First off a big Happy New Year to everybody! It’s been a very hectic time for this GreenDude since Christmas time, with the kids being off school, New Years with the far off friends, and a “vacation” to the land of the Mouse. After spending nearly 2 weeks south of the border I came to some interesting conclusions that I thought I would share with you.

I really don’t understand US politics
Both the Democrats and Republicans are in full swing with their respective presidential primaries. Apparently these are a series of what we would call Leadership Conventions in which members of the parties in various states have their say on who they think should be their party’s candidate in the fall election. Each party holds a few primaries (and caucuses, I have no idea what the difference is) over the course of a few weeks which leads up to a massive multi-state set of elections held on the same day. I guess the preliminary rounds are used to help candidates decide whether or not to continue to their campaigns, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why they just don’t do it all at once.

American news coverage really sucks
Between the ambulance chasing of CNN and the way right wing, Bush loving Fox News, Americans really have no ability to view actual news coverage. CNN has taken sensationalism of news to new heights (lows?) and basically spends the entire day dissecting mabye 4 different stories in every conceivable way, while letting the rest of the news go untouched. Fox “journalists” spend as much time as possible in every report bashing Democrats and “liberals” so the amount of news that they actually report in a given day could be served up in a 1/2 hour show with plenty of room for commercials. Thank God the Daily Show has found a way to get past the writers strike and get back on the air.

I now know why the US is heading for a major socio-economic collapse
Because even one person outside of Brtiney Spears’ immediate family gives a rat’s ass about her personal life! Honestly, CNN spent literally hours of time covering her latest breakdown and hospitalization; and if that wasn’t enough they then spent 2 days covering how Dr. Phil “ambushed” Spears in her hospital room! My God! The mind boggles!

Americans are actually polite
I’m a pretty outgoing person (much to the constant chagrin of my lovely wife) so I tend to strike up conversations with whoever is around. To a person, I found every American that I spoke to very friendly, courteous and polite. Now as a typical Canadian I have fallen victim at times to believing the stereotype of the “rude American” and frankly I’ve never really experienced it on a one-on-one level. However, I did see a lot of rude behaviour during my trip. To my suprise, whenever I witnessed poor public behaviour the perpetrator was either Asian, Latin or Indian. Frankly I was shocked, and it really made me wonder what the deal was with these people because there really was no cause for any of it.

Don’t ever go to a theme park every day of your vacation!
It may sound like fun to go to a Disney park every day, but the toll on your sanity really isn’t worth it. Don’t get me wrong, Disney does a really good job of running a park (Very clean, Very friendly staff, and Fast Passes are a brilliant innovation.) but to spend every…single…day…walking…around…lining up…walking… … … I was pretty close to snapping by day 4 of 6. Thankfully we were able to convince the wife to take one morning off to just relax.

All in all it was a good trip, but I’m very thankful to be back where the money isn’t all green, where words are spelled correctly, where we have decent news coverage, and where all my friends are.

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  1. Green assassin says:

    too bad you were not going later, we could have ditched the wives and gone for a beer., or better gone slumming in orlando.

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