32 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'united states':


Halfway there!

create your own visited states map Thanks to our little road trip, I've added five new states to my map and am now at 25. Which, I guess, isn't really halfway there because they seem to be counting Washington, D.C. as a state. So only 26 more to go! More on the trip later, I suppose....

srah - Thursday, 10 August 2006 - 1:44 PM
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Good morning! Everyone's dead except you!

I woke up this morning to a lovely story on Morning Edition that went along the lines of: "The morning commute will be slowed on the East Coast this morning, due to snowstorms that killed twenty or so people in the Midwest." What is a bigger news story here? Midwesterners killed or East Coasters inconvenienced? Why are the deaths of Midwesterners simply a footnote to a story about East Coast traffic? Oh America... your coastcentric media coverage is pathetic and disgusting!...

srah - Friday, 9 December 2005 - 8:02 AM
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Me so political!

"A Washington Post analysis of 11 swing states found no less than 33 different combinations that would result in a 269-269 Electoral College tie. Under the 12th amendment to the US constitution, in case of a tie, the House of Representatives chooses the president. Because Republicans will probably control the House, President Bush would be likely to win. But the Senate chooses the vice-president, making it theoretically possible that Mr Bush could be saddled with John Edwards as his second-in-command." - BBC News - Q&A: What if there is no clear winner? Ha! Vive la cohabitation, suckahs!...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2004 - 1:11 PM
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SWF returns to America

Likes: Being able to get a teacup, heat up water and take milk out of refrigerator all in the same room; DVD selection; free refills in restaurants; having a radio/tape player in the car; not having to get gas/petrol every time one goes out; not having to slam on the brake pedal to stop. Dislikes: Accidentally slamming on the brake pedal to stop; Olympic basketball on TV; jet lag; unpacking; all signage exclusively in English; lack of widespread text-messaging culture; RONALD FREAKING MCDONALD ON THE FREAKING TELEVISION DIE CLOWN DIE....

srah - Saturday, 28 August 2004 - 11:15 AM
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First instance of culture shock

WHY is there so much water in the toilet tank???? And WHY am I awake?...

srah - Thursday, 26 August 2004 - 6:24 AM
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American Booty

This is America. I believe that as citizens, green card holders, student visa holders, illegal aliens and tourists of this great country, we are endowed with certain inalienable* rights, not the least of which is the Right To Wear Underwear That Fits, Particularly If You Are Wearing Tight, Ass-Hugging Pants. And yet so many of my fellow Americans** do not exercise this right and instead inflict upon their countrymen the sight of half of their butt bulging out the bottom of too-tight, too-small underwear. Why do you never hear the candidates discussing the issues that really matter to me? I'm...

srah - Monday, 9 February 2004 - 2:44 PM
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'They don't have anything. They come from the MOON!'

"A national mission to a far-away place where glory awaits and no rebel movement lurks will help Americans forget about the continuing problems in Iraq and portray the president as a peaceful visionary." - "World press pans US Mars shot" I am constantly amazed by the numbers of people who don't realize that Bush has made a laughingstock of our country and driven our already arrogant and ignorant reputation further into the ground. The sad thing is, you can't just tell them this. You can't just inform them of what he's done, because they don't care. These are the same...

srah - Saturday, 17 January 2004 - 9:43 AM
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'What do you call the game wherein the participants see who can throw a knife closest to the other person?'

I call that out-of-state crackheads. What the hell kind of game is that? In Michigan, we say "pop" for sweetened carbonated beverages like Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, root beer, etc. We also say "Flore-i-da", "cray-ahn", "flurr-ish", and "groshery", pronounce "Mary", "merry" and "marry" the same and pronounce the I in "cauliflower" like the I in "sit". We say "tennis shoes", "roly-poly", "kitty-corner", "oil and vinegar", "by accident", "mow the lawn", "basement", "drinking fountain" and "goose bumps". I am somehow a mutant for my state, though, and say neither "car-ml" nor "carra-mel", but rather "care-a-ml". [via ASquared Airbeagle]...

srah - Sunday, 26 October 2003 - 9:40 AM
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Of all the things to be Queen of...

I think my menu choices in American restaurants are solely based on which menu item will taste the best re-heated. I never ever finish anything in restaurants. I am the Doggy Bag Queen. They give you way too much food, and we are trained to clean our plates and think of all the starving children in Ohio or wherever the hell children are starving today. No wonder Americans are so fat. The thing I hate is that you can order a salad and it's this enormous monstrosity. There are no small portions of anything. I don't want just a salad....

srah - Wednesday, 18 June 2003 - 11:17 AM
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Undisputable fact o' the day

American sauerkraut and French choucroute are like chalk and cheese. That is to say, one is inedible and the other is delicious and French. Pass the Riesling, please....

srah - Saturday, 12 April 2003 - 7:35 AM
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Just stop trying to talk politics, you ignorant slut

If the US can decide that the UN is no longer effective and can ignore it, why can't Iraq ignore the Geneva Convention? We don't want to let them sink to our go-it-alone cowboy level? Is that it? I don't want anyone to suffer or die, but it seems to me we are setting a bad precedent and playing do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do....

srah - Friday, 28 March 2003 - 2:05 PM
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An American in Vichy

Things are not going as badly as expected this week. I had some students with earnest questions about the war in Iraq, and I answered them as long as they asked in English, and they seemed satisfied by my answers. The students I was most concerned about didn't have anything to say or ask about the war, but neither did they seem to hold my citizenship against me. Tomorrow I have the class I cried in front of last week, but I think I'm better prepared than I was then, and I may just have a discussion about the war...

srah - Tuesday, 25 March 2003 - 4:25 PM
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I am a really slow typist

At oneword, you get one random word a day and sixty seconds to write whatever comes to your mind. I am wasting time before going home, and have come up with the following very superficial and oft-repeated thoughts on the word "missing": People ask me if I miss the United States, and I always answer no. I miss 'home', but I don't miss the United States as a country. I miss people there. I am rather disappointed that I couldn't come up with anything deeper or longer....

srah - Sunday, 23 March 2003 - 2:28 PM
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Buy French

"I'm buying this because it's French." I would do so myself to make a point, but I don't think it would make much of an impact, given the circumstances. So instead I have to encourage you, the reader. Ignore all this ridiculous boycott nonsense and go out and try some Nutella, Cantal, Côtes du Rhone, or Evian, eat some Dannon yogurt or put some Michelin tires on your car. Tell them srah sent you and stand back and watch as they are... unimpressed....

srah - Sunday, 16 March 2003 - 10:12 AM
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Hamburger-eating aggressor monkeys

If I hear one more argument of "We saved your ass in WWII and look how ungrateful you are, you cheese-eating surrender monkeys", I'm going to spit directly in the speaker's eye. As an ally, I think France would be willing to help out the US if they were in trouble, but I don't see why they should be obliged to blindly follow the US when they're the ones aggressing another country. I wouldn't like to have friends who blindly followed everything I did without thinking for themselves. I really don't see how people can even make the "ungrateful French"...

srah - Monday, 10 March 2003 - 2:27 AM
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Ça craint

I went, yesterday afternoon, to see Bowling for Columbine all by myself. Renata and Jennifer had gone to the Gorge de Sioule or however you spell it, but I'd had a headache and research/blogging to do at the cybercafé so I stayed behind. I discovered that Bowling for Columbine was being shown in VO. I was thrilled and ready to go tell all of my students on Monday, and it occurred to me that before I went and recommended it, I should probably see it. So I went and bought a ticket. It could have had something to do with...

srah - Monday, 9 December 2002 - 10:28 AM
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Euro-pudding

At lunch yesterday, Agnès told a story about how when she worked in California, there was a new employee from Germany. Everyone wanted the two of them to meet because they figured they'd hit it off, both being from Europe and all. Then someone asked me where I'd traveled and I said I'd been to Chile this summer and to various places in Europe while I was studying in Grenoble. I didn't even realize that I was making the same generalizations about Europe as the people in California had - just lumping together France, Belgium, Switzerland, England and Scotland -...

srah - Friday, 18 October 2002 - 6:45 AM
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Representative of my country

I'm not a Good American. I'm sorry. I'm not going to take the easy way out, and I'm not going to wave my little flag. I'm going to tell the truth, even when trying to explain, slowly and clearly, to my students. In the end, I sound negative and like I have nothing to do but complain about my country, but I think they should know the real me, and not the easier-to-explain version of the world. I don't like Señor Arbusto, I don't think we should go to war, I think the United States did not react in the...

srah - Monday, 7 October 2002 - 6:24 AM
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How about a nice boot in the ass?

I heard this song on the radio the other day and hoped it was some kind of sick joke, all the while knowing that it was serious. This is the kind of "patriotic" garbage that America is listening to. [article via reenhead]...

srah - Friday, 30 August 2002 - 4:41 PM
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Disaster's in the air

It keeps coming and coming. We should attack Iraq. We should do it now. We shouldn't wait for support. Who cares if no one else agrees. We're America. We'll whup 'em like Daddy did and be out by Christmas. Etcetera etcetera etcetera. I think we're setting ourselves up for even bigger trouble. Instead of learning from September 11, we're making the same mistakes and worse ones on top of them. I'm glad I'll be out of the country, but I wish I could take the rest of you with me. Be safe while I'm gone, you guys....

srah - Wednesday, 28 August 2002 - 8:35 AM
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Extra! Extra! America Not Perfect

There are some "anti-American" elements to an upcoming French film about September 11. I thought the USA was a happy fairyland and never did anything wrong. What a shock. I must go lie down now....

srah - Wednesday, 21 August 2002 - 8:44 AM
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Here is a really extensive...

Here is a really extensive parody of the White House website......

srah - Tuesday, 22 January 2002 - 9:44 AM
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Christian Guide to Small Arms Online

Christian Guide to Small Arms Online This is not a joke. This is frightening reality....

srah - Wednesday, 9 January 2002 - 1:42 AM
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Our Belgian suitemate, Christianna, brought us

Our Belgian suitemate, Christianna, brought Roommate and me each a copy of this CD, which was, until recently, only available in Europe. Two CD set. Good deal. Merry Christmas. I notice they (CDNow) got the title of the first track ("Cocoon Crash") wrong. As Jonathan in The Mummy would say, "Americans!"...

srah - Tuesday, 8 January 2002 - 3:32 PM
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So, there's this American

So, there's this American chap fighting with the Taliban and I know you'll think I'm insane to be having this thought, but - so what? I don't know if I like the thought that he's going to be punished more severely than other people fighting for the Taliban, just because of an accident of birth. It's not his fault he was born in America. I don't want to defend any naughty things he did with his Taliban buddies, but I don't think I like the fact that he's being singled out. I think they should be punished, but equally. Maybe...

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 11:43 AM
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Follow-up...

Follow-up on previous post - Alex reports that his passport is in Spanish with the English translations written underneath. Sigh......

srah - Monday, 3 December 2001 - 7:59 PM
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Just went to Kmart...

Just went to Kmart with Alex to pick up his Western Union transfer. Four things about it were quite interesting. 1) "Do you have any kind of identification besides this passport?" - I get that you can't read Spanish. Maybe you don't even know that that is Spanish you're reading (see speaking Chilean). But passports are accepted at borders the world over and I should think they would be enough for Kmart. Anyone who's ever seen a passport knows that they generally have the same information on them, so just ask the bearer to point out which is the expiration...

srah - Monday, 3 December 2001 - 4:54 PM
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Speaking of American geography knowledge...

Speaking of American geography knowledge... My boyfriend is from a land of no civilization, where they eat each other. *beams with pride*...

srah - Tuesday, 27 November 2001 - 12:54 AM
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Usually I think

Usually, I think that things like this are a joke and that no one could be this ignorant or this stupid. Then you meet people in Albion's computer labs who ask Alex to say something in Chilean. Is this country's educational system going down the toilet? How do ignorant people get into college in the first place? Why isn't there some kind of standardized Not Stupid Test you would be required to take? Am I significantly smarter or more culturally understanding or more educated than average? Should I feel good about that or sad? [thanks to words mean things for...

srah - Monday, 26 November 2001 - 11:36 AM
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Planning an airplane flight

Planning an airplane flight in the near future? Better practice not being strange. Now, here's a funny pile o' cartoons. And for more articles and things along these lines, go to god bless humanity....

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2001 - 11:10 AM
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Evil Evildoers of Evil

Evil Evildoers of Evil God Bless Humanity words mean things: Bill O'Reilly The CIA is never going to hire me now. I'm going to have to go teach English in France. I don't know if I could handle working for the CIA anyway, what with all the naughty things they do....

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2001 - 11:20 AM
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Dr Wyss says

Dr Wyss says American men tend to speak in only two pitches on average. I wonder if that's why I'm biased towards foreigners......

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2001 - 1:18 AM
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