First, a note on the recent lack of posting. Some personal issues and conundrums have left me in a not-so-blogalicious kind of mood. I’ve tried in the past to push through and find some sort of flimsy content to throw up here just to keep you yearning masses happy, but I just haven’t been able to manage it lately. I imagine once I get back to Ithaca this late-summer malaise will blow over, but until then you might just have to bear with me.
But, on to more important matters, like how awesome British people are. First of all, there’s the sexy accent, impeccable taste, and swoopy hair. (Cedric Diggory, anyone? Hollerrrr.) Then there’s the wealth of culture that has been disseminated across the globe. But, most importantly, there’s the no-bullshit attitude. One of my favorite bloggers (who, incidentally, is about to release a book), the Waiter, wrote a guest column for The Guardian. He criticized British travelers to the United States who don’t leave an adequate tip, threatening at the end of the column to nuke the country from space should it happen again.
But the best part of the article is the comments. Did the British apologize for not knowing the American custom? Did they thank the Waiter for informing them of a cultural difference? No, of course not. They laid in to the American wage system, criticizing restaurant owners and lawmakers for forcing waiters to accept a sub-subsistence wage and then expecting customers to subsidize that wage by adding a premium onto the cost of food. To paraphrase, “Bloody hell, man! That’s bollocks!”
Dear Europe, please invade the United States and civilize (read: socialize) us. I’d love you forever, even moreso than I already do.