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Things you like about America

  • 26-02-2023 5:24pm
    Registered Users Posts: 119 ✭✭

    It's a popular pastime to make fun of America but I wonder if they'e some things people admire about the place compared to here. I have to say I like how waiting lists are virtually non-existent for medical issues (provided you're not lower class of course). My cousin there who has ADHD and Aspergers struggled immensely with the ridiculous HSE until she moved there. Within 7 months, she got proper medication, therapy, and was offered some paid clinical trial.

    The other thing is how easy it is to make money. Sell your sperm, donate blood, etc..



  • Registered Users Posts: 721 ✭✭✭French Toast

    Bull riding, monster trucks, ice hockey, the band Alabama.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,436 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    nearly all of that 11% is sitka spruce farms for profit

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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,539 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    ...tis changing though, more is being developed for long term use, cant see how we can have forestry in the country without an element of for profit

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,461 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    The fact that every state is different, has its own character, landscape, architecture, history…

    I toured the east coast in a car going back and it was an experience.

    no identikit towns and cities… everywhere had charm, culture, character, space, nice landscape, uniqueness, not like the cheap identikit BS that passes for towns here, here our architecture and both residential and corporate business that passes our planning ‘laws’ here…laughable… ‘sure if it won’t fall down, it be grand’ is the seemingly inevitable mantra 😅👍🏻

    was staying in New York but was driven to and through as well as stayed in Delaware, New Jersey, Virgina, Maryland, Washington State / Washington DC…

    it was an experience.

    much better value and service to be had eating out, in clothing stores etc…and shopping in general.

    small stuff like in a restaurant and refilling soft drinks for free, here in some places you are charged about 3.50 for a regular coke…

    if healthcare was better I’d have examined the possibility of a move..

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,127 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,010 ✭✭✭Mister Vain

    The hospitality and the buckets of fries with melted cheese.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,489 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how

    It's hard to make a general statement about America, given the size of it and the very different things such as environment, climate and economy which massively impact so many things.

    On the east cost, (most of it) there is generally a good work and business environment if you are in any way hardworking and have a good head on your shoulders. Like really good opportunity. I understand that this is the case in places like Texas, some of the mid-west and California also, but definitely not the case everywhere.

    There isn't the same level of begrudgery that we are used to experiencing in Ireland. Think part of Irelands in this respect is the fact that so many people know everyone in their community and that leads to more comparison going on (even subconsciously) and because of that, the begrudgery seems to always be in the air somewhat.

    Again, if you live in an appropriate area, you can do so so much of a weekend without having to think about it until Friday afternoon. But, again, such appropriate areas is a very small area of the country so that has to be considered with respect to that statement also.

    Agree with comments about healthcare, good quality, pleasant experience, once you're able to access it. Not the case if you are not. Out of pocket cost for a GP appointment of less than 15 minutes cost me 250 before I had insurance available.

    It's no different to any other country in that there are pros and cons about the place. Some days it feels like more pros than cons, next it flips around. I've always felt that if I had children, I'd like to give them the opportunity to experience it, but I'm not sure I'd like to raise children here either.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,338 ✭✭✭corner of hells

    The choice and variety of serial killers they have.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,185 ✭✭✭hoodie6029

    Milk Duds

    Junior Mints

    York Peppermint Patties

    Cui bono?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,156 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    Big cars

    Cheap petrol

    Lots of guns available that you wouldn't even be allowed to look at in the EU

    I also admire their friendliness and enthusiasm and the way they don't think anything of chatting someone up in a supermarket and going on a date. If you tried same here you risk being vilified in the community for it. Their whole dating culture is a lot more open and accepting, although that may be changing now that people are used to the apps.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,194 ✭✭✭BrianD3

    Can legally own one of these in the US if you have lots of money and are willing to jump through various hoops.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,707 ✭✭✭Bobblehats


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,023 ✭✭✭standardg60

    I'd imagine being white and Irish counts a lot though.

    Eating out, shopping, definitely, scenery yes but that's a once off. Struggling to think of anything else tbh.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,496 ✭✭✭✭thebaz

    I like a lot about America , lived ther , but the medical system would not be one of things I would be highliting , people bemoan the HSE , but the Amrican health system is appaling to non existent for about 40% of poplulation , much worse than HSE , you only have to look at backlash to Obamacare that would have helped so many who really needed it , that was orchestrated by the tiny influential wealty elite.

    Things I liked about America - music, the Arts and culture, the weather, the democracy to doing things and getting good pay, most people are pretty friendly

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,084 ✭✭✭✭Pherekydes

    Like: Football, Jazz.

    Dislike: Evangelical Christians, Trumpers

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,944 ✭✭✭✭Danzy

    Very friendly people, incredibly helpful, especially when you get away from the big cities.

    Amazing scenery and wildlife.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,457 ✭✭✭Eoinbmw

    Car culture and women!

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,857 ✭✭✭✭odyssey06

    We have been entertained and pre-occupied by their cultural output and politics. Its never boring whichever side of the fence you are on!

    The America of Trump is also the America of Biden. It is vast and contradicts itself. It is Jack Daniels and it is Prohibition.

    Lets be honest we have pretty much spent our lives like this...

    Watching America.

    "To follow knowledge like a sinking star..." (Tennyson's Ulysses)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,127 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    They got all their variety from Europe, Africa and Asia. The Asians were there before the others, but the Europeans wiped most of them out.