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Re: 'Only in America' [Re: Carl] #294144 05/24/08 11:55 PM
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Yes, I haven't travelled too far ~ only in Europe ~ but I have found people to be very pleasant wherever I have been.

I also enjoy meeting visitors to this country.

And I find the International group we have on here very friendly too!

I suppose I feel relatively safe here. I think it is usual to feel safe in one's own 'home' ~ though people do also seem to stop worrying about personal safety when on holiday!

Things like conscription in France used to bother me.

But the amount of open space in France appeals ~ and the slightly better weather. It may seem trivial, but living in a country where rain and darkness are the norm for most of the year can get a bit depressing.


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Re: 'Only in America' [Re: PDM] #294166 05/25/08 01:07 AM
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I want to see London etc, but it costs too much and if i am spening that money i would have to go to hungary to visit relatives or I would feel bad.
My friend did a kontiki tour and she said London almost killed them, no sun and she paid 30$ CAD for a tuna sandwich and 2 bottles of water and a kitKat bar.( i think it was kitkat ) either way ouch!!!!! I am resigned to watching reruns of Fawlty Towers and seeing the Torquay(sp?) beach in the cloudy rain.Sighs.
And yes I have met great americans and not so great ones there are good and bad everywhere. France would be appealing esp since all we have is Quebec and they don't even want to be here!

Re: 'Only in America' [Re: PDM] #294194 05/25/08 03:22 AM
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Originally Posted By: PDM
One thing Matt Frei commented on was the relatively small percentage of Americans who have passports, but, as he said, there is so much diversity of scenery, etc, in the USA, and it is so from many other countries, that perhaps this is not such a big deal as might at first be thought.

Up until recently, Americans didn't need passports for visiting Canada or Mexico, so they were a relatively unusual thing to have, in my opinion -- only the wealthy (or people who conducted international business) could afford overseas travel so only they had passports.

Re: 'Only in America' [Re: ] #294271 05/25/08 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted By: Pudgie's mom

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Up until recently, Americans didn't need passports for visiting Canada or Mexico, ...

I didn't know that.
How strange that seems ~ though I think it was, maybe still is, the same with us and Ireland.


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Re: 'Only in America' [Re: PDM] #294338 05/25/08 08:02 PM
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I agree - it does seem strange now.

Re: 'Only in America' [Re: ] #294922 05/27/08 05:13 AM
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Speaking of "Only in America" I heard today that a town, Butler, Missouri, I think Missouri ,any way if you buy a new car you can have either a gift card for 250$ gas or a semi automatic gun of some kind, over 70% of people are taking the free gun.

Wow, In Canada sometime you get a pack of Tim Horton's gift cards or a mug if you are really lucky.


Re: 'Only in America' [Re: Coco's Mama] #294937 05/27/08 08:56 AM
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I'd like to check this book out.
A few years ago I read a book called "Ciao America" by an Italian journalist recounting his experiences living in DC. it was funny. Though it's scope was obviously limited (DC is not America), there's always certain things that an outsider will notice about a place that the people who live there don't. Lots of foreign writers have recounted their experiences in America going all the way back to the excellent works of De Tocqueville.

Re: 'Only in America' [Re: Capt. Haddock] #294968 05/27/08 12:40 PM
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Car dealerships are offering "free" gas for a limited time, or up to a certain amount, but I have my doubts about guns being offered as a choice. Sounds like one of the factoids that get passed around the internet.


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Re: 'Only in America' [Re: Carl] #294978 05/27/08 12:57 PM
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Hi Capt Haddock....welcome back. Hope the honeymoon is still going strong.

Carl, just what we need, more folks with guns in the state of Florida!

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Re: 'Only in America' [Re: LordsLady] #294984 05/27/08 01:05 PM
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I just thought of something ironic. They same people who would be given guns, might use them to "purchase" gas should the prices continue to go up.

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