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01 August 2014 @ 05:51 pm
visiting a foreign country  

We’re in America (in Upper Peninsula Michigan, which is full of motels that look like the Winchesters would stay there. We concluded, however, that they would probably be smart enough to avoid the nearby one called ‘Sleepy Hollow’.), and I left my tablet charger at home, so I’ve been offline since it ran out of battery. Oops.

American food seems to all be either very salty or very sweet. Also I have not been here enough since Obama’s election to get used to the fact that commercials now much more regularly feature people of color, particularly African-Americans, than they did before his election so I’m startled and pleased anew every time one comes on.

I am considerably less pleased by the horrific drug ads, and I don’t know what that thing with Paris Hilton and the burgers is except offensive.

When we got here and were collected by the in-laws, we all got into the car and although I *knew* what was going on, I was so tired I couldn’t help saying, “We’re on the wrong side of the road…” as we drove out of the airport. It’s like visiting a foreign country, it really is.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
Herefoxherefox on August 1st, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
The drug commercials are awful, aren't they? I don't think I've seen the Paris Hilton thing.

I'm constantly amazed by the number of things people here want sugar in. Unless it's a dessert (or very specific types of savory things) sugar should be nowhere near my food or drink.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on August 1st, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
I have to turn the channel when the drug pushers come on. Just the list of possible side effects makes me feel ill. I've somehow missed the Paris Hilton thing too, for which I am grateful. Enjoy your stay!
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on August 1st, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
Welcome stateside!

The drug commercials are obnoxious. They always show during the evening news. My son is autistic and has an amazing memory, so it was appalling back at age three when he was reciting the Cialis side effects verbatim.
kitmizkit on August 2nd, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
aaagh.
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on August 3rd, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. *facepalm*
desperance: lukedesperance on August 1st, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Also I have not been here enough since Obama’s election to get used to the fact that commercials now much more regularly feature people of color

Heh. I never came to America pre-Obama, so I did not know this. Interesting, that it's conspicuous enough to trip you up.
kitmizkit on August 1st, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
It's a *good* trip-up, but it really is noticeable. Pre-Obama they were *exceedingly* rare, to the point of non-existence. Now they appear to be almost regular, although I have an ugly suspicion that my perception of "half" is very akin to the perception that 17% is equality and 30% is domination. I've not marked out the commercials to find out if I'm right about that, but I wouldn't be surprised.
irishkateirishkate on August 2nd, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC)
Interesting about the ads. Wonder if it will go back after....
.wolfsilveroak on August 2nd, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
I saw the Hardee's ad with Paris Hilton in it for the first time last night. I paid more attention to the cars and barely caught that it was her. But yes, idiotic commercials geared towards men who like to objectify women. As Hardee's commercials tend to be.}:/
Cyranocyranocyrano on August 2nd, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
I wave to you from the thumb!
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on August 3rd, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
I was wondering what had happened to you. O.o

commercials now much more regularly feature people of color

Not having TV for several years, this was not something I'd noticed, but yay!

Also, I've no idea what the Paris Hilton burger thing is you're talking about. I suspect my life is better that way.