Since I’m fixated on USA, I’ll probably be keeping up the commentary for a while. Or maybe just a little longer. At any rate, there are a few (quite a few really) things that you lucky Americans have that we simply don’t. (Yea, I heard that ‘No shit’). I should probably mention how I went shopping yesterday purely to buy some Dr Pepper. That isn’t the only reason we went, but it might well have been. One thing I do love about USA is Dr Pepper.
Like happiness in a bottle
You see, they don’t wholesale sell Dr Pepper in Australia anymore. For 6 years, they did. I was unfortunately young and didn’t know the glorious drink tasted good so I avoided it. I do remember it being freely available, in vending machines, supermarkets, everywhere. Apparently it was taken away from us in 2003, as Australia basically didn’t like it. Silly, right? The amount of soft drinks (you call it ‘soda’ we call it ‘soft drink’) we have, we can’t have that one. Of course you can buy it online for extravagant prices, and some small shops do order cans in, but sadly it isn’t quite as easy as picking up a bottle during your grocery shopping.
I realise Dr Pepper isn’t for everyone. Like almost anything really. I also realise it’s sad how drinking Dr Pepper is always a highlight of my visits to USA.
Another thing I love about USA is 99c stores. I think they are awesome, despite the obvious missing quality factor. I own a pair of sunnies (American translation: sunglasses) from a 99c store and nobody can argue against the fact that they cost a mere 99c. It’s a winning argument.
Even the logo looks cheap!
To me, it’s almost as if I can justify buying anything because it’s so cheap. I suppose that’s how they stay in business. (I’d like to point out that I know nothing about 99c stores and/or the various ridicule/talk surrounding them. I’d attempt to go educate myself to avoid overused jokes or misinformation that I don’t realise, but that’s too much work. So there.) I’m also not sure I trust a lot of food from there, but I may be wrong?
I don’t actually walk around with my arms raised like that. That’d be odd, even for a 99c store.
And I can’t forget McGriddles. Pancake + bacon = fantastic idea. Sorry, ‘hotcake’. Always tempting to try and make it to Maccas (read: McDonalds) before 10.30am. Just to buy them. Mmmm, the greasy goodness. Even if it is an epic trek (a whole two blocks) in the morning (which is cold, I couldn’t feel my ears last time) to the closest one. And even if they are overpriced for how small they are. But hey, that’s McDonalds for you!
So, there’s three random (small) things I like about the USA. How about you, where do you stand on them? I do realise these are rather trivial things but I’m not about to start weighing in on the bigger things just yet. Too political, I’ll just sit here with my Dr Pepper instead. And watch a random squirrel scamper (I believe that sums up his movement) across a power line. Ahh, America.