1.17.2006

I'm loyal to the Motherland, but America is quite nice too

Hah. My dad will be calling me in 5 minutes, just you watch.

So I've lived most of my life in the States, which is not unusual for a US citizen. But it's funny the things you notice after being gone for a little while. Here are the things I noticed and appreciated during my visit back home. (Note: I realize that I was visiting Mormonville but that's not what this post is about. Rest assured, though, that there were lots of churches and SUVs and Aryan poster-children all over the place.)

Things I Noticed and Appreciated:

Drinking fountains

Honda Civics and other not-hatchbacks

Houses with grass on all four sides

Sunshine

Dry cold, which is pretty much a tropical vacation compared to damp cold

Being able to say "crap" every other sentence if I felt like it, which I sort of did. 'Twas very freeing.

Refrigerators you could park an entire English car in

Seeing gallon jugs of milk in the fridge--4 of them

Seeing 3 tubs of Dryers in the freezer

Dad's chocolate milkshakes and microwave popcorn

Ice cream shops, where I could go and get a double-scoop ice cream cone at the exact second I decided that I wanted one. Granted, I never did this, because I didn't have to with all that Dryers in the freezer, but still. People have heard my opinions on the lack of ice cream shops in England. (In WR's words, "Oh. So you're still on that, then.")

Fleming's steakhouse, where my parents took me for dinner because they love me--and because my dad loves steak

Coney's Frozen Custard with Daltongirl

Fry sauce

All-you-can-eat sushi for $12.95 with Cicada and Redlaw. Mmmm . . . Vegas rolls . . .

AmyJane, Redlaw, Daltongirl, Foodie, Kristen, AA, Panini, Cicada, Mistress of Mayhem, Jaime, and all the delightful people I got to see. I am not going to mention the undelightful people, because I've done that once already.

Hearing my 22-month-old niece announce that she farted. Her mother and I both started laughing, which made her say it more. "I FAR-ted. I far-ted. FAR-ted, Momma!"

13 comments:

j alfred said... [reply]

Who do you think you're kidding? We all know that you like the UK better.

kristen said... [reply]

I've never been to the UK, but the states are better! (I'm just a huge fan of the USA).

I remember when I flew in to the Chicago airport from serving a year and a half in South America I wanted to fall down and kiss the carpet, it was so beautiful!

p.s. You forgot that reason your dad mentioned (yeah, you know what I'm talking about......I won't say any more).

Stupidramblings said... [reply]

USA High School football RULES!...

metamorphose said... [reply]

Hmmm...fry sauce.

BOO to football. Both the international kind and the USA kind. Boo.

daltongirl said... [reply]

Stupid makes me laugh, 'cause I love that movie.

You make me laugh about the ice cream places and fry sauce.

And I'm ever so glad I got to see you. I don't blame you for liking the UK better, and I don't think that makes you a traitor or anything. I'm loyal to you, baby.

Kelly said... [reply]

I'm adding all you can eat sushi to the eating extravaganza that will ensue whenever we meet in person.

banana said... [reply]

Now you know what I shall be looking for in several months time when you return to the States at the end of your studies?!

Yes that's right - a list of all those things you miss from Britain! You know it'll happen!!!!! You'll miss us - really you will! You'll even be finding yourself longing for rain!!!!! Nooooooooo!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Mountains, really big ones; sandy beaches; choices, lots and lots of choices for shopping, groceries, and restuarants; round door knobs; nice big automatic clothes washers AND dryers; big showers and tubs; good ole US currency and cheaper prices; five time-zones and climates; travel for weeks or months and never need a passport; cheap gas, relatively speaking; driving on the "right-side" of the road. I could go on...

E said... [reply]

Dryers? You poor poor kids... if you ever go to Texas you NEED to try BlueBell Ice cream, there's nothing else like it in the world.

redlaw said... [reply]

Yeah, I'm gonna have to say that the US is okay....but the UK rocks. Call me a traitor but I like Europe just a wee bit better than I like America.

Savvymom said... [reply]

And we wonder why Americans are obese.... (Not that I'm saying you're fat, cause you aren't. You could totally be drinking whole milk)

It's too bad I had all that good food around and can't eat freaking any of it. What a load of CRAP.

TannerJ5 said... [reply]

I didn't know you saw my sister!Harumph! anyways, I went to coney's a few months ago for the first item i had from there besides frozen custard. and i've got to say, way to heavy on the onions on the coney dog. Welcome to bad-breath-ville

Nemesis said... [reply]

Jalfred/WR--Uh oh, them's fightin' words!

You know, I've been trying to forget my dad's reason every since he gave it, but thanks for bringing it all back!!! ;-)

Stupidramblings: "Uh . . . Noah's wife?"

Meta, I boo most sports too. Except for table foosball, which would be crazy as a real game! ("As crazy as . . . soccer?")

DG, I'm so glad I got to see you too, especially admidst the glory that is frozen custard. It was a beautiful time.

Man, Kelly, we are going to have the Best. Time. EVER!

Oh, Banana, I could probably make a list NOW of the things I already know I would miss. And hey, we're going to see Harry Potter tonight, finally!

Anon, I feel we understand each other.

E, thanks for the Bluebell recommendation--I don't think I've ever had it before!

Me too a little bit, Redlaw! But shhh! Don't tell anyone. And possibly it's because I didn't grow up here that I find it so fascinating.

Indeed, Savvymom. I even brought you English chocolate, which I guess I should have just crammed right down your throat on Day 1 before they could take it away from you.

But Tanner, those chili dogs are sooo gooooood . . . I love me a hotdog you need a knife and fork to eat.

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