US vs NZ

I’ve been asked to write about

how life in NZ compares

with life in the USA.


Because I claim the differences are hugely important!

They explain

at least in part

WARNING:  here comes that darn conceptual leap again

much of your (usans) suffering

What suffering?!

Ok, next question …

In NZ:

  • Prostitution is legal and regulated
    • no comment
    • we just need to get that one out the way right from the start
  • Children talk to adults and vice versa
    • after all, they’re just little people, aren’t they?
    • the dividing line is imaginary
    • curiously, some visitors think NZ kids are cheeky
  • Strangers talk to one another
    • except for some tourists
    • on the street, in the supermarket, we interact
      • even kidz, who thus learn to trust their instincts
  • Kids prefer bare feet
    • even though everyone has shoes
    • even when its cold, dark, rainy
      • i saw at least three on my walk last night

(to be continued)

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  • Rupert Pupnick  On 9 July 2010 at 1:48 am

    Well, as a native usan, with a not-so-vague sense of unease about the way we do things here, I’d be interested to hear your point of view.

    But first I’d like to ask how much time you’ve spent living in the USA and where…


    • Dave  On 9 July 2010 at 12:56 pm

      17 years in total:
      1986 Monrovia, CA (smog hell, South of Pasadena)
      1987 San Diego, CA, first home owned
      1993 Escondido, CA, second home, two kids born
      1998 Carlsbad, CA, third home
      2002 Brookings, OR, fourth home
      2003 Sold up and left
      I worked hard, made a huge contribution and was well rewarded.
      I paid all my debts and never once leaned on any government for support.
      I paid umpteen $$ in taxes, and never once had any representation.
      Here in the 0’th world every legal resident can vote.

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