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04 July 2016 @ 01:25 pm
july ask me anything meme, day 4 (july 4th)  
HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!
Did you guys see the GoogleDoodle of the day? So CUTE!!! With all the Stars celebrating!!! The hubby asked "What's going on with the Ku Klux Klan rally in the background?" LOL, silly hubby! These stars are waiting for their Hot Dogs... Awwww! Back to business now!

orangerful asked me: 3 random things that drive you crazy about the U.S.

I've been in Italy for 2 days now, and so many things already rubbed me in the wrong way/annoyed me that I can't think about anything I don't absolutely love and miss about the U.S. right now! So I'm going to have to really think about it!

1. Right on Red. I'm a biker and a pedestrian first. I use the car too, but I love to walk and bike to places if they're not that far... Americans, and especially the people that install traffic lights, like their cars and they don't care about the needs of a pedestrian as WE NEED TO GET SOMEWHERE TOO... So, if you have to cross one of the main streets (I'm looking at you, you damn US1) you have to press the button, and wait for the green man to appear... the only problem is: it takes that thing FOREVER to do what you're asking it to do! And when it gets green (and in the meantime you had time to check all your emails and answer them, like Instagram photos, comment on every status on Facebook up to a month prior that, wrote a rant about traffic lights on tumblr, etc) cars are allowed to run you over anyway because there is this rule that you can make a right turn on red! The green light for the pedestrian anyway lasts 20 seconds, so you have to dodge cars and RUN on the other side of the street, because if you don't get there in time, a wall of cars will come and get you!

2. The Cost of Health Insurance and the fact that they'll do whatever it takes not to pay for your crazy expansive Hospital Bills. Luckily I'm healthy and I didn't have to deal with any of this sh!t, but my husband had to in the past (before he met me). He had to go to the hospital to get his appendice removed. They did the surgery and then sent him home but something went wrong and he had to go back and he had to stay in the hospital for 5 days because of a mistake the doctors made. 5 days in the hospital cost >50k $. He was working with his brother and he had self insurance (and he was paying a lot) when the insurance saw the bill they went through their records trying to find an excuse not to pay. And they found it. Eric got a mole removed. It was on his arm and he decided to get rid of it for aesthetics reasons, it was a normal mole, not a melanoma. He never had cancer. And in the insurance forms he said he never did! The insurance said he lied, because they could see he had a mole removed and - if they knew in the first place - they would have never insure him. So, Eric had to pay the bill from his pocket. This insurance costed him money and for what? I hate it! It's so unfair! And me, as a green card holder, I can only self insure myself (or get an insurance through my job) and if I get pregnant (like we're planning to, not now but kind of soon) I'm not covered! And bring a life into this World, with no complications costs 15k $. (if you need a C section 25k $) WHAT?

3. Guns. I mean, why do you even need them in the first place? Just get rid of them!

Bonus: Donald Trump... That guy drives me insane...
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rhoda_rantsrhoda_rants on July 4th, 2016 11:51 am (UTC)
1. Oh man. Y'know, in Virginia anyway, pedestrians actually do have the right of way. Whether that green guy is lit or not, people walking get to go first. Not that anyone actually cares or enforces that, but it is the rule. I was amazed walking around in Seattle where they actually follow that, by the way. Me and mom were there on a layover once, and to see cars actually come to a complete stop, and wait for you, even if they had a green light? It was mind-blowing. Apparently, traffic cops are very big on pedestrian by-laws over there.

2. Oy. I don't even have insurance right now. (Not enough hours at my job, and the alternative ones offered are too expensive.) I have a kick-ass dentist who is a friend of the family and will let me pay in installments without interest, but otherwise I'm at the mercy of credit cards and my family's willingness to help me out and pay them back for stuff.
Ery-chan: Harrison Forderychan86 on July 4th, 2016 12:18 pm (UTC)
Not that anyone actually cares or enforces that, but it is the rule.
That's good to know... I don't think I'm going to try to test it in Florida... I might not survive to tell the story! xD
It's a good thing you said they do that in Seattle, now that I know, when I'm going to go visit , I'm not going to cry out of joy when they stop to let me pass! :D

I don't have insurance either. I'll have to get it because now that it's regulated by the government, if you don't have you'll have to pay a fine (I still need to research this better) but in Italy we have free health care and private health care. You only pay for the private one and it's not that pricy... But that way you don't have to wait... But if you're not in a rush you can go with the free one that is good anyway! So I do all my medical stuff here usually... My problem is, let's say I get pregnant: it lasts 9 months but - as a green card holder, to maintain my status - I have to spend cumulatively 6 months and 1 day in the States every year (my year starts in Sept 24th as it was my first day as resident) meaning, if I want to have the kid in Italy I still need to spend some time in the States and I have to make some of my tests there, then leave before the 7th month (you can't flight after the 7th month) to give birth then go to the embassy and register our child as an American Citizen. I'll have to be super sure of the dates and I have to be lucky not to be one of these risk pregnancies... All because I don't want to risk to end up in debt because a doctor did something wrong and I have to pay it from my pockets. Insurance should not be so expensive and people should be covered for everything. It's human lives we're talking about... It's so unfair! It should not matter that you don't do "enough hours"... It makes me so mad!

Melissa Rose_melodic_ on July 4th, 2016 01:16 pm (UTC)
1. Right on Red. I'm a biker and a pedestrian first. I use the car too, but I love to walk and bike to places if they're not that far... Americans, and especially the people that install traffic lights, like their cars and they don't care about the needs of a pedestrian as WE NEED TO GET SOMEWHERE TOO... So, if you have to cross one of the main streets (I'm looking at you, you damn US1) you have to press the button, and wait for the green man to appear... the only problem is: it takes that thing FOREVER to do what you're asking it to do! And when it gets green (and in the meantime you had time to check all your emails and answer them, like Instagram photos, comment on every status on Facebook up to a month prior that, wrote a rant about traffic lights on tumblr, etc) cars are allowed to run you over anyway because there is this rule that you can make a right turn on red! The green light for the pedestrian anyway lasts 20 seconds, so you have to dodge cars and RUN on the other side of the street, because if you don't get there in time, a wall of cars will come and get you!

Ahhh in NYC especially! I am a cyclist first but also drive a car/am a pedestrian and the cars are the worst! Though, unfortunately all three types drive me crazy so often. Cyclists who run reds (which fair, I've done it too when the coast is clear) but the ones who do it when pedestrians are crossing. Damn you giving us all a bad name!

And then of course the cars that love to run reds or try to turn right even though I have the walk signal. SMH.

And lastly the pedestrians who jaywalk when there is oncoming traffic and even worse when there are cyclists riding through. Grrrr, just because I am not a car doesn't mean I don't have the right of way.

Haha, yeah /rant. I just need to leave NYC!

And yesss the stars are adorable on google!
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 4th, 2016 04:17 pm (UTC)
It seems like I'm not the only one who have problems with this... I'm glad to hear that! I have to admit I jaywalk, but just because I press that damn button and nothing happens and then everyone stops, and I think the moment is finally coming... I'm about to be allowed to cross, at that point I have tears in my eyes... but no... Everyone is frozen in time... and then the cars start moving again and I have to wait... I timed it once... SEVEN MINUTES AND 38 SECONDS! I got there when the red hand was blinking so I knew it was impossible for me to cross 8 lanes... It was so hot, under the flordian sun... I was loosing my mind!
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 4th, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
The only thing I don't like with the right on red is how some forget that it's not mandatory to always turn right on red, so the cars behind you get so angry and persistent at you. Like, just chill, alright?

However, while I was in L.A. recently there was this thing that I absolutely hated. It was yielding when turning left. Some of the streets there had no left turn signal, and you only could turn left if you inched forward and prayed that no other cars were coming from ahead. I found that extremely dangerous! Like, that is an accident waiting to happen! I'm sure those who live in that area are used to it and found ways of understanding that system, but it was honestly so scary to me how anything like that could ever be safe.

Our healthcare system sucks, even with attempting at fixing how broken it is, it just isn't enough. Just the fact that they basically financially suck you dry just for mere checkups is bad enough, but if you don't have insurance, you're basically screwed.

The whole NRA/pro-gun side of this country absolutely terrifies and infuriates me. How many more senseless mass shootings where innocent people die need to happen before they get it through their thick skulls that we need a better, tighter gun control? And no, the whole, "well if they had guns to protect themselves none of them would have died" argument isn't going to fly because it's stupid as fuck.
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 4th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
However, while I was in L.A. recently there was this thing that I absolutely hated. It was yielding when turning left. Some of the streets there had no left turn signal, and you only could turn left if you inched forward and prayed that no other cars were coming from ahead. I found that extremely dangerous! Like, that is an accident waiting to happen! I'm sure those who live in that area are used to it and found ways of understanding that system, but it was honestly so scary to me how anything like that could ever be safe.
That's awful! I would be getting out of the car and walk away in a situation like that, like "I give up"....

but if you don't have insurance, you're basically screwed.
You're right, but I hate the fact they find a way to screw you anyway... I mean, if I put myself in my husband's shoes (he's too good for its own good, I'm not) I would make hell rain down on them... I paid you for so long and then, when I need you, you decide you're going to do whatever it takes to get rid of me because now I'm no longer a good investment for you? I'm a person...

The whole NRA/pro-gun side of this country absolutely terrifies and infuriates me.
It doesn't make any sense...

"well if they had guns to protect themselves none of them would have died" argument isn't going to fly because it's stupid as fuck.
Don't make me start talking about that statement... Can you imagine if in Orlando everyone had a gun? People freaking out because of fear and make even more damage trying to shoot at anyone without thinking...
orangerfulorangerful on July 4th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Americans seem to forget that you can walk places or ride a bike and when they see people doing it, it's like they speed up their cars to pass them etc. My friend bikes to work and I always fear for her life because she has to cross a road with 6 lanes and it freaks me out because people drive too fast anyway, but they never think to watch for bikes!

That story about your husband and his insurance is just disgusting. They are supposed to work to keep us healthy and instead they work hard to NOT pay our bills? And they wonder why Americans just opt to go without?? Why should they trust them? I know I am lucky because my dad was in the Navy so we had government insurance and then I worked for the library, so they county has an insurance plan and I have never had any issues, but I know so many people that work for small businesses or have to self-insure who have these awful stories. It is just wrong, especially when so much of the rest of the world already does it right!

Yeah...guns. I'm not even going to start with that. I don't understand guns or the people who fight so hard to have them in their homes, I never will.
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 4th, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
My friend bikes to work and I always fear for her life because she has to cross a road with 6 lanes and it freaks me out because people drive too fast anyway, but they never think to watch for bikes!
I risked to be run over even on the bike lane... :(

know so many people that work for small businesses or have to self-insure who have these awful stories. It is just wrong, especially when so much of the rest of the world already does it right!
Maybe one day... It's just I don't think people's health should be controlled by companies that only think about money... For them you're just a bank account... It doesn't matter to them if you paid them every months for years and you had to make sacrifices in order to do it, and then when something happens they say "No, sorry... we wont pay" and they don't even give you back the money they took from you... They should at least have the decency to say: "You don't qualify anymore because we think you lied to us. Your bill was 100.000 $ so far you paid us 60.000$ so we pay the 60k that you gave us and you pay the rest"

I don't understand guns or the people who fight so hard to have them in their homes, I never will.
They see how cool guns are in movies... almost every american action movie has civilians with guns in it... Maybe they think they'll end up in one of these situations they watch on TV... IDK... It just doesn't make sense to me!

I'm glad that also people who lived in America their whole life think this is just insane!!!
orangerfulorangerful on July 4th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
There aren't even any bike lanes here! They just assume everyone drives I guess. So ridiculous.
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 5th, 2016 10:50 am (UTC)
It is ridiculous!!!