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Aussie Can You Say?
I went on a little cruise recently, just to see what it was like. It wasn't on one of those big ships, where you're cheek to jowl with hundreds of Americans all gaining weight simultaneously. There were only 30 of us on this little ship, and aside from the two of us and a couple of Canadians, everyone else was Australian.

Is it just me, or are the Aussies the most personable people on the planet? Friendly, upbeat, self-effacing. Even the quiet ones always seem ready for some jocular give-and-take. They are easy to be around, unlike some other nationalities. I won't name names, but some of our other fellow travelers can be grumpy, rude, arrogant. Yes, including the Americans, and yes, including me.

It's a cultural thing, of course. The origin of any given Australian is irrelevant, at least after a generation of living In The Land Down Under. The Aussies no doubt have their own baggage of the intolerance and boneheadedness we all share, but they carry it in a uniquely agreeable way.

My current theory: it's the accent. Perhaps we should all try it.

To which I hope you reply: Ripper, mate! Good oil.
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No "new normal" for me, this shit ain't normal.
~ MS, Truckee