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Date: 2017-07-06 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That's just plain un-American. Mustard on hot dogs.

I concur

Date: 2017-07-08 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
As a native Chicago-ian, I agree that ketchup on hot dogs is an abomination. Fresh sliced tomatoes, please, if you got 'em! (I don't, yet -- not even my Early Girls are ripe)

Are those things hot dogs?

Date: 2017-07-06 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi JMG,

Are you sure those things are hot dogs? I've never seen ones that colour before. At first my mind told me that they were some sort of weird under-done French loaves, but just really small. I'd like to test some of those foodstuffs on my canines just to see whether they'd recognise them as food, because I sure didn't! Hehe! Only kidding around.

Cheers

Chris

Re: Are those things hot dogs?

Date: 2017-07-11 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Those are just buns with no hot dogs in them.

Kunstler Moment

Date: 2017-07-06 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm a great fan of JH Kunstler, his predictions may be tad off but he speaks to my inner curmudgeon. I went kayaking on the 4th at a nearby lake in Central ME and had a Kunstler moment while watching hugely obese, no minor beer bellies need apply here, people on monster jet skis and motor boats fly back and forth for no discernible purpose drinking from huge 40+ ouncer bottles and Styrofoam tankards. There was a lot of hooting, shouting and waving of tattooed arms and mid-sections. Occasionally they fall off their monster machines and there was moment of fear and silence then they were at it again. They looked upon me kayak with what appeared to be a mixture of distaste, pity and hostility but in Maine fashion they were as polite as they could be under the circumstances.

Checklist

Date: 2017-07-06 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yup yup yup.

auto correct

Date: 2017-07-10 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi JMG, When writing to friends about your new blog and emphasis, anthropolatry is not in the auto correct dictionary. Cluelessness!!

Re: auto correct

Date: 2017-07-11 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] isaac_liebowitz
Do mages spell check their spells? Autocorrect could prove dangerous in that context.

Re: auto correct

Date: 2017-07-13 12:21 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Both this and its parent post made me laugh quite heartily. Thank you both!

--L

What, no...

Date: 2017-07-10 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
What, no fried onions, no hot mustard, no pickles; we in Canada seem to have the same toadying to TPTB, but now with a hug, smile, and kisses for babies!!!

Visitor from New Zealand

Date: 2017-07-15 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi JMG,

I had a quiet chuckle when I saw this. However, now that I'm actually touring the US, it has been replaced by disbelief and shock. I've been reading your posts for quite some time, but seeing the dysfunction in person (after a 20 year absence) is qualitatively different.

International travelling is definitely our largest vice. We've travelled extensively in Asia, but not in the US. My wife has been looking forward to this trip for some time - seeing San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC. To an outsider, these are internationally acclaimed cities and should, in theory, portray the best America has to offer. Her illusions were quickly dispelled and after the third city summed up her thoughts simply - "This country is screwed."

As an outside observer, it's self-evident that the country is quite broken. Here are some of the dysfunctions that we found fascinating:
- The lack of international news. In the nation's capital, it's incredibly difficult to find decent international news. Newspapers, radio, TV channels, with non-US coverage simply are not there. I have to go significantly out of my way to find anything (non-Internet) providing a semblance of news outside the US. Domestic news is also incredibly poor. It's 24x7 Trump, Trump, Trump.
- TV commercials are fascinating. The constant pushing of medical prescriptions and insurance.
- Food is heavily processed. As keen "foodies", we went to a high-end restaurant in NYC. The difference between this place and others was that they use raw, fresh ingredients, prepared and cooked onsite. In my ignorance I assumed that's how all restaurants operate! And the paucity of fresh vegetables at supermarkets is almost scary.
- Homelessness in large cities. In the big cities we didn't expect to see so many middle-class people living on the street. People who the economy has "passed by", who can't afford the ever-increasing rent, etc.
- Lack of repairs and neglect of infrastructure. In the capital, the monuments to democracy are literally crumbling! While riding in a taxi it took me several minutes to identify the odd bumping before finally realising that the city is filled with potholes. Most amusingly, as we pulled into DC on the Amtrak my wife remarked - "This station is what a third-tier city in China would have."

We have a couple more weeks in the US before heading back. And unfortunately we're only hitting the big cities, so our perspective will be rather skewed. However, it's still absolutely fascinating to see first-hand the large difference between the glossy picture sold overseas and the very broken reality on the ground.


Cheers,
Jon (from NZ)
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