Notes on the U.S, after being away for a while.

You will listen to LOUD music or TV in any small, confined area. Sometimes you will listen to both, maybe with a few PA announcements thrown in for good measure. Sometimes you will want to scream.

There is too much stuff.

BBQ is good.

People are generally friendly, but there are too many people.

Lots – lots – of people don’t know what or where The Netherlands is.

It is nice to be able to have a wealth of choices for breakfast out. Wow.

There are many more homeless and/or obviously strung-out people around in the US than we are used to seeing in Europe.

We are sure missing out on a lot – I mean a LOT – of commercials by watching British television.

Dental care, the basic cleaning and checkup, just cost us about three to four times what we pay in Europe for excellent care. No, it’s not subsidized care. I’m talking direct, cash-on-the-barrel head comparison.

Nancy Grace. Who is she? Why? Where’s her makeup artist? Freakin’ wicked witch.

When you go out to eat, you will have to yell to be able to be heard, especially if it’s a nice place. The cheaper, the quieter.