How easily medication is prescribed
On any given day, and depending on the level of stress or inattention you’re projecting, an American friend (or stranger) might offer some Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Adderall, or Ritalin to calm what you didn’t know ailed you. You might wonder whatever happened to soothing bath salts and deep breathing, but some of my more pressing questions include, “How is everyone getting these?” and “Are they as easily prescribed as medical marijuana?” Which, honestly, seems pretty easy.
The Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s experience is like no other
Going to one of these stores is an event, really. I recently learned Costco exists in a few other countries, which must mean the world is becoming a better place, because it’s kind of like the Ikea of all of the things Ikea doesn’t sell. But in bulk. What, you don’t think you need 60 rolls of toilet paper?
Seriously, it’s not uncommon to leave the store with cereal, some bath mats, new skis, a pair of eyeglasses, over-the-counter drugs, shockingly low‐priced wine, and all of the meat you could possibly eat at a summer cookout. You’re also likely to treat yourself to a slice of pizza or a hot dog on the way out the door, because you deserve it after all of your cost‐effective shopping. Fill up your car’s tank on the way out too, because, why not?
They get passports at the Post Office
The United States Postal Service -- in addition to delivering letters in the rain on Saturdays -- can accept passport applications and renewal forms on behalf of the government. Which means, Americans can buy stamps, bubble wrap, super-sized envelopes, and get their most important travel documents -- all in one fell swoop.
The practice of being (or trying really hard to be) inoffensive is serious business
And it's easy to fall behind on terms as groups are labeled and relabeled.
American news is crazy hyper-local
Yes, it's implied in the term "local news," but this is the only news many people actually watch, so it can be a little tough for non‐Americans to watch without wondering if any producers had considered an "in other (more global) news" segment.