Thursday, November 08, 2007

America today...

...or at least what I'm seeing. Looking back through the pictures I've taken over the past ten days, I found these slices of Americana.

When did the greenback become multicolored? Bluish ones and yellowish tens. Is the color change one of the reasons why the greenback doesn't seem to be worth much any more? Right now, it takes about $1.50 US to buy one euro. Five years ago, you could buy a euro for $1.00. But Washington doesn't care.

Some things don't change. Coca Cola continues to coca-colonize the world, starting with the U.S. So much soda containing so much corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. Even in France, you see Coca Cola on restaurant and café tables everywhere.

Americans still like ice in all their drinks. The refrigerators in U.S. kitchens dispense ice cubes from contraptions in their doors. Americans who come to France find the lack of ice in their drinks one of the hardest things to get used to. It must be because so much of the U.S. has a very hot climate compared to Europe.

The hamburger is alive and well in America. I thought all burgers had to be cooked well-done, E. coli oblige, but this one was served almost raw. Nobody asked me what cuisson I wanted. I ate it with some trepidation, but felt no ill aftereffects.

There are more and more skyscrapers in all the American cities I've seen. This one belongs to the Bank of America, and it's in Atlanta. It seems slightly out of scale with the surrounding environment. Every city, even the medium-size ones, have to have some.

Are more people riding Harleys as a way to combat the high price of gasoline? I don't know, but I've been seeing a lot of motorcycles here in North Carolina. At the same time, I also see a lot of monster-size SUVs and pickup trucks. All the cars seem enormous, in fact, and they float along in steady streams from stoplight to stoplight on wide smooth roads of many lanes.

With all the talk of destructive hurricanes and rising sea levels, why do people keep building matchstick houses and flimsy condos right on the beach all along the East Coast?

Presidential elections last two years or more now. The president's term of office is only four years. It's becoming a permanent campaign. (Jimmy Carter isn't running this time, but some might wish he were.)

Is this a motto for today's America? Or just some friendly advice?

1 comment:

Claude said...

One of the things that really struck me last year was the SIZE of the food platters! Although I am rather a 'bonne mangeuse', I could never finish my plates!