Sunday, July 27, 2008

Defending America's Image

So I was up at Yosemite this weekend with my father.

After he'd gone to bed I went out and made friends with a couple of Germans I found at a bar.

We talked a bit about politics and I found myself embarrassingly telling tem about how one of our presidential candidates had been made fun of for daring to suggest that Americans might be better off if they bothered to learn a foreign language.

They were shocked.

Fortunately, I did learn that Americans are still considered the epitome of cool in Germany, despite how much Bush is hated over there. Which I guess makes sense. The cool kids always pick on the nerds.


spencer said...

Unless you've lived it, American political culture is almost impossible to understand.

And even then, it still rarely makes sense.

bulbul said...

I don't know about "the epitome of cool", but you guys are definitely all right.
Here in Europe we can tell the diference between a people and their fucked up political representation. We've had a lot of practice, after all...

M. Bouffant said...


Were you burning vacation houses in Yosemite?

NutellaonToast said...

No, but I drove right by the fire on my way out.

Fires are bad and all, but it was pretty cool to watch one that big in real life for a bit.

Then we got moving again, in case they closed the road.