Visiting the USA

All my friends here on Hubpages know that I have been away for a number of days, but not all know that I have been on holiday to the USA. That’s right! I have made so many friends here on Hubpages, a lot of them being from the US, that the invitations to visit them in their various States came in so consistently and so insistently that I could not resist and I finally agreed to take the long flight there. Since I had invitations form several States, planning the trip was the most difficult part from the point of view of the internal flights, but the effort was well worth it. What an experience that was!

I have never met nicer people than the Americans in my life. I stepped off the airplane wearing the white flower of a blameless life and complete strangers treated me like a long lost brother. People at the airport would smile and want to chat, appearing apologetic that they had to rash off in order not to miss their flight.

In New York restaurant owners seemed to place bets between themselves as to who would be able to stuff me with more food than the other and my hosts there could not do enough for me.

At Niagara Falls I was nearly forced to marry a municipality employee when the Mayor realized I was there without a love interest and he felt bad for me, until my HubPages friend from that area stepped in and explained that I was just an innocent bystander, an ignorant foreigner and a tourist, being given the tour. The Mayor could not apologize enough for his error and insisted on taking us all to lunch on a boat where we had to wear polyethylene overcoats to avoid getting wet by the spray.

In California they appeared to want to give me the city and insisted that my absence from it will spell irretrievable ruin for one and all. When I finally managed to tear myself away, the sunshine appeared to go out of their lives and I could hear the wailing of the natives all the way to the aircraft. I thought of calling on my friend Shadesbreath while there, but time did not permit.

In Texas they gave me to understand that I stood between their happiness and black depression and they just could not do enough for me. In fact when I left they lowered their flags to half mast. Does anyone know why Texans fly the Panamanian flag outside every home and business in Texas? I was too shy to ask.

In Appalachia, I met my friend Pam Robertson’s hillbilly relatives and I can tell you that chicken and possum gizzards with pigs feet in aspic do not deserve the unsound reputation they currently appear to enjoy. They were, in fact, delicious after a couple of pints of their excellent home made moonshine, when one simply exists on an altogether different plane. Pam’s relatives could not have been kinder and only the thought of my departure appeared to irritate him unspeakably.

In Georgia their hospitality and their generous natures justifiably are a byword and as there are no degrees in perfection, what else can I say? My only regret is that I did not have time to visit my friend Habee there as well, but I shall rectify the omission next time.

In Seattle they claimed that I brought the sunshine into their lives and l had I stayed longer, I suspect that they would have all named me beneficiary of their life insurance policies.

In Florida they gave me to understand that their lives would be ruined if I left. I planned to spend just two days there and I ended up spending a week because everyone wanted to invite me to a barbecue. Especially in a town called Gainesville, my HubPages friend there took me to church on the Sunday and there I met the nicest people you could imagine. After the service they always have a barbecue at the back of the church and their nice preacher, the Rev Terry Jones his name was, insisted that I do the honors by lighting the charcoal myself. He handed me a book written in Arabic whose pages I was supposed to use as a starter for the fire, but I was too shy and said so.

I did not know that such hospitable people existed on this earth. Every single member of that church took turns to invite me to their house for barbecue and every single one of them impressed me by their strong ecological ethic – they all used pages from the very same book to light the charcoal, so as not to waste paper. They were so caring of my well being that everywhere I went afterwards I was followed by athletic young men and women in business suits keeping an eye on me from afar and I am sure that they were from the same church, only they were too considerate to impose themselves on me and just kept their distance out of shyness.

I am sure that I must have made some bloomers as a foreigner who did not know local customs, but no one took offence and I could not have hoped for better treatment. I might have been everyone’s long lost octogenarian millionaire uncle who had no offspring. Generally they seemed to consider me to be a pretty sound egg. All except my friend DRBJ who did not want to see me….

And when it was time for me to leave, I was accompanied to the aircraft by two NYPD detectives, which must surely be the crowning compliment a World Superpower can bestow on a poor peasant form Cyprus? What do YOU think?


Dimitris Mita

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msorensson 5 years ago

This is wonderful!! Oh...I will have to meet you in Europe, De Greek...

Or in California after I move. I am afraid I am not very familiar with New Orleans..everybody comes here to go to Bourbon Street..my girlfriend almost every year! To experience the sinful and the seedy...life..

I have never even been to Bourbon Street on foot..lol.

So please visit me when I have moved. You and your lovely wife and son.

With love, Melinda


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Apparently the killing you with kindness thing didn't work out! Hurry back.

CP


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Melinda, I shall put this in my diary and visit you next time :-))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Christopher, your comment made me laugh and I just cannot stop. Very Mark Twain, very subtle and clever! Wonderfully witty. What else can I say? :-)))

After this I am not setting foot in the USA ever again :-)))

Thank you, you have made my day. No, you have made my year! :-)


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Whew your a great traveler making every minute of your time count. I laughed as I have the very Maid of the Mist Water Gear as we frequent the falls, a small bit of a treasure is it not? Great to learn of your travels to the states. I too met with friends in Europe after a similar incident of constant invites. It was delightful and i too look forward to traveling the globe this summer. Aw I much enjoyed reading this and thinking of all the many delights travel has to offer. Thanks for sharing. Love, Peace and Joy :)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Katie, child, if you were not so unfaithful to me, you would be aware by now that there is an open invitation to you to come and visit us, here:

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Note-to-my-Hubbe

I forgive you for not reading it, but I shall not forgive you if you do not come and visit :-)))


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Brother Dimitris - you went to the States before coming to South Africa? You priorities, sir, are in need of a check up!

So glad you got the guard of honour to escort you to the plane. You definitely deserved it! LOL!

Wonderful read as always, young man!

Love and peace

Tony


EnLydia Listener 5 years ago

DeGreek, I am impressed with your travels in our fair country...and feel saddened that you have seen more of our country than I have.

I am surprised that you were allowed to leave the country...(seeing as you saddened so many people by your departures)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Tony, that escort to the airplane was the icing on the cake, I can tell you. :-)))))

And I thought that it was wise to visit the rich relatives first before visiting the peasants of the clan :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

EnLydia Listener, what can I say? Your country folk are an emotional lot and it is, indeed, very touching for a poor peasant like me :-))


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Well you didn't reach the frozen tundra of the high sierras to visit me! I shall sulk. No even a mench!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

You faithless wench, you are practically the only one who did not invite me, so how could I just barge in? :-))))

How about next time? :-))


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

dimi - You know in your heart that it wasn't that I didn't want to see you. I couldn't. I didn't know you were coming to Florida and I was working in Aruba. Someone has to do it. Next time tell me in advance so that I can postpone lucrative engagements in order to meet, greet and show you the town ... and the beach ... and the ocean ... and the race track ... and the casino.

Also disregard first telegram, I mean email - you mystified me completely, you rascal, you.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

De Greek, I smiled when I read of your travel experiences, especially when traveling to NY where I was raised and lived for most of my life. NY'ers have a reputation for being unfriendly and aggresive because of the city's congestion, but there are many very nice, friendly residents; its all a matter of attitude, and you obviously charmed everyone. Good for you! :) Sigh, you saw more of the States than I have! I would love to visit Georgia, heard its a very charming State and culture.


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

Shame you couldn't make it to my corner of the States. A study done by the university of Stockholm found that puerto ricans are the happiest people in the world! You could've had a great time and judging by the effect your visit had on the rest of the nation we could've too. I hope you reconsider and find yourself on this side of the Atlantic again sometime in the future....nice to read you again DG and Feliz Navidad! JR


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

You didn't tell me you were coming. How about New Zealand instead?


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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

Haha, glad you had such a wonderful time!! Enough material for another book, methinks! :D


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I am ;-(


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

De Greek.

Glad to know that you have been doing so much for international relations.

That nice Pastor Jones was so impressed with your fire lighting talents, that I hear he is going to come over here in the new year.

It's nice when folks make return visits.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Oh dear! Your eyes surely played tricks on you, DG. Perhaps your hosts wined and dined you too well?

The Panamanian flag may have a couple of stars in 4 blocks using the 3 colors - red, while and blue, which colors ourTexas flag uses, but in our flag the arrangement is two horizontal stripes (white and red) and a blue vertical stripe with the while Lone Star in it.

Perhaps the wind was blowing when you were noticing flags and while they were whipping around you just saw a whirl of colors and blocks of red, white and blue and mistook them for Panamanian flags? Of course they were not!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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drbj, it took a while, but I knew you'd get it :-))) - So it was Aruba was it? I was there as a 17 year old virgin officer cadet and coming out of the port there was a long line of prostitutes waiting for clients. A pretty one made a beeline for me and started touching me, but my ego and my pride was stronger than my raging hormones and I just could not bring myself to disrespect both myself and that poor girl, so when I left I was still a virgin :-)))

You see what happens when one gets old? Can't let a chance to reminisce go by without grabbing it and boring the hell out of everyone :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Mari, how can you b so negative about your own people. I tell you even the immigration officer was full of smiles and welcome. And every airport I went through, people would stop to chat, which is so nice to experience :-)

The problem is that you have sold that nice cabin of yours and now I cannot take advantage of your friendship :-)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

jrsearam, you are on! Next time you shall buy me a beer. No, I tell a lie. Next time you shall buy me dinner and a LOT of beers :-)))

And the invitation is reciprocated here:

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Note-to-my-Hubbe


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Raye, the first time I went to NZ I swore it would be my last. I woke up at three am with a feeling of foreboding, as when an earthquake is about to happen. I could not understand it. I walked about in my hotel room and finally opened the window. Then I realized what it was. The quiet. Deathly silence everywhere. Even a cemetery has some noise, but that place, NOTHING! Earlier I had taken a taxi to go through the town at 9 pm and everything was closed, with everyone aparently asleep. 9 PM!!!!! How can you live like this? :-))))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

FP, I cannot stop smiling at Christopher Price's witty come back. What do you think? AND I have listened to your advice and I have resigned from the Elites. It will become official at the end of the month :-))))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Nellieanna, thank you for BOTH your comments. The flag thing was my way of pulling your leg a little, as I knew that you would be unable to resist a comment on it :-))

But look at it from my side. It is a good joke, is it not? :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Christopher Ranton, someone told me that Pastor Jones may be coming to the UK and I sent him an email offering my hospitality, but he wrote back that he remembered a previous engagement and may not be coming after all :-)))

But it is nice to be appreciated for making an effort for the sake of international relations. Thank you :-))


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I thought it might be a leg pulling, Dimitris, but, as you know, I avoid presuming I'm the object of your comments when there are other people-possibilities. Anyway - it was a good joke and I couldn't let it go by with all your massive fan base thinking my state doesn't know any better than to fly another country's flag. So you figured that right. I'm flattered that you must have devoted at least a bit of research to finding a flag to "mistake" for the Texas Lone Star Flag! Let's hear it for Texas, fellow Texans!!

By the way - how d you set your preferences to disallow comments till approved?


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

dimi, dear, can't believe how naive I was to doubt even for one second your adoration (?). Guess this is my month to be serious. It doesn't happen that often. :)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

DG, you must have traveled to far south Texas to that little ditch we have that all those tiny boats use to travel from east U.S. to west U.S. They constantly fly the flag with TWO stars on it for some reason, like they think they are better than the rest of Texas!

The Lone Star is good enough for us here in central Texas because it is, after all, where the rest of the universe gravitates to.

Sounds like a fun trip and some day I hope to cross the pond and try a taste of ouzo or some other unpronounceable delicacy. Cheers!


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

As your self awareness of lack of formality,I'm sure you found to go charmingly well in the States as informality is the eminent traditition of our high society,lol;)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Nellieanna I did not devote any research, because I know the Flag of Panama and the similarity with that of Texas is striking :-)

Anyway, GOTCHA! :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

DRBJ, I love it when I can manage to tease you :-))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Austinstar if you cross the [pond, then it is fish and chips for you at this end, not ouzo, since I live in the UK. Look forward to seeing you here:

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Note-to-my-Hubbe


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Brother Mentalist, you must send me your address, because next time I want to visit you in order to inspect that four star shack you promised me :-))))

As you should know by now, I don't feel quite well until you show up with a comment :-)


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

If anyone can pull off a dream vacation such as the one you've described, you certainly can. The whole thing sounds like a fantasy come true. Actually I think all fantasies should be pursued with gusto. Personally I'm glad you missed me in Georgia; I have a flu you wouldn't want to know from.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Congratulations! Your winning, open personality creates an environment whereby everyone enjoys you. Glad you enjoyed the visit!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Hehe - If you want to think that, sure, why not? Whatever cheers. Yep, it would've been pretty silly to spend much time on it, especially for the negligible payoff. But I sort of enjoyed it all. You're still fun. Hugs.


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shynsly 5 years ago from Sierra Vista, AZ

We should become friends, that way the next time you come stateside, you'll have a reason to come to southern Arizona. We'll go out into the desert drinking cheap American beer by the gallon, rip the sleeves off of our shirts, and use some illegal Mexicans for target practice with our machine guns. If you don't have a machine gun, than you can borrow one of mine. =)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hilary, to my eternal hurt, you were one of teh few who did not invite me, but since I am very susceptible to colds, it is just as well in the end. But I am still upset at you - nahhhh .... just kidding :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

dallas93444 you sound nice and I think that I'll call on you next time I am over there and giv you a chance to buy me a beer :-)))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Nellieanna, you are too clever for me. I just cannot get anything over on you girl :-))


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

shynsly, you will find me very boring company, as I hate guns and violence in all its forms, but thank you all the same. It's the thought that counts :-)))


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Lee B 5 years ago from New Mexico

De Greek!!! You were in Seattle and didn't visit MEEEEEE??!!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Lee, I thought that you don't like me any more :-))))


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, you lucky thing you! I would love to go over and visit a few of my hubpage friends, I keep getting invited, so maybe one of these days...! glad you had a great time, cheers nell


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I've put you on my list! Thanks for the invite and YES I will read ... Love and Peace :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

It sounds like your trip to the USA couldn't have been any better. What a wonderful experience to see so many areas of the country since each area had its own unique characteristics.


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wilderness 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

But you missed the great state of Idaho! Although most Americans don't know where it is, and can't spell it they still eat our spuds!

I would have been glad to serve potatoes. And, considering the time of year, hot buttered rum.

I have to ask, though, did you get a salute from the escort as you left? Perhaps a 21 gun salute? Does your overcoat or hat have holes in it now?


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

**** Nell, I really am a lucky sod for having so many friends :-)

**** Katie, I will hold yo to that :-)

**** Pamela, when are YOU coming to visit us? :-)

**** Wilderness, no 21 gun salute for me, but they had this charming peculiarity of waving goodbye with their finger, which I found really sweet :-))


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Nell Rose - I'll be honored if you come to Dallas and visit me when you visit the US. Hugs!!

I didn't get informed so I could've invited DG. sniff, sniff. . . .


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

All it takes to get lumbered with me is an invitation and good food after I arrive. Then you will be lighting candles in church to get rid of me :-))


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Good to know you were on American soil, Dim.....we didn't have any DIM sightings though here in Prinetucky. Seattle is close enough I guess, my old stomping grounds.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Apparently, you haven't read the papers after you left. The scandals I read which you never mentioned in your hub. I am schocked.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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**** Audrey, I need a special invitation for next time :-)

**** HH did you HAVE to tell everyone here about the unfair reports in the newspapers? That incident with the stripper was simply a case of mistaken identity :-)))


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Thanks Nellieanna! lol


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wilderness 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Ah.. the famous American one finger wave goodbye! A singular honor, if I may say so. You must have really made an impression...


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kimh039 5 years ago

Why on earth would you make bloomers?! You could have gone to WalMart to get a whole pack of them! I'm guessing you know that wasn't the Panamanian flag but the flag of the great State of Texas. I'm also guessing you're not really that shy:) Seriously, a very enjoyable.....and unusual hub, DeGeek. Thanks.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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**** wilderness, these American customs have so confused me. So the one finger wave is meant to convey respect and honor to the departing, is it? Oh my, an emotional tear is running down my cheek as I write this. Thank you for confirming my own suspicions on the matter. How I shall cherish the memory! ...

**** kimh039, if you check with Wilderness above who knows me since childhood, he will tell you that I am really a shy person. Thank you for dropping by and for your clever comment :-))


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Nice to see you jetsetting around in the Americas. If you ever come north of border this time of year bring your dog sled, x-country skis and snowshoes.

Maybe your skates to so I can push you around on ice. Later we can go build a snow fort and melt some maple syrup in the snow. What do you think? are you up to visiting the Canadian north?

I didn't think so:0)) you would prefer your ice in a glass with your finest burbon:0)) Merry Christmas to you and yours and may you have a blessed one filled with love for your fellowman/woman. peace my friend.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis

What country did you say you visited? I think you were on the set of "The Truman Show."


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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**** Ken, message received. I shall not visit you :-))))

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**** Christoph, I have been to the US several times and every time I was impressed by the friendliness of the natives. From the immigration officer, to complete strangers at airports wanting to make friends, to helpful people on the street... What can I say? :-)


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shynsly 5 years ago from Sierra Vista, AZ

Wilderness- I know where Idaho is, AND I can spell it, if for no other reason than frustration out of being from possibly the only lesser known state, Iowa, and always being confused with "Idaho".

And, while I love your potatoes, I absolutely REFUSE to eat your SPUDS!!! =P

And, to De Greek, forgive me if I came off too crass... I was being sarcastic, as that's how I interpreted your "hub". Of COURSE we don't actually use Mexicans for target practice... they run too damned fast! Would just be a waste of (ultra expensive) ammo!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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shynsly, I honestly have very nice memories of excellent people and hospitality from all my visits to the US. I have tried to put my point across with some light humor, but I do not always succeed in my efforts :-)))


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Pam Roberson 5 years ago from Virginia

Appalachia morns for you. We've built a shrine and throw plates (breakable ones too) at the feet of a fine adonis-like statue which resembles you (kind of), and we light homemade candles made out of lots of other half used, melted down Glade, birthday, christmas, and dollar store candles and sing Patsy Cline songs in memory of your visit. Then we fall to our knees and cry. When our tears run dry, then we drink and we dance until our clothes fall off or seem to turn to dust...remember how moonshine does that? Anyway...

De Greek, I was literally laughing out loud as I read this, and I do believe you've out done yourself! Bravo!!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Pam, my beautiful Mrs De Greek #2, how I miss you and also those strange pieces in aspic your relatives serve... Can't wait to return. Glad your lot is thinking of me though :-)))


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

. . . sniff, sniff. . . and would I presume to invite you when I wasn't even made aware that you had a general trip planned? I wouldn't presume for you to plan a trip around just visiting me, forevemore! Oh well. So long as you had a great time anyway - which it certainly seems you did! Now that you've listed all the mutual great American friends, I'm thinking I may need to plan a U.S. trip myself! LOL


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Pam - is he referring to Jello salad? LOL!


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Nellieanna, be careful what you wish for. The De Greeks are like leeches. Once they get a hold, they will not let go and you will be eaten out of house and home in the long run :-))))


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

De Greek,

The pen pals meet! Awesome!

Lake Geneva is the very best - you must stop by next time.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Goldie, the De Greeks are not proud. They will stop anywhere where there is free food and hospitality :-))))

Good to see you again :-)


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Plenty of good food, but one must work for it. Bring your dungarees. hehe Hospitality is free, though. Dress code optional for it.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Nellieanna, manual work and the De Greeks have parted ways from the days of the Normans, when our ancestors invaded England as part of the William team in 1066. Since we won the battle of Hastings, we have never done an honest days work. :-)))

The reason that King Henry I never smiled after his son was drowned on the White Ship was not because he lost his only son, but because my Great (x20) Grandfather De Greek stepped off the ship just before she sailed due to diarrhea from overeating. It's a matter of historical record. Look it up on Wikki :-)))


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Dimitri, thank you so much for coming. The Laker Girls were so disappointed when you didn't take them up on their invitation to stay in their bus and the Magic Kingdom has never laughed so hard as when you were narrating the Jungle Cruise in your Bush accent. I have assured the Rose Queen and her court that the only reason you were not able to ride the float with them is that your family could not bear to spend another day without you. They have been weeping daily but I think they may recover by January 1st. The mayor of Pasadena has installed your picture in the city hall rotunda and apologizes for mistaking you for Steven Georgiou.

Until next time, dear Dimitri. =:)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Who's Steven Georgiou?

Winsome, always a pleasure to read your clever comments :-))


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Ha, when he was cool he went by "Cat" Stevens. =:)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Who's Cat Stevens?

Just kidding :-)))


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

I am so glad you enjoyed your trip...welcome back.

I am very sure that in Arabic world people also have similar ecological attitude and use pages of certain book we are here fond of to lighten their BBQ fire. I hope we don`t consider them rude or primitive because of that.

It is nice to see you here again.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Hi Tatjana, nice to see you again too :-))

And no, I do not hold against people's customs, especially if they are ecological :-)


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cameciob 5 years ago

De Greek, I had a similar experience when I first steped on american land. It was almost a shock. Now, after almost 8 years, the nice americans converted me beyond recognition. But you don't live in the US, thanks God! :)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hi Cameciob, no, I don't live in the US and I have never felt the urge to do so. It is so far away from Europe :-)))

And by the way, you look very much like a girlfriend I had years ago. Beware, I can see behind the glasses! :-)))


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cameciob 5 years ago

Oh...De Greek, you were that one! I almost forgat about that episode. :)


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Nahhhhh.... I am not forgettable, you would have remembered :-)) What I meant was that the woman you remind me of was a Goddess-in-human-shape. I can see behind the glasses and I can tell how pretty you really are, even though you try to hide it. :-))


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

DG Dear, I would've extended an invitation, but we would've had a difficult time picking a date and place because I was moving...again. Some days I truly had to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find my way home. Thrilled, tho, that you had such a marvelous time on this side of the Pond. Photos from the Grand Tour will be in another hub, right? XOX, Joanna ;D


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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You must tell me all about your latest adventures somehow! :-))

I hope the grandson is OK :-)


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

The Grandson just had his 1st birthday, which I think makes him officially A Toddler. That transition is just the latest adventure at our house. I'm guessing you haven't read my hub about the robbery. ;D


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Oh, Ye of Little Faith! Of course I have, but that had no indication that you would personally make a new move!

(You did not read my comment, then!) :-)))


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

My most humble apologies, DG! I *did* read your comment on the "Robbed!" hub right after you left it, and must claim brain fog from moving and the holidays for spacing off that you did, indeed, read it. Now to get the feathers out of my mouth from having to eat crow... ;D


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

No, no, I am hurt. You are unfaithful to me and I don't love you any more :-)))


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DTR0005 5 years ago from Midwest

This is one of the "best-damn-feel-good" things I have read in a long time. I am so happy to see that our country treated you well. I don't know - just makes a good feeling come over me...


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Ahhh.... what a nice thing to say DTR0005, thank you :-)


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Santi Lio 5 years ago from erehwon

De Greek.

Amiability is a rare quality to come across in a person. Oddly enough, I have to speculate that your name possesses with it some inherent gravitation towards likability. My cousin, also friend by choice, possesses the same effortless charm. Dimitrios is a strong name. Would you agree with the notion that possessing a strong name like yours has the effect of psychological empowerment. In closing, I'd like to ask the man himself if likability comes about by chance, or by some other process? Have you always been so easy to get on with?

Cheers,

Santi

ps.. Expect a hub from me, with your name on it soon.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

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Santi, you are too generous with your praise, but thank you. And I do not believe that a name can be instrumental in determining one's character. People respond to genuine friendship. If you like people, people will tend to like you. But if you try to project something you do not feel, you will fail :-)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I am so glad that you—a poor peasant from Cyprus—enjoyed your visit to our great nation. Next time, let me know and I'll be pleased to show you a few things you missed this time. Thank you for the outstanding reportage.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Hi James, I shall look you up for sure :-)))


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Sounds like your USA tour was a resounding success. If for some reason you aren't flooded with invitations to return asap, will you be undertaking a UK tour?


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

2patricias,

But I live in the UK and next time you feel like going North to Scotland or York, you must pass by for tea :-)))


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meteoboy 5 years ago from GREECE

This hub is like a social meeting. Very clever idea!!! My best to you.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Meteoboy - Same to you :-)


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

I am so very pleased that you were treated well here in the states. Next time your here come visit the twins. Healing touch and Minnetonka Twin.


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK Author

Healing Touch, you may live to regret those words ;-))))

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