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spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
29849 posts
7/4/2021 2:20 pm
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY



A very Happy Fourth of July to my American friends, well I do hopefully have a few!

I’ve been to America a few times and I love the country. New York is the best city I’ve ever visited. I don’t always like the American government, just like I don’t always like the British government, but I like America. I could live there!

The words that immediately come to my head about America are many, but if limited to five words, they would be big, tipping, capitalism, franchising, and cheerfulness.


What words would you use to describe America?

Big; America is big. I’ve only visited the East Coast - New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. I’d love to visit San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, Portland and, only because Prefab Sprout wrote a song about it, Albuquerque. Everything is big in America, from skyscrapers to food portions. There’s no point having starters before the main meal because starters are the main meal!

Tipping; it’s obligatory, non-negotiable and it’s 15 per cent. On my first day in New York, not knowing that waiters, waitresses, etc rely on tips for a basic living wage, I was lectured by a barman after paying for my drinks without a tip. I learnt my lesson pretty quick!

Capitalism; it’s the country that has prospered most with a capitalist economy without much of a welfare state. This has long been the battle between American and European models of how to run things, but maybe China will trump us both with an authoritarian, capitalist solution!

Franchising; the main American sports run on a franchise model - someone owns the club and buys the right to compete in a league without relegation. American sports are run on more socialist lines than in Europe where the risk of relegation (and not earning money) is keenly felt. And America has the draft where the weaker teams have the right to recruit the best new players - this is socialism!

Cheerfulness; I’m generalising here but I find Americans to be the most cheerful people in the world, perhaps due to its constitutional “pursuit of happiness”. Europeans often chide Americans for their lack of appreciation of irony, but maybe their apparent lack of irony is the biggest irony!




spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/4/2021 2:21 pm

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gingeroho 64F

7/4/2021 3:12 pm

Hi Spunky..
Ginger here,,, OHO means, on her own
G


Tmptrzz 59F  
107038 posts
7/4/2021 3:55 pm

The words I would use to describe America is this is a land of opportunity and we should all make good use of it each and every day as best we can.

I hope your enjoying your Sunday..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


author51 59F  
130010 posts
7/4/2021 11:32 pm

If I had one word to describe the Americans I know on this site whom I proudly call my friend, is that they are nice. I do not travel the states often and especially during COVID, but when I do,I get mistaken of course for being American. I always make sure I let them know I am Canadian though....lol.xoxo


PonyGirl1965 56F  
22090 posts
7/4/2021 11:35 pm

Cities are good. I like the natural places. Warm, sandy beaches. Tall, tall trees out in California. The Grand Canyon. The many caverns carved by underground rivers. So many incredible places populated by fabulous people.


nicebuttocks1950 72M  
330 posts
7/5/2021 2:54 am

Good morning to you! To each his own, is the old saying. But - - if you want to see America, get out of the big cities, and go visit the smaller places, and get to know country folks. You will get a new perspective on the USA.


pal334 67M  
45821 posts
7/5/2021 7:54 am

I do enjoy your observations. Quite flattering . "We" have not been around as long as some countries, but do enjoy our stay .

What words would you use to describe America? I will readily admit to some bias , 30 years military service does play a part. I like most people of the world am proud of this country and hope for continued success


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citizen4722 64M  
74582 posts
7/5/2021 9:17 am

Wasn't it The Stranglers who said it was 'Big in America'?
Yes, I'd love to visit myself but just where would you start?


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/8/2021 9:59 am

    Quoting gingeroho:
    Hi Spunky..
    Ginger here,,, OHO means, on her own
    G
OHO does mean freedom!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/8/2021 10:01 am

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    The words I would use to describe America is this is a land of opportunity and we should all make good use of it each and every day as best we can.

    I hope your enjoying your Sunday..
We can take a lot for granted when living in a democracy. It's when I visit Africa that I realise what I have here in the UK!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/8/2021 10:02 am

    Quoting author51:
    If I had one word to describe the Americans I know on this site whom I proudly call my friend, is that they are nice. I do not travel the states often and especially during COVID, but when I do,I get mistaken of course for being American. I always make sure I let them know I am Canadian though....lol.xoxo
Americans are nice people, just as Canadians are nice people!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/8/2021 10:03 am

    Quoting PonyGirl1965:
    Cities are good. I like the natural places. Warm, sandy beaches. Tall, tall trees out in California. The Grand Canyon. The many caverns carved by underground rivers. So many incredible places populated by fabulous people.
I'm a bit of a city boy but I do like the occasional break in the countryside. I need to visit America much more.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/8/2021 10:05 am

    Quoting nicebuttocks1950:
    Good morning to you! To each his own, is the old saying. But - - if you want to see America, get out of the big cities, and go visit the smaller places, and get to know country folks. You will get a new perspective on the USA.
I need to do an American road trip to get a bertter picture of the country. It's definitely on my bucket-list.
Thanks for stopping by.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/8/2021 10:07 am

    Quoting pal334:
    I do enjoy your observations. Quite flattering . "We" have not been around as long as some countries, but do enjoy our stay .

    What words would you use to describe America? I will readily admit to some bias , 30 years military service does play a part. I like most people of the world am proud of this country and hope for continued success

Americans rightly tend to be proud of their country. Here in Europe, especially western Europe, we tend to get quite cynical of our countries.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/8/2021 10:09 am

    Quoting citizen4722:
    Wasn't it The Stranglers who said it was 'Big in America'?
    Yes, I'd love to visit myself but just where would you start?
You're quite right; it was a Stranglers song. I recommend New York as a starting point for an American visit; forget Washington DC!


gingeroho 64F

7/8/2021 3:16 pm

SI!!! freedom of a certain kind, Spunky...
Still have to find my feet..
G


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
7/9/2021 1:58 am

    Quoting gingeroho:
    SI!!! freedom of a certain kind, Spunky...
    Still have to find my feet..
    G
I've found your feet; they're at the end of your legs on your profile photo!
Seriously, it's one step at a time. Take care.


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