Sunday, August 19, 2007

Back in the day

Whenever you've lived somewhere for an extended period of time, there are people, places and things you're gonna miss when you move. Unless you really hated living there, that is. Of course; the fact that you've moved on suggests that all things considered, the move was an overall improvement.
A comprehensive list of what I miss from the time we lived in North Carolina would include (in no particular order):
  • Our US friends, obviously. Granted, many of them have moved on from Raleigh and NC, but still.
  • The climate - being able to wear shorts in November, 38 degrees Celsius and 98% humidity in summer.
  • Dark, hot summer nights with the sound of crickets.
  • Thunderstorms
  • Crabtree Valley Mall and other LARGE shopping centers
  • Target and Best Buy
  • Papa John's and Domino's pizza in Raleigh/Cary, plus Pepper's Pizza on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
  • Ruby Tuesday's and similar places where you can get proper burgers, steaks and hot buffalo wings with blue cheese or ranch dressing. Chili's for approximately the same reason.
  • Olive Garden for proper Italian food - i.e. American style. You know; with toppings, and fillings and actual meat.
  • Getting free refills of soft drinks at restaurants
  • Beef and broccoli on the meny at Chinese restaurants.
  • New York strip steak
  • Proper ginger ale and cherry coke
  • GNC and decent MRP bars and drinks
  • Guitar mentioned in an earlier post
  • Lake Johnson, with it's beautiful trails, it's turtles and it's bird life
  • The freedom to shop on Sundays
  • Our kick-ass blue Buick Regal with a hyooge engine and automatic transmission - I must confess I miss this at times. Also the red Chrysler LeSabre convertible we had before that one.
  • All the squirrels on campus
  • The fact that US most universities are equipped with a nice, clearly defined campus area, like NC State....
  • Cashiers at grocery stores aren't snotty, and you can get your groceries bagged.
  • You can go to a grocery store at 2 AM if you want to. A proper store like Harris-Teeter, Food Lion or Lowe's Foods - not just some 7-Eleven or hopped-up gas station.
  • Super-motivated students and beyond competitive co-workers
  • Gallon jugs of milk and soda. 'Cause the less contact the liquid has with the container, the better the taste.
  • Awesome lo-fat products that actually taste good. Yes; even mayo
  • Nick at Nite and the concept of TV marathons
  • Hearing American voices and dialects all around you
  • American voices on Cartoon Network. Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory don't do nothin' for me with the Norwegian voice-overs.
  • Going out to lunch
  • Gated apartment community with swimming pool and air conditioning. Also; one where there are recycling bins for paper, plastic and metal within 25 meters of each apartment.
  • Hoagies, Starbucks and Krispy Kreme donuts. You ain't tasted donuts unless you've had Krispy Kremes...
  • Teriyaki flavored products......
  • Radio talk shows to start your morning. Proper ones, like the one Bill & Sheri does on Mix 101.5 in Raleigh, NC.
  • WWE on the television...I know; totally a guilty pleasure
  • Comedy Central, so one can get to see proper stand-up routines.
  • Sci-Fi channel, for all that vintage stuff you thought you'd forgotten. Yeah, yeah; nerd is me and whatnot.
  • The fact that you can drive to your right in an intersection if there's no oncoming traffic even if there's a red light.
  • The parking spaces...
  • The fact that it looks exactly like in movies
  • Borders book stores, where you can sit down in a couch and leaf through the books, or get a coffee.
  • Thanksgiving dinners at the local diner, where the community gathers. Awesome.
  • The decorations around the holidays - Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco De Mayo, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

..and probably lots more that I can't think of at the moment.


Anders said...

Friends you will miss,regardless of where they are. But like you, there are things I miss about all the places I've lived (except that small village on the north-west coast...). Places, smells, wheater, shops, parks, etc. And I hear you on the dubbing of Johnny Bravo!

But... Cherry coke? You got to be kidding, right?

Wilhelm said...

No love for cherry coke?

I was also gonna include Hershey's but I found it in one store here in Trondheim

Pigeon said...

In solsiden (Trondheim) you have some couches and some cofee in the book shop
I love that place (I love all the book shops though)!!!

Pigeon said...

Super-motivated students and beyond competitive co-workers

I almost forgot ....

The under competitive co-worker thanks you

Wilhelm said...

Have a cookie and a glass of milk - it ain't that serious.

Besides - I think you're confusing 'competitive' with 'competent'.......

It kind of sounds worse than it is, though.......but by definition, when you're the only one at your level doing what you do at your department.......

Anders said...

You mean the Hershey chocolate bar? The one that gave name to the famouse and sought after Stratotone pickup? Mmmh, that belongs in a guitar post...

Re cherry coke: Coke (Coca Cola, that is) is suppose to taste like the coffein satured syrup that coca cola is. Not flavoured with some blue oyster bar berries. Or vanilla.

Wilhelm said... oyster bar berries.......

Are you insinuating that drinking cherry flavored carbonated beverages would make it difficult to wear the deodorant you showed in an earlier post with conviction?

It tastes good (if you like Dr. Pepper)and it makes for a fantastic addition to Long Island Iced tea. What more do ya want from a beverage?

Anders said...

Man, is Dr. Pepper the worse beverage I've ever tasted. It's right up there with gin... Don' know about long island ice tea and cherry coke. Not a big fan of that either.

Wilhelm said...

How can you not like gin?

Granted; if you buy the gin in plastic jugs with sharpie labels, but if you buy proper gin like Gordon's, Bombay Blue Sapphire or - and this is by far the best one - Seagram's, gin rules.

In drinks, mind you - only the British can stomach gin straight up. Which, considering their cuisine, isn't all that surprising.