Sunday, July 4, 2010

better quality, better service

I really resent how country music has hijacked all Fourth of July celebrations, fireworks shows in particular. I believe it is possible to convey patriotism without the use of twang, sleeveless shirts, and steel guitars.

I guess it's a nice creative outlet for Orrin Hatch to play the piano and "compose" "music," but I wish I didn't have to hear about it. It makes me feel uncomfortable. I wonder how his family feels about it. Maybe his family used to think that Orrin should grow out of his musician phase, but they're okay with it now. I wonder.

I wanted to say that I got a little suspicious while I was in New York that the idea that New Yorkers are rude is perpetuated by people who want to seem hardcore and cosmopolitan, like, "Oh, you'd never survive here. People are so rude." Remember that Seinfeld episode where George pretends to be a tourist to get that lady's attention, but it backfires when she tells him he'd never make it in New York, and he totally freaks out trying to prove that he could? Most--not all--of the time, I find that if you behave like a decent human being, other people do the same. Am I wrong? Are New Yorkers rude people, and I just missed it? Because we had people carrying the jogging stroller up and down the stairs for us, and going out of their way to be friendly.


tipsybaker said...

When I first moved to New York I was shocked at how friendly and nice people were, as I had been prepared for the opposite. People on the street, people where I worked -- really nice and far, far more social than where I came from. Perhaps out of necessity? It's a big lie that New Yorkers are cold and rude, just as it's a big lie that suburbanites are all cookie cutter conformists. And so on.
I agree with you re: country music.
Great post, Layne.

highdeekay said...

Agree about country music. blek.

I found the same thing about Paris. People were really nice and helpful and not the snooty Frenchies I'd been prepared to meet.