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What is worse in Europe

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by kennethpollock, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. kennethpollock

    kennethpollock Well-Known Member

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    In a prior thread, it was said that some Americans think that everything in Europe is better. I am not one of them. See the following for European deficiencies, IMO:
    (1) Strikes!
    (2) Lack of ice in drinks
    (3) Less air-conditioning
    (4) Many Italian trains run late
    (5) Lack of shower curtains in France
    (6) Many girls need to wash their hair more frequently
    (7) Euro-trash look (guys need to shave more often and get out of their uniform of t-shirts, jeans, leather jackets and boots or sneakers)
    (8) pick-pockets
    (9) noisy scooters
    (10) a certain minority group that begs and steals frequently
    (11) prices of nearly everything
    (12) pay toilettes
    (13) Turkish toilets
    (14) real showers; not those hand-held things
    (15) Uni-sex toilettes
     
  2. Bradford

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    How about women who don't shave their legs or pits [​IMG]
     
  3. Fabienne

    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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    Feeling lonely, Mr. Pollock?
     
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    The air conditioning is the biggest thing for me.
     
  5. RJman

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    You left out the ubiquitous dog shit, at least in Paris. Why can't people understand that Paris, c'est chez toi! What about the expansion of Starbucks, fuelled by thoughtless gormless tourists even though the coffee is even more expensive here?
     
  6. kennethpollock

    kennethpollock Well-Known Member

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    Feeling lonely, Mr. Pollock?


    I doubt that that is an offer, but if it is, please be advised that I am a happily married man.
    If it is what I think it is, be advised that after being virtually banned from the USA by waiter types, present and former, I am trying to also offend everyone on the other side of the pond. I want to simulate Meyer Lansky, or wander forever, like Silas Mariner.
     
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    You left out the ubiquitous dog shit, at least in Paris. Why can't people understand that Paris, c'est chez toi! What about all the American tourists in palace restaurants? And their welfare-cheat leech friends?

    The dog poo used to be much worse, I don't think there's much of a ground for complaint any longer, but it does depend on which side of the city you're in. << Apprenez-leur le caniveau >> must have worked after all at some level. Besides, if you step in it, ça porte bonheur. [​IMG]
     
  8. globetrotter

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    the only thing on your list that really bothers me is the ice - I tell my wife that america was built of 32 ounce fountain drinks full of crushed ice. that sound of ice in the cup? that is the sound of liberty.
     
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    I doubt that that is an offer, but if it is, please be advised that I am a happily married man.
    If it is what I think it is, be advised that after being virtually banned from the USA by waiter types, present and former, I am trying to also offend everyone on the other side of the pond. I want to simulate Meyer Lansky, or wander forever, like Silas Mariner.


    If your goal is to offend the other side of the pond, you need to try much harder.
     
  10. poorsod

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    You left out the ubiquitous dog shit, at least in Paris. Why can't people understand that Paris, c'est chez toi! What about the expansion of Starbucks, fuelled by thoughtless gormless tourists even though the coffee is even more expensive here?

    I think the UWS is a competitor for the ubiquitos dog shit award (as well as certain areas around Washington Heights). Also NYC is too dirty in the summer.

    I'd like to add that taxes are higher in Europe. From the news it seems that Europeans are not as accepting of outsiders even after they have been there generations. e.g. Turks in Germany, Arabs in France. *puts on flame retardant suit*
     
  11. Fabienne

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    the only thing on your list that really bothers me is the ice - I tell my wife that america was built of 32 ounce fountain drinks full of crushed ice. that sound of ice in the cup? that is the sound of liberty.

    There is a shortage of ice cubes in France. The various concerned ministers are currently examining the situation. And anyway, too many ice cubes will give you a sore throat. And all that crushed ice just a ploy by US businesses to give you more water than actual sodie.
     
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    There is a shortage of ice cubes in France. The various concerned ministers are currently examining the situation. And anyway, too many ice cubes will give you a sore throat. And all that crushed ice just a ploy by US businesses to give you more water than actual sodie.

    lol[​IMG]
    those are exactly the arguments that Israelis give.

    I actually pretty much only drink soda water in europe, and that I drink basically luke warm. but I can go through easily 2 kilos of ice a day in the summer in the states, and 1.5 liters of diet coke. but I always love it when you ask for ice and they give you one little cube. and then you ask for more, and they give you another, and again, and again, and again.....
     
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    Besides, if you step in it, ça porte bonheur. [​IMG]
    In that case, everyone in Paris would be a milliardaire.
     
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    In that case, everyone in Paris would be a milliardaire.

    That explains it, I've never stepped in it!
     
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    Another thing -- shortage of good litière agglomÃ[​IMG]rante. What gives? It's really hard to find and the stuff at a lot of stores (Friskies' brand) is terrible!
     
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    lol[​IMG]
    those are exactly the arguments that Israelis give.

    I actually pretty much only drink soda water in europe, and that I drink basically luke warm. but I can go through easily 2 kilos of ice a day in the summer in the states, and 1.5 liters of diet coke. but I always love it when you ask for ice and they give you one little cube. and then you ask for more, and they give you another, and again, and again, and again.....


    Even before I made it to the US to observe the strange custom of filling a glass with ice, then adding the liquid, I used to like more than one ice cube in my drinks in the summer. My dad would look at my three ice cubes bobbing in my glass, horrified, as though I were about to catch my death.
     
  17. Fabienne

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    Another thing -- shortage of good litière agglomÃ[​IMG]rante. What gives? It's really hard to find and the stuff at a lot of stores (Friskies' brand) is terrible!

    Are you sure you understood the directions on the box?
     
  18. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    Even before I made it to the US to observe the strange custom of filling a glass with ice, then adding the liquid, I used to like more than one ice cube in my drinks in the summer. My dad would look at my three ice cubes bobbing in my glass, horrified, as though I were about to catch my death.


    Fab,

    I think that this was destiny - you obviously had a youthful attraction to liberty and could not be stiffled by a continent that doesn't have enough ice. [​IMG]
     
  19. kennethpollock

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    Last year we bought a condo from an extremely "colorful" man, if you know what I mean.
    Luckily, he took most of his "art" collection with him, as well as certain touches like the twin "Liberace style" candelabra sitting on the edge of the tub in the guest bathroom. We decided that we liked his deep purple shower curtain and matching fake snakeskin purple wallpaper there. We also replaced the silverplate ice bucket that he had sitting on the tub. To complete the look, we have been keeping a bottle of champagne in that bucket, along with some fake (glass) ice cubes that I bought on e-bay. I wound up getting more ice cubes than I needed, so I took the extras with me to Paris and gave them to my friend E****t (banned), thinking that the French could use them. He gave some thought to using them to scam some waiters, by complaining that something was wrong with his ice, but decided that they were not authentic enough, as they did not float.
     
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    ...To complete the look, we have been keeping a bottle of champagne in that bucket, along with some fake (glass) ice cubes that I bought on e-bay. I wound up getting more ice cubes than I needed, so I took the extras with me to Paris and gave them to my friend E****t (banned), thinking that the French could use them. He gave some thought to using them to scam some waiters, by complaining that something was wrong with his ice, but decided that they were not authentic enough, as they did not float.

    Maybe this can be "E******t"'s new job, because I would pay to see video of this.
     

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