A TALE OF THE WONDERFUL WORLD ACROSS THE GREAT OCEAN
By Stefan Posthuma
Right now I am sipping a Bacardi-Cola. The tongue-caressing
Bacardi has been purchased duty-free in the John F. Kennedy
airport in New York. Yes folks, I have been to the Land of Milk
and Honey, the land of Opportunity and the land of the Junk Food.
I have been to America!
Friday, september 2, 1988, I embarked on a plane (a really big
747!) that took me from Schiphol to JFK. After dwelling in New
York for some hours, I took yet another airplane to Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Arriving there, I was picked up by the parents of
Kevin Hartley. He stayed with our family for a week, almost a
year ago. He participated in a program in which a lot of American
teenagers travel all across Europe.
My first Great Experience in the USA was the car of Mr. Hartley.
He drives a Lincoln Mark VII, I nicknamed it the Knightrider.
This car is fully computer operated, and is crammed full with
buttons, switches and gimmicks. For example, it has cruise
control. When you want to go 60 Mph, just drive 60 Mph, press a
little button and you can take your foot off the gas and the car
will keep on driving 60 Mph, no matter what. Great for long
freeway drives. It has an onboard computer which tells the driver
all sorts of things like the number of miles to go, the number of
miles still left in the tank, the average fuel consumption, the
outside and inside temperature, the direction etc. etc. Also, the
seats are fully adjustable. Just move a little switch in all
directions (except left and right) and the seat will move along.
Also, the windows are electric, the trunk and the hood open
automatically, it has a complete stereo-system built in, an
aircondition which establishes the set temperature within 3
minutes etc. etc. etc. It is absolutely AWESOME!
We went to Poland, Ohio where my dear friend Kevin lives.
The second Great Experience was the house of the Hartley family.
It is HUGE. At least three times as big as our little houseoid.
They assured me that they are no big-money. It is just your
average American neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is like a park
with houses here and there. Just like the houses you see in the
Spielberg productions like Goonies, E.T. and Poltergeist.
The third Great Experience was the Junk Food. I have eaten things
like: Elephant Ears, Chili Dogs, Hamburgers in the most excotic
forms, Tacos, Hot Dogs, Footlongs, Muffins, Donuts (for
breakfast!), all sorts of Pizzas, Italian Fries, Buffalo Wings
(HOT!), Cajun fish, the most strange forms of Breakfast Cereals,
Chicken cachitas, Milkshakes (at Dairy Queen), Corn on the Cob,
Frozen Yoghurt (at the Yoghurt Exchange), Cotton Candy and much,
The fourth Great Experience were the Sports. I have been at two
football games. There are crying cheerleaders, crazy supporters
(they do NOT fight with each other), maniac bands which play the
most crazy tunes and of course football players which run around
the field crashing into each other. Very exciting. I also
attended a baseball game wich was pretty spectacular.
America is a great country. Everything is big. They have enormous
stores like Foodland and Pharmore in which you can get lost. They
buy everything with creditcards, cans of Coke cost 35¢, you can
rent movies for 69¢. and the food is very cheap. They drive very
big cars and they live in big homes.
If you live in America, this is the view of an average (??)
European youth on your country.
If you live outside the States, and have a chance to visit this
country, grab it, it is GREAT!
I have seen a lot of movies there, and here are Stefan's movie
If you like a great action movie, which should not be taken
seriously but provides great fun, go and see 'Action Jackson'.
With Carl Weathers as a muscular RamboCop and Vanity as the
Damsel in Distress With a Big Mouth.
If you are into high-tech super-action sci-fi movies (like
'Aliens') try to get hold of 'Predator'. (On Video Cassette I
mean, it has been in the cinemas a couple of months ago). It is a
jungle-warfare movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl
Weathers, Jessie Ventura (the Sky-Channel Wrestler!) and an alien
Predator creature. Great special effects and much action.
Comedy fans, go and see 'Good Morning Vietnam'. Robin Williams is
hilarious in this movie. You can also try to get 'Raising
Arizona', 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' with John Candy and
Steve Martin, directed by John Hughes or 'A fish called Wanda'
with John Cleese.
Lovers of gory horror movies, 'Hellraiser' by Clive Barker is
something for you!
For the totally weird, John Landis created 'Amazone Women on the
Moon', a 'Kentucky Fried Movie' type of film.