Myths and realities of American life
But Many people from the CIS have their own idea of the United States, supported by many myths (for example, about the completeness, stupidity of Americans), movies and stories of compatriots who once visited here. But for some reason, most of their judgments, I think, are far from the truth. Sometimes, listening to stories about Americans, I want to shout: “No, comrades, they are not like that, they are ordinary people with their usual lives. And, in principle, they are not so bad as they are described everywhere, but in some areas of life are far superior to the Slavs”. After several years of living in the United States, I can make such a small list of what seems unusual to me in this country, what they are different or similar to the Slavs. First of all, the large sizes of everything are striking: portions in restaurants, houses, clothes, packages in supermarkets, distances, etc. Often in stores you can find a large hamburger on the cover of the magazine. Very wide highways, which sometimes reach 10 or more lanes in one direction. In all the buildings everywhere are constantly working air conditioners. There are practically no pedestrians on the streets, except for the city centers. In the US, you can easily get a compliment from a strange woman!!! She just like your shoes, dress or hair and she just come up and say about it, which is almost impossible in Ukraine or Russia. From men, too, can get a compliment, but somewhat less because they are less emotional than women. But also sometimes can be heard from the big guy in the tattoo “Hey! By the way, I really like your dress”. Only here you can come to the most-the most common restaurant (not the most popular and not the most expensive or cool) and wait an hour in line to get you seated at a table!!!! In the States can talk about food constantly, describe the food they ate once, talk about what they will eat, a long time to decide what cuisine they want for dinner. And if you say that you are going to rest, for example, in Venice, then you are likely to be advised to visit not some attraction, but some specific restaurant. Here often on the streets or in public places strangers greet each other or can have a casual conversation about anything. All around sorry about that: went just apologized, sneezed or coughed – apologized, just became near – apologized, speak and apologized. Too many excuses. Americans are not as rich as they are thought of in post-Soviet countries. There are a lot of homeless people and people who barely reach the subsistence minimum. And they do not litter money at all, but, on the contrary, Americans are very prudent, sometimes it may seem that they are even petty in relation to their dollars. Americans — not all hard workers, as is commonly believed. The average Joe will not bother with work, not with enthusiasm to stay after work time, of course, if he grabs his wages. Perhaps everyone believes that Americans are workaholics because of their very short vacations and few public holidays. Probably only in the States you can see an old 70-year-old grandmother who will go to an expensive sports car and show the middle finger to those who did not hit her on the road. In America, it is customary to smile. Therefore, the teeth are carefully monitored and cared for. Teeth here are almost all white and smooth. Large packs of Packed ice on the shelves – it was very surprising to my friend, who was in the States for the first time. In Ukraine, ice is not sold in stores, which seems strange to me. Americans drink alcohol no less than the Slavs. In local pharmacies (pharmacy) you can buy cigarettes, alcohol, pet food and many other things that, in principle, does not belong to the category of goods “health and beauty”. Conspicuous in their plain clothes. Americans will not bother in choosing casual clothes, will wear the clothes that are most comfortable, and it does not depend on the status and income. Women do not bother to walk in heels in everyday life. I really like that Americans do not need a show in clothes, and in General they are not one of those who will prove something to others, they say, look at what I have jeans for 200 bucks or a handbag from Dior – I earn a lot. Here rarely buy clothes more expensive than $ 50-100, and why, if you can wait for sales and buy the same thing, only several times cheaper. Here sales do not disdain even those who have a fairly high income. It is quite natural and normal to live on credit, on the contrary, it seems strange when you buy a house for cash. In the US, on the beaches you will not find any man in swimming trunks, and even more so in tight swimming trunks – all bathe only in shorts. And there are no beautiful ladies on the beach in mini bikinis. Especially not meet on the beach lady who decided to sunbathe Topless, unless, of course, this is not a beach for nudists. And children on the beach do not run naked. To have health insurance for dogs and cats – here it is quite normal. Since the prices for the services of veterinarians sky-high, and many expensive purebred dogs need to constantly go to the doctors, so you have to buy insurance. In the US, it is quite normal to have three or more children in the family, one is a rarity. They generally very much like children, pay them a lot of attention. But the child is not a hindrance to doing what you love or to travel. Often you can meet mom, sweating and walking uphill along the path somewhere in Yosemite national Park, which will have a double stroller with children and another small miracle to sit in a backpack behind. Or dad skiing with a little kid who just learned to walk. All fitness centers have rooms for children with a tutor, where parents can give their child, while they themselves will be engaged with dumbbells. The most interesting thing is that in such rooms give even the youngest children, for example, once noticed how one lady gave her child, who was only a couple of months. Very surprisingly, women in the US (middle class) look after themselves better than women in the same Ukraine or Russia. If you take a 50-year-old lady in the US and CIS, the first will almost always have a manicure, pedicure, hairstyle from the salon, simple but modern and beautiful clothes, a full set of creams for skin care. And the second – at home colored hair, poorly made Perm, manicure, pedicure – the lot of the rich and those who do not work, clothes – a La 70-year-old grandmother. Many people think that the girls in the US are not beautiful, it’s not true, there are all sorts of girls. And the concept of beauty for all different – some need vulgar short skirts and heels, and some neat appearance. In youth, it is easy to be beautiful, probably, it is worth judging the beauty of 50-year-old women in different countries, that’s when you can determine who is better watching. Almost all us residents are ardent patriots. The patriotism of Americans has always been at a very high level. It is vaccinated citizens since childhood. The most striking example is the military-Patriotic movement of scouts. Here you can often see the developing American flags near the houses, in cars and even on bicycles. Americans are not as stupid as many people think. Yes Russian, there are some individuals who can’t find the UK on the map or decipher the USSR as United States Secret Russian (in Russian they decipher the USSR as the United States Secret Russian), but many of them are quite literate. We can not say that in the CIS all very educated and intelligent, I am sure that many people here, too, will not be able to decipher the USSR from the first time. It is necessary to take into account the us education system, which is not so much stretched over time, and which teaches students only those specialties that relate to their profession, so many Americans — highly specialized specialists. What can not be said about the Ukrainian education system, where important subjects related to the specialty, learn only in the last year, hence it turns out that we know a lot, but only a little bit. And it is quite natural for us, when an economist works as a programmer, which is quite rare among Americans, if the latter studied to be a lawyer, then he will work as a lawyer. If the American is going to do some business, he thoroughly prepared for it. And it does not matter what kind of thing it is: if he goes to ride a bike, then he will have full equipment, if he is going to the Park for a barbecue, then he will have all the equipment for this: chairs, his own barbecue, although there are plenty of them around, a canopy, a refrigerator, etc. If the skis, he will buy all the clothes for skiing, and it does not matter whether he will ever ski in his life. Here, everything is done according to the rules, and it does not matter in what sphere of life: in medicine, automotive or simply in public life. If there are rules, they will be observed, even if the situation and will reach senility. For example, my husband’s boss has a Windows installation guide, and even though my husband can install the OS with his eyes closed, he still can’t get started until the boss brings him the guide. But I think that this is still a plus, because here just will not do the work on the “maybe pass.” In the US, many people play sports, go to fitness centers, and in the morning you can often meet runners. An American can easily Snitch even on his friend, neighbor or employee, if he did something wrong or something illegal. And there’s no shame in reporting it to the police. Concealing a crime has serious consequences, including going to prison. Denunciations are different and in different situations. Children are taught from childhood about honesty and responsibility, but the child-tattletale will always be an outcast. Often knock at work to move up the career ladder, especially if such behavior is encouraged by the authorities. Whether friends and neighbors will be engaged in informing depends on them, but more often conflicts can be resolved during negotiations.