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MyNameIs

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"non shootings don't make the news" I'm not really sure what you mean by this?

It is a big country, you're not wrong. That's a great Talking Heads song too. I spent a fair bit of time in the US, and honestly it didn't even feel like a country to me. America felt just like a big business to me. Ironically it's called The United States of America, but you're anything but 'united' You feel like such a divided nation compared to other western countries.

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I had a different take on the whole tennis match drama, but perhaps that's because I didn't watch it and only read snippets. It seemed to me that Serena's coach gave her a thumbs up and the umpire decided that was coaching. She was annoyed - understandably, if that was true - and then didn't handle her annoyance very well. I also read that the other player wouldn't have won, if points hadn't been deducted from Serena for having been coached. However, as I said, I am not well informed enough to give my opinion, really.

As for America... hmmm... It's a bit like going to Europe and saying "all Europeans believe..." or "This random Yugoslavian person represents all of Europe." America is huge with great cultural divides and can't be summed up so easily. And I'm saying this as a British person who had a very strong concept of what I thought of Americans before I moved here. Where in America did you visit, David? When we moved from Southern California to Washington state a few years ago it was like moving to a different country - same language (for the most part) but very different style of relating to each other. Still very liberal, so it wasn't about the politics, but it took a lot to get used to. I've never been to Australia but I imagine it as more generic. Would you say there is a general feel about being Australian?
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Well said, British person.  

I hear they have giant spiders and other bugs in Australia.  How do you dope with that, David??  It sounds awful!

Last night I moved a box on the floor and a GIANT brown spider came rushing out and across the room.  Thank god my son was home!  I surprised myself with a horrendous bloody scream that seemed to come from someone else and go on for several seconds.  My son came running down the stairs and I screamed at him to get the spider that just went under his tool box.  He did and the spider is now in spider heaven.  
Son turns to me and says "Jeezus Christ, Mom!  A spider?  I thought you were getting murdered!" 
"It was huge!" I told him I'd never seen anything like it.  
Strange thing is - a spider has been living on my computer desk and he's medium size and black.  He doesn't scare me.  Maybe I'm a racist when it comes to brown spiders but I think it was because it was so big and fast.



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Just saw this in the Newyorker.com.

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Thank you for all of your replies. I'm so glad we could start up a conversation.

As for spiders, I loathe them and an completely terrified of them! Fortunately I only have to deal with them in the summer. They can be particularly dangerous, but once you learn to respect them, you shouldn't have too many problems.

Nicky, back on your point. Well, Europe is a large sprawled out continent filled with different countries and cultures, drowning in a long history. America isn't. Yes, America is a very multicultural place, but you are all Americans. It seems like you have all forgotten that.

I visited New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Franciso, Portland as well as Texas, New Orleans, Floridia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

I think there are a few misconceptions about Australia. It's becoming more and more multicultural as the years pass us (especially in Melbourne and Sydney) Now, Australia is much smaller than America of course, but I've found Australians are a lot more united and 'together' This continent and country really feels like a large community. The again, maybe that's because of the relatively small population in comparison to the US

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