Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Gaffigan

Gaffigan, upstanding comedian. Not my favorite, but pretty good. I posted this because one thing rang true for me: he talks about how New Yorkers will demand directions rather than ask them.
Many years ago, in Copenhagen, my way was suddenly blocked by a big, wide American man in shorts and a colorful shirt, and a camera on his belly, who said to me in a very forceful voice, without a "hello", "excuse me", or any other preample: "Where's the lakes?!"
He was not being aggressive, it was just that he had no regard for other people's space. Probably not even an idea of it.
It was very weird, it took me a couple moments to figure out even what was going on.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Wednesday, May 23, 2007   11 comments links to this post

11 Comments:

At 23 May 2007, 05:27:00, Anonymous ttl said...

Eolake recalled: "It was very weird, it took me a couple moments to figure out even what was going on."

And as Jim explains in the clip, in those moments you were wasting his time, not the other way around. :-)))

His take on buying bottled water was pretty funny too.

 
At 23 May 2007, 08:29:00, Anonymous terry minus misty said...

You know Eolake, many Americans are like this. Sadly we have become a nation of fat and arrogant brats filled full of selfishness and greed.
Even in our restaurants especially drive throughs, the kids just throw the food at you and never thank you or smile or anything.
It's sad but true. It isn't like the seventies when I was a teenager. I miss those times........

 
At 23 May 2007, 22:25:00, Anonymous The American tourist said...

Totally boring subject, mister Dane. Trash it.
I'm more interested in this crucial painful mystery: why does the rest of the world hate us???
:-(

 
At 23 May 2007, 22:48:00, Anonymous ttl said...

American tourist asked: "why does the rest of the world hate us??? :-("

You can find the answer here.

 
At 24 May 2007, 00:36:00, Anonymous Gandalfe said...

Sometimes the best you can do is to be as polite as you can and hope someone realizes that not all Americans are jerks. I was in Victoria the other day and went in to exchange US for Canadian. I asked what the exchange rate was for dollars and got asked, "Dollars from what country?" I felt like the ugly American at that time.

Who was I to assume that everyone used US dollars???

 
At 24 May 2007, 06:59:00, Anonymous terry the american said...

Who was I to assume that everyone used US dollars???

They should have known better. Not your fault. And no, not all Americans are jerks. There are jerks in every corner of the world. (We just rate in the top ten.)
I still love my country (always will) except if they ever turn their backs on Israel) then we will fall quicker than a shooting star.
Even if I die today I'm still glad I was blessed to be born an American. (Though we are not perpect.) We have more than any other nation in the world.
Also I appreciate all I receive from my Lord Jesus.

 
At 24 May 2007, 07:27:00, Anonymous ttl said...

terry the american said: "They should have known better. Not your fault."

In addition to all their other virtues Americans are great numismatics too. :-)))

ROTFL

 
At 24 May 2007, 07:44:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Summary of a survey of 15,000 European hoteliers on the tourists they like and dislike.

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/488120/1143349

 
At 24 May 2007, 09:39:00, Blogger eolake said...

American Tourist,
there's another opinion here.

 
At 24 May 2007, 20:19:00, Anonymous terry asking ttl said...

In addition to all their other virtues Americans are great numismatics too. :-)))

ROTFL
TTL SAID

Hi ttl, I'm not sure what you mean? Would you please explain? Thank you.

 
At 25 May 2007, 01:16:00, Anonymous Reasonably proud Pascal said...

terry the american said...
"There are jerks in every corner of the world. (We just rate in the top ten.)"


Believe me, mister show-off, the competition from Lebanon is very apt, I'll have you know. (Hocks a loogie in the street, cuts off the square of asphalt and sells the result in a frame as improvised art.) So don't give youself too much credit. :-/
You Americans, always thinking you're at the top of the world.
Well, we can do worse, so there! ;-)

Incidentally, the USA doesn't have the monopole on holiness either. In my country, we have holy roads, holy streets and buildings, holy cars, holy politics, holy law and justice, holy State budget... Really, there are holes everywhere!
You want to buy a hole, make sure you ask for our most excellent local production.

Numismatics: the science and collecting of currency.
TTL meant that you Americans have all the qualities, but you're too modest to realize it. ;o)

 

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