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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Ages ago I got to tag along when some nice soviet kids were taken to an American big box store for the first time. They just about cried when they saw how many kinds of ice cream existed.

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I took an exchange student from The Netherlands to an American supermarket to show them the extravagance of the sugary cereal aisle.

It was a good way of showing how stupid Americans are.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-29 08:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Interesting America really is a place with to many choices for some people.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2021-07-29 11:07 PM | Reply

The Paradox of Choice is real. Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, Paramount, Amazon Prime Video, Plex, Youtube, and there's never anything to watch.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-30 09:02 AM | Reply

and there's never anything to watch.

I wouldn't say there's never anything to watch.

Prime is loaded with hours of old, low budget documentaries LOL

Pay $20 for Curiositystream. Best $20 I ever spent.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2021-07-31 12:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And I'm gonna go ahead and say it even though I'm sure I'll take flack for it...

Of all the perks of coming here from Cuba...you think a f&$%ing Costco is the top of the list? Unbridled, wasteful consumerism is the pinnacle of this country in your eyes?

For f$%^'s sake.

Take him to a university. A library. A large, well funded hospital. A dialysis or cancer treatment center. A school where every kid gets a computer/tablet. A smooth, straight road running through the middle of nowhere Montana under a starry sky. Drive through a national park or have a drink in a small restaurant somewhere. Anywhere.

But a f$%^ing Costco?

Because if Costco is all we have to set us apart, things aren't nearly as bad as they seem, are they?

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2021-07-31 12:49 AM | Reply

The availability of goods doesn't seem like a big deal till you have to try living without such options.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2021-07-31 01:12 AM | Reply

Good grief

"Welcome to Costco, we love you"

Meaningless idiocracy marketing. What's next for tor, celebrating as Cuban drinks brawdo, the thirst mutilator?

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-07-31 12:13 PM | Reply

The availability of goods doesn't seem like a big deal till you have to try living without such options.

#6 | POSTED BY TOR

So other than rampant consumerism there isn't a major difference between the US and Cuba?

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2021-07-31 01:04 PM | Reply

"The availability of sugary breakfast cereals doesn't seem like a big deal till you have to try living without such options."

Um, no.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-31 01:07 PM | Reply

"Interesting America really is a place with to many choices for some people."

I had two Russian professors in college. One taught Russian language, the other taught calc.

They were Jewish, so they were kinda disliked in the Socialist Republic...somewhow they found themselves in the US.

My Russian language prof said that grocery stores still freaked her out. She had no idea what brand of toothpaste to buy. In the USSR, you took what they gave you. The decision was never yours to make.

#10 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-07-31 02:27 PM | Reply

"A smooth, straight road running through the middle of nowhere Montana under a starry sky. Drive through a national park or have a drink in a small restaurant somewhere. Anywhere."

Here's True.

Everything west of the Rockies is OK. New England is OK. Hawaii is OK.

The rest of the US is an unimpressive --------.

Geography-wise, anyway.

The stores in even the most dumpster fire corner of Mississippi is still likely volumes better than what you would find in socialist Cuba.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-07-31 02:30 PM | Reply

The rest of the US is an unimpressive --------.

Haven't done Hawaii or Alaska.

But driving the midwest is torture. Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are probably the most boring place I've ever driven.

I would like to see the northern plains, though. Eastern Montana type high plains. Have no interest in Kansas/Oklahoma area.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2021-07-31 03:34 PM | Reply

Hawaii is multiple paradises and priced accordingly. I liked the Big Island the best, it's much more rural than Oahu, but more amenities than say Maui. Only catch, the volcanoes don't quite want you there.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-31 05:12 PM | Reply

For f$%^'s sake.

#5 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2021-07-31 12:49 AM | FLAG:

Try this perspective though. You're a fresh off the boat Cuban. It's a lot harder to film your joy in being in a land with due process than it is to film your reaction to Costco. Don't get too tied up in the optics lol.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-31 05:17 PM | Reply

#13 Agreed, been to all the islands. Maui's big beach is my favorite, but the Big Island's Hapuna is very close. I liked visiting the observatories, ranch country and volcano on the big island. Hiking the Maui crater is cool too. Kauai has some amazing hikes, but don't stray into the grow ops.

I was thinking of buying a rental condo, but didn't want the hassle of managing a remote property, and then got a bit bored of Hawaii and started to explore Asia.

#15 | Posted by bored at 2021-07-31 05:37 PM | Reply

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