Aug 18 2009

American institutions you never knew were American institutions

by at 5:11 am

  1. Question people.  You know, that designated question-answerer at any big event or orientation.  They’re everywhere.  And they’re helpful, or at least friendly.  I was unbelievably happy to see them in great numbers the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago (shoutout to Ezra Furman and the Harpoons!).
  2. Baggers at supermarkets.  Not only are there bags in the supermarkets (this is a bad thing in my opinion), there are people hired to put your things in those bags (a wonderful thing in my opinion)!  Ohmygosh THAT is why I’ve always wondered why it seems so difficult for me to get all the groceries in our bags fast enough so as not to make the whole line back up, when it had always seemed a breeze growing up when I accompanied my dad to the supermarket.
  3. Baby carrots, prewashed greens, portabella mushrooms.  Corn syrup.  Burritos. Grits.  Vegetarian options as standard at Thai restaurants.
  4. Strangers making small talk.  I suppose this happens in places other than America, but not where we live in Switzerland.
  5. Routinely splitting food items, splitting bills, and wrapping up food to take home at restaurants.
  6. Dependence on the car.  And on having big cars.  Also, the strip malls and big box stores/restaurants that accompany and facilitate this habit.
  7. Jews
  8. Attending university away from home and doing many extracurricular activities there.
  9. Hulu, Pandora, iTunes & Amazon mp3 downloads/movie rentals.  That’s right, these are blocked outside the US.
  10. Clothes shaped like squares.  Or at least, they look boxy and baggy on Seth.

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2 Responses to “American institutions you never knew were American institutions”

  1. Mary Ellen Stebbinson 18 Aug 2009 at 5:19 pm

    clothes shaped like squares are indeed ubiquitous. it remains a fact that americans across the board are less concerned about style than europeans, with the result that we often have completely HIDEOUS clothing.

    I MISS YALL ALREADY!!

  2. Utpalon 23 Aug 2009 at 1:51 am

    Priceless! =)

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