Filed under: Barrels of Fun, Books, My Experience with Existence | Tags: America, beach, Chuck Palahniuk, LBI, Long Beach Island, Survivor, tourism
I am at the beach, and I just keep thinking about the tales that everyone brought from Europe, and how much I dislike America. How much I dislike being American. Everyone here at the beach, on Long Beach Island, embodies the typical American tourist. And we haven’t even left the country. I keep wondering how much the people who work here hate us. We’re feeding them lots and lots of money with our stupid yearly rituals. Mini golf. Dinner here and there. Buying this and that. But we’re so stupid.
I finished Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk last night, and this got me thinking, too. I guess they really aren’t targeting the smartest people as their customers, because the smartest people see the traps and the fakeness and how even though the Atlantic Ocean is beautiful and it’s all that separates me from France, it’s a tourist trap. The shore is a tourist trap. LBI is a tourist trap. But there’s almost no other way to really enjoy the ocean, not here in America where they have to package and sell everything.
Why, also, do you think I love being pale? Why do you think I crave pearly white skin? Anyone can become tan. Even the most milky white people like Rachael can go to the tanning bed and gradually gain immunity in the form of beautiful bronze skin. But it takes a certain kind of person to be able to be pale. And I’m not racist. If I wasn’t able to have very pale skin, then I would next want to have cinnamon skin or dark chocolate skin. Those are my next choices, because I like the extremes. Very dark or very light, those sorts of skin colours take a special kind of person. But it’s not possible for me to have very dark skin, so I have to aim for the lightest end of the spectrum.
I just thought of something, though. About culture. I am sort of glad I grew up American because I have control over what I become. I have control over my cultural education. It may be difficult at times, but I have such a selection. And I know exactly what I dislike about being American.
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