Friday, November 12, 2010

One month back in Huntsville

    One month back in Hville.
    Making observations about adjustment and life differences between the US and South Asia.  Something I didn't expect: that buying on credit and debit cards would feel weird, and that giving talks on my experiences to churches and groups would begin to make me feel like a rock-star. 
    I'm often amazed by the computerization of U.S. life.   Buying meals at Burger King or McD's with a credit card is something new to me.   Cell-phones have progressed a lot as well, and the smart phone is the big thing now.   I still like the "dumb phones"  and flip phones. 
    I did acclimate back to driving a car fairly quickly, and within two weeks I was driving my own car again.   I missed that greatly in India, though I did enjoy walking around in Indian communities a lot and built my bargaining powers with the auto-rickshaw drivers.
   I almost got a ticket on the Parkway when I didn't slow down in the right lane as I passed a police car and another car on the side.   The officer told me when he pulled me over that you are supposed to either slow down or move to the left lane.  I told him that I didn't realize that, and he asked me where I had been the last couple of years.   I told him that I've been out of the country, living in India the last two years!   The officer looked at me funny and then told me the law has been on the book for a while, but he was giving me a warning this time and to drive more carefully.   Thankfully, I didn't get a ticket, and I bet that officer had a good story to tell!

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