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[US] Things expats love and hate about returning to the United States [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-3-8 10:43:14 |Display all floors
This post was edited by aki1 at 2012-3-8 10:43

By Jack Boulware 8 March, 2012      

Aw, you knew the old gang couldn't forget you, right Tim?
You’ve been away from home. A week, a month, or even longer. And now you’re back in the United States.
Does it seem a little weird? Relax, it’s perfectly normal to experience a few psychological bumps upon re-entry.
Here’s a quick list of things to look forward to –- or not.

We may not like the numbers, but we're glad to see the units.

It’s great to come home to:
Gallons and miles, instead of fumbling to translate into liters and kilometers.
The United States is the only industrialized nation that ignores the metric system, thank you very much. But think about it -– a foot was originally the length of a human foot. Why change? It was good enough for the ancient Egyptians, right?

Colonel Sanders, we missed you.

The real versions of gut-bomb franchise food,
instead of the overseas knockoffs that don’t come close to the official recipe.
How refreshing to have a real Pizza Hut pizza. Real Burger King. Real KFC. Even though it makes you sick, and strange fluid comes out your pores, it’s still nice to have the real thing.

America-sized legroom. Cars, airplanes, boats, trains, buses, theaters, restaurants, your own house. It’s like coming home to a luxurious biosphere designed for giants. You can stretch forever.

English-speaking natives. It’s fantastic to travel and communicate with other cultures, learn a few essential phrases in the local dialect.
But when you return, it’s actually kind of nice to just say, “Tall Americano with three shots and two percent milk foam,” without gesticulating like a bad mime.
Mexican food. Anything with real cheese, really.
It’s not so great to come home to:

Can we all agree to stop? This talking and dressing like Britney thing was tired ten years ago.

Incessant U.S. marketing of stupid and unnecessary products.
Smirnoff’s “fluffed marshmallow” flavored vodka. A $500 electronics cord.
Really? We’re supposed to be a superpower. The leader of the free world. This is what’s important?

Airport security at JFK: Oh, never mind, we'll just go back to where we just came from.

Gargantuan food portions
in restaurants, and hyper-close-up TV ads of gleaming, steaming food. We worship food to a degree approaching hysteria. No wonder only one in five Americans has a passport. We’re too busy eating to leave.

The fact that everyone in the United States speaks as if in a constant state of surprise. At least judging from our peculiar abuse of the language: “Wow, really?” “No way!” “You’re kidding, right?” “OMG!”

The unnecessary attention paid to our pets. In most countries, a dog is a canine companion, period. A descendant of the wolf, that guards the home. Or in some Asian countries, a tasty meal.
In the United States, dogs have their own memory-foam beds, preservative-free diet treats shaped like pork chops and anorexic celebrity owners who carry them in bags to fashion shows.

Airport security. You can travel between countries with ease. It’s cultured. It’s cosmopolitan. It’s happened for centuries.
But try to fly anywhere in the United States and everyone’s stopped and patted and stripped and scanned and interrogated like an insurgent with C4 suppositories.

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Post time 2012-3-8 12:02:18 |Display all floors
ht tp://w ww.c nn go.c om/explorations/escape/best-usa/things-expats-love-and-hate-about-returning-us-733589 - the original 'tongue 'n cheek' article

Another article by the same author, ht tp://w ngo.c om/explorations/life/usa/ultimate-checklist-returning-us-expats-919371, has a very good quote about the "work week" in Europe:


Working in the United States brings with it a remarkable lack of public holidays and vacation leave. No more easy long weekends in Phuket or the coast of Spain on generous expat leave.

China's Eccentric 'Uncle Laowai' from Chicago, IL

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Post time 2012-3-8 15:27:43 |Display all floors
tradervic Post time: 2012-3-8 12:02
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One of the things I just can't find any good reason for is taxing Overseas Citizens Income.
International Convention is income taxation based on residence *anywhere* else.
At least some consistency then and no income tax from expats in the US, please, but no.
But otherwise, always nice to have some of you guys here, no matter what the wu mao and pravda gangs say here about other people's countries, Americans are welcome here, and be it alone for the anoyance caused to Brits. This Welcome and Gratitude goes especially for the servicemen serving here.
Thank you guys, you're great!

The US Radio Stations here could try to match up with the standards set up by the brits though, they are being a disappointment.
您买象牙 - 您杀了大象! - “用现代文明标准比划中国人,是严重的种族歧视行为。”
„Ich ficke wo, wen, und wann ich will, hast du mich verstanden. Auch du könntest ficken, aber du kannst es ja gar nicht, deine deutsche Genauigkeit... verbietet es dir“. Jean-Claude Juncker

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Post time 2012-3-10 15:27:09 |Display all floors
As long as a person is still a citizen of a particular country, they are going to be on the hook for various things (taxes sometimes being one of them).  Ex-pats have to bite the bullet on that issue, if they still want to "run back home when the unrest starts getting too close".
China's Eccentric 'Uncle Laowai' from Chicago, IL

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