Woo, yeah - sweet stuff! Even the bread and meat is sweet over there! I wanted only savoury food for about two weeks when I got home from America last time.
Oh yeah. The bloke and I have eaten a lot of salad since we've been back. We're not on diets, but if we were, it sure wouldn't be difficult right now.
It's weird, because I find Americans, generally, to be not especially nice (although the mid-West is better than other places I've been). I wonder if it's a 'how you define nice' sort of thing - I find Canadians, for example, much nicer, and I suspect it's partly a shared colonial commonwealth culture thing. Or possibly New Zealanders are psycho over-friendly people by the rest of the world's standards.
America is funny with the sugar (or corn based sugar replacements) - I can't actually eat bread, or things like muffins, in the US. Tastebuds rebel. But the US also has some truly awesome regional cuisine, only some of which is super-sweet, so it's a trade off. Plus: Pie. Dessert pies are a beautiful thing, and the NZ version is a pale pale shade.
Also: fat people aren't necessarily unmotivated. Honest. It can be more complex.
"Also: fat people aren't necessarily unmotivated. Honest. It can be more complex."
RE: I am quite fat. I like how I look a lot, most of the time. I also like the wilderness, especially if it involves canoes and long distance paddling. And loons.
I am absolutely certain that being fat and enjoying exercise in the outdoors are not mutually exclusive. If they were, Stephen Fry could not have made "Last Chance To See", which would have been very sad.
I was thinking more of the sort of people who built the railroads. Being forced to work twelve hour days, seven days a week, by an overseer getting paid marginally more than you and with carte blanche to "motivate" you by whatever means were at hand probably meant that most of them weren't fat.
However, I still feel I should apologize for expressing myself sloppily and associating slimness with superior levels of motivation. I'm sorry.
Thanks, I appreciate the clarification.
I would be curious to see what you thought after an extended stay in Britain (particularly London). I have the feeling it makes most other English-speaking cultures seem pretty friendly.
I am going to make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year, and that's a promise.
My apologies for sloppy expression with regard to weight. I didn't intend to associate slimness and superior levels of motivation in all things. That's certainly not what I believe. If I'd been self-editing a bit better, I'd have said "fitter" instead of "slimmer", as it is quite possible to be fat & fit.
I have a solution: we go to coffee together and swap drinks.
America and Americans are pretty neat, when they're not being sucky like a Dyson. I suppose most things are that way.
Oh believe me, I'm resisting the temptation to post the list of things I don't like about America, which is a lot longer and is guaranteed to get me into arguments. It starts with Jesus bumper stickers and commercials for pharmaceuticals for 15 out of every 20 minutes of television and descends rapidly from there.
Big pharma selling Jesus would be EVEN BETTER.
i'm making that my new motto.
(and re americans being nice: allow me to take this opportunity to correct, once and for all, a common fallacy about new yorkers...we're about as nice as they come).
Everybody needs a corkscrew, else we cannot gyre and gimble in the wabe.
People who think New Yorkers are nasty have clearly never been to LA.
Come back to America anytime. I enjoyed receiving the picture from you (the Saturn one). Let me know if you want any of the pictures I take (I have a big photo shoot project for next month that will feature many great images).
Oh yes, I'll return, and fairly soon, I think! Thank you for the offer - I'll keep my eyes peeled for the photo shoot. :-)
I love this!
p.s. I got the picture in the mail -- thank you!!! Auntie Minirth indeed! :)
Excellent, thanks for letting me know!
This doesn't surprise me too much. Most of the baristas in London aren't actually English.