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America!!!

JansonJanson Registered User regular
edited December 2008 in Social Entropy++
Well, we have had two (thoroughly abysmal) British threads lately, but not an American one. Now most of you fine forumers are American and so I guess threads about it are mostly either unnecessary or, you could say, most threads are already American. But the purpose of this thread is to be more all-encompassing, and to celebrate the every day mundane and thoroughly American things you may take for granted. Unlike the British threads, I'm not going to be negative in this OP or in any of my posts. Even if it's about raccoons, those bastards.

So, here are a list of fine American things that I like very much:

Sunshine! Okay, this is from the point of view of living in California and not a more northern state, but it is very lovely indeed to see so many blue skies in winter.

Portion sizes: Most of the time this could probably be considered a negative, especially when you're only shopping for one or two people and you need celery but then half the celery ends up wilting before you can use it all up because no matter how much you like celery you can't eat two whole celery hearts in a week and they don't sell celery in portion sizes smaller than two hearts, but when planning a party or feeding a large party it's a boon to be able to buy whole sacks of rice or 5 lb bags of flour at ridiculously low prices.

Trader Joe's: Not only do they do wonderful organic foods, but they package everything up so beautifully, and they encourage you to use your own bags, too!

Hummingbirds! Endemic to the Americas and just so adorable; it's a real treat to see them in people's gardens.

In'n'Out: If you have a craving for a fast food burger, you can't really do better than this.

[strike]Dead raccoons[/strike]

Eggnog: Mm, delicious. I mean, I sadly have to refrain from buying it because it's so terribly fattening, but it's nice to know it's there.

Sweet potatoes, squash, blueberries; all of my favourite fruit and vegetables are native to the Americas. (I am deliberately omitting the potato, because I am not really a fan. That's right; I prefer mash, roast, and chips made from sweet potato, carrot, beetroot, parsnip; anything but actual potato.)

Closets: It is so lovely having a large enough space in which to store all your clothes, towels, suitcases and boxes of personal papers even in such a tiny apartment as ours. In the UK they'd have probably tried to convert it into a bedroom or something.

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

  • UrianUrian __BANNED USERS
    edited December 2008
    Janson wrote: »
    Yes my points are California-centric, sorry

    But California is the bestest, how can they not be?

    (Hawaii looks sweet, though)

    yes i am the best thank you

  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User
    edited December 2008
    mori bring janson to new york

  • ASimPersonASimPerson And they will tremble again at the sound of our silence.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    Why?

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Faricazy wrote: »
    mori bring janson to new york

    buy us plane tickets

    and pay for a hotel

    and feed us

  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Faricazy wrote: »
    janson when are you coming to new york

    Sometime, like, seriously, we have to visit New York, so it's definitely on our list, but not right now :(
    ASimPerson wrote: »
    BBQ

    Not, like, the grill, but the style of food.

    To me BBQ is the ultimate American cuisine, even if it is very regional.
    Mmmm I am grateful that we live close to Alex's parents

    It means weekly invitations to meals for which his dad cooks the most delicious meats
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    Last winter I met a very lovely, sweet old couple who were flying out to see their son and grandchildren in Wisconsin and the airport staff saw fit to interrogate them for about forty five minutes I don't know maybe Wisconsin has more terrorists

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  • MikeRyuMikeRyu Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    It's too late Janson, you're now living in the US. As far as the rest of the universe is concerned you're probably fat and rich smoking cigars in a top hat while wearing a monocle.

    Guffaw'ing all around the place as you place down big red houses like the Monopoly pieces.

    And going "Whoops what was that tiny place I just crushed to death with my big red house?! Oh it was just England!"

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  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Faricazy wrote: »
    mori bring janson to new york

    buy us plane tickets

    and pay for a hotel

    and feed us
    i will buy you street meat

  • CogliostroCogliostro Marginal Opinions Spring, TXRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Janson... you haven't seen beauty until you've visited Alaska. We *are* the biggest, and I know how you wimmin-folk are about size. (hehe)

  • MikeRyuMikeRyu Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Faricazy wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Faricazy wrote: »
    mori bring janson to new york

    buy us plane tickets

    and pay for a hotel

    and feed us
    i will buy you street meat

    You pay for roadkill?

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  • ASimPersonASimPerson And they will tremble again at the sound of our silence.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Faricazy wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Faricazy wrote: »
    mori bring janson to new york

    buy us plane tickets

    and pay for a hotel

    and feed us
    i will buy you street meat

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  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Janson

    come to West Virginia

    to truelly appreciate the greatness of america, you have to see the worst...est

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  • Dee KaeDee Kae Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    County fair food.

    It's always horrible for you, but the best you'll ever have.

  • DrIanMalcolmDrIanMalcolm Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs' skirts?Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

    And the Wisconsin Dells
    and cheese
    and beer
    and cows
    and one of the safest towns in America (sheboygan I think)

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Dee Kae wrote: »
    County fair food.

    It's always horrible for you, but the best you'll ever have.

    Candy floss! I love that stuff.

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  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

    And the Wisconsin Dells
    and cheese
    and beer
    and cows
    and one of the safest towns in America (sheboygan I think)

    PACKERS

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  • The_ScarabThe_Scarab Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    MikeRyu wrote: »
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    It's too late Janson, you're now living in the US. As far as the rest of the universe is concerned you're probably fat and rich smoking cigars in a top hat while wearing a monocle.

    Guffaw'ing all around the place as you place down big red houses like the Monopoly pieces.

    And going "Whoops what was that tiny place I just crushed to death with my big red house?! Oh it was just England!"

    England is GO actually. You have to pay 200 pounds to pass by us.
    Spoiler:

    scarab you have mental problems
  • DrIanMalcolmDrIanMalcolm Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs' skirts?Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

    And the Wisconsin Dells
    and cheese
    and beer
    and cows
    and one of the safest towns in America (sheboygan I think)

    PACKERS
    BREWERS

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  • ASimPersonASimPerson And they will tremble again at the sound of our silence.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    ASimPerson wrote: »
    Faricazy wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Faricazy wrote: »
    mori bring janson to new york

    buy us plane tickets

    and pay for a hotel

    and feed us
    i will buy you street meat

    http://penny-arcade.com/images/2004/20040227h.jpg

    Actually, I kid.

    I went to NYC last May and had some delicious "lamb" from a street vendor.

    And, of course, I've also eaten at a taco truck here plenty of times.

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  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Janson wrote: »
    Dee Kae wrote: »
    County fair food.

    It's always horrible for you, but the best you'll ever have.

    Candy floss! I love that stuff.

    what? no

    DEEP FRIED TWINKIES

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  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User
    edited December 2008
    i will say

    i've never felt sick from new york street meat

    but that may be my iron stomach

    edit: oh yeah i don't even count halal as street meat, i have it very often at school (we have two carts) and it's so delicious always

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

    And the Wisconsin Dells
    and cheese
    and beer
    and cows
    and one of the safest towns in America (sheboygan I think)

    PACKERS

    PACKERS WON THE SUPERBOWL WOOOO

    (man I hope someone gets that reference)

  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

    They used to have The Onion.

    Then they up and moved to NYC.

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  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    mang, california doesn't even have seasons. how can you not have a crisp, red and orange autumn and a snowy winter?

    and all your tv times are messed up, silly 3 hour delay. what if a tv show gets spoiled?

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  • ASimPersonASimPerson And they will tremble again at the sound of our silence.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Janson wrote: »
    Dee Kae wrote: »
    County fair food.

    It's always horrible for you, but the best you'll ever have.

    Candy floss! I love that stuff.

    Cotton candy, you mean.

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I have an iron stomach too

    Hurrah for us!

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Janson wrote: »
    Dee Kae wrote: »
    County fair food.

    It's always horrible for you, but the best you'll ever have.

    Candy floss! I love that stuff.

    what? no

    DEEP FRIED TWINKIES

    I actually want to try those

    the two things are so un-alike, there must be something to them

  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

    And the Wisconsin Dells
    and cheese
    and beer
    and cows
    and one of the safest towns in America (sheboygan I think)

    PACKERS

    PACKERS WON THE SUPERBOWL WOOOO

    (man I hope someone gets that reference)

    WHOOO PACKERS!!!

    ahhh a giant spider!

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  • ASimPersonASimPerson And they will tremble again at the sound of our silence.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

    And the Wisconsin Dells
    and cheese
    and beer
    and cows
    and one of the safest towns in America (sheboygan I think)

    PACKERS

    PACKERS WON THE SUPERBOWL WOOOO

    (man I hope someone gets that reference)

    I don't know if this is relevant but the Packers are inexorably tied to MST3k in my mind, due to every slow-motion shouting scene being dubbed over with:

    GOOOOOOOOO

    PAAAAACCCCKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSS

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  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User
    edited December 2008
    Janson wrote: »
    I have an iron stomach too

    Hurrah for us!
    you know how people complain about taco bell

    well i don't have to complain about taco bell

    i can savor cheap and tasty fake mexican food with zero repercussions

    hi5

  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Janson wrote: »
    Dee Kae wrote: »
    County fair food.

    It's always horrible for you, but the best you'll ever have.

    Candy floss! I love that stuff.

    what? no

    DEEP FRIED TWINKIES

    I actually want to try those

    the two things are so un-alike, there must be something to them

    lostwords even has his own deep fryer

    you guys HAVE to come to one of our PAXes now

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    lostwords wrote: »
    mang, california doesn't even have seasons. how can you not have a crisp, red and orange autumn and a snowy winter?

    and all your tv times are messed up, silly 3 hour delay. what if a tv show gets spoiled?
    What is this

    autumn_01.jpg

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    WHOOO PACKERS!!!

    ahhh a giant spider!

    YER HITTIN' THE BOOZE AGAIN

  • DrIanMalcolmDrIanMalcolm Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs' skirts?Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    and we have badgers

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  • MikeRyuMikeRyu Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    MikeRyu wrote: »
    The_Scarab wrote: »
    It's too late Janson, you're now living in the US. As far as the rest of the universe is concerned you're probably fat and rich smoking cigars in a top hat while wearing a monocle.

    Guffaw'ing all around the place as you place down big red houses like the Monopoly pieces.

    And going "Whoops what was that tiny place I just crushed to death with my big red house?! Oh it was just England!"

    England is GO actually. You have to pay 200 pounds to pass by us.
    Spoiler:

    Whenever we play we're always the bloody iron.

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  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Janson wrote: »
    Dee Kae wrote: »
    County fair food.

    It's always horrible for you, but the best you'll ever have.

    Candy floss! I love that stuff.

    what? no

    DEEP FRIED TWINKIES

    I actually want to try those

    the two things are so un-alike, there must be something to them

    lostwords even has his own deep fryer

    you guys HAVE to come to one of our PAXes now

    deep fried snickers bars. awm nawm nawm

    i made a few this weekend (a few being 5)

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Janson wrote: »
    lostwords wrote: »
    mang, california doesn't even have seasons. how can you not have a crisp, red and orange autumn and a snowy winter?

    and all your tv times are messed up, silly 3 hour delay. what if a tv show gets spoiled?
    What is this

    autumn_01.jpg

    That looks like half of fall.

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Speaking of strange foods

    there was an article in the SF Weekly a few weeks back about unlicensed food vendors in the city

    and they had a picture of what looked like a hot dog wrapped in bacon

    and it looked delicious as all get out

  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    ASimPerson wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    More people should visit Wisconsin

    You guys have The Onion, I think

    and that's it

    And the Wisconsin Dells
    and cheese
    and beer
    and cows
    and one of the safest towns in America (sheboygan I think)

    PACKERS

    PACKERS WON THE SUPERBOWL WOOOO

    (man I hope someone gets that reference)

    I don't know if this is relevant but the Packers are inexorably tied to MST3k in my mind, due to every slow-motion shouting scene being dubbed over with:

    GOOOOOOOOO

    PAAAAACCCCKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSS

    any time there is a large crowd of people getting excited i start going "rabble rabble rabble PACKERS!! PACKERS!! rabble rabble rabble"

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  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Janson wrote: »
    lostwords wrote: »
    mang, california doesn't even have seasons. how can you not have a crisp, red and orange autumn and a snowy winter?

    and all your tv times are messed up, silly 3 hour delay. what if a tv show gets spoiled?
    What is this

    shopped

    hollywood special effects, duh

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