maggie asked me when we were in santorini if i liked anything about the US. i do
things i like about the US:
- it being normal to carry a reusable water bottle around
- also, public drinking fountains and free water
- national parks
- thrift stores
- being able to cheaply rent houses that are nice and not damp
- having full blown summers (in indiana)
- free places to fix bike problems
- some writers are quite ballsy in an urgent and poetic way about current social issues without apologising for it, they just treat it as legitimate without needing to compare with anything else (junot diaz, sapphire, toni morrison etc)
- the fact that the same movies and music everyone in the world has actually has something to do with people’s real lives
- tanned people
- being able to directly deal with issues rather than talking around them
ways i infinitely prefer ireland:
- nightclubs not being creepy. no grinding, leave your coat in the corner, all types of music.
- being a student is a social category with a sense of commonality across the whole country (and maybe extends to other countries?)
- not calling anyone sir or ma’am. no one telling you to have nice day (social relations are not standardised)
- not as much angst. relax, it will be grand. anger is not cool. the attitude of don’t think highly of yourself or expect things to cater to you.
- intergenerational socialising and the nosiness of old people (drinking with your grandad, strangers giving you unsolicited advice)
- conversations are not competing declarations on behalf of autonomous selves (more gossipy, more conpiratorial, almost always about people and things outside of both of you)
- people know more about the world (history, geography, we are not the only humans that matter etc)
is that about equal? its a disjointed list anyway. i remember being able to list way more things i liked about the US…
its funny that i expected to hate the place before i got there. i do. but there are things i genuinely like about it as well, even if its politics are despicable.
(and then there was also costa rica, which i only lived in for 2 years. so i cant say half as much about that. costa rica is genuinely one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
the people are friendly. the weather is amazing. the buses are cheap. you can get to anywhere in central america. its safer than anywhere else in central america. there are beaches everywhere.
yeah, i would go back there in a heartbeat)
ha this is useless and inane. i’ll fix it later (and come up with better lists)