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

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Post # 242
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

From a Canadian bee living one hour away from the US boarder: 

  • Very ‘in your face’ patriotism. As soon as I cross the boarder almost every house has an American flag on it and SO many trucks with some sort of American flag or ‘saying’
  • Great shopping
  • High drinking age. This was annoying when I was between 19 and 21 since I loved traveling to the states for shopping road trips. 
  • Cheap booze! 
  • Cool junk food ex. chocolate bars & chip flavours 
  • Cheap gas
  • Crazy gun laws
  • Bad health care
  • Warmer weather

Post # 243
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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@ellie-b:  I hope that wasn’t offensive! I literally googled “most American picture” haha.

Post # 244
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Blushing bee

I don’t know if anyone has mentioned these but:

Loud/piercing voices– not in a mean way, but you can always hear Americans from across the room (especially females). It might just be the accent though.

BIGGER– Bigger roads, bigger cars, bigger houses, bigger shopping centres, bigger food portions, bigger teeth…

Friendlier– Sooooo much more friendly.

A bit more naive/unaware– Not saying this is all Americans obviously but it just seems like a lot of Americans I’ve come across don’t know as much about the outside world as the outside world knows about them. Probably due to the size of the country and it’s impact on pop culture. Also the fact that we Brits live on a tiny island that we can’t wait to get off whenever we have the slightest chance.

Sugar– Ok this was the one thing I didn’t like when I visited a couple of months ago (well this and the fact that there wereno roundabouts). There is a lot of sugar in pretty much everything. I had no idea people put sugar in bread or baked beans. The fizzy drinks (coke, fanta etc) also had double the amount of sugar ours has. I also noticed that there was an ingredient call ‘corn syrup’ which I’d never heard of but learnt to avoid by the end of my visit.

Post # 245
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The not so good:

-Ridiculous gun control/ obsessed with guns

-obese

-very poor education system

-very poor health care system

-corrupt goverment

-overly patriotic

-radical christianity

-rude and loud (can always tell when an american is at my work…so annoying)

-awful accents

-senseless wars

-shootings/bombings (I think it’s awful when people can’t even go to school or to see a movie without being shot at)

-Fox news (although this is a plus because it’s hilarious to watch and a minus because people actually believe what they are saying)

-police brutality

-insane laws/politics/everything

-greed

-condesending/ think they are above eveyone else

 

The good:

-pretty scenery

-some good TV shows

Post # 246
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ellie-b:  Oh too bad I only see this now. Did you start this after my Germany-associations-post? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Ok, so you wanted the whole truth, right? lol …

 

I LOVE your endless shopping possibilities. I don’t know whether there’s another country in the world that has your concept of outlet malls. We have copied it but only have a very few in Germany and they suck as far as I know. Also your level of discounts. A friend that has never been to the US said maybe it’s a good thing she’s never been there because she heard it totally ruins your fun shopping at home. And it’s true. When we have a sale, it will be like 30% off and if we get lucky, there will be 50% off sometimes. I have the feeling when I’m in the US, there is always some sale of sorts going on. For every holiday, there is one (and your shops are open, then, too!) and you get like 50% off on an already discounted item plus your coupon so at the end you pay peanuts. I think most of my wardrobe has actually been obtained in the US haha.

 

And you really know how to entertain! Comedy, tv shows, Hollywood, musicals, … So good, so funny, so exciting.

 

Your country is so huge and diverse. And such pretty landscapes. Unfortunately, I’ve never been to the west coast, but DH and me would love to take a road trip there once. Also I just instantly think of NYC when I think of the US and I absolutely love that city. I’ve been 9 times (including 2 or 3 work-related trips, though).

 

I think in the US, the “American dream” is still possible, going from dishwasher to millionaire. (Not saying for everybody, but the notion that it’s possible and you’d try for it and one or the other still succedding, that’s great.)

You guys are so friendly. Germans working in the “service” industry? Oh boy … with some people, you really do wonder. Also outside of the service industry, just your average American is so nice. Some Germans say “yeah, but they’re so superficial” but to be honest, when I’m new somewhere, I appreciate someone being friendly albeit a bit superficial much more. Granted, it was difficult to make “real” friendships that wend a bit deeper when I was a high school student, but at least I didn’t have to eat lunch by myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Here, I guess people would actually care for you more BUT only after a very long time to get to know you, in which you’d be stuck with yourself. So yeah, I prefer the “superficial” friendliness.

 

Also I love some of your food. Maccaroni and cheese, yumm! But the home-made one. The KRAFT mac and cheese with the orange “cheese”? Disgusting, I don’t know how any adult would love himself so littel to eat this. So yes, my feelings toward feed are very ambivalent. There’s such great choice and food fom all over. There’s this fantastic place in Brooklyn, I think it’s Lebanese and too tasty.

But despite having these endless opportunities, Americans seem to stick with their fast food (the bigger the better – as someone pointed out, our “large” coke is a small one in the US) and they LOVE chain restaurants, which I feel is a pity.

Also, on a related note, obesity is definitely a major problem of Americans. And it seems there is so little in between because a ot of Americans are also really athletic. Here, you see much more let’s say “average” people, whereas in the US I think of either toned up people on Malibu beach or wherever it is that they exercise half-naked ๐Ÿ˜‰ or really fat.

And it doesn’t seem to bother people too much. Also here on the bee I read about how the obese people should love their body and be proud or how it’s really in people’s genes and what not. You can argue about whether you think it looks pretty or not but it’s simply really bad for your health. There’s no arguing with that. So while I support being comfortable with who you are, I think it’s wrong to settle with being so overweight.

 

Leading me to the healthcare system. Need I say more than WTF?

Same with gun laws. WTF?

Generally, I think for a country that thinks it’s so darn progressive, some basics are pretty far behind: workers’ rights (your vacation days from what I heard mostly are a joke), women’s rights (maternity leave, child care, ABORTION jeeze what’s up with the pro-life movement, seriously WTF?). Also the US seems to think of itself as being so open and tolerant, but then when it comes to being tolerant not only to people who think like you anyways, I think it fails. Taking gay rights for example. It shocks me! 

And that all in the name of God. Same as with education. I can’t believe there are schools where it’s not allowed to teach evolution. WTF??????

And politics. How can religious have so much say in a secular system? The tea party movement scares me to death. Politics can seem really crazy to us anyway. The amount of money spent on advertisement during election? Craziness. You could seriously improve education, the health care system, etc. But no. You chose to throw money out of the window for serious shit storms, even within your own party (and after that is done you are one happy family to throw shit on the opponent party…).

 

The notion of America being the greatest country is also a bit irritating. As is the – I think someone called it naivety – with regards to other countries. The level of ignorance I have encountered when it comes to other countries? OMG. Also it seems to me that many Americans don’t like to travel abroad. Granted, the US is a huge country, but it’s still the same country with more or less the same culture. Expose yourself to something completely different to open your horizons, go somewhere where you don’t speak the language. And no, I am not talking about Cancun. Go to a place where other foreigners are not like: “I would never go there, that place is full of Americans” ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

I was living in the US for a year during 9/11 and the attitude towards anyone foreign that they thought could be the axis of evil, holy moly. I remember somebody coming to church (!) with a t-shirt like those that you get of rock bands for their concert tours that was for a anti-terror tour with about 100 countries on it and a plan to bomb them all to the ground. It’s like anything that started with an “A” was on it because if Afghanistan is evil, Azerbaijan might as well be, never really heard of it anyways so it must be some backward, terrorist country, right?!

 

I hope I didn’t offend anyone, but you asked for honest opinions lol. And of course I know this doesn’t apply to everyone!

Post # 247
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Oh and you are also very polite whereas we are much more blunt. Therefore, I hope I haven’t offended anyone with being so direct. 

 

Also with regards to weddings, apparently there are also some differences. I think you are much more “traditional”, ie women should take men’s names, it’s actually being discussed whether to move in together before getting married and there are even women who won’t have sex before marriage. I was very very surprised. 

and I would have thought that skin color would matter less. I have also been quite surprised with posts here. While I get it for hair, make-up, some distinctive wedding traditions – fine. But there’s a thread on here that is for African American bees specifically but all they do is talk about their wedding plans. You could do this just as well with a white person and I was really baffled by this. 

I don’t have this sense of skin color at all. I consider myself fully German. While I do have a darker skin color than must other Germans (bc my father is South African, but I grew up with my German single mom), it’s nothing that I would say defines me or any reason to be more likely to talk to anyone that also happens to have darker skin color. 

Post # 248
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Oh and something that just irritates the fuck out of me is this pretense super democracy. You’re “liberating” countries all over the world (interesting enough those with oil that is certainly worth fighting for), but then this sense of how great democracy is seems to stop when it is about the us. I don’t have any clue how Obama could get the novel peace prize. isnt it supposed to be awarding efforts of bringing peace? 

It’s incredulous to me the number of human rights violations that don’t do the “greatest natio on earth” any justice. I am thinking guantanamo, Bradley manning, NSA spionage, snowden … While defenders might give me some bs abou. Home security on these, what about the international court of justice. A nation like the us that is always playing “world police” refusing to sign this. Wow that just says so much about the US’ sense of democratic duty. 

Post # 249
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Oakfield Farm

I’m from South Africa and have never been to the states but i would love to go:) 

I think that the US is an amazing country. and so much of the modern world has derived from ideas and people in your country. I think its easy to criticise the US because it is so overexposed, but it is undoubtedly one of the greatest nations in the world:)

That being said, I always associate the US with loud tourists who are fully kitted in safari gear I don’t know why haha:) 

 

Post # 250
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@skinnypinkmartini:  Yay Spain! I get so excited when I hear there are other people from my country!!!
Soy Asturiana, vivo en Los Angeles!

 

Post # 251
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@stronger-now1:  It’s mind boggling to me that people from the UK think people from the US have accents… Sooooo weird!!

Post # 252
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@EmieBee4:  lol i feel like that when people say we have lovely accents,im like what accent haha

Post # 253
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@ChocolateLime:  “Disney World and Killer Whales” this made me laugh out loud, so perfect!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 254
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@stronger-now1:  As kids in school we would try and see who had the most authentic sounding “British accent” … Do children in the UK do that with American accents?

Post # 255
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@EmieBee4:  My Dear Daughter does,she LOVES the accent (as do i) but we havent ever heard anyone else doing it. There are so many dffernt accents in the UK so when i was at school (a longggg time ago!) we used to try doing them.Failed miserably though!

Post # 256
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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@stronger-now1:  is i tlike a southern drawl that she speaks with or just … Normal American English? I don’t even know how we have an accent! x) 

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