June 30, 2007 : 10:17 PM
Things learnt in the USA
While I was in the USA i learnt a few things that TV & movies glazed over or I have missed. The obvious that food is huge is easy. HEre's a few that you might not have heard. Feel free to set me right if I'm wrong about anything.
1: In LA every 10th car is a stretch hummer? Seriously I mean WTF I saw about 20 of them in a 6 day period.
2: Broiling is just the US word for grilling. I saw a sign for broiled steaks and though Ahh yuck!
3: Santa Monica Blvd is like Sydney's Oxford St, only with less wig shops.
4: New Yorkers are actually really nice people. It's Sydney people that a rude bastards.
5: The Statue of Liberty looks bigger in the movies.
6: American restaurant's don't use the word gourmet that much. Unlike Sydney in which every second place sells Gourmet food.
7: New York pizza is big and plain. I missed gourmet pizzas.
8: In NY there is a UPS truck on every block. But no driver.
10: There aren't that many fresh fruit juice places? You can't throw an orange without hitting on in Sydney but in LA and NY it was hard to find.
11: You can watch a stand up comedy show every night of the week! Although if a ensemble lineup leave after the 4th comedian as the rest will be shit.
12: 60% of outdoor advertising in the US is for movies and TV shows. 15% is for fashion 15% for financial services and the rest for the other categories
13: The majority of TV commercials in the US are awful and the majority are about financial services.
14: "The Late Shows" are actually filmed during the day!
15: They force you to laugh when in a live studio audience environment.
16: There are too many late night shows. Why is David Letterman the only one on Australia Free to air TV when there's Kimmy Kimmel, Leno, Conan O'Brien and that other English guy Craig Ferguson. Who the fuck is he?
17: NY women are sexy and smart looking. LA women are just sexy looking.
18: Buying Wacky Tabacky in LA is easy if you have a doctors certificate.
19: Kinkos is just as bad in the USA as it is here. Although due to exchange rates Australia is actually cheaper.
20: There are more "visible" homeless in Sydney than NY. Although I was there during really cold weather so they might have been in hiding.
21: Food is very sweet in the US. I nearly puked when I had a Snapple.
22: Coffee in the USA is the stuff in those glass jugs that no one drinks in Australia.
23: It's hard to find good Thai food in Manhattem. Indian and Chinese restaurants own that town.
24: There is a major sporting even on every night of the week.
25: Coyote Ugly is a real bar! and the bras are 5 deep around the walls. Although it's a lot more tame than the movie.
26: I didn't see one Sushi train.
Posted at June 30, 2007 : 10:17 PM
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