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(Wyoming News)   150 Norwegians driving the Lincoln Highway in vintage cars because of U.S. bars: "You talk to people very easy here; they're interested in who you are, if you sit in a pub in Germany, you can sit alone all night and no one will talk to you"   (wyomingnews.com) divider line 85
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2013-07-23 09:23:09 AM
"You talk to people very easy here; they're interested in who you are,"

Which is very annoying if you want to be left alone.
 
2013-07-23 09:27:05 AM
My wife found Europeans to be very friendly and outgoing, but she's a skinny, pretty blonde and she wears a cowboy hat and boots everywhere. Between that and the Texas accent people can't help themselves. Of course that was in England, maybe her outfit wouldn't break the dour Scandinavian facade or impenetrable German gloom.
 
2013-07-23 09:27:27 AM
Ran into one of the folks on this tour in Western PA back on the 4th of July. Very nice people.
 
2013-07-23 09:30:47 AM

olddeegee:


I want that hat....
 
2013-07-23 09:32:10 AM

hasty ambush: "You talk to people very easy here; they're interested in who you are,"

Which is very annoying if you want to be left alone.


Apparently, if you want to be left alone, you should move to Germany
 
2013-07-23 09:33:57 AM

technofiend: My wife found Europeans to be very friendly and outgoing, but she's a skinny, pretty blonde and she wears a cowboy hat and boots everywhere. Between that and the Texas accent people can't help themselves. Of course that was in England, maybe her outfit wouldn't break the dour Scandinavian facade or impenetrable German gloom.


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First thing I thought of.
 
2013-07-23 10:03:20 AM
How can you spot an Extroverted Norwegian?

When he talks to you he looks at your shoes.
 
2013-07-23 10:12:45 AM
<i>"Chicago was impressive with the lights and the big buildings there," he said. "It's a nice town as long as you don't drive."</i>

As a Chicago native, I'd have to say that's good advice.
 
2013-07-23 10:13:50 AM
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2013-07-23 10:33:28 AM

Fubegra: And I fail at using the new formatting buttons. I blame insufficient caffeine levels.


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2013-07-23 10:36:40 AM

Fubegra: <i>"Chicago was impressive with the lights and the big buildings there," he said. "It's a nice town as long as you don't drive."</i>

As a Chicago native, I'd have to say that's good advice.


well, you can drive, just make sure that you have lots of time, and $450.25 in random spare change.
 
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2013-07-23 10:39:44 AM

Suede head: Things must be crap in Norway if your idea of a good time is having ignorant fat dimwits start conversations with you in dank bars while drinking pissy beer.


Every country has its share of fat dimwits. You really think they're exclusive to the USA?
 
2013-07-23 10:39:57 AM

hasty ambush: Fubegra: And I fail at using the new formatting buttons. I blame insufficient caffeine levels.

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I'd give them something to suck and blow, if ya know what I mean, and I think you do.
 
2013-07-23 10:42:20 AM
One of my favorite bars in downtown DC always has foreign people on vacation in it. I've always had great conversations with people from all over. One couple I met from Denmark picked my brain all night about sites around DC. We even looked up the Capitals scheduale because they were big hockey fans and wanted to go to a game.
 
2013-07-23 11:48:55 AM
150 Norwegians Agree...

/Maybe I need to go to Germany  I can't sit at a bar and play trivia without some drunk inevitably sitting down next to me to tell me a) something racist b) how much he hates his ex wife.
 
2013-07-23 11:50:31 AM
Just go to places like Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion and you'll be amazed at the number of foreign visitors. While at Zion National Park and dayhiking the Angels Landing Trail I lost count at the number of different languages I heard. Same thing in the dinning rooms in the lodges at the Grand Canyon.
 
2013-07-23 12:50:26 PM

Andromeda: Fano: Claude Ballse: I always love stories like this. It's nice to hear from someone who looks upon America with fresh eyes that reminds you just how much there is to see out there, and just how great a place the US is.

This. And for all the annoying stuff, Americans are famously outgoing and inquisitive.

For sure.  As an American who moved to Europe, this is one thing I truly appreciate when I go back.  I always seem to have more spontaneous conversations with folks just going through the airport than I have in the previous month- and Europeans really won't believe that Americans would go out of their way to assist strangers in the way we take for granted.

The second thing I miss the most by the way is nature and wilderness in the US- I love The Netherlands for many reasons, but nature is not one of them in a country where every square meter is planned out (even the national parks have fences and houses in them).


I've always liked P.J. O'Rourke's description of America as an overly friendly golden retriever in a too smal room. We usually are trying to be friendly but end up wrecking things on accident.

Funny you should mention the nature and wilderness. My wife is from India and endlessly she mentions how she loves the lushness here on the East Coast. Even major cities have greenbelts
 
2013-07-23 01:01:18 PM
CSB;
I was on a project one time dealing with some offices in Ireland. Was telling them one time how I was driving to Dallas for the week to visit family. Told them it was a 12 hour drive: they thought that was round trip and driving slowly taking the scenic route. I said no; that's on freeways driving 110 to 120 kph, stopping very little and it's a pretty ugly drive.

Blew their minds.
 
2013-07-23 01:02:10 PM
groppet We even looked up the Capitals scheduale because they were big hockey fans and wanted to go to a game.

They lied to you...they were Death Metal fans making a pilgrimmage to the Heavy Metal Parking Lot
http://www.hammertonail.com/reviews/heavy-metal-parking-lot-film-rev ie w/
 
2013-07-23 01:02:45 PM

PizzaJedi81: hasty ambush: Fubegra: And I fail at using the new formatting buttons. I blame insufficient caffeine levels.

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I'd give them something to suck and blow, if ya know what I mean, and I think you do.


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2013-07-23 01:04:51 PM
I feel dumb, I'd never heard of the Lincoln Highway. Route 66, sure, but Lincoln Highway, news to me.

http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/map/
 
2013-07-23 01:09:10 PM

eKonk: PizzaJedi81: hasty ambush: Fubegra: And I fail at using the new formatting buttons. I blame insufficient caffeine levels.

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I was thinking Tootsie Pops.
 
2013-07-23 01:10:11 PM
 mjohnson71 project one time dealing with some offices in Ireland. Was telling them one time how I was driving to Dallas for the week to visit family.  I said no; that's on freeways driving 110 to 120 kph, stopping very little and it's a pretty ugly drive.
Blew their minds.

Irish? Dallas? driving? blew their minds?
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2013-07-23 01:14:47 PM
Smelly Pirate Hooker Technically there's 20 or 30 decent-sized Historic Byways...Duncan Hines is one of my faves, & for some reason 'Dixie Highway' ends up in Michigan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrWA1T4vFRE
 
2013-07-23 01:14:49 PM

Fallout Boy: Claude Ballse: I always love stories like this. It's nice to hear from someone who looks upon America with fresh eyes that reminds you just how much there is to see out there, and just how great a place the US is.

Dont kid yourself. It is just another example of Americans not being able to mind their own damn business, something that the US is good at. If a guy wants to sit alone in a bar; leave the poor fark alone! Now the Germans, there's a people who knew how to mind their own business.


Is this a Pollack joke?
 
2013-07-23 01:16:41 PM

FlyingJ: mjohnson71 project one time dealing with some offices in Ireland. Was telling them one time how I was driving to Dallas for the week to visit family.  I said no; that's on freeways driving 110 to 120 kph, stopping very little and it's a pretty ugly drive.
Blew their minds.

Irish? Dallas? driving? blew their minds?
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Good one. Didn't mean it that way.

I also told them how Chicago's a 5 or 6 hour drive. Once again they were amazed and thought going 6 hours north from St. Louis would get you well into Canada.
 
2013-07-23 01:17:39 PM

PizzaJedi81: eKonk: PizzaJedi81: hasty ambush: Fubegra: And I fail at using the new formatting buttons. I blame insufficient caffeine levels.

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I was thinking Tootsie Pops.


You're going to regret that when they start biting.
 
2013-07-23 01:20:05 PM

eKonk: You're going to regret that when they start biting.


Well, I'm kinda into that, so...
 
2013-07-23 01:20:37 PM

AMonkey'sUncle: Claude Ballse: I always love stories like this. It's nice to hear from someone who looks upon America with fresh eyes that reminds you just how much there is to see out there, and just how great a place the US is.

I don't remember the show or the host (senior moment), but he would find feel-good stories about average Americans all around the country. I could forget me rancor for the duration of the show.

Best story was about the dog that had fallen out of a car, but refused to leave the side of the highway. People tried to take it home, but the dog refused, waiting for its owner to come get it. So people fed it. One day it was found dead, hit by a car.

Though sad, it did show people can have a good heart too.


Was this the dog?

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2013-07-23 06:09:14 PM
FTA:  From Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany n Kjensli is the organizer n they cruised through town Wednesday on their trip along the nation's oldest transcontinental highway.

Em-dash fail.

/Hell, they even spelled it wrong....
 
2013-07-23 06:25:37 PM

PizzaJedi81: technofiend: My wife found Europeans to be very friendly and outgoing, but she's a skinny, pretty blonde and she wears a cowboy hat and boots everywhere. Between that and the Texas accent people can't help themselves. Of course that was in England, maybe her outfit wouldn't break the dour Scandinavian facade or impenetrable German gloom.

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First thing I thought of.


LOL! Were you my best man??
 
2013-07-23 07:17:02 PM

Claude Ballse: I always love stories like this. It's nice to hear from someone who looks upon America with fresh eyes that reminds you just how much there is to see out there, and just how great a place the US is.


I think it is just the fact that American's are nosy and feel they belong getting into others business.

Good example:

At work yesterday I had a convo with a couple of co-workers.  One guy was like: "If I was driving 80 and you come flying up on me at what I think is 100 I am not going to move over you can just drive slower".  So this guy who is going 15 over the speed limit wants to regulate me going 35 over the speed limit.  Both are speeding.  American's have their comfort limits and really like to enforce those on others.  The reason they are chatting is curiosity and their god given need to tell you how to run your own life and how to make your decisions.
 
2013-07-23 07:38:11 PM

Kazrath: Claude Ballse: I always love stories like this. It's nice to hear from someone who looks upon America with fresh eyes that reminds you just how much there is to see out there, and just how great a place the US is.

I think it is just the fact that American's are nosy and feel they belong getting into others business.

Good example:

At work yesterday I had a convo with a couple of co-workers.  One guy was like: "If I was driving 80 and you come flying up on me at what I think is 100 I am not going to move over you can just drive slower".  So this guy who is going 15 over the speed limit wants to regulate me going 35 over the speed limit.  Both are speeding.  American's have their comfort limits and really like to enforce those on others.  The reason they are chatting is curiosity and their god given need to tell you how to run your own life and how to make your decisions.


Not so, we also overshare personal details.
 
2013-07-24 10:42:11 AM

mjohnson71: FlyingJ: mjohnson71 project one time dealing with some offices in Ireland. Was telling them one time how I was driving to Dallas for the week to visit family.  I said no; that's on freeways driving 110 to 120 kph, stopping very little and it's a pretty ugly drive.
Blew their minds.

Irish? Dallas? driving? blew their minds?
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Good one. Didn't mean it that way.

I also told them how Chicago's a 5 or 6 hour drive. Once again they were amazed and thought going 6 hours north from St. Louis would get you well into Canada.


About 20 years ago my family had two foreign exchange students from France. (Both girls, actually, hubba hubba) One of the first things we had to do was explain why they couldn't drive to New York for the weekend.  My family lived in Chicago at the time.
When I was in Britain for a summer I did tell a very nice couple that their weeklong car trip stateside where they wanted to see Boston, New York, Miami and St Louis wasn't really going to work.
The sheer SIZE of the US is hard for Europeans to fathom.
 
2013-07-24 03:48:17 PM
SharkaPult About 20 years ago my family had two foreign exchange students from France. (Both girls, actually, hubba hubba) One of the first things we had to do was explain why they couldn't drive to New York for the weekend.  My family lived in Chicago at the time.


Some years back some buddies fell into a group of Euro-Nannies , they were supposed to meet us for a camp-out to watch a regatta but they were hours late-they finally showed up & explained they picked up a couple hitchhikers, an old drifter & his Native American buddy.  The 2 immediately impressed upon them that they needed to stop at a motel so the girls could rent them a room where they would get to have a drifter & Native American alcoholic screw their brains out.  It didn't help these nannies were frying on acid, so they stopped at a party store & threw them $10 to go in & grab some smokes and booze, where they took off
 
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