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Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:45 am

Hi folks,

Don't get me wrong, I like the UK. If there was anywhere I'd want to live, it'd probably be one of the MEDC European countries or australia, but America has some pretty cool assets:

FAST FOOD - we don't get many here, mcdonalds or burger king or wimpy, and then after that there is only KFC before you get to the like, family run businesses.

CHEAP STUFF - everything is hella-cheap over there, good for you guys!!!

NICE PEOPLE - Although I don't like the attitudes of some americans, especially the arrogance of some, you guys are among the friendliest in the world, I was talking with a load of people whilst i was at LHR's T4 and they were such nice people!! Same with canadians but it goes down as one of my reasons  Smile.

BIG CITIES - I like big cities!! big metropolis' like Boston and Chicago, New York, LA etc are cool. We don't get many skyscrapers in the UK or Europe, so its nice to see such interesting city scapes.

BIG ROADS - I like big roads Big grin. The idea of just going for a 400 mile drive one day is cool  Smokin cool.

COKE - Coke is nicer over there Big grin.

ACCENTS - I love yo accents!!!

sure there are things I don't like about the US, but otherwise its a pretty cool country!

Regards

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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:47 am

Alcohol you have to be 21  Sad though, apart from that ,sounds cool.  Big thumbs up
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:00 am

oh yeah, and you can drive as soon as you leave nappies too....  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:01 am

Jeez. Talk about a change of heart! Cool to see your opinions. Accents? With the exception of the south, I thought we didn't have an accent.  Smile
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:09 am

I like the ways Americans take a much more open and passionate view on politics than Europe in general and how Americans like to know where there tax dollars are being spent whereas here we seem to take it for granted that increased tax will equal better services in return.
Also,baseball is my fav sport(even from a BlueJay's supporter's view).Even their 'liberal'party is quite economically right-wing too +bizjets galore!Gotta love bizjets!
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:10 am

There are distinct accents in the North and in the South.
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:19 am

And Boston and NY. But what do foreigners really look for in an 'American' accent? Whenever I hear a British impersonation it sounds like John Wayne, like they think they're at the O-K corale or something. This leads me to my next point: British people can't do american accents.  Smile
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:21 am

Reasons I LOVE living in America:

Our Patriotism
Great Places to Eat
Great Hotels
The Largest Airlines in the World
Great Holiday Destinations
Skiing
Beaches
Warm Weather Year Round
Cold Weather Year Round
Capitalism
Our Universities
Fast Food
Fast Food Lifestyle
Diverse Culture
Diverse Religious Communities
Democracy
Boeing
Love for One Another

Actually EGGD,

Things in the US can be quite expensive depending on where you are. San Francisco is the most expensive city to live in in the world, followed by New York City. The more rural you get, the cheaper things are, but in the large cities, it is quite expensive.

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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:22 am

Having to be 21 to drink alcohol is really not a problem (especially at college). If you want alcohol you can get it. EGGD if you really like America, you ought to consider coming here for college, state schools are fairly inexpensive, even for international students.
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:25 am

Top reasons why I'd like to live in the UK:

FAST FOOD: We have too much of it here! We don't have enough family run pubs 'n' such.

NICE PEOPLE: Every British person I've ever met has been extremely nice and helpful. Much love to the Scottish dude who helped me and my friend find our hotel in downtown Berlin! But then again, I can't judge all of G.B. by the dozen or so British folks I've met...And it's just common decency to help a guy out.

SMALL, QUAINT TOWNS: Who doesn't love a town where everyone knows your name? In large towns it seems like everyone is a stranger...everyone is in a hurry. I get sick of huge metropolises after a while. Like this time I got lost in downtown Berlin.....

SMALL, CURVY ROADS: How 'bout some exciting speed along a quaint, curvy road among lush fields? But I'm sure there aren't that many roads like that in G.B, other than in American commercials. (Mazda...)

COKE: No, your Coke is better! It isn't as sweet! It's actually refreshing.

ACCENTS: No, I love yo accents!


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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:26 am

Fast food? It's great for quick lunches on the go, but Fast Food restaurants are probably one of the leading contributors to why the United States has become one of the most obese nations in the world.

I do like living here though. Costs aside, you can go skiing and on a winter backpacking trip in Alaska and the Rocky Mountains, and then you can go to the beach in Florida or go Tropical in Hawaii, and much more in between. And you don't even need a passport.

Its funny that you should mention that you would like to live in the United States as I would love to spend a year living in Europe.

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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:30 am

EGGD, I thought that in the American tradition of freedom of speech and the right to dissent, I'd give you reasons why your reasons aren't good.

FAST FOOD - OMG, there are soooo may fast food restaurants, and they are packed so close together, I am sick of them. I just want a good old fashioned sit down meal that fills me up with food, not empty calories, and then sustains me for more than one hour.

CHEAP STUFF - The quality stuff isn't cheap. 'Nuff said.

NICE PEOPLE - You obviously haven't been to New York City. OK, make that NYC before 9/11/01.

BIG CITIES - Rush hour. Urine stench. Subway mazes. Bus transfers. Not being able to see the sky except if you break your back (or lie on it.) People bumping into you.

BIG ROADS - Rush hour. Tandem/triple trucks. Fast route but no scenery. Orange barrels.

COKE - Coke advertisements everywhere.

ACCENTS - Not after you've been told to "speak English" so many times, even though you already are.


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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:31 am


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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:55 am

Trust me, everything is cheaper over there! If I try to buy a camera here, it'll cost me the same in pounds as it does in dollars over there!!!

In fact, my pro90 cost me £820, whereas in the US it retailed for $500.

Ouch!!

Fast food is ok, and i'd have to agree with you I do like our pubs! Thats one of the reasons i'd stay in the UK. Great having a nice warm 25C day and the sun is shining, and you can sit out on a picnic bench out the back garden of a pub in an idyllic town somewhere along the river severn, with a nice cool beer straight from the tap!!! Pubs are also good in the winter caus they have a great atmosphere.

Tbh english people aren't that friendly, although some people just walking around in the morning will say hello, and if i'm on my paperround everyone says thankyou or starrts a conversation.

Pretty cool, but there are still reasons why i'd go to USa, not just to live but because its different. The house prices are alot cheaper over there too. I guess its caus land prices are cheaper in the majority of places, and majority of yo houses is built out of wood!! Big grin. If you want an apartment in Bristol with 1 bedroom its gonna set you back £500,000 (about $800,000), even our house which is a small detached 4 bedroom house costs about £280,000!!!

crazy! but our houses are made out of bricks Big grin.
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 8:08 am

For me personally, moving to the USA would not be a problem as i've been there so many times i'm totally used to it. Only problem though...................no football...can't live without it.  Smile

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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:00 am

There are distinct accents in the North and in the South.

As someone who talks for a living, I can assure you practically every region of the US has some form of 'accent'.

Boston is easy: "It's not faaahhh to the caaah" (although as a native, I can tell you most most exagerations are way overboard.) Believe it or not, the accents found in and around New Orleans are strangely similar to Boston.

New York has a variety of different accents and -isms. One that New York and New Jersey-ites rarely catch though is how they can turn "st" into "sch"..
EX: I'm driving schtraight to Philly. Another New Jersey -ism is the ability to trail off when a word ends in a "ton.." Down here there's a town called Boynton Beach, and everyone I know from Jersey pronounces it "Boyn-un" The "t" dissapeers.

The accent gets unique around Philly and Baltimore too. The vowels get stretched almost midwestern-style...in fact at Camden Yards in Baltimore, they have a tradition of adding a local touch to the national anthem..."Oh Say Does that Star...." becomes, in the local dialect, a stretched O, almost ending in a "U" sound.

I'd break southern accents down into Geor-gyah...and everywhere else.

The midwest accent starts in western New York, with a noticable Bronx flavor and , like pizza, goes Chicago style the closer to the windy city you get. Perfect Chicago accent? (Sorry, Chi-caw-go accent): Elwood Blues.."you waaahnt I should wipe da bugz ahhfff the windshield?"

Michigan is, if you look at the state, essentially an island. Nobody drives "through" Michigan to get from one part off the country to the other. That means the dialect has evolved on it's own. A man from Michigan will "gwan dow-en to Mejers to buy some haaahm-burg." Then insist he has no accent.

Texas is half-Midwest, half south. Nothing more complicated than that. Texans will tell you God invented their accent and speaks with it, but I'm afraid its just a meeting of two seperate regions. "Y'all" sounds like a word that is more comfy over east of Texarkana. But Texans can claim "fixin'" all to their own (I'm fixin' to go pee). After all, who would want it. (  Smile/happy/getting dizzy j/k )

Climb along the Rockies and you'll probably find an area closest to accent-free as there is. I don't know any particular -isms about the area, except "Go Buffs" for that scumsucking pagan college football team of theirs.

I'm kind of in the dark about out West. I've noticed the aforementioned Pennsylvania sound out around Utah. California has picked up on surfer and military lingo ("dude" "rad" "outstanding"), but again I havent lived out West so I'm not sure there's any noticable accent.

 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:02 am

Sorry forgot Maine : "I ain't had this much fun since a hawwwg ate my sistahhh. Ah-yup"
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:12 am

Or North Dakota: "oh yaaaaaah"
Oh and Pittsburgh: "Yinz goin dahtahn to see da stillers?"
And My favorite Bostonese phrase: "Ya want some oysta crackas widat chaadaa?"
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:14 am

Arsenal, what are you talking about? There's tons of football here. It's a national pastime! And right now, we're in the full swing of the season!

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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:22 am

We love-a dee foooot-a-bowl-a. Differences in meaning aside there's lots of "soccer" in the US, Arsenal. We've got a national leauge. Not that I'm proud of it or anything  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 1:21 pm

Honestly the south is the best of all.
I live just outside of Charlotte North Carolina but dont be confused by my states name for we are sure not anywhere near the **shudders** north.
Yankee's not all of them of course are obnoxious,rude, and LOUD. There are so many things down here in the country that you wont find in the north (No not trailor parks and big trucks!) lol but the people are typically much more nicer there was a study by 20 20 maybe I think it was and they would drive around and stop and when the light turned green they would just sit there and they did this all around the USA and it NY people were beeping like the second that it turned green and some would flip them off and get pissed off while the south, patiently waited now some of us did beep but they said we were the nicest..  Smile
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 2:52 pm

EGGD,

You're the ones with the bloody accents.
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:11 pm

Only a British can say that eating at Fast Food everyday is cool. Big grin

I guess the best reason to live in the US would be because it's the richest country. That's enough, all the rest comes from it.
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:16 pm

EGGD,
You can actually afford to drive. Our gas which is high for the likes of us, but is only half as much as the cost in Europe.
At worst, you screw up and die.
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:49 pm

Well, I see just one reason to live in the US :
Gas is cheap, and so is flying ! (as good as any)
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:33 pm

Whoever said that San Fransisco and New York are the 2 most expensive cities on earth is from another planet! They don't even figure in the top 20! By US standards they might seem expensive but when I was in San Francisco 2 years ago the price of a 4 bed house (USD $650,000) would barely get you a 2 bed apartment in a decent area of London! Maybe prices have gone up since then, but as a Brit I found it extremely affordable, especially compared to places like London, Tokyo, Hong Kong etc
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:04 pm

Ummm ryan $650,000.00 is a LOT for a 4 bed house!!!!!! Around here in Charlotte you can pay $90-100,000 for a nice small 3 bed one bath half acre lot and like us $310,000 for ALOT of acres, 5 bedroom house 3 bath, two stories. Or if you dont want land you can get an aparment for $500.00 2 room I know a guy who paid $500,000 for his house and it is HUUUUUUGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Indian Trail NC is the best place!
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:10 pm

Living in the US is cheap!! Come and live in Britain for a few years and then go back to the states and you'll see what i mean.
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 10:48 pm

The U.S is not a Democracy it's a Republic. So is the UK.
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 11:08 pm

Erm...... no. We're not a republic. Well it wasn't the last time I looked. However His Tonyness the Honourable President Blair has been in the country all week. Rather a long time for him....  Big grin
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 11:11 pm

Don't hold your breath BCal, President Blair is off to Russia soon to see Mr Putin  Big grin
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 11:24 pm

At least, in my area, house cost in the US has gone through the roof...when we bought our house new in 1987 it cost about $225,000...a house of almost the same model just sold for $500,000...like I said...through the roof...in other parts its even worse though...

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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Thu Sep 19, 2002 11:44 pm

Saying that the US is not a democracy is rather funny.
A country is not a Republic OR a democracy, Boeingpdx, and I was told that the US were not a totalitarian country.
Saying that the UK is a republic is even funnier.
UK is a monarchy, but still a democracy.

Republic: separation of powers (lit. from French), only the public interests are taken into account. No inheritance of power possible.
Democracy: The power comes from the people.
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Fri Sep 20, 2002 12:04 am

Well, I think that I would like to jump in here. I would love to live in both countries, and here's my reasons why:

United States:
Plenty of Big Cities with Different climates to spur my interest.
Some of the best damn local restaurants.
Texas (a little homage to my home state)
Flying is actually cheap
Gas is inexpensive
If you want a lawn, you can get one.
If you want to go to school for 14 year, and you can try, we let you do it.
My ability to use the 1st Amendment exclusively for arguments
The wonderful, cheap, used CD
I can get 4 shirts at Target for $12
Travel around a huge area without a passport.

United Kingdom:
Cloudy and cold. Just the way I like it.
My favourite airline, British Airways
Heathrow Airport
Local places to eat.
Diversity (the way I see it)
No Suburbs!
You live close to where all the history comes from
Oasis
History spanning over 1000 years
the fact that you haven't been invaded since 1066.
Public transportation is everywhere
Dates and times are in the correct format

Well, those are things that I like about both countries. they could be wrong, but i don't really care.

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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Fri Sep 20, 2002 12:32 am

I'm thinking, one day I'll get around to writing a guidebook about how to drive through America without seeing *one* fast food restaurant - think it's possible?
 
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RE: Reasons Why I'd Like To Live In America.

Fri Sep 20, 2002 5:40 am

- think it's possible?
Yes,go to Dakota.

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