22 February 2009

Some Differences between the EEUU and Argentina #5

83. You don't think it's possible until you come here, but there is such a thing as too much sun. Don't believe me? Just look at the Raisin Women in their 40's walking around with 16-year old tits

84. I'm sorry, but Argentine music just isn't that good. And there's not enough variety

85. Americans like to give each other a notice of a few days when they go out together. Argentines call each other a couple hours before they go out

86. Argentina is a nightmare for control freaks, which is probably why I like it. Everything and everyone is late. But since you know that ahead of time, you're never super-upset or super-offended when the Subte stalls at Callao for ten minutes, or when you waitress ignores you at Baraka Café for 40 minutes. In America, entitlement turns us into monsters. We get mad when the subway is 8 minutes late, or when the waiter forgets our water. We get belligerent when we don't get what we think we deserve, which is pretty much everything

87. They show the same movies on TV over and over again. How many time can you show "The Fast + the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift," "Jurassic Park," "Legally Blond" and the fucking "Bone Collector?" In America, this only happens during Christmas and holidays, when most of us are knocking back egg nog and ODing on Turtle chocolates. Like we care. . .

88. In America, running is really good for your health. In Argentina, and I can say this unequivocably, it might be the single most dangerous thing you do besides smoke Paco

89. Trying to talk about American movies with Argentines can be mind-numbing and futile, especially when the titles have weird translations. For example, "Cruel Intentions" becomes "Intenciones Sexuales," "Oceans 12" turns into "La Gran Nueva Estafa," and "Alto impacto" or "Vidas Cruzadas" is the Latinamerican translation for Paul Haggis's movie "Crash"

90. In Argentina, chocolate in all of its forms has been replaced with Dulce de Leche. Though sweet and delicious, this stuff is like gastronimic glue, keeping everything together, even when it doesn't belong there

91. Porteñas are pretty damn hot. I'm not gonna lie. But, they're also superskinny, I'd say too skinny, and not in a healthy way either. But more in a my-stomach-has-eaten-the-rest-of-my-body kinda skinny. Strangely enough, they never lose their boobs. LB said it best: Porteñas are skeletons with tits. American women, on the other hand, tend to be a little chunkier on average, and I can't say it's necessarily a healthy kind of chunky either, at least not in the south and the midwest. West Coast women, on the other hand, might be the perfect balance between the chunksters + give-me-another-IV-drip crowd

92. Argentine men honk at hot women on the sidewalk, who almost always ignore them. American men drive by them really slowly, blasting top 40 hip-hop from their souped up speakers. You can't help but stare at that, at least for a second

93. Argentines never seem interested in my career as a writer, nor what I'm writing about. Americans, maybe because they can't believe it could possibly be a career, can't stop asking me questions: what do I wrote about? What do I write? Have I been published? Do I have an agent?

94. In America, you have to get in to a graduate program in order take classes at a university. In Argentina, you pretty much just have to show up on registration day. I didn't realize this until one of my students told me that if I didn't get into USC, then I should just move to LA and start taking classes there anyway. I had to tell him that's not how things work with our higher education system, though it would be nice if it did. Related to this, when someone has a graduate degree from a good university in America, people are usually somewhat impressed because they know most people don't get in. Here, it just seems like a personal decision you make, like whether to buy the baguette or the Pan de Campo

95. This isn't true everywhere, but in some neighborhoods, there is trash everywhere on the sidewalks. And honestly, it's awful

96. There are recycling bins, except no one uses them. Case in point: the last time LB + I were in Puerto Madero, the "paper" bin had actually caught on fire

97. Constructions workers, following some universal law, whistle at women here too, just as they do in every other country I've ever seen

98. Porteños cross themselves when they pass churches. Americans pull out their cell phones

99. Dogs are usually dirty, scruffy, unleashed and sometimes vicious in BsAs (at least to other dogs). In America, they tend to be clean, well-groomed, and used to shameless amounts of human coddling. Additionally, Argetines don't get their dogs neutered or spade, and Rabies vaccines are about as common as the anthrax vaccine. In the US, you can't even adopt a pet from the humane society without those two basic requirements

100. I have yet to meet someone who does his own laundry in Buenos Aires. I know they exist, and I'm sure I'll get a few petulant comments from them, but as a whole, it seems like abuelas have a monopoly on dirty underwear

101. Americans freak out when their personal space gets violated. Argentines pull out their cell phones

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

84. could be true, Britney Spears isn't that good, though. British bands are the best.
85. False: I never go out if they call me a couple hours before going out.
86. False: where I live, people could kill the bus driver if he's 5 minutes late.
87. When Americans producers sell movies to Latin American countries, they only sell a 'pack' which contains one really good movie, and LOTS of boring movies about an Am. football player who tries to conquer the most beautiful lady in his classroom.
88. True, drivers are crazy.
89. True, but movies titles are different for a reason that's TOO long to explain. Maybe an example can help: "stAR wARs", "G ueera de las G alaxias", the correct one would be Guerras Estelares, but there's something missing which is obvious.
90. could be
91. Half true. Some porteñas are hot, but most beautiful women live in Rosario, just take a walk on the 'peatonal', and you won't believe it.
92. Argentine men just want to look cool before their freinds, that's all.
93. Unfortunately, Arts in Argentina are seen as if you don't want to work, I hope that changes.
97. True
99. it has to do with money, it's either your children or your pets.
100. True in BA only, in the interior if you mum or granma do your laundry, your friends could beat you up.
101. As regards personal space being violated, that just happens in BA, in the interior if you're sitting on a plaza bench, no one will sit beside since they know they will get a 'WTF are you doing' look.

Briefly, the tile could be 'Some Differences between Some parts of USA and Some parts of Argentina'
Regards,
Just an average Argentino

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Dear Anonymous,

Get some pelotas and use your name. I put my name and face to everything I write.

Britney Spears sucks, but there is so much good indie music coming out of the States. It's almost obscene. A quick list of names off the top of my head: Cocteau Twins, Common, Kanye West, The National, Blonde Redhead, Clap your Hands and Say Yeah, Nada Surf, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blackalicious, Broken Social Scene, Cake, Jedi Mind Tricks, Cat Power, Lucinda Williams, Jack Johnson, Clem Snide, The Roots, The Chemical Brothers, Damien Rice, Death Cab for Cutie, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, Elliott Smith, Iron + Wine, The Brazilian Girls, Luna, Moby, Michael Franti, . . . That's not even talking about better known stuff like Lauryn Hill, Prince, etc., etc.

I could go on and on. There is so much good music that is constantly drowned out by some of the smooth, empty, glitzy shit that makes it across the Atlantic.

When you say false, what you really mean is, it's false for you.

I know so many Expats and Argentines who complain all the time about how things are behind schedule here perpetually. It's not some fluke of nature, it's the norm here, you're just used to it. The Subte, colectivos, flights, mail, long lines--face it, things don't run on schedule here. I mean, it takes my g/f and I 45 minutes just to buy 3 things at the local Coto. And frankly, I'm cool with that. Compared to Europe and America, things aren't on time here and everyone I know agrees on that. I took the Subte everyday for 7 months and the Subte was on time TWICE. On the other hand, compared to my old life in Africa, however, things are on time here in Argentina. It's all relative. At first. Then reality sets in.

Great, so you don't go out with friends who call with little or no advance notice, but this entry isn't about you. It's not even exactly about me. It's about my perception of life here in Argentina You can deconstruct generalizations all you want, but there is a factual basis to every observation and most people (Argentines + Expats alike) would agree with me. They may not be completely true all the time--then again, what is?--but they're basically true in my life for me.

Also, Buenos Aires is part of Argentina, so when you're talking about BsAs, you are on one level talking about Argentina (not all of it, but definitely part of it), especially since Argentines come to Buenos Aires from every region of the country to be here because of the economic opportunity in the Federal Capital. This city is a better reflection of the totality of the Argentine culture than any other single place.

Now, if you want to point out there's a big difference between campo and ciudad, I'd totally agree with you there. Even in the provincia, it's different. But porteños are still Argentines, and they still have a large amount of power to overly influence the definition of Argentine culture. More foreigners come to this city than they do to the others, more Argentines come to this city to work than other cities.

Lastly, every generalization has its limitation. That doesn't mean it's not true however. If you point out that lots of Americans come here and they don't speak Spanish very well, they don't dress particularly well, they like shorts and tennis shoes, baseball caps and they're generally unaware of what's going on in the world, I would tell you you're right. I wouldn't say, well maybe SOME Americans are that way, because it's obvious that this statement is a general statement, meaning, it's not supposed to be, and not trying to be correct all the time. But generally, yes, I would say that statement is correct. Ditto with this blog.

Ultimately, I think you're confused. This isn't your blog buddy, it's mine. And though I welcome and totally want feedback, visitors don't get to write my entries for me, nor give me suggestions of titles, or even try to culturally defend or edit reality for me here in Buenos Aires with a subjective score sheet of my own observations. All you've done is replace one subjective point of view with another one, and at least my version was entertaining and not defensive.

Anonymous said...

Sorry if I hurt your feelings, I did not mean it. I apologise for it. Maybe the bottomline is 'Isn't it obvious that life in Argentina is worse than USA or UK?' It was NOT a personal attack. Maybe that's what I wanted to say. In USA or UK everything works, but they are 1st world countries. I am Argentinean and I know that if I go to Africa things will be even worse than they already are here. I like your blog, otherwise I wouldnt be here. Sorry, I never wanted to be rude, hope you understand.

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Dear Anonymous,

It's okay. We just have different perceptions, and unfortunately, my g/f and I haven't had the money to see other parts of Argentina as we'd like to, which is partially our fault.

Let's agree to disagree, and thanks for checking out my blog.

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Anónimo,

One other thing I forgot to mention: I know it seems obvious that life might be worse here than in the US, but truthfully, I came here with the opposite assumption, if you can believe that. I know so many Americans that are stressed out, worried about losing their jobs, basically just overwhelmed by the speed of culture. I SEE even more that are overweight, eat junk, don't work out and look and feel like shit. Despite all the amenities that Americans have, many--believe it or not--aren't actually happier. So, I came here looking for secrets to happiness. And Argentines impress me because they generally have less than Americans, but they're generally much happier. But since I've been happy in both environments, I notice some of the shit that Argentines are totally used to, in part, because I don't have to deal with this stuff forever. Does that make sense? This is probably a more thoughtful and honest response to your last point, which I appreciate.

Devin said...

Jackson -another wonderful post-one of your best I think -very inventive and original -I am sorry I missed it-usually when you update I am more on the ball-i agree about many Americans becoming monsters (especially lately it seems-with service and other things) the other day I was getting extremely po'd at what I considered awful service at this restaurant that is usually good (i used to be a waiter also:-) -but I thought -with folks starving to death the world over and youre gettin wacked cause the service is slow? -and I calmed down I am normally considered 'nice' to the point of being a pushover-however today i was in a grocery store and the whole time my order was done the dude didnt get off cell phone-wouldnt have meant much in a way -but this bloke and the staff there have generally always been kind to me -but i didnt complain-was a little miffed -another thing -this will cause me to go off if I hear it one more time -and i might even lose friends -family over it -if I hear any more allusions to economic probs being Obamas fault-I swear I will effin strangle person saying it -everyone is entitled to their own politics -but some of this in my life isnt coming from politics it is coming from RACISM-and racism disgusts me -besides the ovbious absurdity of blaming the dude in the Oval Office who has been there- a month or so?? o well sorry for my rant-absolutely love your blog and this post -I saw where another blogger put an Amazon wish list up for books-I thought of doing the same with my blog as books are one of the few things that really matter to me in life besides people i am close to-I thought if i could figure out how to do this I would put some of your books up on my wish list ( i just do now want to offend any readers of my blog-thinking that I expect them to buy me books:-) best to you and LB as always -great blog-post and writing!!

TangoSpam said...

Hi Darlin, (or really, Amor....)

You know those 16 year old tits are fake right? Sometimes when I am dancing I get a comment about them from some guy who is less than cool. Also women never accept a date on the spur of the moment here..part of the histerica movement. You need to make the guy suffer.

Personally I think young girls everywhere are beautiful. But what I see here is that most women after maybe 35-40 age very quickly. Too much sun, botox, and bad eating habits along with smoking. I agree (cuz I am one) West Coast women are probably a bit healthier than the average US woman.

Also there are many places to adopt pets and all the animals are vaccinated and castrated before adoption. People do vaccinate their pets and while not as many as in the US castrate, people do do it here as well. There are free castration services in all the provinces.

As a pet owner I think this was rather flippant and maybe a little naive on your part. Now if you want to talk about all the caa caa on the sidewalk that is a different subject all together...

I think the biggest difference between North Americans and Porteños is that we operate as a team and we look for solutions. Porteños operate individually and live for the moment.

Thanks for your blog...

Deb

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Hi Tango Spam,

Yes, I def. know they're fake. I think that's in another one of my entries.

You're very generous TS, because I actually think that after 25, porteñas begin accelerating around the age curve (just as some Californias and Hawaiins do--basically, sun culture). I mean, I've seen some teenage girls that are stunning, and suddenly, as you said, after years of partying, laying out in Level 10 UV Index sun for ten years, yogurt lunches and cigarette picadas, they look older than they are.

It's possible I'm flippant/naive, but in terms of the neutered/spade topic, I based my observation on several things:

1. I've never seen so many dog testicles in my entire life as I have in Palermo, and I'm not a perv
2. Even if those service are available--and I completely believe you--it doesn't mean Porteños actually take advantage of them
3. My g/f's cousin is Porteña, and also a vet. And it was actually she who informed us that most Porteños don't do the right thing and get their animals rabies vaccines, nor do they get them fixed. It's not about accessibility, but money. And also, the prevailing attitude towards animals. I think some Argentines love their animals, but in general I'd say not as Americans do. Granted, Americans are displacing their emptiness and sadness into their pets, but despite this basic law of emotional transference, I still haven't seen the same stuff there that I see here: owners grabbing their dogs by the neck, public punishment with a stick, cars not slowing down when a dog is in the street, old women giving my g/f horrified looks because she picks her dog up, the lack of healthy dog food, pasedores that tie up 45 dogs to fences for 2 hours before walking them home. It seems that attitudes are changing towards dogs, and the intentions are basically good, but the general attitude here just isn't as dog-friendly as it is in the US, and sometimes it shows. For better or worst, in many American families, the dog is a member of the family, basically human. Here, that seems like the exception right now, not the rule.

Lety said...

I have a few more differences for you (looking from the other side of the mirror):
1) When an American accidentally runs into you with the supermarket cart, he/she is super apologetic; in Argentina, you are at fault for being on his/her way.
2) The cashier at the supermarket says "have a nice day" (it's part of the script); in Argentina you get your receipt and maybe a thank you.
3) Waiters and waitresses in the US are always asking you if you need anything else, if the food is OK, if you need the check, etc.
4) Same principle applies when you go shopping, while in Argentina you have to beg the salesperson to acknowledge your existence.
5)The average Argentine curses much more than the average American. Among friends you can get away saying (literally) very offensive phrases which are said in a very affectionate way.
6) Lines are respected in the US, in Argentina not so much so (i.e. colado/a).
7) Argentine middle income families can afford part-time maids; in the US only the super rich ones can hire them.
8) Cars are -on average- smaller in Argentina.
9) There are shops dedicated entirely to sell fresh made pasta.
10) In Argentina you can only get two types of apples: red and green.
11) However, beef variety seems almost infinite.
12) Argentine bread is really good and incredibly cheap (relative to the US and relative to other foods).
13) There is no such a thing as being politically correct in Argentina.
14) Celebrity gossip magazines in Argentina invariably have barely clothed women on the cover. In the US, you would need an ID to buy them.
15) When the police stops you in Argentina, the first thing you do is to get out the car to talk to the police offer. In the US, you must stay in the car.
16) Prices in the US are quoted before taxes.
17) Argentines interrupt each other all the time. That would be rude in the US.
18) Argentine taxi drivers are way too chatty. In the main cities in the US, they are chatting with their cellphones.

That's all I have for now. This is fun!

Lety

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Lety,

It's a fine list. And I agree with every single difference! Besos.

GRACIELA said...

Hi Jackson,

It is most interesting to read your blog. I am quite impressed by some of the perceptive comments you make about us. In most cases one would argue they are just about right (skinny women with fake tits, everyone being late, etc.)though there may be one or two items one would be ready to disagree with, not very important ones.. However, what impresses me the most is the resilience that you and other expats exhibit. How do you manage to survive here and not go mad? As someone born and bred in Argentina, I am forever dreaming of getting away from this crazy city crammed with rude and thoughtless people. It's either the slower life of the interior of the country or the orderly life of a faster-paced society like the USA. But BA means absolute chaos to me. I truly admire you guys for being so brave.Cheers, Grace D.

Anonymous said...

102- Cuando a los argentinos no les gusta algo, lo dicen y se van- Cuando a los americanos no les gusta algo siguen con la sonrisa de la publicidad dentifrica y se quedan en vez de irse

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Anónimo,

Sí, muchas veces, es cierto. Pero a qué contexto referís, no estoy seguro.

Emm said...

you're right in 94, but i don't see what's wrong in letting anyone go to university. I get your point, but you should know that starting a career by just showing up does not mean you're gonna finish it just as easy. And, on the other hand, we do have private universities where you have to go through and introductory course and take an exam before being admitted.
I went all my life to a private school, and now i'm studying at public university because of it's high standards of education.
So I do get your point, my country has a lot of flaws regarding education, but i think that providing it to anyone who wishes is just not one of them.

haha i just needed to say that. Anyways, i like your blog, it's always interesting to know what other people think about us, although i'm not really proud of some parts obviously.

hugs

Mariana said...

Hey

Just read what you wrote about ARGENTINA i am really glad u see so many differences with USA!!!! That is the best thing i heard in a long time.
Argentinian food might be not many, but hey maybe to eat greesy foor, burgers and cinnamon fatty buns you should stay at home(maybe thats why people are skinny at home)
Yes it is a quilombo, but that is oart of who we are, is great that we can call a friend 2 min beforehand and invitre them to an asadito at home, is great thet we dont get stress cause the underground is late, is great we enjoy the movie title even though we know there are not the best translation and hey if u cannot enjoy the Aragntinian music, is maybe cause u hear at too much Britney Spears!!!!!
And about people not being interested about u being a writes, to read about the shit u write, I AM GLAD THEY DONT!!!
I leave in Europe and every day i miss that Quilombo Argentina is!!
Maybe Denmark should be your next destination, by the looks of it u enjoy some other things, leave lovely South America for people with a more open mind!!!!!!!!
REGARDS
CHAU CHAU

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Mariana, Mariana, Mariana,

Seriously? Let me educate you on a few things:

1. I'm simply pointing out cultural differences between the two countries as I see them.

2. I'm as critical of American obesity as I am of Porteña anemia. You've obviously not read my blog as a whole because I'm pretty objective. I try to understand the complete reality of both countries. There are things I love and hate about both the US + Argentina, and it's sad that this nuanced perspective is lost on you.

3. Wow, the defensive Argentina, imagine that? Frankly, I've talked to so many Argentine expats who now live in the West Coast, in Europe, and they by and large, seem to feel the same way.

4. You're being ignorant. You haven't read my writing, you've read what, one or two entries? You have no idea what my writing is like so you have no basis to make that statement. Also, have you taken a look at your English recently? It's worse than my written Spanish, and a lot angrier too.

5. The Britney Spears comment is pat. I've already heard it, and agree that she sucks ass. Where I disagree with you is this: the difference between the music scenes in the US + Argentina is that though there's a lot of shit music in the USA, there's also a lot of amazing indie stuff, much of which never makes it to South America that basically stay in or only ends up in Europe. And I'm not talking one or 2 groups, there are hundreds of fantastic indie groups from DC, NYC, CHICAGO, LA that kick ass. Obviously, you don't listen to any of them because if you did, you'd retract your ignorant statement and pull your head out of your ass.

6. You're living proof that SOME South American's aren't open-minded because you're one of the most sensitive, unobjective and ignorant people to visit my blog in months. For your information, I left my stable life in Chicago to come live here for a year without a job to enjoy and celebrate life with my girlfriend. Before that I lived in West Africa and lived without electricity or running water. I've traveled through Europe and parts of Asia. I speak several languages. I'm sorry to say this, but I think you're an idiot. If you were open-minded, you would be able to talk more objectively about your own country. I can readily concede a 100 things that are fucked up in the US. I'd be the first person to point them out. But I can do the same thing with Argentina too, and not because I'm intent on ripping Argentina apart, but because I want to understand my life here, because I have every right to analyze and compare the difference in lifestyles between these two countries.

7. Ironically, you spout about how much you love Argentina, and yet you're not even HERE. That's just ridiculous. You love BsAs because you're not here and you don't have to deal with the pollution, the rudeness, the broken sidewalks, the heisted pensions. You've idealized your former life as an Argentina. I agree that there's lots to love about this country. That's why we're here. But I have every goddamn right to point out the things I don't like or understand.

8. Maybe, instead of getting angry because an expat DARED to criticize the country you chose to abandon, you should take responsibility for how things are here, seeing as you're so intent on trying to defend it. On some basic level, it's not the government's fault that there's trash on the sidewalks, or that people don't pick up their dog's shit, or that people push you in the subte.

9. I think both Americans and Argentines can be really narcissistic and selfish, and honestly, it drives me crazy in both circumstances.

10. Porteñas aren't skinny here because they're healthy. You're delusional. Most Porteñas survive on cookies, white bread, pasta, cigarettes and bife. They eat microscopic salad/sandwich for lunch; they smoke, stay out late, they lay out in the sun. And though of course, they're entitled to that lifestyle, that's also why 25 year-olds look 8 years older. I agree with you that some of the food in the US is bad unhealthy, junk. But the difference is accessibility: in ALL the major cities, you can eat 150 types of ethnic cuisine. And Argentina is no match to the bustling urban multiculturalism of American cities. It's not even close.

11. Ultimately, it's not about the Argentine way of life being wrong. It's about it being different. I can appreciate things being late all the time. I'm always late all the time. But for some people, they can't stand it. Ditto with quilombo. I don't mind it in a restaurant or when I'm running, but I know other people--both Argentines + American--that do. There are other things I don't like about this country, just like there are plenty of things I don't like about the US. That's called: trying to make an honest assessment of my reality. You should try it some time Marianna. You'd be much more bearable if you did.

Anyway, I'm done with your ignorant ass. So stop wasting my time.

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Graciela,

Thanks. I appreciate that. We're surviving, just like argentinos are. And I think Argentine culture has taught us to be more creative with our poverty. It's funny because some people who read this blog think we're loaded, but I was paid in Argentine pesos to teach English and most of my colleagues were Argentines. We lived paycheck to paycheck, skimped where we could, and spent money where we had to. I think when we return to the US, we'll know how to deal with the economic crisis in America better than a lot of Americans that don't know how to deal with not having everything, but are being forced to learn now. That's the sad truth. Thanks for stopping by.

Emm,

I totally agree with you. To be honest, I wish education was excellent, free and open to all people that wanted to learn in the US, but that's only true with the public schools, even then then, they're not free, just cheaper. If higher education were free in the US, I'd have 5 M.A's degrees instead of one, I promise you. I left Yale for my M.A. after a year and a half because I couldn't afford to study there anymore, so I know the flaws of a private educational system very well.

The only point of this entry was to point differences between the 2 systems, not to point out flaws of Argentine culture, even if it appears that way. That is it's only real point. In America you have to apply, send transcripts, take tests, and in Argentina, you have to pass exams, and show up for registration. But I completely agree with you that free education is not a flaw at all. I think that's how it should be for all willing and able students.

One of the biggest problems of education in the US is though there are so many fantastic universities, too many of them are exorbitant and really, it's just not fair to those students that deserve to be there but can't afford to go (or who think they can't afford to, since many elite institutions have deep coffers too for student aid).

Ivana said...

Es bastante gracioso que cada persona que entra al blog y lee los comentarios se crea con el derecho de estar de acuerdo o en desacuerdo con lo que escribe Jackson.
Es "Su" punto de vista. y si no me gusta puedo hacer un nuevo blog.....que puede llamarse:"losquenoestamosdeacuerdo.blogspot.com"
PERO NO PODEMOS DESESTIMAR SU OPINION...JUSTAMENTE POR QUE ES SUYA!!!!!
A mi me gusta ver como nos ven los otros y en vez de sentirme ofendida debo tratar de ver que lamentablemente tiene razon en muchas cosas que son malas y tambien me dan gracia muchas cosas que le llaman la atencion.
Esa es la diversidad cultural que me gusta.
Saludos
Ivana

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Ivana,

Gracias. Comparto tu punto de vista, pero obviamente soy bien parcial a esta noción del mercado de ideas. Creo que alguna gente no entiende la idea de un blog. Para mí, es una pagina web en que puedo explorar, aprender y describir mis experiences acá. Es todo. Si alguien está de desacuerdo conmigo, no hay drama. Les permito exprimir sus opiniones aqui en vez de borrarlos. Pero finalmente, no van a "corregirme" las entradas porque se basan en mi subjetiva, nada más. Y yo, como escritor, defendería sus derechos de fijar sus opiniones en sus propios blogs--no importa de si estoy de acuerdo o non. No es el

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Perdon, quería decir, no se trata de eso.

Agustina said...

Another difference could be that we don't use the name of a continent to refer to our country.

Agustina said...

I'm sorry, I didn't mean that to sound offensive.

I'd like to suggest some music for you: Lisandro Aristimuño, Almendra (from the 60s! it's amazing!), Proyecto Verona, Sui Generis and Seru Giran.

I really like what you write.. I think it would be great if everyone took it positively and laughed at themselves.

I'm sorry if my English is a bit oxidado, haha.

Besos

JACKSON BLISS 水と魂 said...

Agustina,

Tenés razon, but only in the informal way. Officially, it's called the United States of America, but really that's too long, so it becomes America because no one wants to waste 9 syllables saying all that. Ditto with México that's officially called Los Estados Unidos de México, But Mexicans call it Mexico because 11 syllables is far too many for one country. For the record though, when people ask me where I'm from, I always say I'm "Estadounidense."

I'd be happy to listen to the music you recommended. I love music and I especially love it when someone opens up new music to me, so I'll let you know what I think about it later on. Now, I just need a faster download speed. The internet connection right now in our place in BsAs sucks ass. Really, it's starting to drive me crazy.

Besos.