Living in US vs Europe

I was back in Cali last week, and  I had a great dinner with my old neighbor (who now lives in OC.) in Kappo Honda my favorite restaurant of all times.

As always we went straight into deep conversation about life. Both of us being foreigners often our talks find their ways into how living in the US is so much different than Europe.

He’s German and I am Turkish.

Turks in Germany are like blacks in the US South. Often viewed as second class citizen, often discriminated against, and regularly attacked and ridiculed by the NeoNazis- German version of KKK. even on TV shows and commercials.

In fact when we first met he asked me if I was offended being called Turk which is a nickname I took  when in the US Air Force.

One stark difference between living in the US and Europe is the fact we can even talk about these things and often laugh about the ways we viewed the world while back in Europe. Yes I am sure it has alot to the with the fact we’re more mature now.

But I think it has a lot todo with the fact that we live in the US where who you are is far more important than what you look like, and where you are going means a lot more than where you’re from.

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Thank you sir. May I have another one

I live in Charlotte a USAirways hub city for a few years now, and last week I flew on  USAirways for the first time.

What a terrible company.

Flight attendents started barking the security announcements.

They charge $5.00 for crappy headphones. What’s really cheeky is they have fitted the arm rests so the customers can’t use their own headphones. There must’ve been some cost associated with that which means some senior executive authorized changing of the arm rests to add $5 to the customer’s bill.

As long as the USAir has that corporate culture they can not and will not  succeed.   We’re back from bankrutcy, or we’re the #1 airline they might be saying to their share holders. That reminds of a story.

A man jumps off from the top of Hearst Tower in Charlotte. As he passes the 28th floor someone asks "how is it going?". As he flies down toward asphalt for his certain death, he replies "So far so good."

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