According to various Irish people we’ve met, Americans are:

Prepared.  One of Amy’s co-workers said Americans are “always prepared.”  She illustrated this point by relaying her own story of taking a tram with her family to the top of Mt. Etna.  They didn’t plan it well, arriving late (of course), and it began to snow on them as they trudged down the mountain totally unprepared for the weather (she confessed, as have others, that the Irish are never prepared for the weather).  They passed a couple heading up the mountain in full snow gear, and she noted they were Americans.

Very Dallas.  One woman we met said that Americans are “very Dallas.”  We think she was referring to the show, and she meant rich, brash, loud, over-the-top, maybe a bit bossy.

Careful.  The woman who prepared our lease agreement at Rochestown laughed when we sat down to read it, but she wasn’t surprised.  She said Irish tenants never read leases and contracts, while Americans always do.

Gun-wielding maniacs.  Amy works with an Irishwoman who regularly visited America.  She laughed at the time she got a ride in a man’s pick-up, and as she climbed into the back seat, he warned her, “Don’t stomp on my gun.”

Rich heiresses.  In America, passengers in taxis ride in the back seat, but not so here in Ireland.  We didn’t know that, so the first few times we rode a taxi in Cork, we climbed in back.  Amy did this one day and when her driver heard she was from Texas, he started going on about chauffeuring a rich Texas heiress.  Amy sits in the front seat now.

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