Impressions From My First Trip to the USA


San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge


Seeing as I have already posted on my first impressions of visiting China, today I’ll post on my impressions from my first trip to the USA in 1991.


My first big trip overseas lasting 3 months and travelling to the USA, UK and Europe, started with a couple of weeks at my Minnesota, USA based multinational employer to get better aquainted with the people and culture there.

In those days, flights from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles (LAX), America had to stop over in Hawaii first (no direct flights like now) and even worse, one had to leave the plane, collect your luggage, wait around and then check in again amongst the terrible stuffy crowds to catch the same flight and same seat to carry on to the mainland. LAX was pretty awful in those days too, one of the worst airports in the west. The staff were very abrupt and robotic but I guess they deal with thousands of people every day and were being paid minimum wage so maybe that was understandable.

At the second stop over in Los Angeles, it was another disembark and wait to catch the third and final flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota, all up about a 26 hour journey from New Zealand.

Minnesota was alot like New Zealand being a green countryside place, producing a lot of dairy products, as happens in the neighbouring state of Wisconsin as well, which we also visited.

After a weekend to freshen up, I was picked up for my short two week work schedule at the corporate Techical Centre and head office.

I found everyone very friendly and helpful and it was quite nice to be treated as a bit of a “celebrity”. I don’t think people from the mid west region, or America as a whole in fact, travel to far off lands very much, and so everyone reacted very warmly when I spoke in my kiwi accent, which to them sounded very British. Some of them wanted me to say anything just to hear my “posh” accent.

In no time at all, one of the major themes of American culture was soon apparent. In every department I visited or worked with, almost every person I interacted with, had the same overwhelmingly postive attitude about their department, about our mutual employer and about their nation in general. (“Where are you from again…?? Norway?)

As this was my very first trip overseas, I had nothing to compare this new “wow-wee” culture to, apart from my own, which is much more sedate and reserved. Back in those younger days, I was quite naieve and inexperienced about the world and just soaked up all the positivity. In department after department, I was told by successive wide eyed enthusiasts that “this department”, “this machine”, “this team leader” was the best there is!



After two weeks of this constant enthusiam and positivity, along with many parties and dinners it was sad to leave actually. I felt SOOO lucky that I was working with and for, the ACTUAL best people in the business! Yes, ALL of them !! ;o)

I guess one company goal of the trip had been fullfilled – I was now an even more devoted employee and counted myself so lucky to be working with so many fabulous people. “The best.” “In the field.” In every field. Everywhere!

My trip was to take me onto a private exploration of Europe and the UK but upon return to NZ 8 weeks later, I was still firmly of the belief that I was “a winner” just like my American colleagues had demonstrated to me.

I did enjoy most of my 22 years working for the American corporate – they were a good employer. However, near the end of my time there, my attitude had changed somewhat and, today, many years after leaving my attitude is very different when I think back to my initial exposure to American culture in 1991. I have since travelled to various parts of the USA many times, for both private and business reasons and these trips have rounded out my views.

After a couple of decades of change and exploration in my life, I look back now on my first trip to the USA as the beginning of decades long “lightbulb” moment. In a much greater life context that came years later I understand why the USA and its citizens are the way they are. I understand why their governments can get away unpunished after decades of committing global atrocities.

This total lack of accountability all happens because – no matter what – the United States of America is the greatest! EVER!! Don’t think or question – just go “YAY!!”

And nothing and no one will ever change that in the minds of even the poorest of them. Just witness the huge American flags adorning every homeless sidewalk tent. Quite bizzare.

“USA!” “USA!” “USA!”

“USA!” “USA!” “USA!”

What I first experienced 30 years ago during my exposure to American culture has slowly morphed into what I now realize was one of the very first of the many dots to be connected to highlight the picture of the world today.

The mind control and propaganda in the west, particularly in America, is simply “the best there is!” Devastatingly effective. It certainly true, that Americans are the most brainwashed people on earth.

This is changing very slowly thanks to the internet. But with all the deadly but invisible tools pitted against Americans these days, the process of transformation is slow. Most Americans still don’t realize they run the world’s biggest, most powerful EMPIRE in history. So how to highlight their empire’s crimes?

So there is alot of work to do. Encourage everyone you know to take to the net and think for themselves. We can hopefully get all this shit sorted out one day. And make for a fairer and more equitable world.

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