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I visited Amsterdam and London this past week and my education continues on the differences between the US and the rest of the world. I think all Americans should be required to visit Europe it would surely make the world a better place if we could all get a glimpse into each others worlds.

It was very interesting for me to watch the Super Tuesday election results through the eyes of the European press as well as the residents of both Amsterdam and London. A friend in London mentioned that when the US has the sniffles the UK sneezes, issues such as mortgage rates, recession and the war in Iraq all have great importance here in the US as well as abroad. I will say that while most Brits I spoke with don't much like President Bush they do respect our processes and how we go about selecting our leaders. The local favorite for this election seems to be Barack Obama.

On a different note I stayed up till 3:30 AM London time to watch the Super Bowl at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Giants were by far the local favorites. For me the best part was watching the game from the British perspective. The commentary was provided by local experts not Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. It was interesting hear how they analyzed our national sport from the British perspective. The crowd was as loud as any I have encountered back home with lots of yelling and screaming at the TV. The favorite chant of the evening was repeated more times than I could count. "The referee is a @&*#&!" (UPDATE:02/19/08 naughty worded edited by Shawn)

As defined at Urban Dictionary the phrase means : Someone who makes as little effort as they can possibly get away with.

UPDATE:02/18/08 - I have been notified by a few of my UK friends that there are other definitions for this word. I just wanted to point out that I am aware of those but this is a G Rated Blog.

The only bad thing about seeing the game in London is that they don't run the commercials....isn't that why most of us watch??

Posted February 13, 2008 5:16 AM
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Shawn, it was good to catch up on our side of the water this time. I'm sure you enjoyed your stay in Amsterdam from a pure profesional perspective.
Given the currency at the moment, we probably will meet in US next time. Main problem for me is, that I'm unable to watch our favorite sports, even at night. This explains the order in the quote about the sniffles and sneezes.

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