It was absolutely amazing. I get to take toilets for granted.
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I never feel comfortable turning left onto this street on a red I sat there once because a motorcycle cop was behind me and I wasn't entirely sure if it was legal to turn left onto a one way from a one way against a red light.
Motorcycle cop shook his head in disgust and went around me. In Puerto Rico it's actually legal to stop-and-go at any red light between 12am-6am. I've done it right with a cop right across on the other side of the intersection.
If it's a bit scary to turn right on a red light, imagine how it is to go straight ahead and just stroll right by him. The reason for that, though, was due to so many car-jackings in the early mornings to people just sitting at a red light. Here on the mainland, a lot of 4 way traffic light intersections will switch from normal operation to flashing red basically a stop sign or flashing yellow pretty much free to drive right through, just keep an eye out for cross traffic overnight.
Did not know right turns on red were illegal. And, more importantly, for the most part we recognize that natural beauty as something to protect and conserve. You're allowed to ask this question and its counterpart and have a legitimate discussion about it. Your fucking road network. I love it, it's all so well thought out and planned out, everything is so well organized.
Just as an example, sometimes a four lane road two up, two down becomes a five lane road extra lane for those who want to make a turn at intersections, preventing an unnecessary traffic jam. Even these "turnings" are far enough away from each other such that cars making a left from opposing directions have no chance of ramming into each other ie a huge turning area.
It's the little things like this that I absolutely appreciate and makes me happy to be in the US. You're getting a lot of "you've never been to XXX" responses. Generally, cities developed after WW2 are much better thought out in terms of roads than older cities, where the roads were just paved over paths that have been used for a hundred years. On the flip side, Chicago is an near-perfect grid thanks to its destruction Chicago Fire , which allowed for a complete do-over with the city planning.
I still think that's pretty damn cool. One thing that I enjoy is that you can get such a range of environments in a single country. Within a one-week road trip you can experience canyons, mountains, snow, desert, and everything in between.
Running water, electricity, a roof over our heads, most people have internet and smart phones, etc. I was never comparing the US to other developed countries. I think people have been interpreting my comment incorrectly.
I don't think the the US has the highest standard of living, because we don't. For the most part , our government doesn't provide most of those things in mentioned to us for free or at a reduced cost. BUT, the cost of living here is very low even without government assistance. I have a relatively large family compared to most Americans.
I am the middle child of 5 children. We are upper middle class. And all of our college is paid for. No help from the government. And a few scholarships.
If you spend correctly and don't make dumb decisions, a lavish lifestyle here can be done on a very surprising budget. Don't bother asking what our family income is, I'll just say that both of my parents flip burgers at McDonald's.
The quality of life of our homeless population is higher than the quality of life of the average person in some developing countries. Were not the only country who can brag about that but to be counted amongst them is a good thing. In the UK, even an unemployed drug-addicted degenerate on a rough council estate is living like a king compared to some street urchin in rural India. I had the opportunity to visit China and this was one of the most shocking things I saw.
Cops would beat beggars in the streets, people were literally wearing rags, and children looked like they had never taken a bath. It was really sad. My father always brings this up when I go on rants. After two tours in Vietnam and visiting more countries than I can remember his retort to me had boiled down to something akin to "if you think it's so bad here, try the good life in Tanzania".
Nothing that goes wrong here goes horribly wrong. The justice system is a mess, but not a Mexico mess. The racial issues can be a handful, but not a Papua New Guinea grab-your-machete-they're-coming handful. The politics are a joke, but the punchline isn't dead political dissidents. And I've only been told to go "back where I came from" once, and it wasn't by the government or anybody armed.
So yeah, shit hasn't hit the fan here in a good while. Now what daphoque do I actually do with this? A wonderful six part miniseries documentary on the history of the National Park system in the U. I've never known true hunger. Water is always available. Sometimes I'll even dump water on the ground, because I worry that its more thirsty than I am.
I've never known, with only a few brief exceptions, criminal violence. I've certainly never experienced war. I feel safe, especially now-all the time. I got a pretty great education, and if there is something I don't know, I know how I can learn it, or even learn how to do it should I feel so inclined. For all the stupidity of the government, day to day life works pretty well.
I get to take toilets for granted. The internet too, even. Power outages are few and far between, usually only if there is a really harsh storm. And they don't last long, in the rare cases they happen.
Someone takes all the stupid garbage I make away from me, every week. It just costs money-but the good news, I can make money fairly easily. While I don't make quite as much as I'd like to have those things that I really want, I make enough to get what I need and then some, easily tenfold.
I can view some of the worlds greatest art with ease-in person. I can listen to the worlds greatest music, a lot of the times for free, in person. I can travel for an hour or less and enjoy some of the greatest nature the world has to offer. I should add, I was lucky enough to be born into the middle class. Lots of people have it worse than me, but I think my situation applies to most Americans.
Everything about "southern soul food" not American so don't kill me if I'm meant to call it something else. Its amazing how qualified that "right" is in other developed countries. I grew up to a single mother with only a high school education living on less than 30k a year. I graduated HS in Today, I'm the lead inspector of several multimillion dollar construction projects and working on my MBA. The people are truly friendly this coming from a Canadian. You kind of take it for granted until you go to Europe and people on the street don't make eye contact, don't ever smile at you.
I don't think Europeans in general are as outgoing and friendly to strangers as Americans are. We Canadians are more shy. But we meet Americans on vacation and boy, they are super open and welcoming. I visited Japan with my husband recently and he was asking me what a good friendly greeting was in Japanese for strangers we passed in the street. I had to point out that we hadn't seen any Japanese people even acknowledge another stranger when out in public and maybe saying "good evening" to everyone you see as you walk by might not be something they do.
Going to the US for two weeks was quite the culture shock. Everyone was so god damn friendly and approachable. When I go to the store, I put on my serious face and maybe utter a few words like "Id like bag as well" and "no thanks" when they ask if I want the receipt.
I walked into a store in the US and immediately there was a nice woman asking if I needed any help or wanted to know where a specific item was. For visitors not accustomed - You can talk to strangers about whatever, so long as it's a skin-deep subject, and they'll keep the conversation going for as long as is polite. If you're sitting next to someone on the bus or an airplane who isn't wearing headphones you can ask them how they are doing.
Terse responses like "Fine, thanks. At the end of the bus ride though, you will be strangers again. It is not normal or especially abnormal to get each other's names so don't expect that much information about them or feel the need to be forthcoming with your own. Don't try to engage strangers on contentious subjects like politics, religion, their life history, the economy, any sports team other than the most proximate to your present location, the pros and cons of whale harvest in the modern era, etc.
It is considered very rude and you'll get ignored or just get non-opinionated responses. Do talk about how usual or unusual the weather is but don't address climate change , how the bus system used to be better, maybe how different certain things here than your homeland as long as it's superficial, how hard just getting to work is, the most proximate sports team to your present location and their expected improved performance in the next season, how excited you are to go home, etc.
In Nebraska, you should talk about corn. As a Mexican living in the USA, the two things I notice the most are public order and respect for the law. People do respect the traffic laws, housing and commercial zones are in the areas designed by the city rules. Your home has to respect the construction codes. Public services works, as well as the postal service. Of course there are exceptions, a lot. But coming from a country as corrupt and poor as Mexico, you have no idea how much you can feel the contrast.
My favorite part of America is that backroads diner culture. You can go most anywhere in this huge country and plop yourself down in a diner. There's the older waitress who's been there since before she wasn't pretty anymore. The family a couple of boothes down with some squeeling kids.
The pies behind the glass. The mixed drinks that uncles drink. You can come in from anywhere in America and the diner is the same as the diner in your home town. All over Reddit, I see a lot of self-hating Americans and smug Europeans, so allow me to get this off my chest: I was born and raised in Europe Switzerland.
It's a perfectly fine country in its own right, and I personally! I remember going to the US when I was younger and being amazed at everything I could buy. Everything was so cheap. I remember flipping a shit when I opened my first SkyMall magazine.
America had everything, and I was in shock. I don't think it's clear just how excited places like costco made me. In my home country, there's always been this sense of self-defeatism, in the sense that people are extremely realistic and at times pessimistic, a bit like people on Reddit. You essentially come to terms with the idea that nothing extraordinary will happen to you, sort of, it's hard to explain.
But arriving in America made me realize how different the American spirit is. The boldest people I had ever met. It was absolutely amazing. Americans aren't afraid of the impossible, they see it as just another obstacle to surmount. They have this confidence that, while it may lead to mistakes, also leads to the extraordinary, and makes the world go "holy shit that's incredible. They were rugged pioneers and people who clung on to their dreams.
If you have an insane idea that may change the world, and you believe in it, America is your land. It is the home of the dreamers and shakers. The wildest, most independent minds who refuse to just accept things as is. American flags everywhere, people saying "God bless America", and a lot more.
In America, pride for this nation isn't a backing of the government, but it is instead a celebration of the values and ideals set forth by its people and creators. The result being people across the political aisle and of all race and age backing this great country. And it is all so refreshing, to see people so proud of the nation that they have built over nearly years.
Anyone can be an American. Welcome to America, my fellow American. Then there's the people. In America I have met friends and people who I never thought existed. Americans were so warm, so friendly, and insanely chill. Don't even get me started on what my first christmas in America was like. That's a wall of text of its own. Point being that Americans may get a bad rep, but my god are they friendly, and I have never felt so blessed when realizing all the good people in my life that I have as a result of coming to this amazing country.
Thank you so much for that, America. And then the technology. America, I love you so much. You put a man on the fucking moon. That really should be the end of me trying to convince how insane America is at technology. Then we have the nature. Is there a more geographically diverse country? I am still in awe at how beautiful this country is. Also things that are incredible, but it's going to take too long at this rate:. All of the entertainment. There is almost no other country that has produced more award winning actors, tv shows, movies and so on.
Even the music industry has revolutionized the way the world listens to music because of all the famous genres and bands developed right here on American soil.
This is probably horribly written. I love you so much. You've made a lot of mistakes, but you've also done incredible things. Whoever guilded me, thank you so much, but please go to the original post and guild the actual comment. I am solely a messenger nothing like Paul Revere, one of the truest fucking patriots out there. Space Jam is where it hit me. I seriously thought, "Fuck yeah space jam. On the whole, we make some of the best movies, music, television, and video games.
I know that these things are subjective, but there's a good reason we export more media and culture than any other nation.
I think I misspoke. We may not be the best in some of the media fields, but we're still great. At this point in the game I have no idea why we haven't won a cultural victory! Everyone is wearing our blue jeans! Coming from a third world country with a communist system. This is why I love you immigrants, by and large: America may be far from perfect, but I'll be damned if it's not pretty wonderful as it is.
Additionally, depending on the insult, nearly one-half of the government might agree with you. If they disagree with you, its more likely that they think the government sucks for the opposite reason than they think that it's good.
I went from an upper-middle Class upbringing, to flat ass broke after college raising a family, to solidly middle class and likely to be upper middle class by the end of next year. I can drive, leave the house wearing whateverthefuck I want including going topless in some sates. I got a free education through high school. If my parents had tried to marry me off when I was 12 years old they would have been arrested.
I was admitted to a university. I have a job. I was allowed to marry the person of my choosing. I don't have to worry about being stoned in the street or arrested for voicing my opinion. I have the right to an attorney. I have the right to know my rights. I can read whatever I want. I have access to birth control. I am not bound, belittled and threatened because I have a vagina. As a woman, the US is pretty goddamn good compared to many countries.
Nobody wins this year! And we're taking that hockey thing you have. You're not getting it back, either. I think a big part of why Reddit is amazing is that it allows us to interact and communicate with cultures and people all across the world. We always talk about how we are oppressed but the fact that you can walk down the street in almost anything buy a burger at a store and buy porn at the next then finish the day off with baseball and not have a single chance of get killed for that sounds like freedom.
I've just become a Citizen last week, I fucking love this country. You can basically do whatever you want and the passport is great! I can't complain man, there are definitely worse places out there in the world, like Turkey.
The fact that despite everyone ragging on us for being fat and lazy we consistently produce some of the worlds most gifted athletes en-mass. Dieser berücksichtigt weder Lebensmittel- noch Energiepreise und ist eine der bevorzugten Kennzahlen der US-Notenbank.
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