I’m not actually sure what that term means, but someone asked if I was experiencing it upon my return to the US. Well. I haven’t been gone that long. But a lot has changed in America, most notably in politics. There’s this whole lunatic fringe now, which I suppose might have existed before but has some how gained some sort of legitimacy. From outside the US, Americans looks a little crazy.
And then some things haven’t changed at all. We still eat the most disgusting foods (and too much of them), we still buy way too much stuff, we still love our professional sports players.
I did come back before tax day, so I do get to take advantage of the freebies that many places offer to “ease taxpayer woes” (because a free doughnut will go a long way for that).
Other than that, there’s really not all that different from America and the rest of the world. Today’s headlong rush into globalization is shrinking the culture gaps, especially as American culture continues its pervasive spread overseas. It’s really not that hard to come back and re-assimiliate…. except of course, I will definitely not be able to go to the spa nearly as often as I used to.