ramada is?”

“I know right where it is, yes.”

“We were around the corner on Miller Street.”

“Really. My best friend lives on Miller Street!”

“No kidding! He’s not a lawyer by any chance?” she said.

“In fact, he is.”

“No way. Does he sell hats –“

“The Glasgow Hat! Yes! That’s my best friend Phil!”

Our family was in Glasgow for a couple weeks in 2010 and the only Scot we met and remember was our neighbor, Phil, who stopped by and chatted one afternoon. He was friendly and gregarious and didn’t mind the noise we made. We remember him distinctly because he had a side business selling tacky tourist hats that resemble The Glasgow Hat — a traffic cone that perpetually adorns a statue of the Duke of Wellington outside the Museum of Modern Art. He even gave us one. You can see me sporting it above. I’m the one not on a horse.

Scotland has a population of about 5.25 million. Glasgow is home to about six hundred thousand. Is it just me, or is this staggeringly coincidental? It could only have been better had it gone like this:

Melanie:  You’re from Scotland? Do you know Phil?

Scottish guy: Of course! He’s my best friend!

This is beyond the pale of our usual subject matter here, but I just had to share it. What does it mean?


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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

  1. Rose

    Life is serendipitous–one of the many reasons to enjoy life to its fullest!

  2. Roberta Gallant
    Roberta Gallant05-15-2013

    I am from the United States of America, not Scotland.

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