(Closed) SPINOFF: Non-American Bees, What do Associate the USA With?

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Post # 167
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@RollBride:  After seeing your post as well as follow-up posts by other Bees, I can see your confusion and why Polish/German first came to mind. Yeah, they were talking about the ‘poor minority’ version of ghetto not the WWII ghetto. I was totally baffled myself at first.

Post # 168
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

to be honest I hear 10 bad things for every 1 good thing… People around here tend to have a pretty negative view of the states.

My immediate thoughts are that they’re behind on a lot things – like PP said, women’s rights, child welfare, etc.

I don’t want to list all the bad things bc I’ll get flamed lol.  But again, I’ve only been to the states once and I was only 7, so what do I know?  Just what the talk is up here in the arctic aka. canada lol.

I do think of wicked shopping, warmer climates, cheaper houses!

Post # 169
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Worker bee

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@LoggerHead91207:  I completely agree that the term ‘ghetto’ was ‘adopted’ by Americans.   That was my point.

I’m not a fan of Urban Dictionary and used this example to show that some people describe ‘ghetto’ as a city crime area. (not related to WWII).

Post # 170
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@Lepidoptera:  hahaha yes we do have those! I meant more along the lines of candy, cookies, snack bars and cereal… Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? 

Post # 171
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON

Macy’s, Olive Garden LOL We used to have Olive Garden here along time ago but we have something similar but not quite as good East Side Marios

Post # 172
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

there are so many places in America I would love to visit. My experience is pretty one sided – cities only. Boston, New York, LA, LV

the things that amaze me – 

 

The diversity. Ireland is tiny in comparison so the differences between places here are much smaller 

your healthcare system. It blows my mind ( based mostly on TV/film admittedly, although I have a huge extended family in the US so have discussed it a bit). Ours is FAR from perfect but you never have to worry about not being able to afford treatment if you’re very sick.

gun laws!

it seems that there is more conservatism/fundamentalism. Kinda ties in with the diversity/ size thing I was talking about earlier. The opposite seems true also. I guess there are just less extremes here.

food portions! And people taking what they don’t finish home with them. I saw a woman ask for her salad to go in LA – there was about 4 lettuce leaves left ๐Ÿ™‚

there’s a notion too that a large % of Americans have never travelled outside the US.

how few holidays (vacation days) you get a year 

that bar staff don’t get a wage!

How short your weddings are ๐Ÿ™‚

also, what 2nd/3rd generation Irish think about the Irish/Ireland. When my relations come to visit us they insist on paying for everything for us. When we visit them they insist on paying for everything for us ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve often got the impression that the think we still live in the ‘olden days’ and are a little behind on everything ๐Ÿ™‚

Can’t wait to visit again!

 

 

Post # 173
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m American, but I heard some things from exchange students while in high school that made me laugh. 

1. All American teenagers throw crazy parties when their parents are away for the night. 

2. Every mother in the US stays at home, and only dads go to work. 

3. Americans eat fast food all the time. 

I guess a lot of their misconceptions came from seeing American movies, but it was still funny. 

Post # 174
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Expensive health care, guns, huge meals, the Bible, and so many beautiful places to see.

Post # 175
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Honey bee

I’m American but when my international friends visit, they mention–

Good shopping; a large variety of cheap fast food; lots of things to eat in general; obesity (which thus leads to large clothing sizes); nice customer service in the stores; good universities/colleges; big portion sizes; Americans’ general lack of international knowledge; our bullying/big brother attitude in internatiional affairs; gun violence/crimes; lack of healthcare; very friendly people on the streets (people randomly saying “hello” to you).

Post # 176
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@Rainstorm77:  I find that people will always pride their nation about knowing so much about others.  I’ve lived in many countries, AU one of them, and I assure you their sense of geography is no better than your avarage American’s.  Most people I met in AU had no notion about anything in the US just like Americans don’t know anything about AU.

One of my fave stories still is when my husband who is Belgian worked in an IT office in AU, so in generally with people who have completed uni, and when one of his collegues told him he’s from Belgian he was very puzzeled and said, “I thought that was a type of chocolate.”  Aparently he was not the only in in AU to think this.

Just saying I think too many people like to pat themselves on the back when it comes to thier own country, but in general I can attest to that the vast majority of people I’ve oversease in so many countries USA = NYC.  That’s that.

Post # 177
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

One thing no one has mentioned I think is that “Americans pay no taxes.”  I love when I get told this and I’ve heard it so often.  There are so many people in this world that trul;y think Americans pay no taxes, which is true in the ultra rich category but us normal people get screwed.  In reality, depending on where you live it is not uncommon to pay more or about the same that people from more socialist countries with a lot of tax pay, since we pay taxes differently.

I just tell them that we essencially pay about the same the only difference is that we get nothing for it and have to pay more for health education ect…

 

Post # 178
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Big buildings, big highways, lots of people, each with their very own concealed weapon, flags on every other building, and a mcdonalds on every corner…

 

am i close? 

Post # 179
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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@Havana2013:  Lol! my family came over from Ireland (and Germany) about 100 years ago, so I can’t speak from personal experience here: I’m pretty sure most people that insist on paying do so because it’s considered the polite thing to do. Where I’m from, most people will debate who gets to pay the check because its seen as being polite or kind.

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@Medeah:  Agree completely.

Post # 180
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@LoggerHead91207:  oh totally, I just wish they would let us return the favour when they visit us ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 181
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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@dv3849:  LOL!

You forgot about Stabucks being on every corner in every major city (seriously, it can be a little scary sometimes).

Most buildings don’t actually have an American flag on it – not even most houses do. My parents have a flag outside the house (along with the Marine Corp. flag), but that is because my father and both my Grandpas served in the Military.

And there are a lot of people who have guns and concealed gun permits, but I am not one of them (neither is Fiance or any of our siblings). Tongue Out

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