This is my preliminary view on West Coast Americans ….. I am certain that over time it will change and I’m absolutely certain that middle America and the East Coast is all a completely separate matter – that said this is my personal blog and I’m only incoherently rambling so….
But let’s get to what I have learnt along the way and what’s been happening in my world.
- Americans are very friendly, generally very intelligent and love their Starbucks.
- They have extraordinary mathematics skills – they need them because every price you see excludes sales taxes or tips
- They are pretty generous all round – giving time, money and emotional energy to a number of enterprises
Put simply, who would have thought that Americans are thoughtful, intelligent and all together lovely people to meet and know?! I mean surely my prejudiced view of the world is the right one …. right?
I have learnt that government departments are terrible to deal with and that we have it very good ‘back home’ – however I also understand that built into every Americans DNA is a fundamental distrust of government – they are all for self empowerment and self-responsibility.
Having spent all of my life living in a country that regularly hands those responsibilities over to other human beings and organisations is a big thing when you come here and nobody asks for a handout – I must admit it’s refreshing.
- Americans are an optimistic bunch
- They think big – they see none of the worlds problems as insurmountable
- They don’t suffer from the tall poppy syndrome
Oh yeah, they absolutely love things that everyone else should – AirBnB, eBay, Amazon, Yelp, Skype and anything and everything that makes life a little easier – they even embrace driverless Google Cars
- Californians are most petrol conscious than any place i’ve ever been
- They go a little crazy over Halloween – 7 BILLION dollars a year crazy…. uhhuh
- They love their electric cars
You can’t look sideways in this town without seeing six Tesla’s driving down the road – yes, it’s awesome
So, that concludes ‘what i’ve learnt’ section ….. now we move swiftly along to the ‘how am I doing section’
In short, i’m doing ok – actually I don’t really think I could be better
Both my wife and I have had up and down moments – we have had a few doozy arguments and had to retreat to our respective corners a few times to just get our heads straight and our tempers under control – however that is both perfectly normal and a sign that change is real, it is happening and it is in progress – and that really is a good thing.
I realise I need a job – I need a job so I can interact with other human beings. Because not interacting with other human beings is not the greatest thing in the world for me you see..
I have been lonely at moments however I am not lonely overall. Keeping that in mind I wouldn’t change my decision even for a second. Learning and absorbing a new way of life here has been exciting and engaging. Travel is always good for the soul – moving to a new country is just good for everything and it forces you to see the world through a completely different lens.
I must admit I thought it would be ‘dead easy’ to meet people – when you don’t have a job, meeting people is anything but dead easy … it’s very, very hard and the people i’ve been connecting with are the local barista (but I think he’s in it just for the tips … ) and some expats i’ve met through my wifes netball club.
Yeah, they have absolutely no idea what netball is – not exactly fans of the commonwealth you see ……
Well, this post needs some serious editing, however it’s highly likely that will never be the case – but if I don’t just hit the publish button on this it will sit here for three months, unfinished, unloved and then discarded.
So publish away – besides nobody is reading this anyway except me