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Comment from: Chris Baldwin [Member] Email
Yeah, Starbucks. There’s a lot of them. Cutting edge stuff as usual Grand K.

Just use your proper title with pride - the Best Political Hack Thinly Veiled as a Golf Writer.
10/20/06 @ 01:01
Comment from: Brandon Tucker [Member] Email
Bill, the thing I miss most about America is:

32 oz. Dr. Peppers, stacked to the top with ice and free refills. When you order a Coke in Europe, it comes in an 8 oz. glass with one ice cube and its usually at least 2.50 Euro. I hate having to ration my sips so I can have some left by the time my food arrives. Drives me nuts.

And I agree about the ear phone things. Great, you can talk without the annoyance of putting your hand to your ear. Instead you look like a robot.
10/20/06 @ 10:40
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
Whenever I'm away from the States for a while, the things that strike me are:

1) The enormity of everything, including the numerous obese people.

2) U.S. obsession with hydration (a la Brandon's comment above). OK, I know water is good for you, but must we carry gallon jugs around with us all day, sipping icessently from them? Live in Europe or Asia for a while, and you see people drinking coffee, wine, beer, tea, and only now and then water (often sparkling). Either their pee is the color of ripe bananas, or, by golly, we just don't have to worry quite so much about hydration. Not that it's bad -- lots of places where people are dying for lack of water, obviously.

3) Yes--those cell phones. I make a point of listening to people while they're talking, often nodding, chuckling, shaking my head, etc. In doing so I've learned two things: First, 95% of what people are talking about is utterly banal. Second, they seem to take offense at someone listening to them holler into a phone in a public place. Curious, that.

10/20/06 @ 11:38
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
And the damn coffee cups. I hate them. They're too damn small and you have to hold them with your pinkie sticking out, and that's never a good idea.

Give me a lumberjack mug big as a bucket, fill her with steaming black joe, and stand away from me.

And the damn electrical outlets. I don't mind that they're different from the U.S. But, they're different from each other, often in the same damn room. What the hell is the point of an adapter?

10/22/06 @ 17:24
Comment from: Ron Mon [Member] Email
Dammit, you mean I finally have something in common with Old MacDonald (coincidentally, the name of the fourth course at Bandon...)? Man, do I love a gigantic mug of coffee. Trucker slams, I call them. Actually, I don't call them that...I just made that one up on the spur of the moment.

If you didn't miss the states, you wouldn't be in Europe.

By the way, Wolf, the logo for Grand Sierra Resort is totally comprehensible. It took me all of two seconds to make out the G, the S, and the R, which correspond to Grand Sierra Resort. Read some Lemony Snickett books to brush up on your deciphering.
10/22/06 @ 22:16

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