You drive in New Jersey. That's like comparing toaster studels to poptarts.
Today was my first day back at work from my vacation in Portugal. It only took 5 minutes into my commute to realize that Americans have no clue how to drive.
Driving in Europe was a dream. All of the 20th century roads and highways were smooth. People stayed to the right, passed on left, used their turn signals, and slowed down on small country roads to allow you to go by. You never saw someone on their phone, reading a newspaper or had a purse dog on their lap.
I get home and people don't yield when they should, left blinker on to make a right hand turn, speed on the right, cut you off to be one car ahead, only to slow down and exit. I even had a guy cut me off into a Dunkin Donuts parking lot and take up two spots in his SUV just so he can be ahead of me to get his coffee.
Please explain to me how I can drive through narrow busy city streets in Lisbon and Cascais and not curse for 10 days, but within 5 minutes of driving in suburban America, I feel like spider monkey slapping a baby panda?
People bitch and complain about gas prices here. It took 90.00€ to fill up my Fiat Punto. That's almost $118. Maybe raising gas prices will keep some of these jackasses off the road.
Europe had speed controlled areas that trigger red lights if you go too fast, circles to eliminate unnecessary lights and traffic, smooth roads even in rural areas and responsible and alert drivers. How is it that this country, with all of the brightest people at its disposal, can't even do one of those things?
Last edited by nemo1ner; 04-11-2012 at 05:54 PM.
Why don't you move there Johnny Depp?
Some things Urope don't have buddy:
V8 pickup trucks for 20 grand.
Your pick of three 300hp muscle cars for less than 25K
No checkpoints between countries.
No speed cameras.
Interstate highway system so you can transverse the country without getting stuck behind someone on a surface street.
Our women shave thier pits.
We don't use the stupid metric system.
Room to build suburbs and not pack into crowded, old buildings.
“America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
That's all I got.
"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering."
- Doctor Who (Fourth Doctor) "Face of Evil"
Let's see - tourist on holiday time vs. having to get places in a timely fashion along w/the rest of society....
As far as lane discipline - you need to have a run in w/the denizens of the old East...
oh, andHeh.driving into the Netherlands (Holland) from Germany
That's what I thought. They can't even face us on the battlefield. These two "wars" are more police actions than anything.
I'm totally joking by the way. We do kick ass at war though, even the ones we lose.
Simulations between five F15 Eagles vs. 1 F22 Raptor had the raptor winning.
The F15 Eagle is already considered superior to other first world front line fighters.
To paraphrase, "Merica is so bad assed, we just cancelled our most badass weapon because it had no natural enemy"
Alpha predator. That is America, we are the alpha predators.
Walk quietly, but carry a big stick. Somebody famous said that.
That's how we roll.
Also, constantly preparing for war is the best way to ensure peace. -Another famous person said this too.
I feel like that coming back from any other country (except maybe Canada).
Even Mexico has a kind of aggressive but respectful organized chaos that makes sense.
I've found that driving slow cars really helps here in the US and A.
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio
And as for anyone ing about me complaining. Explain to me how a continent that was a mess in the 40's; who requires archeologist staffing to do almost any construction, can accommodate modern transportation through 700 year old cities and manages to have a road system 10 times more sophisticated and maintained than the US?
Last edited by 2.0T_Convert; 04-11-2012 at 07:01 PM.
I have to stop this idiot from deminishing my credibility every time he posts because my usernsme is in his sig.
You see, they are all packed in that little mass of land like dogs in a kennel. Over here, we have so much room between cities that there is naturally more roads to maintain.
If you have more people using less roads, those roads will require more maintenance. If you are facing space requirements because of old infrastructure, the design will have to be more inclusive instead of the long straight stretches over here in North America.
Lastly, America relies more heavily on trucking. Trucking destroys roadways faster than passenger cars.
So if we had less roads, they would be more crowded, but better maintained. No thank you to that proposition sir.
They got a bad-assed constitution gauranteeing education and the country rebuilt by the best in Washington while soldiers came home and had to create their own destinies here in America.
Same thing with Urope. England pretty much rebuilt VW for Germany didn't they?
That clears things up.I was staying with my parents in a small village
FWIW, these "OMG Urup's so wonnerful" threads remind me of my wife... allow me to explain: early on she spoke of Florida in the most glowing terms - somewhere between 1st class on a 747 - 400 & Paradise - which puzzled me until I realized her Florida experience was limited to the Disney area, Atlantic Coast, and the Don CeSar. Took her on one business trip in some not so nice areas & never heard @ Fl. again.
Well, as far as road quality goes, the US has over 4 millions miles of roadway to take care of. The entire EU on the other hand, has only about 3 million miles of road. Portugal probably has about 12 miles of roadway.
We also have more drivers, heavier cars, and in many cases, bigger fluctuations in temperature from summer to winter, which causes more stress on the roads.
But whatever, you can have your Fiat Punto that costs $120 to fill up... I'll take a Mustang GT that costs about $80 to fill up, even with gas at more than $4.00/gallon.
(I found that when I googled "American Flag", and it was either the flag with an eagle, or the flag with a Celica... I think I made the right choice.)
1989 Ford Mustang GT/1997 GMC Suburban
1971 Triumph T25/2009 Yamaha R6S
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