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2013-11-13 02:17:36 AM

spaten: davidphogan: kombi: Up till about 20is years ago there was still green belt (non built up areas) between LA and San Diego. Not it seems like Sd to SF is one big city.

When did Camp Pendleton get bulldozed, and how the hell did LA and SF get connected by sprawl?

During the 1980's to the 2000's. Was on the front lines of it North County San Diego went from beach towns to urban sprawl. Pendalton was the only place that didn't get dozed.

San Onofre isn't a nude beach anymore. Blacks is still there.

Check out the topos from the 70's... Small beach towns, not farking condos everywhere.


You said it much better than I did. I lived out in Rialto in the 80's. When we would drive to Covina there was nothing during alot of the drive. They used to make fireworks in Fontaina since no one lived out there. Upland rancho, all that was grape orchards. Now you dont know where one city ends and the next begins. Just one big city
 
2013-11-13 02:18:52 AM
GRCooper:
Was just in Berlin in Aug. Found the people there decidedly less friendly than in Munich.

When talking to my german friend about it he laughed and said "dude you were in northern Germany..they're pretty unfriendly."


Eh, Germany is just like the US:
both apparently have "Southern Charm" and the charmers who are still pissed about losing their civil war(s) in the 1860s against the Northern aggressors who forced them into a federal union which they still threaten to secede from.

Did the friendly folks in the south at least refer to their brothers and sisters from the north as "Saupreissn" (roughly: Prussian pigs) in front of you as it's the charming Bavarian custom? ;-)

But then again, the stereotypical Northern Germans really aren't known for their exuberance and there's also the infamous and proverbial Berliner Schnauze..
 
2013-11-13 02:20:58 AM

pyrotek85: ciberido: pyrotek85: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

I've seen this observation in other articles too, and I'm always surprised by it. Now I haven't personally traveled all over the country, but I have looked at maps and globes that show states/countries to scale to each other. Doesn't everyone else learn this in school at some point?

Whenever I would show a Nepali a map of Asia (or a globe), they would be amazed at how small Nepal was compared to other Asian countries such as China or India.  To be fair, India and China are both pretty big countries, but still, I was surprised at how surprised they were.

Conversely, they didn't seem all that surprised to see how big the USA was.

The again, a Nepali man once asked me which bus he would take to get to America.  Well, it's a landlocked country.  I'm not sure the man knew what an ocean was.

Well I wouldn't blame him for not knowing, not everyone has access to the same amount of schooling as everyone else does unfortunately. I'm just surprised that tourists visiting from other first world countries are ignorant of something I thought be common knowledge to them. I mean, the size and scope of the world and it's countries is pretty basic wouldn't you think?



Whether you've seen a map or not, it really is staggering when you travel by land across the US or Australia or China or whatever. Even if you know it is X hours of driving/train, you don't really feel the size until you do it. LONGER THAN YOU THINK, DAD
 
2013-11-13 02:21:02 AM

flucto: Interesting. Even moving back to the US after a couple of years triggers some of these observations. Wait, I can buy milk, on Sunday, at 9pm, in 200 places? In gallons?


And it comes in a REAL container. Not some wimpy plastic bag.

i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-11-13 02:23:03 AM

ciberido: gunslinger_RG: 

Also, to comment on something in the article, what Triya Bhattacharya  (the second person quoted) said about McDonald's rang true.  I have this quirk where I try to eat at a McDonald's in any country I visit.  Yes, of course it's better to eat local cuisine in general, but if you're going to be there a long time you get a hankering for American food occasionally.  Anyway, for whatever reason the quality of food at a McDonald's in the USA is much, much lower than at any McDonald's outside the USA (at least in my personal experience).


Also true in my experience. The reason I think this is the case is that the beef and chicken in countries other than the US is free range and not the corn-stuffed gang-pressed factory-raised animals like we have here. The fries are fried in pure, heavenly lard as God awmighty hath intended and not in vegetable oil.

On the downside, in other countries no free refills, no liberal ketchup helpings and no such thing as double quarter pounders.
 
2013-11-13 02:24:49 AM

pyrotek85: RINO: 9Speed: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

A few months ago I had a long-time friend fly in from Denmark to stay with me for a week.  He had already planned out an itinerary for all the places he wanted to drive to...

Mon he arrived in Ft Lauderdale.
Tues he thought it would be fun to drive to Washington DC.
Weds we're going to see the arch in St Louis
Thurs let's hike the Grand Canyon in the morning and then go to Disneyland in the afternoon
Fri drive back to FL
etc.

I've found this map to be a useful visual aid for that sort of thing.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 300x287]

See this is what I meant. I learned very early on in school that most of our states are as big/larger than most european countries, roughly speaking anyway. I cannot believe that grown adults have never looked at a globe or world atlas or something, and not realized the general size their country is to others. It's no wonder they're surprised we all have cars.


The surprising thing is that Americans are considered dumb for not speaking multiple languages. This isn't Europe or India, where you have a different language for every state.
 
2013-11-13 02:25:59 AM

davidphogan: spaten: davidphogan: kombi: Up till about 20is years ago there was still green belt (non built up areas) between LA and San Diego. Not it seems like Sd to SF is one big city.

When did Camp Pendleton get bulldozed, and how the hell did LA and SF get connected by sprawl?

During the 1980's to the 2000's. Was on the front lines of it North County San Diego went from beach towns to urban sprawl. Pendalton was the only place that didn't get dozed.

San Onofre isn't a nude beach anymore. Blacks is still there.

Check out the topos from the 70's... Small beach towns, not farking condos everywhere.

The 70's were a lot more than 20 years ago.


One native paleontologist/surfer I was working with showed me pictures of Carlsbad in the 70's and 80's. He used to be able to walk down a dirt road to the beach.

I monitored so many historic and prehistoric sites being destroyed in the mid 2000's on coastal it was sickening. I was part of a project at marina del rey that we excavated 100's of prehistoric burials to build condos.

The San Diego and Orange County Coast was farked in the 2000's housing boom.
 
2013-11-13 02:26:40 AM
I lived in the Netherlands for a few years when I was younger, and coming back to the US my only really big culture shock was having actual grocery stores (as opposed to a meat store, a baker, etc.), and how heavily filtered all the entertainment was. No more primetime TV pr0n for me. My bigger shock came when I moved from DC to SoCal. People in California are way too f*cking friendly to strangers, striking up random conversations in public, etc. Coffee shop baristas here actually learn my first name, and make a point of saying hi to me even if the last time I came by for a latte was months ago.

doosh: It's like this, a gross modo:

Salvadorans, Guatemalans & Hondurans resent them for treating them like shiat and pretending they're superior
Cubans look down on them as uneducated, dirty yokels
Colombians think they talk and act goofy (and have poor taste)
Venezuelans are bitter for them having stolen their trend-setting crown throughout the rest of S. America
Puerto Ricans for making them look bad since they're so much harder working
Argentinians, well, Argentinians are more arrogant than the French or South Koreans so they hate even being lumped in as being Latin Americans at all!


Yes, yes, yes. Don't forget the Brazilians that don't really get along with anyone else in Latin America.
 
2013-11-13 02:28:39 AM

HotWingAgenda: Coffee shop baristas here actually learn my first name, and make a point of saying hi to me even if the last time I came by for a latte was months ago.


I get that at liquor stores.
 
2013-11-13 02:31:08 AM

kombi: Popular Opinion: 

When I go to a bar or restaurant I expect to tip. They are serving me.


But it IS arbitrary. Do you tip your dentist? A cop? The deli guy? They're all rendering services to you.
 
2013-11-13 02:34:38 AM

Fano: pyrotek85: RINO: 9Speed: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

A few months ago I had a long-time friend fly in from Denmark to stay with me for a week.  He had already planned out an itinerary for all the places he wanted to drive to...

Mon he arrived in Ft Lauderdale.
Tues he thought it would be fun to drive to Washington DC.
Weds we're going to see the arch in St Louis
Thurs let's hike the Grand Canyon in the morning and then go to Disneyland in the afternoon
Fri drive back to FL
etc.

I've found this map to be a useful visual aid for that sort of thing.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 300x287]

See this is what I meant. I learned very early on in school that most of our states are as big/larger than most european countries, roughly speaking anyway. I cannot believe that grown adults have never looked at a globe or world atlas or something, and not realized the general size their country is to others. It's no wonder they're surprised we all have cars.

The surprising thing is that Americans are considered dumb for not speaking multiple languages. This isn't Europe or India, where you have a different language for every state.


Ya thats one thing that people from other countries dont really understand. In the US we are all basiclly the same. We speek the same language hve the same culture . For the most part. In a country like china or Russia. they speak different languages so they have to learn them .
 
2013-11-13 02:35:48 AM

pyrotek85: ciberido: pyrotek85: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

I've seen this observation in other articles too, and I'm always surprised by it. Now I haven't personally traveled all over the country, but I have looked at maps and globes that show states/countries to scale to each other. Doesn't everyone else learn this in school at some point?

Whenever I would show a Nepali a map of Asia (or a globe), they would be amazed at how small Nepal was compared to other Asian countries such as China or India.  To be fair, India and China are both pretty big countries, but still, I was surprised at how surprised they were.

Conversely, they didn't seem all that surprised to see how big the USA was.

The again, a Nepali man once asked me which bus he would take to get to America.  Well, it's a landlocked country.  I'm not sure the man knew what an ocean was.

Well I wouldn't blame him for not knowing, not everyone has access to the same amount of schooling as everyone else does unfortunately. I'm just surprised that tourists visiting from other first world countries are ignorant of something I thought be common knowledge to them. I mean, the size and scope of the world and it's countries is pretty basic wouldn't you think?


Remember though, Americans are renowned for not knowing shiat about foreign lands. Even though it's a universal trait- Most countries are reduced to their major cities- Japan= Tokyo, Britain = London, France= Paris, etc. America is New York and Los Angeles, perhaps one other city.
www.bequi.com

How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?
 
2013-11-13 02:37:28 AM
It surprises me that both Americans and non Americans assume you are supposed to eat the entire, huge restaurant portion in one sitting. The point is to take half of it home and re-experience the meal again later. In part, it's a marketing technique for the restaurant...you now have a container of stuff in your fridge that serves to extend your consumer experience. Brilliant!
 
2013-11-13 02:37:55 AM

doosh: kombi: Popular Opinion: 

When I go to a bar or restaurant I expect to tip. They are serving me.

But it IS arbitrary. Do you tip your dentist? A cop? The deli guy? They're all rendering services to you.


Thats the problem. Culturally we tip in a restaurant and bar.  But in other countries the workers are union or they dont tip there. So they are getting paid more. But they also pay more for the meal. Its just our culture
 
2013-11-13 02:48:35 AM
I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards. When I was in soccer radio we would have Euro players come in and complain how we dont drive on the correct side of the road. They cant take there teenage kids to a bar, we dont use pal for our video standard, we use 110v and not 220. How we where simple and backwards compared to the rest of the world. Why would someone want to live so far away from LA or NY. Why would we want to live any ware else in the country. They dont understand why there teenage kids could not go to Hollywood clubs with them. All kinds of stuff
 
2013-11-13 02:58:53 AM

kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards. When I was in soccer radio we would have Euro players come in and complain how we dont drive on the correct side of the road. They cant take there teenage kids to a bar, we dont use pal for our video standard, we use 110v and not 220. How we where simple and backwards compared to the rest of the world. Why would someone want to live so far away from LA or NY. Why would we want to live any ware else in the country. They dont understand why there teenage kids could not go to Hollywood clubs with them. All kinds of stuff


Lived in Poland for a while. They love Americans and hate the Germans. Wonder why. The hooligan culture in Bitom and Katowice is very strong. shiatheads tried to rob me a couple times. I laughed at them and told them to buy a ticket to Detroit. The real Eastern Europe gangsters aren't petty criminals...
 
2013-11-13 02:59:39 AM

drgloryboy: Some observations I had of Europe in the 90's:

Couldn't find non-carbonated bottled water anywhere. All bottled water was carbonated.

No public drinking fountains in museums or other public places.

Go to a restaurant and they would place a single small ice cube in your water or soft drink.

Bought a meal from a street vendor who refused to give me more then 1 single small paper napkin.

Wild cuts of pork and beef I never saw before. What do we do with all the scapulas of pigs here in the states? Seeing animals in various stages of slaughter hung upside down after being skinned, seeing brains and tripe etc.

Almost daily saw some troop of protestors marching down the street.

Met a very friendly girl in a museum who could carry on a conversation in English. We talked for a while and she was helpful. She wasn't Spanish and I was in Spain. I asked what country she was from and she refused to tell me stating she was embarrassed thought that was odd.


Romania
 
2013-11-13 03:05:52 AM

spaten: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards. When I was in soccer radio we would have Euro players come in and complain how we dont drive on the correct side of the road. They cant take there teenage kids to a bar, we dont use pal for our video standard, we use 110v and not 220. How we where simple and backwards compared to the rest of the world. Why would someone want to live so far away from LA or NY. Why would we want to live any ware else in the country. They dont understand why there teenage kids could not go to Hollywood clubs with them. All kinds of stuff

Lived in Poland for a while. They love Americans and hate the Germans. Wonder why. The hooligan culture in Bitom and Katowice is very strong. shiatheads tried to rob me a couple times. I laughed at them and told them to buy a ticket to Detroit. The real Eastern Europe gangsters aren't petty criminals...


Oh hell ya. They are real villains. Would not want to screw with them. Even with the shooting now and then, We are incredibly safe compared to alot of the world. . And they have alot more firepower than anyone here. Even when it comes to street crime.
 
2013-11-13 03:06:44 AM

Fano: How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?


Well, I UNDERSTAND that Africa and Western Europe are not countries, unlike whoever made that travesty of an infographic.
 
2013-11-13 03:09:26 AM

kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards.


Were you originally from somewhere else?
 
2013-11-13 03:11:26 AM

stiletto_the_wise: Popular Opinion: Confabulat: One thing I learned from years of waiting tables in a touristy-type restaurant is Europeans are very uncomfortable with lots of ice in their drinks. Americans are very much the opposite.

before the advent of free refills, it may seem like a gyp to get a glass full of ice and hardly any beverage.
a jewish friend used to go to mcdonalds and order a large coke, no ice, and a courtesy cup of ice, so he would not be paying for ice.

os for the UK, my experience led me to believe the costs of energy and big commercial ice makers just means it isn't common unless the establishment serves a lot of customers who like lots of ice (like americans).

Also, something I've only seen in the USA: Ice in beer! UGGGHHHHHHH!!


I'm an alcoholic American and I've never seen anyone put ice in their beer and if I did I would kick someone's ASS
 
2013-11-13 03:13:12 AM

kombi: spaten: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards. When I was in soccer radio we would have Euro players come in and complain how we dont drive on the correct side of the road. They cant take there teenage kids to a bar, we dont use pal for our video standard, we use 110v and not 220. How we where simple and backwards compared to the rest of the world. Why would someone want to live so far away from LA or NY. Why would we want to live any ware else in the country. They dont understand why there teenage kids could not go to Hollywood clubs with them. All kinds of stuff

Lived in Poland for a while. They love Americans and hate the Germans. Wonder why. The hooligan culture in Bitom and Katowice is very strong. shiatheads tried to rob me a couple times. I laughed at them and told them to buy a ticket to Detroit. The real Eastern Europe gangsters aren't petty criminals...

Oh hell ya. They are real villains. Would not want to screw with them. Even with the shooting now and then, We are incredibly safe compared to alot of the world. . And they have alot more firepower than anyone here. Even when it comes to street crime.


Its like that with the people of KUWAIT too. They love us there. Dont really like there neighbors. When ever we have any kind of disaster they are usually one of the first to offer aid. We always turn them down.
 
2013-11-13 03:14:05 AM

BigJake: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards.

Were you originally from somewhere else?


No Im Native
 
2013-11-13 03:18:46 AM

HotWingAgenda: Fano: How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?

Well, I UNDERSTAND that Africa and Western Europe are not countries, unlike whoever made that travesty of an infographic.



Asberger's is an interesting syndrome. Africa looks somewhat small on the Mercator projection. It's nice to see someone give some scale to the size of Africa. Especially to show that the Europeans that meddled with it so much from the 1600s on were just small states imposing their will on big ones.
 
2013-11-13 03:19:41 AM

doosh: kombi: Popular Opinion: 

When I go to a bar or restaurant I expect to tip. They are serving me.

But it IS arbitrary. Do you tip your dentist? A cop? The deli guy? They're all rendering services to you.


The last time I got my teeth cleaned the dental hygenist taught me that you're supposed to tip them
 
2013-11-13 03:22:12 AM

ransack.: doosh: kombi: Popular Opinion: 

When I go to a bar or restaurant I expect to tip. They are serving me.

But it IS arbitrary. Do you tip your dentist? A cop? The deli guy? They're all rendering services to you.

The last time I got my teeth cleaned the dental hygenist taught me that you're supposed to tip them


Again. I agree. I do. I dont think everyone needs to be tipped. I really dont think anyone needs to be tipped. But Thats not our culture. Here we tip some people. and dont tip others.
 
2013-11-13 03:25:30 AM

kombi: BigJake: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards.

Were you originally from somewhere else?

No Im Native


He's probably asking because you don't know the difference between there and their. Or apostrophes.
 
2013-11-13 03:27:05 AM

doosh: kombi: BigJake: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards.

Were you originally from somewhere else?

No Im Native

He's probably asking because you don't know the difference between there and their. Or apostrophes.


I think he's dyslexic or something, my son's mother is a reasonably intelligent person but she has severe dyslexia and this guy's posts make me feel like I'm reading one of her text messages.
 
2013-11-13 03:33:05 AM

kombi: ransack.: doosh: kombi: Popular Opinion: 

When I go to a bar or restaurant I expect to tip. They are serving me.

But it IS arbitrary. Do you tip your dentist? A cop? The deli guy? They're all rendering services to you.

The last time I got my teeth cleaned the dental hygenist taught me that you're supposed to tip them

Again. I agree. I do. I dont think everyone needs to be tipped. I really dont think anyone needs to be tipped. But Thats not our culture. Here we tip some people. and dont tip others.


Just to give you an idea how tipping works in the US. I worked in a restaurant.So you tip your server. the server then has to tip the bussboy and the bartender. Then in some places or nights also tip the food runner, bar back, hostess. Then in some places even the cook, and any other line cooks or pantry chef's.  Then in some places there are even more the have to tip out. Now also remember that in some places any tipped employee is making well below min wage. Maybe if we did something about that, then we would not have to tip everyone
 
2013-11-13 03:33:43 AM

kombi: it seems like Sd to SF is one big city.


Have you driven from Santa Clarita to Stockton lately?

Even on the 99 corridor... the cities are widely spaced.

I grew up in OC... and I absolutely notice the sprawl that wasn't there when i was a pup... the "Southland" as the local news calls it.

But there is essentially nothing between the two major urban centers in CA... and it's a huge State.
 
2013-11-13 03:34:18 AM

doosh: kombi: BigJake: kombi: I do think its funny how alot of Europeans just think we are backwards.

Were you originally from somewhere else?

No Im Native

He's probably asking because you don't know the difference between there and their. Or apostrophes.


Sorry. I know.My grammar sucks.
 
2013-11-13 03:36:19 AM

Pray 4 Mojo: kombi: it seems like Sd to SF is one big city.

Have you driven from Santa Clarita to Stockton lately?

Even on the 99 corridor... the cities are widely spaced.

I grew up in OC... and I absolutely notice the sprawl that wasn't there when i was a pup... the "Southland" as the local news calls it.

But there is essentially nothing between the two major urban centers in CA... and it's a huge State.


Ah yes the OC. Dont get me started about the OC and El Torro
 
2013-11-13 03:37:23 AM

kombi: Pray 4 Mojo: kombi: it seems like Sd to SF is one big city.

Have you driven from Santa Clarita to Stockton lately?

Even on the 99 corridor... the cities are widely spaced.

I grew up in OC... and I absolutely notice the sprawl that wasn't there when i was a pup... the "Southland" as the local news calls it.

But there is essentially nothing between the two major urban centers in CA... and it's a huge State.

Ah yes the OC. Dont get me started about the OC and El Torro


Or Irvine Meadows
 
2013-11-13 03:37:48 AM

Fano: pyrotek85: ciberido: pyrotek85: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

I've seen this observation in other articles too, and I'm always surprised by it. Now I haven't personally traveled all over the country, but I have looked at maps and globes that show states/countries to scale to each other. Doesn't everyone else learn this in school at some point?

Whenever I would show a Nepali a map of Asia (or a globe), they would be amazed at how small Nepal was compared to other Asian countries such as China or India.  To be fair, India and China are both pretty big countries, but still, I was surprised at how surprised they were.

Conversely, they didn't seem all that surprised to see how big the USA was.

The again, a Nepali man once asked me which bus he would take to get to America.  Well, it's a landlocked country.  I'm not sure the man knew what an ocean was.

Well I wouldn't blame him for not knowing, not everyone has access to the same amount of schooling as everyone else does unfortunately. I'm just surprised that tourists visiting from other first world countries are ignorant of something I thought be common knowledge to them. I mean, the size and scope of the world and it's countries is pretty basic wouldn't you think?

Remember though, Americans are renowned for not knowing shiat about foreign lands. Even though it's a universal trait- Most countries are reduced to their major cities- Japan= Tokyo, Britain = London, France= Paris, etc. America is New York and Los Angeles, perhaps one other city.


How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?


I think I understand that pic... It means that Cuba is somewhere in the Sahara Desert, right?
 
2013-11-13 03:39:51 AM

Fano: pyrotek85: ciberido: pyrotek85: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

I've seen this observation in other articles too, and I'm always surprised by it. Now I haven't personally traveled all over the country, but I have looked at maps and globes that show states/countries to scale to each other. Doesn't everyone else learn this in school at some point?

Whenever I would show a Nepali a map of Asia (or a globe), they would be amazed at how small Nepal was compared to other Asian countries such as China or India.  To be fair, India and China are both pretty big countries, but still, I was surprised at how surprised they were.

Conversely, they didn't seem all that surprised to see how big the USA was.

The again, a Nepali man once asked me which bus he would take to get to America.  Well, it's a landlocked country.  I'm not sure the man knew what an ocean was.

Well I wouldn't blame him for not knowing, not everyone has access to the same amount of schooling as everyone else does unfortunately. I'm just surprised that tourists visiting from other first world countries are ignorant of something I thought be common knowledge to them. I mean, the size and scope of the world and it's countries is pretty basic wouldn't you think?

Remember though, Americans are renowned for not knowing shiat about foreign lands. Even though it's a universal trait- Most countries are reduced to their major cities- Japan= Tokyo, Britain = London, France= Paris, etc. America is New York and Los Angeles, perhaps one other city.
[www.bequi.com image 604x786]

How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?


How many people understand that individual countries (with the exception of Western Europe, which is a part of a continent) are going to be smaller than a whole continent?

Not you apparently.
 
2013-11-13 03:41:08 AM

kombi: Ah yes the OC. Dont get me started about the OC and El Torro


FTFY.

He he he... I went to see the folks in OC a few weeks ago and was gonna meet up with my sister and her kid for some drinks. I told her I didn't want to go to a bar that was full of douchebags... she said we'd need to leave OC for that...

I despise that place.
 
2013-11-13 03:43:54 AM

Pray 4 Mojo: kombi: Ah yes the OC. Dont get me started about the OC and El Torro

FTFY.

He he he... I went to see the folks in OC a few weeks ago and was gonna meet up with my sister and her kid for some drinks. I told her I didn't want to go to a bar that was full of douchebags... she said we'd need to leave OC for that...

I despise that place.


Well its the urban sprawl we have been talking about. Unless you lived in Socal you would not understand.
 
2013-11-13 03:44:55 AM

Pray 4 Mojo: kombi: Ah yes the OC. Dont get me started about the OC and El Torro

FTFY.

He he he... I went to see the folks in OC a few weeks ago and was gonna meet up with my sister and her kid for some drinks. I told her I didn't want to go to a bar that was full of douchebags... she said we'd need to leave OC for that...

I despise that place.


But they have always been DBags in the OC
 
2013-11-13 03:46:02 AM
I'll offer up some of my *wisdom* here. I'm an American who has lived abroad and I can actually relate to the shock a lot of these folks display in the article, except from reverse. Portion size is spot on accurate, you won't find bigger sizes than the USA, and that includes waist size. I've lived in Germany, where I first found out about portion sizes and different colloquialisms (sp?)....now I live in the UAE, and it's a crazy experience...here's a few of the things I've gotten accustomed to:

Speed limit most places is 60-80km/h, and 120-140 on the highway...in other words it's very fast compared to the states. There is a blatent disregard for driving safety here, and it's not uncommon to see someone pass on the shoulder doing an easy 200. Expect to have someone on your rear bumper flashing their headlights if you're in the 'fast' lane. Get out of the way.

In the UAE, you have to adapt to a much different wealth distribution. You see Lambo's and Rari's daily, sprinkled with Bentley's and RR throughout...but in between those you'll see brand new Audi's, BMW's followed by rusty buses and 96 Cavaliers.

EVERYTHING DELIVERS! You want McDonald's? Delivered. You need aspirin? Delivered. Need your car washed? It'll be done at your place. Just bought a new TV? We'll deliver it and set it up for you at no additional cost. It's crazy.

Don't try to visit any 'adult' websites on your computer or mobile...it's blocked by the UAE government. Yay for VPNs.

Credit is so different here. If you have 20% of the total value of what you're buying, you can walk out with it. What this equates to is: Want that new 100,000 dollar car? Have 20,000 to put down? Here's the keys. No negotiating...just sign and drive. No credit check, because if you default we will put you in jail for at least a year, and when you get out of jail you'll still owe the bank that money, so you better pay or you'll go back to jail.

Sunday is Monday, Thursday is Friday. In Christian based social cultures, Sunday is the day that most things close down, and Friday starts the weekend; Monday starts the work week. Here, Friday is the holy day, Thursday starts the weekend, and Sunday starts the work week...

Brunch. The single most amazing awesomeness ever. Every Friday at most every booze serving restaurant in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, they have brunch. Now...this isn't brunch as Americans know it, where you wake up at noon and go have eggs and bacon with tomato soup at Denny's. This is a four to five hour block of amazeballs. Walk in, pay equivelant to 100 bucks, and you're presented first with a never ending buffet of luxurious food. As you fill your plate, there is a bottomless glass of whichever booze they have selected for the occasion, and you have four to five hours to consume as much as you like (without being crazy drunk and going to jail)...After the first hour you start to become social and meet people...it's pretty awesome.

Speaking of bacon...pork is shunned here in the UAE, being a Muslim state. However, the UAE has a lot of 'Westerners' as they call anyone who is white basically, so you can get it. What you'll see at a supermarket is a "pork section" with a disclaimer "WARNING, PORK IS NOT FOR MUSLIMS" pretty funny...

Speaking of food and groceries, it's some of the best shopping ever. You can have your steak from Argentina, bacon from Australia, eggs from the UK, bread from France, pasta from Italy, and veggies from all over the world...it IS a LOT more expensive to fill your fridge though....

Oh...and there's a Lambo, Aston Martin, R8, BMW, Mercedes, GT-R, Corvette...that just happen to be police cars...you're welcome.


So that's it...the weird part for me now is going home and not having these luxuries...but that's part of living abroad!
 
2013-11-13 03:46:06 AM

Teknowaffle: Fano: pyrotek85: ciberido: pyrotek85: Shostie: America is literally HUGE.

I think a lot of Americans don't quite comprehend how massive this country really is.

I've seen this observation in other articles too, and I'm always surprised by it. Now I haven't personally traveled all over the country, but I have looked at maps and globes that show states/countries to scale to each other. Doesn't everyone else learn this in school at some point?

Whenever I would show a Nepali a map of Asia (or a globe), they would be amazed at how small Nepal was compared to other Asian countries such as China or India.  To be fair, India and China are both pretty big countries, but still, I was surprised at how surprised they were.

Conversely, they didn't seem all that surprised to see how big the USA was.

The again, a Nepali man once asked me which bus he would take to get to America.  Well, it's a landlocked country.  I'm not sure the man knew what an ocean was.

Well I wouldn't blame him for not knowing, not everyone has access to the same amount of schooling as everyone else does unfortunately. I'm just surprised that tourists visiting from other first world countries are ignorant of something I thought be common knowledge to them. I mean, the size and scope of the world and it's countries is pretty basic wouldn't you think?

Remember though, Americans are renowned for not knowing shiat about foreign lands. Even though it's a universal trait- Most countries are reduced to their major cities- Japan= Tokyo, Britain = London, France= Paris, etc. America is New York and Los Angeles, perhaps one other city.
[www.bequi.com image 604x786]

How many people UNDERSTAND that pic?

How many people understand that individual countries (with the exception of Western Europe, which is a part of a continent) are going to be smaller than a whole continent?

Not you apparently.


Most Europeans don't understand their "continent" is smaller than several nations.
 
2013-11-13 03:49:21 AM
There was an exchange student on our soccer team in high school who was from somewhere in Eastern Europe (I can't remember where).  He was a cool guy but didn't understand that all Americans wear deodorant, especially during two a days in August.  On the second day someone went to the store at lunch and bought him a few different sticks of deodorant.  Watching him try to apply it with the cap still on generated some laughs but once we explained what was going on and that we weren't trying to be dicks he got the picture.  It's probably a good thing we did that before school started since no one wants to sit next to someone who smells like armpits.
I also recall going to Canada about 10 years ago and being taken aback by vinegar packets at fast food restaurants and how casually racist some people were, especially regarding the native population.  I also recall being on the light rail and the subject of gun ownership coming up and everyone around us becoming very concerned since we were American and they thought we were armed to the teeth and insane.
 
2013-11-13 03:53:15 AM

fusillade762: Seemed to me like the most common observations (from what I've read so far) were:

Tipping? What the hell?

The mass transit here sucks.

People don't stay with their relatives when they visit.

Lack of universal health care is insane.

Credit score WTF?

Our cars and houses are ridiculous in size.


Did you read the article? Because half of the things people listed were positive, but you can't mention those, you angry little snowflake.
 
2013-11-13 03:53:47 AM
God Dammit so much! As a displaced poor Arkansas boy living in China you have no farking idea how awesome America is until you are gone!
 
2013-11-13 03:54:55 AM

orangehat: There was an exchange student on our soccer team in high school who was from somewhere in Eastern Europe (I can't remember where).  He was a cool guy but didn't understand that all Americans wear deodorant, especially during two a days in August.  On the second day someone went to the store at lunch and bought him a few different sticks of deodorant.  Watching him try to apply it with the cap still on generated some laughs but once we explained what was going on and that we weren't trying to be dicks he got the picture.  It's probably a good thing we did that before school started since no one wants to sit next to someone who smells like armpits.
I also recall going to Canada about 10 years ago and being taken aback by vinegar packets at fast food restaurants and how casually racist some people were, especially regarding the native population.  I also recall being on the light rail and the subject of gun ownership coming up and everyone around us becoming very concerned since we were American and they thought we were armed to the teeth and insane.


Well alot of contries are like that. Your American. You listen to Eminem, You own alot of guns, and have them on you at all times, drive a big SUV, You know celebrities. You live in LA or NYC.
 
2013-11-13 03:55:37 AM

kombi: orangehat: There was an exchange student on our soccer team in high school who was from somewhere in Eastern Europe (I can't remember where).  He was a cool guy but didn't understand that all Americans wear deodorant, especially during two a days in August.  On the second day someone went to the store at lunch and bought him a few different sticks of deodorant.  Watching him try to apply it with the cap still on generated some laughs but once we explained what was going on and that we weren't trying to be dicks he got the picture.  It's probably a good thing we did that before school started since no one wants to sit next to someone who smells like armpits.
I also recall going to Canada about 10 years ago and being taken aback by vinegar packets at fast food restaurants and how casually racist some people were, especially regarding the native population.  I also recall being on the light rail and the subject of gun ownership coming up and everyone around us becoming very concerned since we were American and they thought we were armed to the teeth and insane.

Well alot of contries are like that. Your American. You listen to Eminem, You own alot of guns, and have them on you at all times, drive a big SUV, You know celebrities. You live in LA or NYC.


Oh and you dont play real football
 
2013-11-13 03:57:28 AM

albuquerquehalsey: fusillade762: Seemed to me like the most common observations (from what I've read so far) were:

Tipping? What the hell?

The mass transit here sucks.

People don't stay with their relatives when they visit.

Lack of universal health care is insane.

Credit score WTF?

Our cars and houses are ridiculous in size.

Did you read the article? Because half of the things people listed were positive, but you can't mention those, you angry little snowflake.


I was a good article. And your right. Most of it was positive.
 
2013-11-13 03:58:47 AM

Palin2012: God Dammit so much! As a displaced poor Arkansas boy living in China you have no farking idea how awesome America is until you are gone!


Thats just one place that im not in a hurry to go to. I dont really feel like dumping in a hole in the floor
 
2013-11-13 04:16:06 AM
Seth'n'Spectrum:/are you supposed to tip when you go to a restaurant to pick up take-out? No, right?

I generally use:

Take out: 0%
Counter order, table delivery, self-bus: 5%
Counter order, table delivery and bussing: 10%
Full table service (menu/order/water/silverware): 15-20%

I also don't mind over-tipping since most foodservice workers are paid very little.
 
2013-11-13 05:11:45 AM

Fissile: When I have relatives from Europe visit, they are almost always astonished by how big everything is.   Most were dumbstruck to find out that New York is a large state and not just Manhattan Island.  Last few times I had fun farking with them.  I'd ask them where they wanted to go (I'm in Jersey).   They'd reply, "New York!".  I'd drive them over to Staten Island.  They'd sit there in the car looking at each other and then sheepishly ask, "Where are we?"   I'd say, "New York.  You said you wanted to go to New York."  They'd work up some courage and say, "But we wanted to go to New York City."   I'd reply, "You are in New York City."   They'd look around and point across the bay, "We want to go over there.", pointing to Manhattan.  I'd say, "Manhattan?  Why didn't you say so?"  They had no idea NYC was made up of 5 boroughs.


Aren't you a clever one!
 
2013-11-13 05:31:57 AM

Confabulat: Some of their bafflement that Americans actually take religion and patriotism seriously is well shared by me.


If Americans actually took their religion seriously they wouldn't take their patriotism so seriously - or at least not express it in the same way. Death squads, drones and an utter contempt for foreigners are not remote Christian.
 
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