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Old 28th Oct 2018, 11:11
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Many many years ago, a Valiant bomber on a round the world trip lands at important USAF base. This is the first time.

As the aircraft comes to a halt the assembled brass gather ready to welcome the VSO and crew. Door opens, ladder out, and out jumps a small figure already in his khaki drill uniform. As the brass step forward the small figure darts off and pees on the main wheel.

As my informant said "There was a flash of khaki and there was Arkie . . . "

In Cyprus, prior to flight, there was almost a ritual last minute pee in the bondu until one of the flt cdrs threatened us with indecent exposure. I think the plants missed the watering.

Sorry for aviation content.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 11:29
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There are many differences between US and UK that can get the unwary Brit. Walking is one.

Remember at a road house near Omaha, there was the daughter of one of the women working there. She had a '4 on the floor' sports car. Her clothes were interesting as her knickers matched her top and skirt. One of our party, a Victor copilot, cut her out and was trying desperately to get into her knickers. He tried to get her to drive home which was in Council Bluffs.

She said she couldn't as it was across the State line and he could be arrested under the Mann Act.

I don't know if he got a home run
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 11:36
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Boring! You will see different standards of behaviour in different countries. Get over it please!
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 11:45
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
There are many differences between US and UK that can get the unwary Brit. Walking is one.
My grandma went for a walk in the USA. A police car screeched up trying to find out WTF was going on. They soon realised that this little old lady wasn't actually a threat to anyone (which was why the caller had called the police in the first place), so assumed that she must be in distress, because her car must have broken down.

They could just not get their heads around the idea that she was walking because she wanted to walk - she'd "gone out for a walk", on purpose, with no criminal intent, and wasn't in distress.

Now, I have been walking in the USA in places where this was considered perfectly normal, such as mountain trails in Alaska. But apparently Miami suburbs are different.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 12:01
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As a sailor, did a lot of walking on small, obscure places in the US, most likely looking for the nearest watering hole.
More often than not, a friendly local would pull up and offer a lift. Much appreciated as it was often close to impossible to find a taxi.
This was pre-mobiles/internet.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 12:43
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Another US peculiarity was stalls where the partitions and door bottoms were at knee height, or was that only a military thing?
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 12:55
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Just accept that Americans are a funny lot.
As indeed are we English.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 21:57
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Caugth a bus to the Bus Interchange thingy on the Northern side of LAX, and tried to walk to the airline aviation museum on the South, cargo side, of the airport, but this involved walking through a tunnel under a major highway, and although there was an obvious sidewalk there was also a large notice prohibiting walking through the tunnel, penalty of death etc. Whilst stood deciding on my next, probably illegal act, a taxi appeared, and I asked him if he would give me a lift through the tunnel ? At the other side I offered him a dollar, which he refused ! Nothing cheap about me, Carruthers, Continued walking to the museum, now down the highway that I had ridden under, and stopped by the Fuzz - what was I doing walking on the road etc. ? and yes it was worth it, welcomed into the museum by an old - in both senses of the word - one time PanAm stewardess wearing the original '50's uniform near a large model of a PanAm Stratocruiser. Brought back many memories.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 22:21
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Another US peculiarity was stalls where the partitions and door bottoms were at knee height, or was that only a military thing?
Easier to clean the floor, cheaper to put in, no requirement for a little 'occupied' indicator on the latch, and nobody need rattle the door when the occupant is trying to focus.

Also, the quality of the clientele is easily ascertained by their shoon.

Los Angeles hasn't been a walking city since perhaps the 1940s, if then. The automobile saw to that. The underlying plot of 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' explains this as well as anything else does.
I've been through that very tunnel, myself.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 22:26
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Um, passing a women's facility in Venezuela they went further. The only door was open and there were no doors, in fact no partition of any kind, on the toilets.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 22:33
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Um, passing a women's facility in Venezuela they went further. The only door was open and there were no doors, in fact no partition of any kind, on the toilets.
A comprehensive discourse on 'bogs I have visited' on all 7 continents exceeds the scope (and probably the bandwidth) of this site. While I am probably difficult to surprise on this matter at this stage of the game, there is always something new.

But for build quality and finish work (and price), I commend one to the British plumber whose name has become a global byword:

Thomas Crapper
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 23:20
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...and for a learned treatise on early American stool furniture, you might like to read The Specialist, by Chic Sale.
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Old 29th Oct 2018, 07:31
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...and for a learned treatise on early American stool furniture, you might like to read The Specialist, by Chic Sale.
I see the illustrate are by William Kermode.

Somewhere in our library I have a copy of Lincolnshire prives. It runs to more than 29 pages.

Um is right, it should be a topic all of its own, maybe with sub sections ☺
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Old 29th Oct 2018, 08:03
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Another US peculiarity was stalls where the partitions and door bottoms were at knee height, or was that only a military thing?
Common but far from universal down under. As someone else noted, it makes cleaning easier.
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Old 29th Oct 2018, 21:03
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One of the hardest things for non-residents of the US to understand is the difficulty in pigeonholing the entire nation. Although the majority of our ancestors came from about 8 EU nations to start with, we were importing blacks from Africa soon after the settlers made a foothold. We also immigrated many Chinese, and indo-asians along the way. We have a thriving hispanic major community, and plenty of nordic types, whether from the high east-Asia areas, or the high Euro areas. Makes it pretty hard to say a unifying thing about the nation as a whole.

To make a universal comment on something as fractious as sex, health care and abortion, is nearly impossible. I've had the benefit of living in many parts of the US in the past, on both costs, and both borders. The transitions going to growing up in San Diego CA as a teen, and then going to work at Groton CT in the nuclear boat biz - was a mind-altering experience. Also - bring the changes in morality, and liberalism from the 1960s-2020, and it would be a complete minefield.

So, let me just give my op-ed on the whole US hang up with a few choice subjects. Sex: I'm all for it. Personally, I like hetero, but I don't really care one way or another about homo-typical sex, just that it's not my thing. I'm not really too happy with the DEMANDS that the gay community places on social acceptance, but they certainly have a good point on the legal aspects of being treated the same, notwithstanding their choice of bedmates. I think from the age of 15-ish, every youth should make their own decision about how much, and what kind they want to engage in. As far as I'm concerned, if it doesn't cause pain, or demean either party, anything goes. From 15-18, parents should be involved in the decision process(as I was with my two kids), but mostly take a hands-off approach unless there is some undue pressure, or damage being done. a healthy teen sex life makes for a fairly stable sex life in marriage several studies(Master and Johnson is only one) have shown. To note, this is in direct contravention of many religious themes, and mores. If they have their own way of deciding, then those that have CHOSEN that faith, will follow the tenets set forth.

Abortion; This was a sticky wicket up until 1973. The Supreme court finally took the bull by the nuts and made law(a flaw in our triumvirate system) by deciding that abortion was the woman's decision up to some pre-defined time of gestation. Does the baby have a right to be born? Sure - does the woman have the right to decide if she will bear a child? Why yes of course. The splitting of the atom is easier than deciding at what point the zygote is a person, worthy of continued life. From the moment of fertilization, up to the moment the birth sac breaks is all within the realm of possibilities. I think the SCOTUS has done a stellar job so far with an issue that should have been handled by the legislature and executive. My answer to those who are so adamantly against abortion is: Don't have one!

Health care. This is the hardest one to understand for non-US folks, but the easiest one to explain. Here goes; Our founders have stated that citizens(and some residents) have unalienable rights. These rights are a foundation of being born a human, and come from one's creator. Whether one considers a god, or mommy and daddy their creator, no matter which - all human have rights that cannot be abridged or taken away by the govt. We have listed some of them, but the list is not-exhaustive(life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, free speech, worship, redress of grievances, confront accusers, and strangely - the right to own and operate weapons). That means that every living human in the US has the right to health care. No one from the govt will ever stop you from going out and getting all the health care you want. More important though, is that this right does NOT extend to the govts of the US providing one with products, services, labor, or facilities to deliver health care. That - is the realm of private/quasi-public offering. The govt does not restrict or otherwise limit health care in the US, in fact - it is THE major player in setting up insurance sectors, regulations on doctors, facilities, drugs, etc. The US govt goes a long way to see that our health care is top notch, with great vigor, and that all persons will have access to all the health care they are interested in buying and using.

Therefore, a woman who has previously chosen to A. Have sex: B. Get pregnant: C. Deliver a baby must be individually responsible for finding, and having health care for herself and her infant until approx age 18. Do all women do this? Of course not. Are there many, many alternatives provided by the public/private sector? Why yes - there are billions of $$$ of taxes collected and spent every year of my hard earned income to provide a safety net for these type of situations. But - we do not deny the access to, or the offering of more health care to any person. It's just that the "right" of an individual to health care, does NOT mean a govt need provide it for all people. Go find health care, buy it, use it, revel in it. No one from the govt will ever stop you.

I hope this was helpful to those around the world who are so concerned that the US is such a wacky place. It confirms we are a wacky place - maybe, wacky will work for your nation.
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I think somebody's are jealous. I'd be too if all I could do was sit in a pub and talk about balls.
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