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"Why I'm Glad I Left America"

Discussion in 'GatorNana's Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by cocodrilo, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. l_boy

    l_boy VIP Member

    Jan 6, 2009
    The problem is to too many people what they see on TV or social media becomes their reality. In reality most of this has little impact on day to day life, apart from Covid, which isn't exactly dormant in Europe at the moment.
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  2. mutz87

    mutz87 p=.06 VIP Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    I think there's a lot to complain about. We are tending toward schizoid in our politics and that is bad enough. But as much as we might take care of the less fortunate or the elderly etc., it suffers a coherency problem that I think makes things more expensive than need be.
  3. Gatorhead

    Gatorhead GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    What are you waiting for? LOL
  4. Gatorhead

    Gatorhead GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007

    I believe you 100%. I have always prided myself, when I travel abroad, to try to remove the "ugly American" in me and embrace local custom's.

    I treasure those experiences.
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  5. njg8tor2

    njg8tor2 Junior

    Aug 30, 2020
    Yeah I only skimmed actual article, no interest. But France isn't the best choice for the point she's trying to make. She feels much safer in Paris? It's one of the creepier foreign cities I've been too. I'm not saying it's dangerous but like any major city you avoid the high crime areas and you are usually fine. Safety isn't one of the reasons I'd move there.
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  6. archigator_96

    archigator_96 All American

    Apr 8, 2020
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  7. ajoseph

    ajoseph Premium Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Awesome post and great points.

    But there is no comparison between you and the author, who’s pretentious Condescension makes me happy she is not here.

    I think lots of people would like to experience living in other cultures and seeing what life has to offer. But that doesn’t mean crapping all over America.
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  8. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    I lived for a couple of years in Peru. Loved the people and the food. Saw some things you wouldn't see in the states (I don't think). For example, I wouldn't call it a local custom, but in Cuzco I saw an Indian urinating in the street, while another Indian held out his bare foot to wash it in the stream. I took an old-timey train to Machu Picchu (I shared a seat with a chicken). Today the mountaintop ruins get thousands of tourists a day and you need a permit to go there. Back then there were just a few other visitors, and I slept overnight in the ruins. (There was a hotel there but I didn't want to spend the money.) The most mystical experience I've ever had was standing at the edge of the ruins on their mountain at dawn over the river far below in its fog-shrouded valley, hearing nothing but total silence. Later I watched Guy Madison act in a scene in the ruins for an Italian movie called "Last King of the Incas." If it ever got released I never saw it. But that was quite a place to visit. And Peru? I could certainly live there again.
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  9. FutureGatorMom

    FutureGatorMom Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    I really don't know!
  10. RayGator

    RayGator Moderator

    Apr 3, 2007
    Lakeland, Florida USA.
    Well, I’m glad she left too. Too bad she didn’t pick Communist China or Communist Cuba, she would have really love those places. And she would have deserved it too.
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  11. metalcoater

    metalcoater GC Legend

    May 30, 2007
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  12. phatGator

    phatGator GC Hall of Fame

    Dec 3, 2007
    Dayton, Ohio
    I looked up the Guy Madison movie. It was “Legacy of the Incas.” That was a long time ago. You must be old like me! :cool::D
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  13. AndyGator

    AndyGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 10, 2007
    Even though America left America in 2016, the answer is not to leave America. Rather, get out and vote and bring America back to America. It's not rocket science, you know. ;)
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  14. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    I think it was 1965. And Guy lied to me! I spoke with him briefly in the bar at the Machu Picchu hotel and he said it was "Last King of the Incas." (I imagine he was sitting there drinking because he had to be in that movie.)
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  15. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    Guy taking a break:

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  16. NavyGator93

    NavyGator93 GC Hall of Fame

    Dec 4, 2015
    Looking forward to spending a couple of years living overseas after my youngest heads to college. We will sell most everything in our primary residence and, when we are done traveling, possibly return to my property in OK. We have always been big on traveling, but I can't see permanently moving overseas. Even when we return to OK, we will continue to take trips.
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  17. gatordavisl

    gatordavisl VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    northern MN
    It happens just about every year up here, esp. among younger adults. Walking is the most dangerous thing to do up here, esp. during winter (ice). Winter is really about survival, but it's also about comfort and warming drinks :emoji_cocktail::emoji_tumbler_glass::emoji_sunglasses:.
    I don't expect to convince anybody about how "great" it is up here, but all things considered, it isn't so bad. There are dangerous weather events just about everywhere (lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding - which don't or rarely occur where I live).
    I've lived most of my life down south and now eight years up here. At retirement, I look forward to finding a home with a moderate climate.
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  18. HallGator

    HallGator Senile Administrator Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Outer Limits
    It has a 5.4 rating on IMDb, which is not terrible. Usually means it's at least worth watching.

    Legacy of the Incas (1965) - IMDb
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  19. homer

    homer GC Hall of Fame

    Nov 2, 2015
    Lower taxes living in there, I’m sure
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  20. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    Thanks. I think I'll go down to Blockbuster and see if they have it.

    I remember the director raving about how good Guy's performance was in the scene I watched them film. Guy told him, "Okay, get off your soap box." He said it sort of in the tone of "Screw you."