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And I'm putting it here, not compost, as this is my little thank you.<br><br><br><br>
I haven't met many Americans in RL, but the ones I've met in cyberspace are nothing like the "typical" Americans we hear about -<br><br><br><br>
They are caring<br><br>
Go out of their way for a stranger, especially one in need<br><br>
Helpful<br><br>
And just plain friendly and hospitable.<br><br><br><br>
Not many people would offer to drive 13 hours to help someone in need.<br><br><br><br>
Not many people would offer to pick someone up at 11pm and drive them to their destination just so they don't have to wander around a strange city at night. This I might add is an offer after the initial plans were screwed up.<br><br><br><br>
Not many people would give someone they've never met their phone number just in case they need help.<br><br><br><br>
The more I plan my trip, the more I am starting to think that the average American is not the self-involved, arrogant creature that the rest of the world sees. I am indebted to the people who are helping me on what could be a very scary trip! But because I have such a wonderful support group I am much more confident.<br><br><br><br>
So thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Aw, thanks, Shewolf! Ya, we're not all bad. Just read my signature. Incubus says it best. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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As I have said before, I will not comment on my opinion of americans on VB.<br><br><br><br>
But I will say that, I assume the majority of americans you have meet are those on VB/Vegweb, yes?<br><br><br><br>
If so, then it stands to reason that as a cast, Vegetarian and Vegan are of a more compassionate breed of human then most others on the planet. In this case, you will not meet the 'average' american from this social ring.
 

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> In this case, you will not meet the 'average' american<br><br>
> from this social ring.<br><br><br><br>
Ah, like you did, Mr. Alpaca? You really are the authorithy on personal encounters with 'average' Americans, aren't you?
 

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Just goes to show you that stereotypes are often wrong. Same could be said about the generalized view of any group of people.<br><br><br><br>
I prefer to get to know someone before I decide that they suck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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No, Alpaca, I'm also referring to my dealings with ordinary Americans while planning my trip... ones that aren't affiliated with VB (although some are!) Maybe I've just been lucky but I'm not usually THIS lucky...<br><br><br><br>
I also have had American students but they're always on their best behaviour!
 

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Absolutely muppetcow... I never thought that Americans suck but I did have some false beliefs... mostly brought about by media and arts representations.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by That Alpaca Guy</i><br><br><b>As I have said before, I will not comment on my opinion of americans on VB.<br><br></b></div>
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So I cant really say any more in this thread.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by That Alpaca Guy</i><br><br><b>So I cant really say any more in this thread.</b></div>
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It's probably best. It's always better to stay quiet and let everyone believe you are a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt. (I don't remember who said that -sounds like Mark Twain-, but it is sooooo useful at times .) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pimp.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tame:">
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by shewolf</i><br><br><b>No, Alpaca, I'm also referring to my dealings with ordinary Americans while planning my trip... ones that aren't affiliated with VB (although some are!) Maybe I've just been lucky but I'm not usually THIS lucky...<br><br><br><br>
I also have had American students but they're always on their best behaviour!</b></div>
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People are people. Some good, some bad. Most are decent.<br><br><br><br>
I'm even open-minded enough to realize not all of the French are smelly cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
(Granted, this is mostly because of an exchange student from France when I was a junior in high school. Lovely girl. Very affectionate. Called her the school merry-go-round, 'cause everbody got to take a turn.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Wow.. I never really thought of it before but I think I only know one or two Americans (who are super nice). That's pretty bad since I live about 3 hours from the Windsor/Detroit border.<br><br>
It's unfortunate how people get stereotyped because they're from a certain country. I don't know how many times I've been asked if I live in an igloo.. I'm not kidding. I've never even seen an igloo.
 

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Tame--I think it may have been Abraham Lincoln who said that. LOL about the merry go round--we had one of those at my high school, but they called her Amtrak--All aboard!<br><br><br><br>
TAG--good for you for not taking the bait.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by That Alpaca Guy</i><br><br><b>I will not 'take the bait' (forgive the expression) tame.<br><br><br><br>
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Bait? Hell, I was complimenting your judgment! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pimp.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tame:">
 

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Well, with all the "support" we get around here I'm just glad that we Americans don't NEED "defending"; we're quite capable of taking care of ourselves, thank you just the same . . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:"><br><br><br><br>
Just ask the last country that invaded us - oh, wait, there's no one still alive that was around then . . . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
(PS - I know that type of "defense" isn't what you meant Shewolf <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> )<br><br><br><br>
Bank, glad to be an American, and wouldn't trade my citizenship for anyone else's.
 

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people everywhere are simply people. We have to start going beyond things that split us apart such as nation-states.
 
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