Ten Things I Love About America


As a British ex-pat, there are many things I miss about the UK. But I love living here in the US, too.

Today, I write a list of things I appreciate about America from my perspective of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Ten Things I Love About America

1. The weather.

2. Something for everyone. Want a chiropractor for your dog? You got it.

3. Bigger houses. There’s simply more space everywhere.

4. Libraries. I can renew online, search online and get books brought to my local library for me from about fifteen other libraries. It is the coolest thing.

5. The directness. We Brits are polite. This politeness overrides our personal preferences often. We tend to invite people to things out of politeness; we go to things we’re invited to out of politeness. So we end up going to things we don’t really want to go to, invited by people who don’t really want us there. It all gets rather exhausting. Americans don’t do that.

6. Can-do and big, success-oriented attitudes. Having my kids grow up around these attitudes is probably the single biggest compensation for not having grandparents, aunts and uncles living close by. If you want to do it, you can. Other people will be your cheerleaders. You can aim to earn as much as you like and be applauded for your dreams. And you get sympathy if things don’t go to plan.

7. Cupcakes. Specifically the frosting. Whoever invented that stuff should be shot at dawn.

8. Opportunities for everyone. Want to be a dental hygienist for three-legged chihuahua’s? You can do that!

9. Chocolate-covered blueberries. If the chocolate was Cadbury’s they would be even better.

10. The weather. Again.

So there you have it. My take on the Land of Golden Plenty. What have I missed? What do you love about America? Let me know in the comments, baby! 🙂

I am participating in a Blog Every Day For 30 Days Challenge advocated by Chris Brogan. I am doing this with the lovely Mary Ulrich who writes for Parents and Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities at Climbing Every Mountain. Check her out!

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Mary E. Ulrich
September 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I didn’t understand the cupcakes. you like? you don’t?

If you were in Ohio, I don’t think you would say weather twice:)

We are all so glad you decided to give US (us) a chance.
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Alison Golden September 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

The answer to your questions about the cupcakes is yes, to both.
Yes, I love them (for the taste) and no, I don’t (because they’re poison!) I can happily eat the stuff out of the tub with a teaspoon. It’s disgusting. Something that lovely should be good for you, IMO!


Kate September 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Great post, Alison. Americans have expansive spirits, are basically optimists and believe anything is possible.
As for the weather, if you lived in the great American West, you might think there is a tad too much wind. You do live in one of the most scenic areas of the US. Out here, there’s even more space and sky everywhere one looks.
I’m glad you’re here!
Thanks for posting
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Alison Golden September 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Hi Kate:

Yes, I’m very lucky to live in California. My (American) husband says we live in Disneyland 🙂


Calif Lorna September 29, 2010 at 8:33 am

Hi Alison,

Just read your comment on BMB – nice to meet you!

I’m British with an American husband and living in Southern California with 2 boys (but not twins!)

I’m intrigued by T-Tapping as I’d never heard of it – will go and google it.

Look forward to reading your blog.

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Alison Golden September 29, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hi Lorna:

Hey! Nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by. T-Tapp is such a great investment in terms of time and it hardly costs a thing. I need to write again on it soon. 🙂


Becky September 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I love the directness and you can do it attitude of the US as well!
The libraries however, are pretty damn awesome here in Denmark 😀
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Alison Golden September 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

Hi Becky! I used to work in Denmark. I can imagine the libraries being great. I found Danes to be very well-read. 🙂


Becky September 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

Wow, you actually worked in Denmark? I love you even more!
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Alison Golden September 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

LOL! I worked for three years for a UK-based software company; I worked with our partners in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Wonderful memories, happy times. 🙂


October 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

Alison, I’ve got to ditto you on these too! I wish that my girls had the opportunities to experience these things. We live in Greece, ex-pat too!, and things here are soooo backwards, it frustrates me most of the time.
The States does have a lot to offer 🙂
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Alison Golden November 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

One day, Tara, hopefully they will experience them. Greece must seem very backward – some compensations but still, the US is *the* land of convenience. I notice how much harder it is to do simple things even in the UK so I understand completely!


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