Some observations  

hotandhorny107 58F
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8/8/2006 11:24 pm

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8/11/2006 10:34 pm

Some observations


If you read my blogs, you know that I recently vacationed in Paris and it truly was a great experience. Now for some observations that I made while there.

It is often said that the French dislike Americans. My experience was pleasant, but it may have been influenced by the fact that my companion spoke French. However, even the brief amount of time I was on my own I had no problem.

Now here are my observations/opinions. While travelling to and from, there was a mix of nationalities on the plane. Generally speaking, the Europeans were much more civilized, for lack of a better word. They are soft spoken, and sedate. Not noisy like the group of 20 somethings that were rude and crude, making remarks about the flight attendants. Or the adults talking to each other loud enough so that everyone was in on the conversation. The children were also well behaved, not running up and down the aisles and being little brats while Mom/Dad just sat there allowing such behavior. Going out to eat was truly pleasurable. One could actually sit at the restaurant and have a conversation using "inside" voices. Not having to raise your voice to be heard by the person you were with. No loud noises from the kitchens either. Muted music barely noticeable.

So, these are only my observations and here are my opinions. There is no denying that generally speaking Americans are a noisy aggressive lot. We speak in loud voices, why I do not know. We seem to want instant gratification, damn the consequences. Everyone wants to be first, to outdo the next guy. Stop and think what it would be like if we all tried to change just one little thing about ourselves. Less demanding, speak in quieter volumes. Teach the kids some manners and set limits, not letting them run amok when out in public.

And last but not least, treat each other with dignity, respect and courtesy. A little may go a long way. We seem to have become such a "casual" society that we have forgotten some of the values our parents and grandparents stood for...

Think about it for a moment...What can you do to improve the world by changing just one little thing?


CavalOhmicBatch 69M
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8/9/2006 1:06 pm

I have never been to France, but sincerely agree with what you say about the "American Lifestyle"...you see it everwhere, especially in stores with families there with their kids and in resturaunts....when I was growing up and if I acted like that, my folks would kick my ass into the middle of next week. Loud conversations seem to just say..."look at me, I can do whatever I wish, and fuck you if you don't like it" People in general are not considerate of others at all..probably why I dislike bars so much and large crowds. I have traveled allot over the entire US in my previous profession of 35 years, and have had the same observation you had.....EXCEPT in Montreal Canada...a truly european influence there in many ways.
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rm_Ptalk1155 34M
3450 posts
8/11/2006 2:32 pm

Our aggressive focus on ourselves comes from our immigrant ancestors. Everyone that came to the "New World" had to fight to survive and carve out their own piece of happiness. The best way to stay alive and end up comfortable was to be selfish, to fight tooth and nail for what you wanted and even harder to keep it. This is also what makes us such strong warriors.

Compounding that is the fact that America has almost always known bounty. Rare has it been that Americans have wanted for anything. Europe, on the other hand, has spent centuries at a time in poverty, while plagued by disease and the rule of tyrants who warred with each other just because they felt like it. America has never been held down by a tyrant but for the once and we kicked him out just so we didn't have to pay some taxes. We've also never been plagued by Civil Wars but for the one time, and it was so unpleasant we've chosen not to do it again.

So we're used to getting what we want and we accept nothing less than what we want because otherwise our instincts tell us we'd die. And most importantly, we're young. We're the teenagers of the world, looking to rebel against any and all authority, even nature itself.


hotandhorny107 58F

8/11/2006 10:33 pm

    Quoting rm_Ptalk1155:
    Our aggressive focus on ourselves comes from our immigrant ancestors. Everyone that came to the "New World" had to fight to survive and carve out their own piece of happiness. The best way to stay alive and end up comfortable was to be selfish, to fight tooth and nail for what you wanted and even harder to keep it. This is also what makes us such strong warriors.

    Compounding that is the fact that America has almost always known bounty. Rare has it been that Americans have wanted for anything. Europe, on the other hand, has spent centuries at a time in poverty, while plagued by disease and the rule of tyrants who warred with each other just because they felt like it. America has never been held down by a tyrant but for the once and we kicked him out just so we didn't have to pay some taxes. We've also never been plagued by Civil Wars but for the one time, and it was so unpleasant we've chosen not to do it again.

    So we're used to getting what we want and we accept nothing less than what we want because otherwise our instincts tell us we'd die. And most importantly, we're young. We're the teenagers of the world, looking to rebel against any and all authority, even nature itself.
Thank you for your insight and thought provoking post. I have to agree with everything you said and then some...


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