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Overheard at breakfast

Waitress to customer: "I don't see why people need to go overseas. I mean, America has everything. Upper Michigan is beautiful; I don't see why anyone would need to go anywhere else." [True enough, if you don't like Colorado.]

Waitress, continuing: "The South has great cooking. Lots of grits. That's all they eat down there, grits."

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This a hilarious and sad at the same time. Nice observation!



As a Canadian who has lived here for over 17 years, I can only say that, compared to the rest of the free world, Americans are an amazingly insular people. Most of my colleagues don't even HAVE a passport.
Many in the rest of the world feel that Americans' attitudes have gotten even narrower since 9/11, and view Bush's penchant to be a "global policeman" with trepidation.

There's a blog or two entirely about overheard conversations, you should submit this gem (can't find it now, sorry... inpassing.org looks defunct).

Yeah, Americans are insular, sure, but in our defense, it's a really fargin' big country. Isn't something like 90% of Canada's population within 50 miles of the US border? No wonder Canadians are all cosmopolitan.

Someone once said, in a big country, dreams stay with you. I never knew what that meant until now.

Perhaps I've miunderstood your comment, Nick, but I don't think that's a great explanatory argument for insularity. Having a brief look at the size of countries at http://www.geobop.com/world/Facts/Geography/Countries/Area/R/, there doesn't seem to be much correlation between size of country and how aware of the outside world they are. UK is near the bottom of the scale at 244,820 sq km, whereas China and US (as examples) are third and fourth biggest at nearly 10 million sq km each.

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