Thursday, January 13, 2005

things I have learned...

Things I have learned (and sometimes wish I hadn't):

  • Men spit...often! It is not your normal saliva spatter, but instead spit with sickening green clumps. One morning, I swear I counted 20 saliva clumps as I walked to the pickup location, which is only a quarter mile walk at best. Heck, maybe it is a new nursery rhyme in the making...out with Green Eggs n' Ham and in with Green Spit n' Snot.
  • Anything that can be a trash can is. Cement ridges around trees, empty water bottle boxes, cement bunkers, you-name-it...if it stored something or could store something, it will be automatically converted into trash can in the future. Cultural habit or visitor disrespect?

More to be added soon...

3 Comments:

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Larry said...

I've found it to be the same in every non-European/Westernized country I've been to. Especially places with poor air quality. Korea actually had to run a goverment propaganda campaign to get people to stop (or at least slow down on) spitting on the sidewalks, because it was something that every visitor remarked on, and it hurt their national pride to have people talking about it as an unsavory habit.

Ditto with the trash. It's only when a nation gains a certain measure of affluence that it starts to value nice environment over immediate concerns such as minute-by-minute survival and lack of energy for anything that does not directly contribute to the lower levels of the hierarchy of needs.

 
At 2:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to spit. It's sexy.

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