Sunday, May 15, 2011

An American Came to My House/School, and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

Before coming to Indonesia, I envisioned I would be pressed with hard-hitting questions about American culture. While other volunteers have had different experiences - so far, most high school students I meet just want to know my favorite Indonesian food (for the record, it is tempe goreng). 

Before this week, the most challenging topic in my house was trying to answer when my host mom and sister inquired into the deeper meaning behind the title of “Full House”(I had to break it that there wasn’t one). Or another challenging topic was explaining how bridal registries work in the US. I never really thought about it either way, but seeing my host mom and sister’s perplexed faces, I had to agree that it is a bit of an odd concept – “Give me THESE gifts”. 

Anyway - I suppose you are happy to know I am here on your hard-earned taxpayer dime, and all I have to offer to the people of Indonesia so far is my knowledge of Bob Saget and Crate & Barrel. 


  1. You jest but those are actually the two things that make me most proud to be an American.

    U.S.A! U.S.A!

  2. Correction. After skyping with my brother, Michael, this morning, he offered another explanation for the title of the hit television series "Full House". "A full house," he explains,"is a winning hand in poker. Each card is different, but they come together to make a hand that is difficult to beat." And there you have it.