I know a Canadian man who spent a beautiful Monday afternoon in Queenstown NZ watching the Super Bowl (i.e. not even the Canadian football playoff (= Grey Cup)). Priorities?You know, a one-time thing (especially something that only happens once a year) wouldn't outrage me as much. Consistently missing out on authentic local experiences just to get the latest shit from home is what bothers me the most.
Wow. This makes me glad that I don't really value TV. Sure I love football, but if I had plans, I would do them instead.
I'd be out every damn night I could, meeting people, trying new food and drink, looking for a new cultural experience.
I'm starting to calm down, FTR ;)
I was stationed Italy way back when b/c the military sent me there. Was assigned to be there for two years, asked for a third and they gave it to me. Asked for a fourth and they said no... ;)
I enjoyed myself so much that were I an orphan I would have stayed longer.
One night on third shift I was chatting with a buddy. I chose to rent a house (military paid for most of that) and he chose to live in the barracks on base.
We were comparing notes about where we had been in our time there (similar periods of time). He spoke enthusiastically about a walking tour of downtown that involved a couple of stores and a pizza. He'd done this a few times in several years.
He asked me where I had been and I explained that I spent nearly every dollar I had to wander the country and see what I could. With fuel prices what they were (maybe triple US prices after we used our allotment of low-tax fuel) and my mediocre enlisted pay - I still covered alot of miles. All the major cities, the mtn towns, seaside roads, etc.
The next weekend I invited him along for a day trip. He was car sick several times that day but otherwise had a good time I think. Recently came across VHS tapes of the day.
Anyone have a Tardis I could borrow for a weekend? Would like to take the family to visit those places and that time. Maybe give my earlier self a few pointers. I'm happy with the outcome of my choices but I could have been more "smooth" and "suave" along the way... ;)