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Old 04-07-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Actually some countries make a practice of that. Canada in my opinion is characterized by a more reflective self-critical view of itself as a country. I'm generalizing, but you rarely hear a Canadian say "this is the best country in the world" or anything close. The British kind of have a mocking attitude towards many of the pretensions of their country, and especially in younger people, I've never heard a German or Dutch person say "We're #1!" or anything like that. (maybe at a soccer match!)
It's one thing for me to say, "This dress makes me look fat." It's altogether different for someone else to walk up to me and say, "Hey, that dress makes you look fat."

In other words, self criticism isn't quite the same as criticism coming from someone else!
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Pretty much agree with basically everything that guy said. Still there are things I like about the US over Europe, and all of my friends and family and here. Could do with some cultural changes but whatevs.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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LOL no I'm not...but once again, I see that you and I have an obvious disconnect in our sense of humor!
Yeah you are. You can deny it all you like, but I know you are
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:09 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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I find it ridiculous to chase after this stuff, as you put it, as well. However, I'm not convinced that's any different than in Europe. I have read that cell phones and such caught on in Europe before they did in the US. Unfortunately, I can't find any documentation for that.
They definitely did catch on much earlier. But computers caught on earlier here, I don't think either says much about consumerism just the flow of technology.

Maybe the US has more on average, but you can find plenty of conspicious consumption in say, London and probably the wealthier European cities.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Yeah you are. You can deny it all you like, but I know you are
Right. Hey, by the way, did I tell you that I'm visiting the UK in a few weeks? I'm really excited about it, and even though I am sure I'll observe at least 17 things that I consider different, in a negative way, from what I'm used to living here in the US, I PROMISE not to make a stink about it on a blog! In fact, I'll share photos and go on and on about how much fun I had and compliment all the positive and interesting things that I'm sure I'll experience, to anyone who will even pretend to listen!

I love traveling!
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Right. Hey, by the way, did I tell you that I'm visiting the UK in a few weeks? I'm really excited about it, and even though I am sure I'll observe at least 17 things that I consider different, in a negative way, from what I'm used to living here in the US, I PROMISE not to make a stink about it on a blog! In fact, I'll share photos and go on and on about how much fun I had and compliment all the positive and interesting things that I'm sure I'll experience, to anyone who will even pretend to listen!

I love traveling!
Take lots of pictures for us!
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:10 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Right. Hey, by the way, did I tell you that I'm visiting the UK in a few weeks? I'm really excited about it, and even though I am sure I'll observe at least 17 things that I consider different, in a negative way, from what I'm used to living here in the US, I PROMISE not to make a stink about it on a blog! In fact, I'll share photos and go on and on about how much fun I had and compliment all the positive and interesting things that I'm sure I'll experience, to anyone who will even pretend to listen!

I love traveling!
I'd curious (or entertained) to hear some negativity as well.

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Take lots of pictures for us!
I have some photos from a few years back. Mostly Liverpool. A commercial street:



I nearly got run over as a kid by looking the wrong direction for traffic when crossing the street. Old court building (St. George's Hall):



There was an imitation judge's wig left out. My friend put it on and sat on the judge's seat. St. George:



old building:



docks:



on the dockfront:



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Old 04-07-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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My daughter just got back from there (England). She was amazed at the video cameras everywhere, capturing one's every movement.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:17 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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My daughter just got back from there (England). She was amazed at the video cameras everywhere, capturing one's every movement.
Yeh, they'd had those for a while. A bit creepy, though Manhattan has copied England's video cameras to some extent.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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Right. Hey, by the way, did I tell you that I'm visiting the UK in a few weeks? I'm really excited about it, and even though I am sure I'll observe at least 17 things that I consider different, in a negative way, from what I'm used to living here in the US, I PROMISE not to make a stink about it on a blog! In fact, I'll share photos and go on and on about how much fun I had and compliment all the positive and interesting things that I'm sure I'll experience, to anyone who will even pretend to listen!

I love traveling!
Yes, I think you did mention that trip

I seem to remember I gave you detailed instructions on how to book a train journey from London to Harrogate at minimal cost, but you seem to have been a little confused by them, as you came back to this forum and told people that you'd decided it would be cheaper to rent a car
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