What’s with all the cunting off about Americans around here lately? You really do yourself a disservice and come across as an uneducated pseudo-elitist xenophobe who is more lame than the lamest of lamebook posts.
dakyras, we have plenty of sociopaths, sexual predators, and kidnappers over here, thanks, that we don’t all have the time to focus on Austria’s sickos. I’m sure there are plenty of non-Americans who have no idea who the hell Joseph Fritzl is either. Not to mention the fact that this dude was arrested over two years ago, so you’ll forgive me for not keeping a kidnapping archive in my memory. Asshole.
joseph fritzl is considered a liberal icon in many parts of europe. after all, it wasn’t so long ago that a man and another man couldn’t hold hands on a bus. thanks to pioneers such as fritzl, people in consenting relationships with family members may soon have access to the freedoms enjoyed by homosexuals, women and the jewry. don’t hate on progress.
lametothemin – i love how you casually slipped in a reference to your glittering career as an international academic. perhaps in your next post, you could subtly allude to your side job as a lingerie model. this will distract everyone from the fact that you probably couldn’t even be able find fritz’s secret lair on a map of amstetten. americans, eh…
Saffer, I was being facetious when I referred to the SA news media as insular, so good job picking up on that. And I’m still not sure how my being American makes me somehow impervious to news, but keep up the stereotypes. They’re fun for everyone.
Vincent, while I guess you could say I was an international academic (you could, I wouldn’t), my fellowship was actually work-related, and I only mentioned it was a fellowship to make it clear that I was there for an extended period of time, not just for a week or two. And no, I couldn’t find his secret lair on a map, but that’s probably because it’s secret.
P.S. No lingerie, but give me your address and I can mail you some magazine spreads of my bathing suit shoots.
P.P.S. Saffer, that last part was me being facetious again. I’ll try to point it out to you from now on.
i am actually quite shocked there’s people out there who do not know who fritzl is. my mates in australia know all about him. of course pretty much everybody in europe heard the stories – and even my american friends know him. what rock have you guys been living under?
You’re right, word. Ignorant people who lack the ability to form original thoughts so often go to the old “uninformed, uninterested American” meme that it really should roll off my back by now. I’ll work on that. And no, I probably wouldn’t have been all that interested in learning about yet another of the freaks with whom we have to share this world. On re-read of the article, it occurs to me that this might have been the basis of a Law & Order episode, so it did filter down to me eventually…
I re-read it lamey, and still didn’t pick it up. I must have some inability on picking up subtle tones on paper that’s far worse a crime than ignorance to world headlines justified by a seemingly we-have-enough-troubles-of-our-own-why-do-we-need-to-know-yours attitude.
Come on, saffer, you’re killing me. The part about we have enough of our own freaks was, again, facetious. Damn. This is exhausting. I’ll be getting back to work now. But keep up the good work; I’ll check on your progress in a little while. And I accept your apology.
Har har. But thank you. I was tired of being mean, but I had to defend myself because…uh…these colors don’t run?
I lived near Cresta, but I worked downtown on Rissik street. That’s a pretty scary town you have there. I liked it, though. Except one time my friend drove me sloooowly through Hillbrow and I was scared shitless. And another time I was driving home from work and four guys carjacked the car in the next lane to me and I was scared shitless. But hey, clearly I was too full of shit anyway. We all know this.
I didn’t know Fritzl by name, but as soon as the “kids with his imprisoned daughter” thing was mentioned, I knew the story (it was covered in our media as well). Me not recognizing the joke has dick to do with being American, yet everything to with my inability to remember names. But please, don’t let this interrupt the generalizations from continuing…
I also got tired of attacking (glad we at least agree on that).
I know Cresta, I don’t know Rissik st. but I’m sorry you worked downtown- shucks… and Yes, Hilbrow is scary, your friend must not like you very much to take you there Did you get a chance to go around other parts of JHB, or Safrica? Cape Town, Kruger Park, Drakensberg would’ve changed your experience- they’re my favourites.
Am I going to be called ignorant or something if I say that i don’t get the “colours don’t run” pic? Please don’t hate me..
(Fritzl was big here too..i have a dog called Fritz so that was a bit weird after that).
Yeah, he said he took me there because I really shouldn’t be afraid and it’s not so bad and I should be exposed. Maybe he did secretly hate me.
I did get to see most of JHB, and I really did like it a lot. I think about it often. Really nice people. Actually, for my first couple of weeks I lived in Newtown, but there were so many unsavory characters around I had to move. Looking back, it was stupid of me to try to live in Newtown by myself anyway. Luckily JHB has lots of old slave quarters…er…guest houses…available for visitors like me.
I didn’t get to Drakensburg alas, but I did spend a few days in Pilanesburg/Sun City, a week in Cape Town, and a week in Kruger. It’s a beautiful country. I saw a leopard with an impala in a tree! And a bunch of lions eating a giraffe’s ass (no, literally, it’s ass).
recall that there are a few other countries out there besides the US of A, all which do not use the same flag as said country, and therefore do not have the bumper sticker shown on pic 1. please don’t be ignorant and assume everyone in the world knows what’s going on there.
(Frowns)…I live in America and yes, a lot of people here are blatantly ignorant, pretentious, out of touch with reality, etc., etc…So what? You want to whine and complain and pretend out country is hot shit, even though it is not? Not that other countries don’t have their faults too…but if you think America is the Number 1 on the list you must be joking, delusional, or filled with some senseless patriotism, blah, blah. And don’t give me any crap about love it or leave it, whine whine-You were never ASKED to randomly be born in this country- it does not get your respect automatically; it has to earn it! Don’t cry your little eyes out, we are still probably passing, although no honor rolls anymore. Don’t like it? Then try to make it better, or at least post on your blog that most things the American media reports should be taken with a grain of salt, some stiff alcoholic beverage, and only believe about a third of it