How I learned to stop worrying and love the Euro

Last weekend at the laundromat, I met a couple of Americans who were hiking through France. We talked as our laundry spun and got onto the subject of the Euro. The woman said she was against it because the countries were losing a little bit of their culture by losing their individual currencies.

It was at this point, talking to her, that I realized: I don't care. I am all about sticking my nose in other countries' business and having an opinion about what they should or shouldn't do. But I was delighted to realize that I don't have to have an opinion about the Euro. I'm not a citizen of a member country, so I can just smile and say that from an American standpoint, I'm all for it because it makes "If this is Tuesday, this must be Barcelona" travelling easier. I can let the countries worry about preserving their own culture. This is a great relief to me.

And while we're being apathetic, I have no opinion on the Nice Treaty either, except that the more countries there are in the EU, the more Euro-designs I can collect. So there.

srah - Tuesday, 22 October 2002 - 5:02 PM
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