As the Presidential campaign exposes bitter divides in American society, a reminder the land of the free isn't always so bad.
Be it landscapes, culture, or religious and political beliefs, America is the richest casserole on Earth. An American can visit the Arctic Circle, lie on a Hawaiian beach, hike in a desert canyon and shop on Fifth Avenue without needing to whip out a passport. Immigrants come from everywhere. Every mainstream religion and all manner of loopy off-Broadways can be found. And both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump could potentially succeed Barack Obama.
2 The Flag
3 The Give-Way-and-turn-right rule at red traffic lights
How has this not caught on everywhere else? If John Key is in need of a new legacy project, this wouldn't require a binding referendum.
Sure, it starts mid-afternoon and what the menu calls "entrees" are really mains. And if we're being nit-picky, nobody really needs eight mimosas. But what better way to combine the best meal of the day with a night dancing with your friends?
5 The road trip
Route 66, Easy Rider, Thelma and Louise et al. Wide expanses and boundary-less frontiers and a Cinnabon every 10 miles.
Americans have plenty of reasons to see the American Dream for what it really is: a marketing sham. But most continue to believe that with hard work and application, potential is without restriction.
7 Marriage equality
How's that coming along, Australia?
8 Dried cranberries in salad
Cos what I really want from my kale is for it to taste more like dessert.
9 Professional sport
TV coverage is outstanding and the atmosphere at any big event would humble any Crusaders-Blues clash. Where else on Earth would a university-level sports game bring in more than 100,000 paying fans?
Jack Tame is on Newstalk ZB, Saturdays, 9am-noon
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