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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 19:14
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USA is good

OK

it seems many a thread seems to revert to US bashing followed by a bit of retaliation.

Apart from the usual things we find strange about the US etc, its about time that we extolled it's virtues.

What am I thankful for?

I have made many American friends over the years and, to a fault, they are all the most generous and friendly people I have had the pleasure to encounter.

Any more? There must be loads.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 19:24
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Rich Hall, their best export, I'm watching his documentary Continental Drift as we speak.
Oh yes and Seasick Steve.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 19:30
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Aviation - they live and breathe it. Every American I've ever worked with in aviation has been marvelous (and I have flown there for a year).


....and before anyone goes red-faced yelling "Whadda'BoutTheFriggin'FAA?!?", my local FAA man was an tame ex-Brit.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 19:40
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Me, I like America because they opened their doors to an Indonesian refugee back in the early 60s. I officially became an American 5 yrs later.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 19:43
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A lot of them don't have passports
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 20:13
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Best thing in a long time has been the FBI taking apart FIFA when, count them out loud, how many countries have been just sitting there with their thumbs up their proverbial nether places when they knew exactly how corrupt the organization is.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 20:17
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rock'n roll, jack'n coke, Marlboros, zippo's and a game of pool.


thanks yanks!!!


FISH.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 20:23
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Boeing?????


McDonnell Douglas?????
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 20:23
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USA as a country is a wonderful place with some amazing parks, mountains, scenery and wide open spaces.

I have found the people, in the main, are incredibly friendly, generous and welcoming and I really love the "can do" attitude.

Great place, great people.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 20:47
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Spot on Choxolate! I've had jobs that took me there on and off my whole life and have only recently returned after living there 'full time' for a few years.

Never had a problem and always felt utterly at home in the USA. I would add 'Positive approach' to the list of what's good.

Hate to say it, but I'm really having trouble adjusting to life back in the UK, this is no longer a friendly place to be, negativity, disrespect and whinging abounds.

Bill Bryson summed it up for me when talking of the British scathing attitude to the American 'Have a nice day' - "I'd rather be told to 'have a nice day' by someone who didn't really mean it than be told to 'F Off' by someone who did!"

I am also struck by the number of USA-bashing Brits who, on further questioning, have never actually been there for a visit let alone worked or lived there.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 21:03
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I just wish they could make a decent cup of tea!
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 21:08
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I just wish they could make a decent cup of tea!
...and would stop blaming 'Muffins' on the English?
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 21:15
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I love the US, love the people.................

However I am quite happy to criticise what US Govt does overseas, mind you I am quite happy to criticise what UK, French, German, Russian and every other Govt do.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 21:16
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Few years ago self and family walk into a Mc Donalds in Reno, whilst looking at the menu the girl behind the counter says "Hey folks, where ya all from"?

"England" I answer, to which she replies "What language do yaal speak, it ai'nt American" !!

(I think it was my lad asking for chips that kicked it off !!)

Ah well - can't win em all. Americans - great people & friendly, especially out of the big cities.

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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 21:18
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Agree wholeheartedly with the majority opinion expressed so far. But a (to me) really surprising negative about the U.S. is the truly dreadful coffee, which they seem to believe is good.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 22:10
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"England" I answer, to which she replies "What language do yaal speak, it ai'nt American" !!
Had a girlfriend once who was visiting the USA and was asked where she was from.

"Scotland."

To which a very puzzled American replied "well, you speak very good English".

(This was a genuinely puzzled American, not one who knew perfectly well where Scotland was taking the piss out of her (very mild) Scottish accent.)
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 22:13
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After a couple of decades doing business for installations on all the continents of the world (including Antarctica) the only client that tried to bilk us was an American aerospace company. Should I hold that against the whole country? Probably not but I do wish they could design their rental cars a bit better, for example why do the wipers always come on when nearing a turn?
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 22:54
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Originally Posted by John Hill View Post
After a couple of decades doing business for installations on all the continents of the world (including Antarctica) the only client that tried to bilk us was an American aerospace company. Should I hold that against the whole country? Probably not but I do wish they could design their rental cars a bit better, for example why do the wipers always come on when nearing a turn?
John, when I saw your name in the replies, I just knew it would be an initial negative, if not all negative. And you didn't disappoint. Why don't you just hold your tongue and stay out of discussions where you have nothing positive to add.

I have only visited America on 3 occasions, each time for a 3 or 4 weeks motorcycle tour. We spent very little time in cities, and didn't meet a single unfriendly person on our travels. People were welcoming, helpful, interested in us (not all were very knowledgable, but all were interested) and we have some lifelong friends. There are places in America I think I could very easily make home. The country is awesome, with such a wide variety of scenery and experiences.

Do I like everything American? No, but that is true of everywhere - there are things I can just leave by the wayside. We soon learned to order a single meal to share, that restaurant service was way better than here, open your mouth with a greeting and your accent gets warmly welcomed, and so much more. There is so much good that I would spend more time there in a heartbeat.

(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)
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 22:59
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I think America is a wonderful country and I've enjoyed the company of virtually all the very many Americans I've met on numerous visits to various states for business and pleasure over the past 36 years.

I can't think of anything I dislike. There may have been a few things over the years, but so insignificant that I've forgotten.

I've always felt completely at home in America, since my very first visit for a month in 1979, and have made many good friends there.
If I had my time over, it would be my home.
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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 23:04
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The general friendliness, helpfulness and welcome which is such an embarrassing contrast to us Brits. (They even put the Aussies in the shade with these traits.)
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