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What is it about Yanks and their trucks?  Scuza but if you have to ask …..

What’s this fellow trying to tell me?  I get the part about not understanding us but “whyaduck?” image

Gee, what’s the problem here?  I don’t own a truck. Never did. Have a friend who had one of those things 8 stories high, needed a helicopter to get into the darn thing, but it was pretty cool to be honest.  I wouldn’t want one but I’ve seen quite a number of them that looked pretty darn good.  Expensive I understand.
I’d rather have a Dusey or a Cord or , oh heck the list is too long.  Basically this fellow’s problem in not understanding is, he isn’t American.  So if his apparent confusion is real, then this is a funny read. But he is no consrv. so be aware of that.  Anyway, what’s with the bow ties he mentions?  I’ve been away too long.  Yeah. And by the looks of things it may be a while longer before I see home sweet home again. 

America leaves me completely baffled. It might just as well be Azerbaijan or Peru

Hugo Rifkind

I don’t understand the first thing about America. I often think I do, but then I read something or, worse, I go there, and I remember that I don’t, at all. Take the Republican victory in Massachusetts. I mean, fine. Whatever. Don’t have free healthcare, then. I still can’t quite grasp why they think it might kill people, or turn the country into Cuba, but never mind that. Instead, let’s talk about the new senator. Lets talk about his victory speech. “I’m Scott Brown. I’m from Wrentham. I drive a truck. And I’m nobody’s senator but yours.”

Here’s a quiz for all you American readers. Can you spot the bit which I find odd? Nope, wrong, we also have people called Scott. Yes, second time lucky. It’s the truck bit.

My general point, I suppose, is . . . wuh? We have trucks, too. We just don’t talk about them much. Is that weird? Are we weird? “When I spoke to the President,” Brown also said in his victory speech, “the first thing I said was ‘Would you like me to drive the truck down to Washington so you can see it?’. ”

Why does he think Obama wants to see his truck? Does Obama want to see his truck? Oh, look, I’m just not going to get it. Don’t even bother. I understand the point of Sarah Palin more than I understand Scott Brown’s truck.

We have a show over here called Newsnight. It’s a news programme, although you guys probably wouldn’t recognise it as one because it sometimes reports on stuff and doesn’t just involve loud men with fake tans competitively stating their hilariously polarised views. They had a feature the other night on the Tea Party movement, anyway, that huge reactive conservative groundswell you’ve got going on over there. The politics of that I could understand just fine. But the people? I didn’t even understand the way they parted their hair.

I didn’t understand their over-sized floral furniture, or their bow-ties. I certainly don’t understand their trucks. I’m not trying to be rude here. I’m just saying. It might as well be Peru to me, or Ghana, or Azerbaijan. Where do you guys get this stuff from? Over here, we base our look on your film stars, your TV stars and your pop stars. Probably our hopes and our dreams, too. On what do you base yours?

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