Elizabeth & Duncan

Elizabeth and Duncan“In the first year of university, I was lucky enough to meet my best friend Duncan Bissell, in a very convenient manner; his room was right next door. Our first conversation went something like this:

Ellie: Your accent.

Duncan: What about it?

Ellie: Where are you from?

Duncan: Vancouver. Now I’m no master in accents or geography, but I was pretty sure people from Vancouver didn’t sound like that. My confusion must have shown, for he quickly hurried on.

Duncan: Well, the UK originally. What about you?

Ellie: I’m American! Duncan: You say that like it’s a good thing.

Thus began a long and pun filled friendship. Duncan is a master of cheap humor, and because I am easily amused, we get along splendidly. But more than that, we have bonded over the past year and a half through our shared foreignness, love of late night take-out, and confusion while studying Business 2257.

Duncan has taught me an abundance of British words over the course of our friendship, including, but not limited to:

Whilst: a fancy version of while

Naught: none or zero

Blotto: drinking away your sorrows Meanwhile, I have taught him the true meaning of freedom.

You can find us in the Cardboard Cafe, happily sipping coffee whilst Duncan crushes me in scrabble.

You can find us at The Ceeps, receiving quizzical looks from the bouncer for the American driver’s license and British passport.

You can find us in the Mustang Lounge at 2:00 a.m., surrounded by empty Domino’s pizza boxes.

But wherever you find us, you’ll find us together.


Ellie Sak (the American)”