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Published: September 12th 2010
Prices in New York are unfathomable. I've picked up a hot dog from a street vendor for $2, a prepacked sandwich from a drugstore for $6 and paid $15 for a chicken dippers starter (though it was large). I've paid anything between $3 and $8 for a pint and between $5 and $11 for a cocktail. I even paid $25 for a double jack daniels on ice! And all of this within the same area. I can buy 2 bananas or 2 slices of marble cake for a dollar yet a comic book costs $5.99. An internet cable set me back $30! I have absolutely no sense of what a dollar is worth.
There are very few old people in New York. Even when I went away from Manhattan and into the 'burbs of Brooklyn I saw very few crumblies. I know the US has the lowest life expectancy in the developed world but it's almost like something out of Logan's Run, as if when the wrinklies hit 60 they all get sucked up and electrocuted by the big light bulb in the sky.
I do not understand baseball scoring. I thought I'd grasped it having mastered baseball on Wii Sports but now I realise that Wii just simplified it for lame brains like me.
When you watch telly the adverts come on without any kind of warning. They just cut to the next scene and its some fella trying to tell you your life is meaningless because you can't smile as whitely as him. It's quite disconcerting. Also there seem to be wierd rules around adverts and films. While a half hour show like the Simpsons will have ads at the beginning and end and two breaks in between, you can watch an entire two hour film with no ads whatsoever.
People on American telly keep saying that they live in the greatest country in the world. Everyone from newscasters to people they interview in the street. It's almost like the standard response to any question, no matter the subject. "Do you like cheeseburgers?" "Of course I do, I live in the greatest country in the world!" Fair enough if you're proud of your country but what I don't get is why they need to keep saying it. If the USA really was the greatest country in the world then that would be self-evident and they wouldn't have to keep telling everyone. Who are they trying to convince? I've never experienced this in any other country. It's odd.
McDonald's quarterpounders with cheese have two slices of cheese in the USA as opposed to one slice of cheese in the UK.
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