I really like America.
America is a wonderful place, and Americans are nice people. I’ve lived in London for a few years and can say with certainty that it is as nice a place to live in as New York – I’ve been there four times. I like the way Americans are fully aware that they are open to other cultural influences – Bill Clinton said:
“We are living in the most multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-cultural society in human history”
If only us Europeans were so tolerant and open to new ethnic groups, people, and cultures. We are still arguing over who hates whom more, and generally screwing each other over, and getting screwed (some more than others), and this will not change – there is too much history in the past, lies and greed in the present, and uncertainty of the future for this to get any better anytime soon. The US has an awful lot going for it.
I’ve had a hot air balloon flight at dawn over the Grand Canyon. A helicopter flight over the same place at sunset. I’ve rafted down the Colorado, and skied in Mammoth Lakes. I’ve walked all round Yosemite, and cruised around Lake Tahoe. I’ve eaten clam chowder in Boston, Steaks in Rawhide, and fine, fine ribs and cornbread in Atlanta. I’ve cooked in Pasadena, and been cooked in Monument and Death Valley. I’ve gambled in Vegas, and rambled around Fresno. I’ve cheesed it in Monterrey, and freezed it in Maine. I’ve eaten more Taco-Bell than is probably good for me. Point is, ive been to America and I know it pretty well.
· I like getting the life story of random people when you go and buy coffee.
· I like having normal, sane, sober people talking to you on the tube/subway.
· Popeye’s chicken.
· BBQ Ribs.
· Biscuits and Gravy
· Breakfast Burrito
· The ranch chicken and bacon burger they do at McDonalds for 99c.
· Bottomless coffee cups.
· Onion rings you can put your fist through.
· Betty Crocker.
· Proper steaks.
· The 777
· Phoenix Suns basketball team.
· Boston Red Sox baseball team.
· Pittsburgh Steelers American Football team.
· San Francisco.
· Hollywood movies.
· Very large trucks.
· Dodge Vipers.
· Abercrombie and Fitch clothes.
· The M1A2 Abrams.
· Aegis Class Guided Missile Cruisers
· Seawolf class AB
/ Sinchonri (K-16) (SSN / RKSM), South Korea">SSN’s.
· Miami cruise Terminal.
· Key West.
· Breast enhancement technology.
· Steven King
· Jack Nicholson.
· Helen Hunt
· Jay and Silent Bob
· Seattle and specifically, Pearl Jam and Counting Crows.
· The Gibson Les Paul.
· Eddie Van Halen
· Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry and Erick Morillo.
· New York House Music.
· Very, very tall buildings.
· Snoop Dogg.
· A 4.2 litre sunburst red softtop Ford Mustang and very straight roads.
· The MD11.
· New Orleans style food.
· Stupidly busy airports.
· A CBG
. Usually several.
· Very large pockets on American Pool tables making it very easy to win lots and lots of money as long as you have a good cue (I do!)
· Shania Twain.
· Massive expanses of land where hardly anyone lives – like Wyoming or Nebraska
· Really cool fire trucks.
· Having the two largest oceans on either side.
· The Remington pump action twelve gauge.
· Jimi Hendrix.
· Star Wars.
· Tom Clancy.
· The B52.
· The B2
· Dodge Ram Charger.
’s that are actually recreational.
· Automatic cars.
· Yellow taxis driven by people who are sure they will die unless they travel at 50 mph the whole time. Even in Traffic.
· The Kennedy Space Centre.
· The Space Shuttle.
· The Saturn V rocket.
· Route 66
· Block Parties in the Projects.
· London Bridge somewhere in Arizona.
· Being able to see both concordes together.
· Miller Time.
· Rolling Rock.
· Art Deco architecture.
· The sexual revolution.
· Perfect teeth.
· Fat bottomed girls.
· Loyal, honest patriotism.
· A penal system that works (better than ours)
· A Government that actually governs.
· Trains and Buses that people use.
· Miami Vice, and Magnum PI
· Fraggle Rock and the Muppet Show.
· Having racial minorities, and now an HIV Positive muppet on Sesame Street.
· Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, and Chris Tucker – great standup.
· Mullets and rednecks called Cletus, with wives called Arlene, and about ten kids.
· Texan BBQ beans.
· Matt Groening.
· Cookie Dough Heaven Ben n Jerrys.
· Hershey Bars.
· Reese’s butter cups.
· Cheery Coke
I’m sure there is a whole lot more besides, but these are a few of the things that I really really like about America. Might sound shallow and crap, but the list for most other countries aren’t nearly as long. What with all the US bashing going on in here, I thought I’d stand up in defence of the US from a steadfast European such as myself. I know the above list is a bit trivial, but it’s the trivial stuff that matters to trivial people like me, and lets be honest – there’s a bunch of things on there that are pretty damn good. It’s a great place and I’d move there tomorrow if I could – and whilst I can understand why they (the Americans) get vilified worldwide for their ways, perhaps if we were more decisive, direct, and not so worried about what people think of us, things may be better. Yes they can be arrogant, (though for my money not even in the same ballpark as some of the French folks I’ve met) and yes they can be overbearing. Remember I am British, and therefore naturally brought us to respect restraint, control and emotionlessness. Yes they can be tasteless and tacky – (There is no excuse for Jerry Springer, Oprah, endless Charity records etc) but at least they have an opinion and are prepared to share it, and are not worried about whether it is tacky or not – Brits are obsessed with being seen as tasteful and cool, and hence don’t often express themselves in this way. I think there’s a lot to be said for being expressive. American guys cry and are sensitive. European men are not. American women are more pragmatic and restrained – they do not have sex at 13 like British girls and boys do. Some even wait till College to do it, and at that age, if you are still a virgin in the UK- you are either ugly or fat or both – either way you get teased like it was some kind of defect. There’s a lot to be said for waiting till you are twenty-one to drink – most 18 year olds here are alcoholics. I certainly was when I was 18. Smoking. Horrible habit, and we, Europeans do it far more than the US folks do. 9/11. That is an example of how a nation can come together and get some kind of comfort out of unity and a patriotic pride – not wishing to appear cynical but would any of the European nations have done the same? Probably not, though I am obviously not qualified to make such an assumption – but I imagine it would have denigrated into backbiting, infighting and recrimination, blame, and anger. I don’t think its wrong to feel a sense of duty and patriotism, and occasionally some on here writing in defence of their beloved Boeing do tend to go above and beyond this, into the realms of blind pig headedness and crass small mindedness. But the Europeans all do the same right back, so it just becomes boring.
So fellow Europeans on here: sound off like you got a pair! What do you like about the US? Anyone agree that they do sometimes get a raw deal on here from us EU folks? Anyone else agree with anything I’ve said?
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???