Just got back from a week in the states. I’m in the US semi-regularly, but for some reason this time I was struck by some substantial things that are different than what we have in Canada.
- Trump flags, banners, and advertising all over people’s residences and cars. It paints a very different picture than what the internet has to say (that trump is unpopular). Also, that people would do this routinely. I’m fairly politically active, so during elections I’ll have a small lawn sign for a few weeks, but that’s it. And I stand out - my neighbours rarely do this. They sure as sugar aren’t getting a flag, or a sticker on my vehicle.
- Four lane highways are all lanes for any speeds. In Canada, generally slower vehicles on the right and faster on the left. In the US, all lanes are any speed - could be slow or fast in the left lane, slow or fast in the right lane, people passing all over the place.
- Vets. People walking around in their daily life dressed up with flair proclaiming they’re a vet, and people recognising this. I have never seen anyone in Canada wear anything suggesting that they were in the forces or that they were a vet. I think it would be viewed as a job in Canada. Like people wearing shirts and hats that say “I’m an actuary” so that everyone knows, and then random people stopping and thanking them for pricing financial products in a conservative function so that life insurance dividends are maintained.