USA Culture

American Flag Scarf

American Flag Scarf
Lome, Togo West Africa

A man just walked into the internet cafe, he has a regular size bigger flag of the USA that he has wrapped around his neck like a flag.

Never believe this crap when someone says they do not like the USA, Europe has a P e n ... problem - Envy, Canada the same.

The other 200 countries are in love with the USA, I could not imagine whering a flag around my neck here, the girls would follow me home, and the Europeans would go into a frenzy. That reminds me, I need to put my flags on my bags.... why not invite...

American Flag Scarf

Commonality of Values

Commonality of Values
Lome, Togo West Africa
Friday, May 18, 2007

I walked in the TV room of the Hotel Galion, here in Lome, Togo.
I semi-disagree with their prices, but he French are my Sister and we do have Commonality of Values.

There were these three Chinese guys, speaking very loud and watching CNN, where George Bush and Tony Blair was talking at a press conference in the USA

I have never noticed how loud they can be, but I suppose true, the Koreans, and Japanese are segregated on floors in Bangkok so they do not make so much noise as to annoy the other guest.

The Chinese were Watching CNN and sharing the Commonality of Values of mine, not that I trust CNN, but it is Free Press, so what can I say, better they lie and be free than the other choices.

I walked up close to the TV, and listened to Tony, what an amazing man; he can dig deep and touch the pivotal truths, the bottom lines of life. Tony is speaking of the Commonality of Values shared by the USA and the UK and why we must always be friends. Personally, I refer to the UK as my brother, my mean older brother, but nonetheless always my brother.

He also talked of loyalty and the need to remember not to just desert friends when the friend is involved in issue of political problems.

I do see that George W. Bush and Tony Blair will be two of the most famous, and popular, well known and well spoken of leaders of this age, only history will prove me right. They both sacrifice for the love of their people; they gave up the ability to be love by their people, and short-term admiration by the people. They both became hated men to hold to their ideals and the Commonality of Values shared by both. The did the right thing for their people at the cost of their short-term polls and public approval ratings. It was stirring to listen to Tony explain this, how easy it is to pretend you are not a friend when the friend, although doing the good deed, will make you also look bad if you say, this is my freind, even though you know your friend is right.

There is,
your way,
my way,
and the right way.

Politicians seem to often add, the way that gets them the highest public approval rating. I did not hire the President of the USA with a vote to make me happy; I hired him to do the right way. I would personally Thank President Bush and Tony for holding the path. I voted for them and I am responsible for what the do.

Commonality of Values

This is such a pivotal use of words, this is why I was in the TV room of the Hotel Galion, and I came to find some Commonality of Values.

I have realized as I travel Africa, there am a vacuum here, the values of mine, and are different from West Africa. Many are the same, the Christian part of the lower ocean part of West Africa is almost he same, and essentially the common person in the Islamic areas is the same. There is very few Backpacker Ghettos or Centers of the Backpacker Universe, more French Expat communes.

The big divergence between the my values and Africa is this I am King attitude of Males or leaders, and then how they use this systematically, legally, religiously and in the nuclear family against the women. I would say also Racism is rampant between ethnic groups.

Nevertheless, core they are about the same, then we have some serious Commonality of Values problems, but they will come around.

The USA and Europe, Canada, Aussies and New Zealand are so close culturally it is almost impossible for me to say they are different, they are annoyingly the same. East Europe has some big moral issues and drink too much; however, the whole EU is the same culture and has this Commonality of Values with the USA, etc. One reason I do not visit much, like traveling in the USA, and I cannot understand them because they speak a different language, but eat Pizza the same.

There are some core values shared like in the Western Countries:

Not to kill people
Not to beat your wife
Sex with children is taboo
Women are equal
All Races are equal
The Beatles - Music Group
The police are safe and will protect you.
Women can drive cars
Inter-religious dating in possible and they do not kill you if you do.

The countries above share these Commonality of Values, and then you have countries that celebrate the suicide bombers, or the countries where women are just property. 80 percent of the planet, the most dangerous person you can meet is a Policeman.

The camera, interactive internet, TV and creating a great globalization or Common Values. The best thing about TV, it creates global values, look dear, that man treats his wife with respect.

Thanks Tony, a great speech, send me a copy, I think I need to keep is close.

Commonality of Values

How to Avoid Being the Ugly American

How to Avoid Being the Ugly American
Lome, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I was surfing around and stumbled upon some over-zealous pages trying to explain about something silly, and not a problem unless you make it a problem.

How to avoid being the Ugly American?

I was laughing to myself, this is really easy,
- Do not talk to Europeans or Americans and you will be loved. -

Can you imagine telling a French guy to stop acting French.
Can you imagine telling an African person to not act African.

This just is not politically correct, I doubt you would do it, it is bad manners.
Why would you allow someone to insult you.

What everyone wants is you, an American to stop acting American, and act European or whatever country they are from, come on, this is a silly suggestion.

Be a good fief, obey, they know they must obey, and they want to say no, this is all about power, not about this silly story of being Ugly, most Asian think all white people are American, and we do look the same to them.

I never apologize for being American, the greatest way to ask for huge problems is to act weak in a world full of abusive cultures. Then again, I do not sit around a listen to people insult my country, just is not a good mannered person, and to be avoided.

How to Avoid Being the Ugly American

The American Dream is Contagious

The American Dream is Contagious
Lome, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Birthday USA
July 4 is Independence from England day in the USA.

I was having a discussion with the two Americans last night here in Lome, Togo. The couple signed up and paid about 1200 US dollars per person to volunteers at an orphanage in Kpalime, Togo.

They stopped being volunteers for many reasons, and why they stopped is not as simple as it was a bad experience of it was this or that. I listened and tried to understand why they quit, I want to the travel Lies, truth and honest opinion of their experience.

I listened with the desire to hear some statement or opinion that I could feel is obviously correct, or self-evident. In this statement from the United States of America Declaration of Independence from England it says,

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain Inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

I am sure people can pick, debate and choose statement and problems however there is one phrase that I do not think anyone would want to argue over, this the right to the
- pursuit to happiness. -

I search for these little comments, these phrases, these are consensus statements or comments that when in a group of people, few wish to argue about.

I know after talking with the two orphanage volunteers last night a few things.

1. They stopped because they were not happy with the situation.
2. They were not 100 percent positive there was an orphanage.

Number 2, is the pivotal problem here, and if your goal is to volunteer at an orphanage, and have questions whether it is an orphanage, then there is a problem. When traveling I discover things I believe, not just hope to believe, I believe, and I feel the truths to me are self-evident. I search for these self-evident truths as I travel and try to not listen to extra noise or angers. These are the truths that function, they work, they are reliable, they can be used by me.

My mother wrote.

Happy July 4th Andy, Independence Day for the good old USA of America. Tomorrow we will hang the red white and blue out and celebrate. The only country in the world where we can do and say what we desire and not have to worry about getting arrested or thrown in jail. I know lots of bad things go on but we still are the greatest country in the world. If we were not all these strange people would not be crossing our borders to try and have a better life all the time.
Stop Quote

I would say this could be a very controversial comment and I am sure I and find many Europeans would love to argue about, however, the comment here that jumps out is,
- If we were not all these strange people would not be crossing our borders -

I believe there are many people crossing the USA border to enter, and this says, they want to be on the USA side more than the Mexican side. I feel safe in saying, the Mexicans that came across the border wanted to be on the USA side more than the Mexican side.

My mother dreams in Red White and Blue, she is, and I am all of this dream, which is the American Dream, I am my mother’s child and I know this, I know she is optimistic about the USA. This is what being an American is, she believes it is on the right path, she believes in the country, over 70 years old and still has a contagious dream.

The world has an American dream, it is fuzzy, unclear and un-touchable, and I hear and feel the dream from the Togo people. The dream of something easier, of something that is to them obviously good, when they dream of the America it is a dream of what they think is better. Right or wrong, there is the self-evident truth; people want to go to the USA.

I am always happy to say, I am from the USA, to a Togo person, I can see it in their eyes when I say,
- I am from the USA. -

Their eyes say to me, please give me some of the dream, I am not sure what my mother and father put in me, however I know I am the carrier of a dream, I do hope it is contagious.

I am sure tomorrow I will hear endless stories of what is wrong with the USA, however I can always remember more people want to enter the USA than want to leave, these observations stop the travel noise I hear, many refuse to catch this dream, the more they tell me there is no dream, the more I am positive the dream is true. The people outside the USA know it better than me, I am the dream, they have the dream. I do not sit around dreaming about the USA.

The American Dream is Contagious

Indiana USA Waitress Gets 10000 Dollar Tip

Indiana USA Waitress Gets 10000 Dollar Tip
Atakpame, Togo West Africa
Saturday, July 14, 2007

I am from a little town 10 minutes drive from the Angola, Indiana Pizza Hut where a waitress received a 10,000 U.S. Dollar tip. I continually tell people, I am from some small island paradise in the middle of the USA, and all the other travelers look at me as if I am crazy.

I have trouble traveling because I naturally say hello to people I meet and am friendly, I am really from a different place on the planet.

Now, here is a good example of my hometown, and what is possible in a small town in Indiana.,2933,289242,00.html

The world is a little rough around the edges some days, I would like to send them to Indiana for a refresher course in good old Hoosier Hospitality and see if it would nto help them believe again.

I say life is good for reason.

I could sure use a Pizza Hut Pizza right now. When a person ask me what food is American, I also say,

Pizza - I have claimed it in the name of the USA!
Good Pizza is only served in the USA.

Andy a Hoosier in Togo West Africa.

Indiana USA Waitress Gets 10000 Dollar Tip

Togo Statue of Liberty

Togo Statue of Liberty
Lome, Togo West Africa
Monday, July 23, 2007

I think this one is for sale, maybe I should call the number. As I travel the planet I slowly discover many of these statues. This symbol of freedom does a good job. This is maybe the sixth or seventh time I have seen a small version in the most unusual places.

This link has a couple more photos I have taken, one in Belgium and the other in Brazil.

- Worldwide, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States, and, in a more general sense, represents liberty and escape from oppression -

Statue of Liberty

Liberty Enlightening the World (French: La liberté éclairant le monde), known more commonly as the Statue of Liberty (Statue de la Liberté), is a large statue that was presented to the United States by France in 1886, standing at Liberty Island, New York in the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbor as a welcome to all visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans. The copper-clad statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the United States and is a gesture of friendship from France to America. The sculptor was Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, engineered the internal structure. Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was responsible for the choice of copper in the statue's construction and adoption of the Repoussé technique.

The statue is of a woman standing upright, dressed in a robe and a seven point spiked crown representing the seven seas and continents, holding a stone tablet close to her body in her left hand and a flaming torch high in her right hand. The statue is made of a sheeting of pure copper, hung on a framework of steel (originally puddled iron) with the exception of the flame of the torch, which is coated in gold leaf. It stands atop a rectangular stonework pedestal, itself on an irregular eleven-pointed star foundation. The statue is 151' 1" (46.5 m) tall, with the foundation adding another 154 feet (46.9 m). The tablet contains the text "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" (July 4, 1776) commemorating the date of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Worldwide, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States,[2] and, in a more general sense, represents liberty and escape from oppression. The Statue of Liberty was, from 1886 until the jet age, often one of the first glimpses of the United States for millions of immigrants after ocean voyages from Europe. In terms of visual impact, the Statue of Liberty appears to draw inspiration from il Sancarlone or the Colossus of Rhodes. The statue is a central part of Statue of Liberty National Monument and is administered by the National Park Service.

Togo Statue of Liberty

No Longer Need to Kick City Boy Butt

No Longer Need to Kick City Boy Butt
I am from a town of 400-500 people according to who is counting and whether we include the illegal Mexicans working at the Chicken Farm. I am a Hoosier, by any definition, I am a hick, an unsophisticated person who came from the country. The Farm.

Now, my home city, a.k.a in the world it is a village is on the map. I had to own the map to make it happen, but now a person with a Home Stay will soon be able to rent one room to people in nowhere, center of USA, where people go to church and say excuse me, thank you, hello and goodbye in this island of a town.

Orland is on the MAP

Thank you Google Earth, I do appreciate this too much or in Thailand Mak Mak.
Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
By Andy of

What this means in small town USA, where Superboy lives in smallville as anywhere, we want to be a somebody, not a nobody, and we know we are not dumb, we are just naïve, we do not understand, gangs, violence, and treating people with no respect. It just did or does not compute.

I am removing the desire to kick some city boy butt and explain in smallville terms how respect for people works, the end of my personal problems. Maybe, … I hope not, would not have anything to think about.

or maybe Contact Andy

Superboy on

No Longer Need to Kick City Boy Butt

Rockin in the USA

Rockin in the USA
Screaming, Rockin, spoken as a true person from the Southern Hills of Indiana. Johnny Cougar screams his lyric.
R.O.C.K. in the USA, I can feel it.
I only know how to feel as I was born, in a small town in the USA, and right now, I am Rockin in the USA.

Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, October 19, 2007Andy of --- Promote Hotel

Rock-In The USA
R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A

A song by John Cougar around Bloomington, Indiana where I went University and drank my way to fame, and made mocking jokes to John Mellencamp ex-wife who managed our apartment complex, think hey winch, you screwed up, that divorce was too early; the man has gone Rockin in the USA, good job hometown boy, Johnny.


They come from the cities
And they come from the smaller towns
Beat up cars with guitars and drummers
Goin crack boom bam

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.
R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.
R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Yeah, Yeah!
Rockin' in the U.S.A.

I am in Bangkok, Thailand, and all I can say, I feel like I am Rockin in the USA. I am on this WIFI connection in the (HOTEL NAME EDITED) for 390 Baht per night, Free WIFI and it screams… Rockin in the USA.

I am connected, I feel the rush. A big speed fast, it is really as I feel the world, in my world, as I think and feel…
Rockin in the USA!
(This is my world, in my brain, a neighborhood you should not enter alone... my brain.)

I have never been at Warp Speed Connection I have realized, never in my life have I done this, this is a first, I have never continually surfed at warp speed. What a connectivity additions.

The internet almost stays up with the speed of my brain, or at least follows along, a strange feeling to be in Bangkok, Thailand and feeling the speed of the USA…. Rockin in the USA.


Geez, Johnny talks like me.
Goin crack boom bam

I say, Goin Come-in Rock-in...
or maybe Contact Andy

Rockin in the USA

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