Local traditions and culture in North America

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    Sunflower man

    by sim1 Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    I think this one is absolutely crazy! The man is actually wearing real clothes! How crazy can a mailbox get! It sure made me smile when I took this picture. You really do have click on the picture to get a better look at this photo, hahaha, this mailbox is just great!

    I've added a few more funny mailbox pics for you, like a flowery mailbox, of course a cow mailbox as they seem a very popular design, a horse and wagon mailbox and finally you can see Uncle Sam who also happily helps you to collect your mail on a daily basis :-) And if you are not tired of seeing all these mailboxes you can drop by on the travelogues, where I added a few more of those fore you.

    Sunflower man mailbox :-)) Flowery mailbox Cow mailbox Horse and wagon Uncle Sam mailbox Uncle Sam mailbox

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    It would be handy to know a...

    by venusdmoon72 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    It would be handy to know a little bit of Spanish, there is a high Spanish influence there, I was lucky because Italian is close enough and so there were times when I went to little stalls/swap meets, I could understand if someone was a little 'dodgy' or not.

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    Perhaps the Most 'common...

    by klarika Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Perhaps the Most 'common mistakes made by travelers'
    visiting Canada and the US is the assumption that the people and the general values are the 'same' on this continent,

    Having travelled quite extensively, I want to point out that I found a significant difference/change aproximately every 100km.!

    Much more on this as we go.
    Infact, this topic is posing me with a Crusade that
    I will likely accept. If I do take it upon myself to 'make waves' or become Loud about this perspective, I will formulate my thoughts on this page prior to sending the articles to respective media, etc.

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    Aussies - fanny means...

    by mongooser Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Aussies - fanny means something else in America, they aren't being rude ok.
    Speak clearly - Americans sometimes have trouble with our accent - remember WE hear theirs on TV all the time.
    Americans think our accent is a put on. IT ISN'T!!
    Be polite to the police, they carry very big guns and are just doing their jobs.
    Ask for help - Americans generally are very happy to give directions etc. I've found them , at home, to be a generous and friendly people.
    Be prepared for a food selection and combination/variety which will blow your mind. They have enormous helpings - your eyes will be bigger than your stomach.
    America is the place for cheap good quality clothing. Places like Gap are eerily cheap to me, while the quality is excellent.

    Assume you have to tip if you are not sure. It is better to be told ' no, thats ok sir/madam' than to not tip an suffer especially in a Restuarant if you intend eating there more than once.

    Aussies, Coke in LA tastes like our Pepsi and vice versa ( at least I found that )

    don't try to convert them to the wonders of vegemite - it scares them.

    Coors is not a bad substitute for Crown Lager but if in doubt try Labatt ( Canadian ) or take some with you.
    lite beer in USA is LOW fat not LOW alcohol ( and yes there is a story behind that *hick * )

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    Ask a local where they might...

    by hansash Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Ask a local where they might stay...But, wait ask someone else too! That first person could be a dummy!
    Ask a honest taxi driver...Find a Big Grocery store in town to do your food shopping unless you want to spend a fortune at a mini-mart on junk!!! Smile and be freindly and honest!! Hide your $$$ in two places on your body! Take advantage of people offering a place to stay..if you feel comfortable with them! We have alot of great people here who are really trusting and KIND!

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    by tmmcgrath Written Aug 25, 2002

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    ping...ping...ping.......... ...........ECHOES...the Floyd.........

    Overhead the albatross
    Hangs motionless upon the air
    And deep beneath the rolling waves
    In labyrinths of coral caves
    An echo of a distant time
    Comes willowing across the sand
    And everything is green and submarine.

    And no one called us to the land
    And no one knows the where's or why's.
    Something stirs and something tries
    Starts to climb toward the light.

    Strangers passing in the street
    By chance two separate glances meet
    And I am you and what I see is me.
    And do I take you by the hand
    And lead you through the land
    And help me understand
    The best I can.

    And no one called us to the land
    And no one crosses there alive.
    No one speaks and no one tries
    No one flies around the sun....

    Almost everyday you fall
    Upon my waking eyes,
    Inviting and inciting me
    To rise.
    And through the window in the wall
    Come streaming in on sunlight wings
    A million bright ambassadors of morning.

    And no one sings me lulabyes
    And no one makes me close my eyes
    So I throw the windows wide
    And call to you across the sky....

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    from the book The...

    by tmmcgrath Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    from the book The Photographer' Bible by Bruce Pinkard
    a section named 'Image Management


    we are dominated by visual concepts *

    faced with visual stimuli we seek pattern *

    we then seek concepts*

    we are primarily aware of change*

    movement is change *

    contrast is change *

    asymmetry is change *

    variable intensity is change *

    pattern is imposed by the viewer, then grouped together *

    we seek evidence of pattern *

    constancy is sought by identifying the dominant stimuli *

    constancy and rhythm encourage fantasy and imagination *

    perceptions are organized into figure and ground *

    ground is neutral, figure is not *

    one is separated from the other by edge *

    these processes are reflex, unconscious and subjective *

    too much security, too little mystery, no introspection, generates boredom *

    we try to understand the universal before the particular *

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    Memory You have to begin to...

    by tmmcgrath Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our
    lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not
    really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we
    are nothing.

    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 1 (1983)

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    I can only give tips here for...

    by Aragina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I can only give tips here for Canada and the USA.
    Be nice to Immigration official, Policeman , Traffic warden and waiters. They can make your life hell.

    Thew poeple in the US and Canada are usually helpful and pleasent natured.

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    One of the most impressive...

    by Tolik Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    One of the most impressive treasures, the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, houses the world ‘s largest collection of original works by the renowned surrealist. The museum opened in 1982, 40 years after Ohio businessman Reynolds Morse first met the young artist and began collecting his works. In addition to 95 original oil paintings, the museum has more than 100 watercolors and drawings, along with 1,300grafics.

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    Most Americans are patriotic....

    by coast2coast Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Most Americans are patriotic. Don't mock that. It is enough to say thanks, no need to say Thanks very much as in UK. U nearly always get good service, so don't be mean with tips at restaurants etc.

    Don't insult the flag .

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  • We are generally pretty...

    by Probot Written Aug 26, 2002

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    We are generally pretty friendly people here in the U.S. We are much more casual about life in general than I think people are in other countries. Drinking ages vary from state to state, but 21 seems to be the most popular. Our freeway system is excellent, but traffic is atrocious in the big cities. You will find that smoking is generally frowned upon here in California (no smoking in any indoor arenas, restaurants, etc.) but don't worry, we won't hold it against you (even though we may glare at you for blowing smoke in our general direction!). We are a culturally diverse country which might come as a shock to some visitors, but it enhances our country in that we have so many different types of food and events to enjoy especially during the summer months. Please remember that in California especially, we have more people in our state (currently hovering around 35 million I believe) than most countries outside of the U.S. does, so when visiting L.A. and S.F. (each with a population exceeding 7 million people) you may find yourself surrounded by cars and hordes of men, women and children! DON'T PANIC! Please also note that we are also geographically diverse here in the U.S. as well. People in California are more ethnically diverse than say people in Vermont. Not to mention that though we may speak the same language it will sound differently in Virginia (that nice southern drawl) as opposed to New York or Minnesota or even Washington. In any case, if you have a question, just turn to someone with a smile and say, 'Excuse me, but could you help me?' A smile works wonders in America and it transcends the language barrier.

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    My mailbox collection :-))

    by sim1 Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    In The Netherlands we only have boring mailboxes; just plain green. But when you travel through America and Canada you can see lots of different mailboxes. They always make me laugh a lot, and during my trips I made some pictures of them. I think even the standard mailbox are nice. But you can find lots of different ones : normal ones, totally rusty and dented or mailboxes with special shapes. You can see cows, cars, bikes, chicken, etc. Actually everything you can think of can be found on those mailboxes, it can't be crazy enough! I hope you will enjoy these mailboxes and even smile once in a while when looking at these funny ones I spotted on my travels.

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    Beach bums...surfer dudes and...

    by emankinen Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Beach bums...surfer dudes and dudettes...when you encounter this crowd...usually in Southern California..try not to stare or act like you are really surprised at the way they dress, behave, and the lack of modesty some possess. Those of you who have been to So. CA..know what I mean!

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    learn to appreciate the...

    by gkitzmil Written Aug 24, 2002

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    learn to appreciate the different cultures of North America! A small town in Mexico, or the U.S. or Canada are each different and also very different from the big cities like Mexico City, New York, Chicago or Toronto! Learn to notice the difference and not just be a 'tourist.'

    And.... Enjoy this continent!

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