What Makes America the Greatest Country in the World?

theusakingQ&A: “What Makes America the Greatest Country in the World?”.

America is not a country. It’s a landmass made up of two continents: North America and South America. Here, let me describe them…

(Link to the full post is above).

This is my comment:

Thank you for your post! We talk about the same idea, how America and American could mean anyone from North or South America. Why don’t people in the US have their own name for their people? Sometimes we call them USers or USians, but they really should have a better name. I don’t know of any other country which does not have a word or phrase for it’s citizens. It’s kind of weird really.

If we talk to people from the US about this they get all huffy about it. “Americans are Americans!”. But, in fact, Americans could be Mexican or Canadian or Chilean, etc. USians are a people without a name of their own.

Even “United States” or “United States of America” is non-descriptive.  There are other countries with the same name, more or less.

Anyway, I thought it was just a few of us up here in Canada who thought about this at all. Nice to see someone else has noticed.

Sixty-Two Question Meme

Sixty-Two Question Meme from Toronto Broad’s blog.

1. How old do you wish you were? – 32 was a good age but I don’t really like the idea of going or looking back.

2. Where were you when 9/11 happened? – Back at my parent’s home in Ontario. Just before I moved to the US.

3. What do you do when vending machines steal your money? – I stopped using them cause it really, really bugs me to lose to a machine.

4. Do you consider yourself kind? – Kind of what?

5. If you had to get a tattoo, where and what would it be? – A dragon (maybe red or green) and in some unlikely yet not highly visible spot. I like the idea of it being something to be found rather than something obvious.

6. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be? – Japanese would be interesting. Maybe Russian cause it sounds strong and yet exotic.

7. Do you know your neighbors? – I move too often. Currently my neighbours have not yet moved in. Kind of ironic.

8. What do you consider a vacation? – A real vacation is a full tank of gas, a road map and at least a month to go somewhere or other…

9. Do you follow your horoscope? – Why not? It’s more interesting as a personality thing than a day to day thing though. I prefer the Chinese zodiac.

10. Would you move for the person you loved? -I did that once and would be really unlikely to do it again.

11. Are you touchy feely? – I’m a bit picky about that. I can just about purr under the right conditions and sensual touching. But at other times I will avoid being touched by people. The odd friendly touch is ok, from someone I like.

12. Do you believe that opposites attract? – I’ve seen couples like that. I don’t think it works very often but it does happen.

13. Dream job? – Independent web geek, writer and small publisher.

14. Favorite channels? – I only get two at the moment. But I’d say CBC.ca anyway. I like Canadian content.

15. Favorite place to go on a weekend? – The bookstore, the thrift store and the coffee shop.

16. Showers or Bath? – Showers.

17. Do you paint your nails? – No.

18. Do you trust people easily? – Yes, but I try not to be gullible about it.

19. What are your phobias? – Being cut with sharp things, myself or anyone/ thing else. Not really a phobia just makes me shudder.

20. Do you want kids? – Yes.

21. Do you keep a handwritten journal? – Not as much as I used to.

22. Where would you rather be right now? – Snuggled up with my second husband (I haven’t met him yet).

23. What makes you feel warm and safe? A hot shower. Clean too!

24. Heavy or light sleep? Heavy, I used to live in a very loud and noisy building.

25. Are you paranoid? No… are you? Should I be? lol Get over it.

26. Are you impatient? – At odd moments. Sometimes I have endless patience and sometimes none at all.

27. Who can you relate to? – My sisters, Mother, Grandmother…. and all the rest.

28. How do you feel about interracial couples? – It’s probably not for me. More because of culture than colour though.

29. Have you been burned by love? – Not really, I don’t think I was ever in love, just like.

30. What’s your life motto? – Type faster.

31. What’s your main ringtone on your mobile? – Don’t have one, don’t like IM’s and things that expect me to jump when they ring.

32. What were you doing at midnight last night? – Reading in bed.

33. Who was your last text message from? – Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. They’re forming a band.

34. Whose bed did you sleep in last night? – My parent’s bed which has become the guest bed since my Dad died.

35. What color shirt are you wearing? I’m not wearing a shirt…. just a dark red nightie and a fluffy pink robe and neon green socks to match.

36. Most recent movie you watched? – Georgia Rule which really really really disappointed me. There was no sign it was going to be about sexual abuse. I wouldn’t have gone if I had known that. I was very much looking forward to seeing a chick flick about three generations of women with those three ladies. I know it’s an important issue but I wanted drama not trauma.

37. Name five things you have on you at all times? – Skin, hair, cooties, fingernails and toenails. I don’t usually take my purse and a book into the shower with me.

38. What color are your bed sheets? – I’ve got the really dark red ones on at the moment.

39. How much cash do you have on you right now? – Zero. My purse is in the secret hidden safe.

40. What is your favorite part of chicken? – The wish bone.

41. What’s your favorite town/city? – Whatever one I’m in.

42. I can’t wait till… – My period is finished. (I’m easy to please).

43. Who got you to join MySpace? – I don’t remember. I joined but don’t use it.

44. What did you have for dinner last night? – An indoor picnic. Then a bonfire outside for Victoria Day weekend.

45. How tall are you barefoot? – 5′ 4″

46. Have you ever smoked crack? – No.

47. Do you own a gun? – A water pistol.

48. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? – A vanilla latte delivered to my desk by my male slave right after I get out of the shower.

49. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex? – Whatever it is, it doesn’t seem to be working.

50. Do you have A.D.D.? – Get real.

51. What time did you wake up today? – Quarter to seven.

52. Current worry? – I have to move again. Maybe by the end of this month.

53. Current hate? – I don’t dislike anything or anyone enough to put all that energy into hating them. I’d rather use my energy for other things.

54. Favorite place to be? – In my own home, for the short duration I have it.

55. Where would you like to travel? – Russia, South America, Africa, Europe all over the place.

56. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 yrs? – A flea market.

57. Last thing you ate? – Frozen fruit, thawed in the microwave.

58. What songs do you sing in the shower? – Whatever was last on the radio that stuck in my mind.

59. Last person that made you laugh? – My Mom.

60. Worst injury you’ve ever had? – Nothing major. No broken bones.

61. Does someone have a crush on you? – Of course.

62. What is your favorite candy? – Ice cream and cheesecake. Most candy is too gross, oil by-products rather than real chocolate.