Things I’ll Miss About the USA


  • Free refills for your soda
  • Toads, snakes, salamanders, and the amazing insect life of the South
  • Real bagels. Last I heard, there was only one bagelry in New Zealand, run by New Yorkers in Wellington.
  • Cheap clothes, kitchenware, books, and magazines
  • The free New York Review of Books at the Duke bookstore, an exotic luxury in New Zealand
  • The American sandwich: toasted, with huge amounts of meat and a salad dressing to bind it all together
  • The New York Times on a Sunday
  • Good Southern fried chicken
  • Texas ribs and Alabama barbecue
  • American gumption and self-confidence okra.jpg
  • Free weekly papers, especially the Village Voice
  • Baseball, mostly because everybody stands up and sings “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at the seventh inning
  • Fresh okra at the farmer’s market
  • The omnipotence of the internet: Netflix, Bookmooch, Lala, Amazon,, Emusic, and all the other sites that only work or only work well in the USA
  • The free zoo and museums in Washington D.C.
  • Autumn in a deciduous forest
  • Taquerías and other real Mexican food
  • American breakfasts, especially waffles and pancakes
  • Cheap gasoline (see also Things I Won’t Miss) squirrel.jpg
  • Effortless access to PDF articles and interlibrary loans at university libraries
  • Bears, bison, and bald eagles
  • Sticks of butter (although the butter itself is nasty)
  • Seeing indie bands that will never come to the Antipodes
  • Peaches and boiled peanuts from a roadside stall in Georgia
  • Shops open almost all the time, including twenty-four-hour supermarkets
  • Not needing a landline telephone
  • Turning right on a red light
  • A rodeo in rural Montana
  • Thanksgiving, especially turkey
  • Turtles
  • Fireworks
  • Squirrels
  • Snow

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