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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 23:18
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 23:22
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Dual national, lived in Uk till I was 17, the California till I was 45, then back to UK am 52 and have decided to move back,

A story about my American experience, When I was 18 I had been in America a few months I met this girl and she invited me to her house for dinner with her family sitting there with her mother and father both asking me questions all about myself and Scotland with genuine interest and really making me feel welcome and were extremely kind, half way thru dinner her brother in his 20's shuffles himself in late joins the dinner pulls a chair up and starts eating like a pig, the dad watching him like a hawk. The dad introduced me to the son and said I was from Scotland I extended my had to shake his and he just grunted and continued shuffling food in his mouth, again the dad trying to ignore the rudeness carried on discussing his wish to travel to Europe and trying to maintain the tone of the evening inspite of his sons behaviour, then the son raises his head out of the plate and says " Scotland huh ? Did you drive from there to here tonight? The old man totally lost the plot and physically threw the kid out the house, walked back in and says and I quote " I can tolerate rudeness but ignorance just chaps my ass" . I'll never forget it.

Love Americans and america
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 23:52
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 00:02
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David1300 wrote
(As an aside, I have also lived in New Zealand for 2 years. Besides the wet, cold, miserable weather, I found the people generally unfriendly, unhelpful, and very unwelcoming of non-NZ born immigrants. They really reflected their weather, which might explain John Hills overall demeanor. The 2 nicest places in NZ I found to be the Departure Lounge and the runway out of there)
You really should have got out of Auckland!

BTW, I have been to Australia several times and seen a lot of the country including rural and tropical areas. I enjoyed most everywhere I went but I would not bother to stop at Barkly Homestead again.
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 00:49
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.............really surprising negative about the U.S. is the truly dreadful coffee, which they seem to believe is good.
Not to me it isn't. I can't get a normal cup of coffee in New Zealand, I'm almost universally condemned to Latte, Flat White, Espresso, Double Black and other ridiculous names, FFS its just coffee isn't it ?

I usually have to ask for a single shot, black, with extra water, occasionally they understand "Americano" which is about the same, and then I get the coffee that is universally served up in just about every American highway "diner" or coffee shop, i.e. straight out of a filter made caraffe into a chunky mug as you sit down. Magic. MacDonalds usually provides that, but I don't want to buy their food just to get a decent cup of coffee, and they too are moving to MacCafes, with the funny named stuff.

My American wife makes filter coffee at home, far too strong for me, I wait until the machine has finished, and she has poured her cup, then take the used filter and pour a second lot of hot water through it into my cup. Just about right.

Having to sit and wait for up to 3+ minutes at each red traffic light in Auckland ( I kid you not ) I yearn for the programmed lights that one can experience in most USA cities, i.e. maintain the posted speed limit and one can cruise along almost without stopping, the lights turning green just as you approach each intersection. Doesn't always work of course, but it beats the NZ system of only allowing each leg at a time to move, i.e. N.S.E.W, ( not the opposing N.S. or E.W. traffic at the same time ) then the turning traffic, then the pedestrians. one could weep - and frequently do.
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 01:11
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Ah!

The previous post has reminded me.

There is one thing I don't like about America: The 4-way Stop.




(Edit)

However, I do like being able to turn right on red unless expressly prohibited.
The only exception I've discovered so far is New York City where it is not permitted.

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Old 4th Jun 2015, 01:20
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I have dual nationality and have lived and worked both sides of the American continent.. but then in all I've traveled to, lived and worked in over 80 countries in my adult life so it's not as if I've spent a huge time in any one place.. The thing that stands out for me in America is their 'Can Do' attitude.. seemingly just the opposite to the UK where a list of reasons why something can't be done is readily available for almost every situation.
If you want your name or the name of your yacht, or your company on your number plate, Why Not ? and you don't pay any more than a small paperwork fee. A small thing but it demonstrates an attitude of mind. Complain about the FAA ? Comparing them to the UK CAA is like comparing Dixon of Dock Green to the KGB. Sure, if you screw up you'll have your hands full but my own experience is nothing but pleasant with everyone I've dealt with going the extra mile to help, nothing at all like the CAA.
Yes America has some strange (to us) attitudes and not everything is wonderful as any American will agree and personally I find it hard to live there but then I'm essentially a European.
On their side is the spirit that built the country.
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 01:22
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There is one thing I don't like about America: The 4-way Stop.

Worse than that - the sudden appearance of a two way stop! It's one of the main gotchas for the unwary visitor. Hours of four way, then suddenly someone honks at you (must not say hoot) cos they have right of way without stopping.


So many years there and I miss it like mad. I often think I'll take my unisurable bones back and take me chances. Also, I miss 'my' babies sooooooo much - even if the boys are now as tall as me and voices way down in their boots.
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 01:55
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Oh Yes.. that reminds me.. two great driving rules that eliminate so much frustration.. Able to turn right against a red light if it's safe (yes I know.. not in New York City.. ) and being able to pass either side on the freeway (in most states).. some arse clogging the outside lane ? no problem... just slip past on the inside..
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 03:13
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Chops, Boston Butt, spiral ham, fried ham and eggs, bacon of incomparable quality, and of course Ribs. What the USA can do with a hog is transcendent.

One cannot have counted a life as having been well lived until one has experienced what a good pit master can do with pulled pork or hours long smoked ribs...


Then there is beef. Sadly many travelers miss wide swaths of the American South where the food is something to be savoured as no other place I have ever been.
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 06:35
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"Hey folks, where ya all from"?
Last time I was asked that was in New Orleans. We replied "England" whereupon the enquirer asked "New England?" to which we responded "No - old England".

She seemed totally bemused that people could travel that far!

Things to dislike - chilled red wine and warm white wine (Holiday Inn, Huston last time, but I'm sure I've experienced it elsewhere previously), portion sizes and the TSA staff.

Definitely agree about the turning right on red - great idea.

ExSp - I think you will find the coffee thing universal - it's a PITA everywhere. I can usually get what I want by asking for "an Americano, but with cold milk".
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 06:47
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The ordering one meal for two to share struck a chord with me. I too have always found the vast majority of Americans very welcoming, but the portion sizes in most cheaper restaurants are almost always way too large.

I have to agree with others that they (the Americans) don't understand how to serve tea. Bringing out a cup of no longer boiling water with a tea bag on the saucer doesn't cut it for me. And finding a decent cup of coffee in the US is a rare, pleasant surprise.

I don't mind tipping in the US because I understand that the staff are paid a rubbish base wage and rely on tips to make a living - and the vast majority of them 'work' their customers to earn those tips. (Unlike in Australia, where they get outrageous penalty rates for working weekends, all too often give rubbish service - and still expect a tip.)

I read somewhere that tipping is the cause of huge stress among Americans (as it is with tourists to America). If that's so, I wish the Yanks would drop the whole idea by paying waiting staff a decent wage - but I'm not holding my breath waiting for that to happen.
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 07:15
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The Skunk works - and most of it's products.
Coke.
Marlboro Lights.
Hermosa Beach on a summer evening.
Melrose Avenue.
The Barrett 50 cal.
Frye boots.
Schott Leather Jackets.
Mustang fast backs.
The Loach.
The 172.
The pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster and Jazz bass.
Apollo 11.
And Hilaree from Texas with that gentle southern accent... thank you darlin.
There's a helluva lot that's good about the place.
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 07:15
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Uncle Fred.."bacon of incomparable quality"....Yes, its incomparably! rubbish!!

Having lived in America for a couple of years, and loved almost every moment, you have just reminded me of one of the major downsides. The bacon is usually truly awful and disappears to a few curly shards when fried - though on the other hand the beef can be wonderful
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 07:34
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...........the bacon is usually truly awful and disappears to a few curly shards when fried
Crispy bacon ! Loverly !! Can't get it in New Zealand, they don't know what you're talking about, and if you try to tell them it comes out only slightly warm.

When I first started airline flying, a million or so years ago, one of my Air Force mates started his University education at Harvard, and madly missed English Back Bacon, so I just bought a packet at Sainsbury's and shoved it in my suitcase next time I flew to the US, didn't even think to declare it and Boston Customs didn't open every crew suitcase, they were more interested in the booze that we were trying to smuggle in our briefcases, and not too interested in that, either.
Nearly died of course when I realised the enormity of my "crime". My mate enjoyed his Back Bacon, but had to put up with the US crispy stuff after that ! Ignorance is no Excuse, but is also Bliss !

Despite their present notoriety I've always got on alright with US cops, first time he could have done me for Speeding, Illegal U turn, No lights, Drinking, Arm around girl-friend but upon being presented with a Limey Licence - his words - politely asked me if I would accept a $10 ticket for speeding ? Last time he advised me to take that alleyway over there, and take my rented motor bike back to the hotel before one of his mates caught me riding without "eye protectors". Riding without a helmet was OK, but not without "goggles". ( I'd been riding by day using sunglasses, which were acceptable, but as I explained, I wasn't going to wear them at night ! All this was a long time ago, you understand, could be different now )

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Old 4th Jun 2015, 07:40
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Dual national here. Love this land o'plenty. Grand people, my better half is among them. Not so sure about certain parts and persuasions of the government, however, here in the land of the cousins.

Originally Posted by KBPsen View Post
A lot of them don't have passports
That's so bad it's good!

What do you call a person that speaks 2 languages?
Bilingual.

3 languages?
Trilingual.

What about a person that speaks 1 language?
An American (also heard versions that proclaim a Brit!)

4-way Stops - they work very well in low traffic residential areas in my experience!

Bacon - mother taught this sprog how to cook it proper. Slow and even, slightly limber but no raw fat. Agreed, crispy crumbly is not good at all!
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Old 4th Jun 2015, 09:56
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Cape Canaveral
Mall of America
The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

(my experience of the US is limited and in some cases unfortunate - I assume no-one goes to Minneapolis of their own free will, for example - there are lots of great places I still need to go).

Worst experiences:
Miami immigration
Minneapolis taxis (smelly cars, incompetent drivers)
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Any more? There must be loads.
Geography.....erm......
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