Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's Different Today.

Today I went to the post office to send a package off to my sister in Seattle. When I finally got to the front of the line, I set my package down on the desk and the guy just went off. I was completely flustered, because I hadn't expected this at all and I wasn't catching any of the words, he was talking so quickly and excitedly. Post employees are usually pretty much just business, especially when the line is half an hour long like it was. I started to wonder if I had addressed the package inappropriately when he noticed my confusion and backtracked a bit.

"Are you from America? You have chosen Obama as your new President! This is a chance for new beginnings for America, and for the whole world!" He had the biggest shit-eating grin on his face I've ever seen, mumbling a few more times about how great it was.


Germany wants to love America again.


  1. How exciting!

    It's nice to be loved for your citizenship, not treated like a leper.

  2. Fuck him. Okay, so two days ago Americans were all evil cowboys and today we're all angels?!

    Hau ab, Kraut. Hey, let's call all Germans evil Nazis until a Turkish-German becomes prime minister. Bullshit.


  3. TGE, Adam,

    It's nice to be loved for your citizenship, not treated like a leper.

    Treated like a leper?! What the fuck, Holmes? Where are you from? Germans MURDERED SIX MILLION JEWS in cold blood -- and that's for starters. You think we forgot?


  4. People have been congratulating me all day. Strange.

  5. jeffrey

    seems you have some anger issues to work thru. Nevertheless, and to put your mind at ease, Americans are still regarded as evil as ever; not too worry.

    Along that line Russia's Medvedev declaration today was right on.

  6. TQE: It's nice to not be embarrassed for a change.

    Jeffrey: Hey, be respectful of other commenters. Since the internet is a n imperfect means of communication, it's hard to know exactly what you are trying to say in your comments without a bit of context. I know what you're getting at with the first one, and will address that one in my next post, but I'm not sure about the second.

    Vailian: It really is!

    Anon: People thought we were evil before Bush and you are right, they still will now, but hopefully it can be reduced in countries that used to view us in a more friendly way than they have over the last few years. As long as the US is as powerful as it is, there are going to be haters!

  7. @jeffrey I have no clue what you are trying to tell me here... I don't treat Germans like lepers because of their history--i don't know a single German who was personally involved in the holocaust.

    As for Americans, I don't know, nor am I, guilty of slavery--but that doesn't mean that we, as a society, aren't guilty of having some issues to work through, just like the Germans.

    Under Bush, America has not been well respected by Germans--we, as a country, invaded Iraq for no apparent reason, continue to pump greenhouse gases into the air, and ignored international protocols.

    Certainly my friends didn't treat me badly, but I can tell you, that America wasn't loved...

    As far as you and the holocaust go, I think you have some issues to work out. Germans don't deny their history, it's taught in school and it surrounds them every where they go in their own country, as well as neighboring countries- Take those turrets that stick out of the sand-dunes above the Dutch beaches. They're German.

    Meanwhile, I might note that California just denied the right to get married to a huge percentage of its citizens.

  8. Meanwhile, I might note that California just denied the right to get married to a huge percentage of its citizens.

    Adam: Huge is an overstatement, and apparently not huge enough to defeat Proposition 8.

  9. Jimmy: When the percentage of people who SHOULD be denied rights is 0%, then I would say even if they are being denied to only .01%, that is a huge percentage.


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