At one point on my travels back home I was inspired to write about some of the silly things I noticed about being back in the states. Of course Nicaragua probably takes the cake over most countries and/or cultures with its silly idiosyncrasies, but that’s not to say we Americans don’t have our own nonsense on a daily basis. Here’s eleven I noticed:
1. I paid $11 for a beer…just one beer. Of course this was after I paid $140 for a ticket to see the San Diego Chargers lose to Kansas City. Other game highlights were $25 for parking, $9 for a coors light and $5 for a small bottle of water. 65,235 people attended that game. For the sake of easy math let’s guess that the average money spent per person for all this excess was $200. That’s $13,047,000 in revenue. The average daily wage in Nicaragua is $3.
2: On my layover at Atlanta airport I sat at the bar in PF Chang’s having some food…along with about 20 other people eating food at the bar, when a man walks up and asks the bartender, “can I eat at the bar?” At least the bartender smiled and said of course…in Nicaragua you would have been ignored for at least 7 minutes.
3. My seat back was broken at seat B41 on my first leg of my return flight. I could put it up, but it didn’t lock in the upright position and would lean back when I sat against it. I was asked by the flight attendant to not sit against the seat back during takeoff and landing. (?!?) I think on a Nicaraguan airline you get to sit on a chicken coup or a sack of something…seat belts optional if you bring your own.
4. At about 11:45pm on Highway 805 south somebody was driving 47mph in the fast lane. Nobody every drives 47 mph here…it’s 110kph or more or they’re stopped in the middle of the road.
5. I went to the beach and people were following their dogs around with plastic bags picking up shit! (I understand the need for this, but it just doesn’t happen in Nicaragua and thus seems silly)
6. Gas only costs $3.45 a gallon, it’s about $6.50 in Nicaragua. Thus I saw more than my share of 6.2 liter Ford Raptors being driven by soccer moms.
7. Home Depot, Vons, Bed Bath and Beyond, TJ Maxx, Lowes, REI, Sport Mart, Sport Chalet, Target, and Frye’s Electronics. If you can’t find it at one of those stores it doesn’t exist. If you go the the hardware store here for something they’re out of it.
8. Wal- Mart (it has everything all the stores above have, but for less money and with better people watching…it deserved its own category). I can only imagine a Wal-Mart in Nicaragua!
9. La Jolla: if you treated the residents of La Jolla as one country and calculated their GNP it would exceed the entire country of Nicaragua.
10. TV Sucks: I mean you pay the cable company an exorbitant amount of money only to be held hostage by commercials? The only advantage is the “On Demand” options and the ability to record shows and watch them later so you can fast forward through the commercials. I don’t have TV here…because I don’t need 300 channels of worse programming than I can get in the states.
11. Your internet is wicked fast- appreciate this. A whole family could be streaming Netflix in separate bedrooms and you wouldn’t even notice a drop in bandwidth. Routers are on sale at Walmart…Nicaragua ran out of routers for sale and they should be back in stock around middle of 2015 when the obsolete ones that didn’t sell in the states are shipped down for liquidation.