That's the story of the last couple of weeks.
Dinners, meetings and a conference.
That's been it.Being in the States has brought back a flood of things that I'd pretty much forgotten and some stuff that I hadn't experienced but were very Yankee and made me smile.
- Walking down the street the babble of voices around me isn't the usual white noise. I can understand what people are saying.
- Flicking on the hotel TV, I realised that ALL the channels are in English. No more endless loops of CNN.
- Watching ice hockey and NFL games in the same time zone as they're being played rather than at 2 am with the sound turned down because of the Cantonese commentary is more fun.
- I cannot begin to describe the depths to which Reality TV has desended here.
- FOX TV . Kind of like the point above.
- People here bitch about $3/ a gallon. How would they handle the $10/gallon in the UK?
- Cars here are big and rely on the point above.
- The Super size me culture is part of the fabric of US life.
- Portions of food are gigantic.
- There's all manner of sugared junk food for sale everywhere.
- This is the land of mandatory tipping and valet parking
- The curbside check in guy at Orlando Airport called me "Bro". I had to pay $25 to check a bag and tipped the guy. I wonder what happens to your bag if you don't tip?
- Service with a smile rather than a sneer.
- People actually drink bourbon here.
- The breakfast meeting is alive and well .
- Yanks are a perky bunch.
- People drink coke at breakfast.
- If you smoke prepare to be treated like a heroin addict.
- Domestic air travel is a misery.
That's it for today.
I fly to the UK on Friday and have an afternoon in NYC before hand so maybe I'll take some pics then.