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Driving and navigation Sure, it’s common knowledge that Americans drive on the right side, but less common is the free right turn rule, which sees driv- ers given the green to turn right even when the trafﬁc light says otherwise! Back home our eastern suburbs are rife with roundabouts, but there are little to no roundabouts in USA. Instead, there are STOP signs at the smallest of junctions (yes, even residential areas). Ever wonder how far a block is? Well, how long is a piece of string? Initially, we thought a block was the distance of one intersection to the next with buildings in between but it turns out that the intersection had to be a major one – side streets don’t count! On the nose Those accustomed to un- savoury odours from some third world countries would feel right at home in some of America’s big cities. We frequently caught off-putting wafts of urine, marijuana (medicinal mari- juana does exist!) and sewage in downtown LA and San Fran- cisco. In San Diego, an odd smell would pop up occasionally – something that could best be described as a cocktail of sewage and stale spit. Moving on to the country – Jerome in Idaho to be speciﬁc – I don’t think my nostrils have ever been assaulted by such pungent, agricultural air. No prizes for guessing what the small town’s main industry is! The way the cookie crumbles Fancy brews such as cappucci- nos, lattes, and ﬂat whites have no home in America. Settle instead for brewed cof- fee accompanied by pottles of half and half (half cream, half whole milk) – quite good, if I do say so myself. And while Kiwis sit down with a cuppa and a bikkie at tea-time, a biscuit, in American terms, is really a scone. Sweet biscuits are not as common as savoury biscuits which are served with a variety of meals such as fried chicken (biscuits, not bread rolls at KFC), sausages, and gravy (often white and creamy, not brown!). The store for drugs Walk into any fast food joint and ﬁnd listed the number of calories for each menu option. Great for calorie counters but judging by the clientele in certain locations, I think many choose the way of “ignorance is bliss”. Pharmacies are known as drugstores in the USA which I think is rather appropriate con- sidering they also stock ciga- rettes and alcohol in addition to drugs, of course. Conﬂicting health aims? Not to worry, here in America chalk and cheese coexist in harmonious bliss. 'Blue' news I can see how scriptwrit- ers obtain fodder for in- tense, suspenseful dramas such as 24 and Homeland. Just as we began our trip, a disillusioned cop-killer (he killed cops and was a cop himself) from LA with a personal ven- detta against the LAPD had inci- dentally begun his killing spree leading to a wide-scale manhunt spanning across multiple states and cities. We were just in San Diego when the saga culminated in a cabin ﬁre in San Bernardino (about 170 miles north of San Diego), where the perpetrator’s body was found. How’s that for drama? So on that note, head to the “greatest country in the world” for some exciting high speed car chases, hostage situations and police stand-offs! Or just stay home, in little old New Zealand and watch, from a safe distance, on TV. Musing on American life ONLY IN USA: Stop signs at every corner, downtown LA downright wafty and futile calorie-counting at fast food chains. Photos supplied WEIRD: Biscuits resemble scones and are commonly served with white, creamy gravy.
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