Of all my travels, the country that I exaggerated the trip part was America. I will say, “Well, I’m going that far, I said I’ll give you the right way.” But for some reason, America feels like a more distant country.
I had an 8-day job in Dallas. 2 days per San Francisco, 1 day Los Angeles, 1 day San Diego, 1 day Arizona, 2 days St. I put Louis. I worked in Dallas for 8 days in between.
Let’s see what’s on my mind in these 15 days.
Impressions for this country began on a visa. I’ve heard a lot of stories from around for the American visa process. No, they reject half of those who go there, no hard, etc., etc. When it came to me in the visa queue, the attendant asked a single question. I gave a one word answer. He looked at the screen. “Ok vizen is approved,” he said. They issued visas with multiple entries for 10 years. It was the easiest visa I received.
For those who are wondering, the question is “What is your purpose of visit?” And the answer is “Business”.
Just like visa stories, people around me experience their first entry into the country. No, if you are coming from the Muslim country, they take you to the room, wait 40 minutes and ask a lot of silly questions, once you enter that room, your name is processed in the system and the same treatment is made every time you go. No, it is very serious in the passport process, but just be comfortable, if you do something that the man will suspect, a lot of questions will come, be careful, etc. Such stories go on and on.
I waited in a long passport queue in Chicago. For everyone in front of me, the passport process was a little over 1 minute on average. Fingerprints were taken from everyone. It’s my turn. I extended my passport. I am waiting with a serious and comfortable attitude ready for questions such as “why did you come, how long will you stay, show return ticket?” He took my passport. Opened. He pressed and sealed the seal. It took a maximum of 5 seconds. He didn’t even get a fingerprint.
I don’t know why so many people are telling such pessimistic stories.
I think Americans love me.
Airports and Flights
I made 7 different flights on domestic flights in the USA. I got off at 8 different airports and got up. I spent a lot of time at the airports. When people spend so much time in a place without a job to do, naturally, many materials come out of here.
The first observation belongs to people. These guys are very talkative, too. People sitting in front of me and behind me chatted all the way on every plane without exception. 7 flights, 2 rows in front of me in each flight, so I witnessed 14 different conversations. And I mean I have 21 chats. When I wasn’t talking to myself, I tried to listen to the one behind me. Okay, they’re talking silly matters, but there’s a hot conversation every time. What do you do, what do you do starts business, life goes on and on. I overheard small flirting every now and then. I don’t know how many hundred times I have traveled so far, but if you gathered, I haven’t talked to me more than 2 times. He is also at most 3 sentences. We Turks are very friendly people, let’s lie. If we are friendly, the blood of these men must have already evaporated.
There is a very, very intensive use of iPads at airports. A tablet in everyone’s hands, they are doing something. While looking around and looking around, “What the hell is that !!!” At least at that time it was not common in Turkey that had caught my tools and my attention.
Another noteworthy thing about airports is the landing and boarding systems are different from everywhere I see. Generally, those who get off the plane in each country pass through another door and go to the incoming passenger terminal. You are among the passengers waiting to board here. The terminals are already crowded, and I don’t know what kind of reason it is to take both the incoming and outgoing from the same place. You see the inefficiency of the system in the first flight.
And for some reason, the ground of the airports is always carpeted. I have seen more carpeted terminals in a few countries, but here, without exception, every airport is carpeted, and in general the entire terminal is carpeted. Either they love carpet, or they don’t like marble, stone, granite.
I had to eat 3-4 times at the airports. Prices are not 5 times outside, like us. Whatever you eat outside and how much you eat the same thing for the same money.
Airlines decided to use machines instead of people to check in. Very nice, but the process is a bit difficult. At least it’s hard for us. “You scan your identity and I will do the rest,” he says. It recognizes the US identity, the US driver’s license and several different formats. Of course, our strangeness did not recognize the driver’s license or the driver’s license, whose fractures were fastened with a cellophane. Okay, I said I’ll enter my information manually. You are writing you are writing you are coming somewhere, it says I couldn’t find you. I became a disease.
If you want people to trade, you should have plenty of time. They put one person for every 30 machines. How slow, how slow can they tell. It is unbelievable. How many minutes does a check-in take with us? Let’s say stone crack 3. These friends can only handle one person in 10 minutes. Check in online, if possible, or choose a Star Alliance member airline, read Miles & Smiles when prompted for an ID.
Frankly, I came to this country and its people with prejudices. As a state policy, America is not a country that I like very much. I did not have very good expectations for their people. I was expecting people who were indifferent, ignorant, cold, smug, cocky towards their surroundings. I have seriously observed people who are in anticipation of my expectation.
As I said in flight observations, people are very friendly. Let’s make a statement at this point without making a generalization. My first week generally passed in California. It is said that; “California is different from America in general”. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego are big cities but their people were different from people in other metropolises. The human profile I would see if I went to New York would be the opposite of my observations. I did not go, I did not see, I do not know, I do not write. If someone who saw New York woke up and asked to comment, “Where did you go, where did you see it, it has nothing to do with?”, Remember this paragraph.
Let’s go back to the subject. We said guys very friendly. Yes they are. Talkative cost. Gentle cost. Most of the time, they are kind enough to make myself think, “What a rude I used to be.”
One evening I went to Napa Valley for food and wine tasting. I return to San Francisco late at night. I’m going through the Golden Gate. The bridge crossing is toll. I came to the box office.
Recall pre-OGS-KGS periods. We came to the box office, we used to extend the money. If we were to say anything, we would say “Good day” at most.
I’m tired, late in the hour, I’m driving a much bigger rental car than I normally use, I’m in a foreign country, I don’t want to speak… I came to the box office. I extended $ 5. “Good evening, how are you, how was your day?” Asked the old woman at the box office. I had a short moment. I was just able to say, “It’s going well, how are you doing?” “Nice night, everything is fine, let’s go safely to your destination,” he said. I think this woman says such things to every car standing in front of her. I just don’t think he’s babbling to me.
There is a similar treat in every shop you enter. Okay, not all of them smell very sincere, but everyone asks, “What’s up, how’s your day going?” You give a classic answer such as “Not good / not yours?” The conversation ends with the insincere ones, but some continue to speak. This habit was strange to me again. Of course you get used to it over time. Whether it is formal or not sincere, when you look at these guys, you think we have problems in communication as a nation.
I went out in San Diego one evening, bar, music or something. On the way back to the hotel, I was stuck on the road. Its lifetime is one of the 3-4 times I need the most toilet in my life. I came to the hotel, I am so bad that I am not in a room, I threw myself in the toilet in the lobby. Something like 1-2 at night and the toilet is empty. I could not pee in the urinal under normal conditions, I stuck to the first urinal. After 3 seconds, the door opened, a nigger-black nigga (I didn’t see his tooth, I’m making him up right now) came and stood next to me in the urinal. As a wood again, I have not talked to someone in the toilet in my past. The nigga next to me said, “What’s up, bro, how was your night? Did you find he was waiting? ” It was my 4th day in the USA and I started to get used to this talk of Allah, and I wasn’t afraid. I replied with an American chatter. On the spot, we broke the back of two words with that black friend. It may be small for humanity but it was a big step for me, and then I talked to everyone herkes
As for kindness, the guys are very kind, even in environments that are not available to speak. I realized that there was a strangeness in these men in the evening bar, where I was a buddy in the toilet with Negro. They scared us blacks in American movies. Or the profile they drew is not scary. My observation at the bar is this. He is in great fear that these guys will fight against them. The bar is crowded and there is a constant movement, so naturally and occasionally two people cross each other and hang out. I watch the crowd leaning against the bar. I have witnessed similar multiplication 4-5 times. As if something huge happened on both sides, they immediately turn and raise their hands to their shoulders as they surrender, showing their palms to each other, making a confused and painful expression on the faces, I did not do anything, it was an accident. Then they definitely shake hands and continue on their way. It seemed strange to me, so what is the need for all this fanfare, go ahead. I said if you don’t do this, the man will come and bump his fist.
Then I got live music and got up to get closer to the stage. What’s that A “nasty type” nigga passing through hit me. Let me describe the dirty type immediately. For one thing, the front tooth was gold (I’m not really making this up, it was gold). An African American with a bandaged head, a hat, a pout, a tough-looking, abundant chain. I am standing with a beer bottle in my left hand pocket and my right hand. When he hit me, he stopped and returned immediately. We came eye to eye. At that moment, it was as if the music in the bar was suddenly muted and there was a silence (I’m making this up too). I did the “Ok, no problem” movement as I did with my head and eyes. That tough guy also softened, smiled, something like cotton happened. He also gave me the view, “Okay, I did not crash willingly.” Everything is OK. But we did not shake hands. Meanwhile, we are not very close to each other. There are two arm distance between us. He raised his hand like a lighter. I’m going to stretch it, and it’s going to be a handshake and fake movement, but I have a beer bottle. The left hand is also in the pocket. I did not respond to what I was just thinking, as I thought this ceremony. I lifted my head and eyebrow slightly and said, “Okay, go, go.” But it didn’t happen. The man bent over and stretched out his hand more insistently. He did with his head like, “Come on, what are you waiting for? Touch my hand, I have a job to go.” I made my right hand like a fist and let it out without leaving the beer bottle. He made a fist with his outstretched hand and gently clenched our fists, we smiled, and we left.
Of course, all these events lasted for 10 seconds. But later that night, before I became a dude with someone in the toilet, I had a conversation with a “filthy” nigga, “Hey Bro”.
San Francisco sights
These guys take their job very seriously. The thing that draws my attention the most after being talkative and polite is how seriously these guys take their jobs. No matter what someone is doing, he acts as if he is doing the most important job in the world. Before I understand this seriousness, I should also mention the difference in the employee profile. First of all, people of all ages can do anything. In jobs you never expected, you can see the type of people you never expected. The information I learned is that; If you are going to take a position in the USA, you cannot choose it by age or gender. If you do something like that, they immediately open the case called discrimination and get on your hill. It sounds good, but the reality of the situation is a bit strange. There is no age information in the resumes of the men and they would not. I remember a resume that came to me from America, I read it, okay everything is fine, we can get it to work but I wonder how old I was. 25 or 45 is unclear. Why did he not write his age, when he commented that he was hiding from him, he learned that the age was not written and the employer could not eliminate the candidate according to him.
How old are waiters in places other than certain quality restaurants with us? Usually 25 or more. So waitresses are not like a profession. People who do that job do it for a while, then when they find another insured job, they are replaced by another teenager. The waiters here are really homogeneous demographically. There is a waitress at the age of 50. There is also a housewife dressed as a housewife. There is also a 18-year-old waiter. There is also a waiter in family father mode. I am used to older waiters from some countries in Europe, but the distribution is really equal here. I remember somebody over 70 served food in a restaurant in Italy. I stood up and said, “My aunt, don’t be tired, I’ll take it myself.” It was interesting to see that it was served by someone older than my mother.
Even more interesting is that these guys behave as if they had lived to do this job throughout their lives. This attitude may be false, they may be acting. If so, they wear very good masks. I swallowed their numbers. There are also 3 people on a plane as a flight attendant, one grandfather in his 60s and two middle-aged people. At the age of 60, the cabin crew first gets into your eyes, we are not accustomed. The grandfather wears the life jacket in the section where flight safety is explained and brings the masks that we assume will fall from the hill. I found it interesting for a man of that age to do this work, I watch it, and as I watch it, I pay attention to how seriously he does his job, I am even more surprised. The man was definitely born to do that job. In addition to this seriousness, there is the mood of “I was showing an exit door in the zeppelins when you were not yet a vitamin in orange”.
When you say seriousness, do not perceive it as sullen. They are all smiling as if they are enjoying their work. Even the man who prepares a hamburger is smiling. I hope he doesn’t smile because he does something dirty to my hamburger.
We hear how high the rate of obese people in America is. Almost everyone I saw in California was extremely fit. I couldn’t see the overweight person wherever. The people who increased this rate generally said in Central and Eastern America. I can say that when I landed in St. Louise, I saw the biggest butt I have ever seen at the airport.
It is a big part of this experience to be in the dining environments that we are used to from American movies and to remember as you see the details you watch on TV. In the opposite double seats where you sit for breakfast, a middle-aged, overweight female waiter came and put you coffee, fried bacon, sausage, egg, pan-panned views are very familiar.
San Diego – Sunset in the Pacific
The dishes are usually very greasy and fried, but delicious. Restaurants, cafes with a warm atmosphere, people feel comfortable. Generally, every place has a valid food quality lower limit and this limit is above the edible level. With time, it feels like you feel like you can eat anywhere you see and you eat. So consider the intercity roads in us. We do not stop apart from 2-3 known road restaurants. But still, every gas station has a cafeteria or restaurant. And 90% do not even have a person. Nobody goes either. We don’t go either. We cannot count on what we will eat if we go. There are people eating at every place. You have the feeling that you can enter all of them. All of them have an atmosphere that suggests that you will find beautiful, delicious food. The best thing is that all your feelings are right.
Food is very cheap compared to Europe.
Carbonated drinks such as cola are filled free of charge in almost every venue. So if you bought a glass, then it’s free.
In many restaurants menu, there are many kinds of homemade ice tea. Iced teas are unsweetened. You take sugar from the sugar, salt shaker, pepper, ketchup, hot sauce group that are standard on each table and add it yourself. But that sugar never melts. This iced tea, sugar torture never ends. You will love or love the iced tea without sugar. It’s like I mentioned the group at every table, I didn’t see a table without ketchup. These men even pour ketchup on the egg for breakfast.
The waiters are too hot. The waiters are very interested in you because of the tip I will mention below. In some places, even this interest may be of close interest to flör. Do not get into the mood of “Ooo, the waitress liked me” right away because if you wait for another 3 minutes and watch it, it treats everybody who comes to the table. With us, the beginner, 5 minutes after the food service, do you like your food or as you wish, questions are asked here even in the most crunchy cafe. If you don’t like it, they obviously seem to take it and bring a new one. It is not such a dry question.
Either I choose super food or I have the same taste as the waiters, because whatever I choose, the waiters make comments such as “Perfect choice”, “Ooo you chose my favorite thing”, “How did you say how I feel like it now”. When my plate came, I wonder if the waitress could not stand and took a finger.
When I got off every plane in America, my first job was to rent a car. They said “You can’t survive” there without a car, it was true. I rented 6 different cars in 6 different cities. The good thing is that even the economical cars there start from the 2500cc engine. You can pay another $ 30 and rent a Mustang. They upgraded to the upper class free of charge and for 2-3 times, so I had the opportunity to drive a car with a 4800cc engine for the first time in my life.
Yes, it’s really impossible to live here without a car. Maybe it’s possible in San Francisco. There is a system that can be considered as “public transportation”, you can also see a taxi on the streets, but in other cities, you cannot even buy bread without a car in Texas. If you do not have internet, you will die from your pain at home. Because the municipality in Dallas did not even feel the need to install any public transportation system. Except for the lively central district of the city, which is called Down Town in every city, there are literally no people walking on the road. There is no pavement on the roads.
Traffic is very regular here. I heard it was too high in penalties. I was so scared that I tried to fit even the most ridiculous one. If you say what is the most ridiculous, the answer is the STOP sign.
Let me try to explain the suffering of the stop sign as follows. Now San Francisco is a regular city. Think about 100 streets parallel to each other. Think about 70 other parallel streets that cut 100 streets straight. Calculate how many intersections you can. All these streets are almost the same width. Therefore, one of the streets is more preferred than the other. Therefore, the main road should not be a side road concept. Let it be distributed equally to all these streets in traffic.
As such, they did not shed light on so many intersections, and struck each sign with the STOP sign. Let me continue by thinking that you dreamed of the situation more or less.
San Francisco Streets
Now consider a street like the photo on the right. There are 23 junctions on it, and as of now, only about 10 cars are driving. In other words, it is an empty street but there is a STOP sign every 50 meters. To stop at every intersection expected from you. Not slowing down, not pretending to be standing. Do not stop. Everyone entering the junction stops, regardless of whether it is a car, looks around, the car that stops first moves and passes first, this is the rule. When you encounter a vehicle driving on the intersecting street, this allows a polite transition, but it is very strange that you need to stop 15 times and move again after 2 seconds to go 1 km on a street where there are no vehicles on the road. Everyone is sleeping. If my friend is boring me, stop and tell me when you pay the penalty, he said to the police this is ridiculous.
I still feel that you do not fully understand the “Stop” state. Not to reduce speed to 10 km / h, not to stop. You will stop right. Try to stop once every 50 meters. Then remember this paragraph again.
Traffic lights are strange for us. The light that speaks to you at an intersection is not where you stand, but on the opposite side of the road. It is difficult for you to understand where to stop for the first few hours, but when you get used to it, you love it. There is no need to stretch the neck to see if the first car in the light burns green.
Freeways are plentiful. On highways and streets, there is a case of separating lanes by directions. Consider a street again. Sefer This time you get 4 lanes on the street. The strips are drawn on the ground like us and there is no physical separation. But in the lane on the left they have drawn the sign that they will turn left after 1 km from the ground. You cannot go straight when you enter that strip. You will definitely be back. I looked at the situation and said, “Well, what if I signaled to the right and entered a right lane?” MUyormuşsun can not. When you enter that lane, you will turn left. I may have violated some rules several times between us.
There is something called “Carpool” on the freeways. They separated the left lane and made it unobstructed. There are conditions for using this strip. Either you will not be alone in the car or if you are a lonely and poor person who has no friends but still wants to use this fast lane, you will print the money and get a carpool sticker. Or, when you pass by yourself, is your photo taken and you pay 800 USD fine?
Parking in major cities is a big problem. Very expensive. But it is very possible to find a place in parkomats next to the main streets. The problem is that you can park a car for up to 1 hour. So it’s thought and logical for those who have a short job. When you pass 1 hour and 1 minute, you are eating the punishment. I ate from there, I know. I said what happens if I don’t pay my tourist. The car rental company withdraws after your credit card. I know it pulled from me. These parkomats seem useful, but very complicated. There are many rules. You can not park the yellow ones after Tuesday-Thursday 16, I know what kind of vehicles can be parked to the white ones, if the pink stripes are available only on weekends, the black ones are for government vehicles, the ones with purple polka dots are for the curly hair, such as puck and no need to read and understand without parking. A system with a series of rules.
Everyone knows that Americans love very big cars. Vehicles with 6000cc engines are treated like 2500cc vehicles in our country. Gasoline is cheap. Besides, it is said that 5 years ago, it was one third of its current price. These guys complain much about the current gasoline prices without shame. Diesel engine and diesel are used only in agricultural vehicles.
Gasoline is cheap, but you should fill your tank yourself. Well, although this process seems easy, I had problems every time except the first 2 times. I don’t remember any other process where I felt so stupid. At the end of the process, I always had to go in and ask for help because I could not buy gasoline. I insert my credit card, it does not recognize you go inside. You recognize another expedition card, do not accept the pin, you go inside. He knows the pin, does not start filling, you go inside. Especially once I did every operation. He said that this card is an international card, enter the zip code for the bill. Just great. I entered 12345. Said invalid zip code. What format do I know? My mind came to my TV series in Hollywood, I entered 90210. This zip code is not in the state where the card is defined, he said. After all, I went inside again.
It comes up to the pump by treating you that you are an idiot in a friend you come out of and convince you to help. He said you didn’t unlock the safety lock once, and he left. He said that you had to put the end of the pump into the tank before entering the pin another time, and he left. Another time before he entered the pin, when he approved, he said put the pump into the tank and left. The tools that I hurt are all different models, they all have different rules. Since it was very simple to the men, they did not put any instructions for use on it.
I don’t know how I was successful in my first two attempts. Beginner chances for sure.
The almost single, and arguably, best thing I’ve had during my 1.5 week stay in Dallas was an NBA match I went to. While I was in Arizona, it was a nice game in Dallas, but when I was looking at the program, I saw that the Los Angeles Lakers-Dallas Mavericks match and there are only 8 places left. I immediately jumped on these tickets at the back of the stadium. Note to those interested; The price of watching an NBA match in the middle of the league from the seat at the back of the stadium is around 90 USD. This does not include parking etc. But it was worth every cent. It was a night to be portrayed as a superb. An experience in itself.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers
First of all, entrance to the stadium is more comfortable and calmer than the entrance to our cinema. Stop passing through a tight-fitting door, without even entering the queue, you enter one of the dozens of doors by reading the barcode on the paper you have printed and printed on the Internet. The interior is very stylish. The match was on weekdays and I was laid off. I had no opportunity to eat and I said I would eat in the match. Those who know they went to football or basketball match in Turkey, they state something is too tough to eat properly. In the past, there would be nothing but a pork made from cat meat. Now I don’t know what the situation is. But here you can even go to match just to eat. The best pizzas, brutios, nachos, whatever comes to your mind… You have the chance to fill again with carbonated drinks and buttered popcorn. One thing that is not thought to be with us is that you can drink beer. However, a person can get two beers at most. When buying beer, they scan the barcode on your ID. You cannot exceed two beers, even from another buffet.
To be honest, I had the feeling that all the events I watched that night were held for the purpose of creating an advertising channel rather than a basketball game. Because the game played that night was definitely a small detail.
The men thought as if; we have to get people to advertise, we have to gather people somewhere, we have to do something interesting to gather, somebody play basketball, but basketball doesn’t collect so many people, then let’s add some show and fun, even the night’s show and entertainment Let’s throw basketballs to 10 guys, and we’ll advertise in the rest, it’s over.
A show started 2 hours before the game that every second was really planned, drawn, studied. What kind of IT infrastructure there is on thousands of screens all over the stadium almost every second of the 4-hour-long show, without any disruption, sat on the plan for seconds. Apart from the match, we watched 40 small competitions, music, dances and sketches. I wonder how many people are running that system so perfectly. So even once, there is no gap longer than 5 seconds. Advertisers watched with interest and amazement what they did to be interesting.
During the match, fans like us are not separated. Mavericksli and Lakers also watch the match side by side. He’s drinking his beer. Having fun.
The match was also very enjoyable. The 3-quarter Lakers took the lead in the last quarter, Mavericks, and we were enthusiastic as the Dallasers. It was also nice that Mavericks was the NBA champion that season. At least I watched the champion’s match. I saw Kobe Bryant, Gasol, Nowitzki and Kidd with the eyes of the world.
I lived here by giving the right to 4 seasons that I have not lived anywhere in 15 days. A cold but sunny day in San Francisco, a fall of yellow leaves, a mild rainy fall under fog the next day, a perfect spring when you drink beer against the ocean in San Diego, wear a slim sweet in daytime shorts, tshirt, and in the evening, Arizona- The hot post that you can’t travel between cacti in the desert environment without opening the air conditioner in Phoenix, St. I lived the same winter in St. Louis, where I had a hard time going down to my knee and walked on a frozen lake. The following 4 photos were taken within 10 days. Especially there are only 6 days between summer and winter photos.
Autumn in San Francisco
Spring in San Diego
Write in arizona
St. Winter in louis
Order in this country is based on tip. From the moment you go out on the street, you have to distribute tips. It is almost impossible to do a job without tip. In a way, you can think of it as a value added tax that does not appear on price tags. Oh, by the way, the value added tax on the price tags is also not visible. If the price of an electronic device is 500 USD, a VAT between 8% and 15% is added to the cashier, depending on the state you purchased. Especially those who order to bring you something from there have no idea about it.
Returning to our topic, tipping is like the foundation of the economy. In the case of a meal, the only place you can not tip is the place where you get a self-service meal. There is even a good situation if you leave a tip there. Apart from that, tipping is mandatory everywhere. So much so that it does not stop leaving 10%. There are rates starting from at least 15%. It is clear that you did not leave a tip, your waiter came to your table and said, “No, is there a problem? Bir şeyden memnuniyetsiz mi oldunuz?” diye soruveriyor. Siz de bu durum karşısında apışıp kalıyorsunuz. %10 bahşiş bıraktığınızda da o sizin sipariş ettiğiniz her yemeğe bayılan, size koskoca menüye sakladıkları 3 özel yemeğin üçünü de bulmuş gurme gibi hayran hayran bakan garson abi veya bugün çok iyi görünüyorsun, gömleğin ne kadar yakışmış diyen garson abla gidiyor, suratları bir karış, pis pis bakan abiler ablalar geliveriyor.
Hiç taksiye binmedim ama taksimetrede yazan tutarı verdiğiniz bir taksicide aynı şekilde size lafı yapıştırıveriyormuş. Benim gibi kendiniz benzin doldurmayı bir türlü beceremiyorsanız ve içeriden birinden yardım isterseniz bilin ki bahşişsiz o adamı içeriye gönderemiyorsunuz.
Bahşişi bazı Avrupa ülkelerinde de olduğu gibi kredi kartı ile ödeme şansınızın olması ise çok güzel. Bozuk para arama derdi hiç yok. Kredi kardı slipinde imzalarken ne kadar bahşiş bırakmak istediğinizi yazabileceğiniz bir alan var. Hesap yapamayan Amerikalılar için de bahşiş tutarını yazacağınız alanın altına kendileri %15, %20, %25 bahşiş tutarını hesaplayıp yazmışlar. Oradan bakıp kopya çekebiliyorsunuz.
Amerikalılarla uzun zamandır çalışıyorum ve hep iş ilişkileri için pozitif düşüncelerim olmuştu. Birçok millete göre çalışması çok daha kolay insanlar. Sonuç odaklılar. Rahatlar. Bürokrasi, işi uzatma durumları pek yok.
Ama buradaki çalışmam ve verdiğim eğitimler sırasında başka profildeki insanlarla da çalışma şansım oldu.
İş hayatında birçok Meksikalı var. Meksikalılar çalışkan, sıcak insanlar.
Zenciler de Meksikalılar gibi çok sıcak.
Bu adamlar ellerinde kağıt-kalem çok not alıyorlar. Her şeyi yazma alışkanlıkları var. Diğer milletlere göre çok dikkat çeken bir özellik.
Amerika demek reklam demek. Bu adamlar reklam mecrası oluşturma konusunda oldukça başarılılar. Yukarıda bahsettiğim gibi NBA dediğiniz olay aslında spor amaçlı değil reklam amaçlı bir organizasyon. Keza NFL de öyle olmalı, NXF de veya aklıma gelmeyen tüm üç harfli oluşumlar da. İlk defa canlı tabelaları da bu ülkede gördüm. Bu coniler az bir paraya tuttukları ergenleri yol kenarına dikip ellerine bir karton pano veriyorlar. Bu gariban, sivilceli ergenler üzerinde mağazanın adı veya sloganı yanında kocaman bir ok içeren bu panoyu dikkat çekmek için ellerinde çevirip, sırtından döndürüp çeşitli akrobatik hareketler yapıyorlar. Benim gibi görmemişler için en az 2 dakika izlenebilen bir olay.
Reklamcılık bu kadar gelişmiş ama görsel tasarımları kesinlikle bize göre değil, ya da sadece bana göre değil. Çok basit bir ilana bakınca bile başım dönüyor. Bu kadar kımıl kımıl, gürültülü, her yerinde bir balon içinde bir mesaj olan, insanı gereksiz bilgi bombardımına tutan bir tarzları var. Bu gereksiz bilgiler genelde orta okul seviyesindeki saf insanları kandıracak düzeyde önermeler içeriyor, ya da yine bana öyle geliyor. Türkiye’de televizyonlarda gece geç saatlerde yayınlanan Amerikan satış programlarını hatırlayın. Hani ürünü iki kişi tanıtır, bu iki kişiden biri hep saf, sakar, beceriksiz ve bedbahttır. Diğer sunucu ise elindeki ürünle harikalar yaratıp yanındaki gariban insanı hayretlere düşürür. İşte basılı olan her reklam sizi o saf olan sunucu yerine koyuyor.
Teksas’lı Amerikalılar yavaş konuşup iş yapmayan tipler. Ellerinde 1 litrelik kola bardakları ile dolaşıyorlar. Uzun uzun bir şey anlatıyorsun. İfadesiz bir suratla sana bakıp sadece “OK” diyorlar.
Birkaç kere sabah 06:45’e toplantı koydular. Şaka yapıyorlar sandım. Sabah 5’de kalkıp 6’da yola çıkıp fabrikaya vardım, bir baktım 15 kişi toplantı salonunda hazır beni bekliyor. Avrupa’da sıkıysa bir adamı 6:45 de işe çağır. Bu adamlar bu tip konularda çok esnekler.
Öğle yemeklerinde herkes Deli denilen soğuk sandviç yiyor nedense. Bir iki gün idare ediyor da bir süre sonra beni sıktı.
Kısa Kısa Şehirler
Görmek istediğim yerlerin başında geliyordu. Ben beğendim. Şehir, gördüğüm diğer Amerikan şehirlerinden oldukça farklı. Daha Avrupalı bir havası var. Sokakları canlı, yürüyen insanlar var. İnsanlar sıcak. Gece hayatı nispeten daha hareketli. Golden Gate’in karşı tarafı bambaşka bir güzel. Sausalito tam yaşanacak yer. 🙂 Napa’ya yakınlık ayrı bir olumlu özellik. Kötü olan şey ise sis. Bazı mevsimlerde özellikle çok yoğun sis oluyormuş. Şehrin bazı kısımları ise her zaman güneşli. 2 hafta sisten çıkamayan bölgelerdeki insanların canı güneş görmek istediğinde, atlayıp güneşlenecekleri alanlara gidebiliyor. Lombard ve Market Streetler, Fisherman’s Wharf güzel yerler. Burada Asyalı yoğun bir yabancı popülasyonu var.
Görecek hiçbir şey yok demişlerdi. Gerçekten yok galiba. En çok bir günlük bir şehirmiş. Hollywood bulvarı görülecek tek yer herhalde. San Francisco’da sisli ve serin bir havadan binip, ince gömlekle gezilen güneşli bir havaya indim. Ondan hala hafızamda sıcak bir yer olarak kaldı.
İşte yaşanacak şehir. Mükemmel havası var. Evlerinin yazın klimaya, kışın ise bir ısıtma sistemine ihtiyacı olmayan bir şehirden bahsediyoruz. Allah’ın sevdiği kulları yaşıyor herhalde. Kışın sıcacık, yazın okyanus esintisi ile serin. Havası çok temiz. Biraz tatil şehri havası var. Pasifik kıyısında çok geniş plajlarında her daim dalga sörfü yapan insanlar görmek mümkün. Meksika sınırına 3-4 mil uzaklıkta. Kolayca sınırı geçip ucuza yemek, eğlence bulabilirsiniz. Burada Meksikalı yoğun bir yabancı popülasyonu var.
Arizona – Phoenix
Tam çöl iklimi. Ocak ayında şehre iner inmez arabadaki klimayı açtım, o derece sıcak. Çöl ortamı hoş. Etrafta kaktüsler. Şehir Amerika’nın büyük şehirlerinden biriymiş. California’dan farklılaşmaya bu noktada başlıyorsunuz. Yatay şehirleşme, arabalı hayat falan filan. Jenna Jamesson’ın evinin önünden geçtim. 🙂 Ülkenin zengin yaşlıları kışın buraya gelip sıcak sıcak yaşıyorlar. Romatizma ya iyi geliyor.
İşiniz yoksa sakın gelmeyin. Zaten gelmezsiniz de. Neden geleseniz ki? Çok büyük şehir ama bana çok sıkıcı geldi. Yerel insanlara akşam ne yapabilirim diye soruyorum aldığım cevaplar hep “Şu alışveriş merkezine gidebilirsin, sonra orada da bir alışveriş merkezi var” tarzında oldu. Ya alışveriş merkezi dışında bir atraksiyon yok mu diye sorunca şöyle bir düşünüyorlar sonra “Sanırım yok” diyorlar. Birkaç kişi şehir merkezinde Kennedy’nin suikasta uğradığı görebilirsin dedi. Gittim, caddenin ortasında bir yıldız çizmişler. “Eee bu kadar mı?” dedim. Tüm aktivite 2.5 saniye sürdü. Yani iş dışında gidilecek bir yer değil.
Sakin bir Orta Amerika şehri. Arizona’da 30 derece sıcaklıktan 5 gün sonra gittim ve dizime kadar kar vardı. Burada donmuş bir göl üzerinde bile yürüdüm. Çok güzel bir botanik bahçesi var. İçindeki klimatron ayrıca güzel. Şehir Mississippi nehrinin kıyısında. Nehir pek güzeldi. Üzerinde dev buz kütleleri falan yüzüyor. Ayrıca gördüm ki bu nehir zaman zaman 4 metre kadar yükseliyor ve şehrin bir kısmını ve üzerindeki tüm köprüleri sular altında bırakıyor. Nehrin etrafındaki dev duvarların hizasına kadar suyun yükseldiğini hayal etmek çok şaşırtıcı. “St.Louis in Arc”ı denilen dev bir kemeri var. Şehrin alametifarikası olmuş.