But it is funny how you forget something minor that changes your whole experience of x.
Here’s one x for me.
In New York City, where we lived before, and Israel, where we live now, it is illegal to make a right on red. You have to wait for a green light or a green arrow, or follow the curve in the road and yield to traffic on the second street.
But when we lived in New York we spent enough time in the surrounding suburbs or states that I could automatically switch between traffic rules. I had no trouble making a right on red in New Jersey or New Rochelle or what have you.
Not anymore, clearly, because every time I make a right on red I get the shivery feeling that I am going to cause an accident/get a ticket/make an enormous traffic faux pas.
Why can’t there be international standards for these things? Different rules are just too much for my overwhelmed, jet-lagged little brain to handle.
(To answer my own question: even if there WERE international standards, the US would probably say, “Ha! We don’t match the world on time/temperature/measurements anyway, so forget you!”)
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