- March 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm #839087
I do remember that. Maybe she’s pregnant!March 27, 2019 at 6:31 pm #839104
To backtrack slightly I found that super sweet American niceness quite odd when I was there. I noticed it initially with the flight attendants on the flight over, they’d SAY all the right things but there was no actual warmth behind it. It was like a syrupy smoke screen. I couldn’t handle that regularly, just be curt if you want to be curt otherwise it feels very two faced. I definitely appreciated Pittsburgh and New York, it felt a lot more real.
Australians are generally pretty polite but they’re not going to sugar coat anything. If you act like a dickhead they’ll tell you to your face you’re a dickhead and probably a few other things as well.March 27, 2019 at 6:32 pm #839105
@keyblade, calling your criticisms “observations” doesn’t make them less aggressively critical.March 27, 2019 at 6:37 pm #839106
Do you really find that critical? I’m a little tone-blind in one eye.
Humor is weird thing. People can’t help what tickles them but one must be careful not to aggressively tickle others.March 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm #839107
Yes, you are very confrontational on here.March 27, 2019 at 6:41 pm #839108
Okay real question. What is the main distinction you see between being straightforward versus being confrontational?March 27, 2019 at 6:44 pm #839109
I don’t want to get into it with you, it’s exhausting. You go back and change your posts completely so it’s not a real conversation, and then when you don’t like where it’s going you say you’re being funny or you don’t interpret tone well online. No, thank you.March 27, 2019 at 7:20 pm #839115
Ange, that’s a good way of putting it. In much on the states there’s a niceness that feels disingenuous. Ill take a well-intentioned direct approach, even if it borders on curt, over a nice remark that is mostly intended to make the person delivering feel good about herself.March 27, 2019 at 9:18 pm #839124
Every time I hear “bless your heart” I know it means “you’re a fucking idiot.”March 28, 2019 at 2:40 am #839144
Yes, disingenuous was the word I was looking for – hence why you write for a living and I flog sport lol.
I never did hear a ‘bless your heart’ thank goodness, I genuinely don’t know how I would have handled it.April 13, 2019 at 3:12 pm #840922
LMAO, I was just on the T and this couple weren’t holding on so when it started to move, they fell into this older man with a broken arm. They said they were so sorry, they’re not from around here, and then the guy with the busted arm started helping them with the map. They asked if the train goes to Gov’t Center. He’s like, see that part that shows where this train is going? Ok, what does it say the last stop is? Park? Ok, so it’s not going to Government Center. You’ll have to get off and get on another train.
Which would probably sound really assholish, but he was helping them figure it out. Then he asked where they were from and they said Akron, Ohio and everyone cracked up laughing and were like, “don’t believe what you hear about Boston! We’re nice!” It was all good.