I can agree with the majority of them Finn.
Been here 12 years, moved over just turning 40, so I had a lot of cultural baggage from the homeland.
I am a better man due to coming to understand that all the crap hype about America and Americans is just that. Here people, in the main, are more patriotic than back home, and that sometimes comes across as big-headed and arrogant - which they are not. Still cannot get used to the gun thing though and the rules of American Football still elude me, no matter how hard SWMBO tries to explain them.
In my field I HAVE become a better professional, because IT in the US is where it is at. The skills are second to none, the training is second to none, and the general awareness is second to none.
The respect is as above, purely down to understanding.
Ahh, you have me on the Spanish swearing. Unfortunately (?) I have still failed to let go of my own language enough to swear in another, mine will do.
I find that I have the opportunity now to see some great bands (Eagles, etc) but growing up as a kid behind the Hammersmith Odeon, I got to see all the greats in my formative years, and so I am able to just continue what I started out doing as a kid.
For all the rants, for all the bravado, there is still something inside that tells me that the Cottage is my spiritual home, and where I should really be. We were fortunate this year to return to the UK for our wedding blessing, which we had at St Andrews, and then we had the reception at the Cottage. For the first time in my life I stepped inside the Cottage itself, and I felt I had achieved my life's ambition. I am Fulham born and bred, and I'll be so when I'm dead.
Food. I miss the opportunity to just nip out and get some good bangers, bring them home and have bangers and mash. I miss the Cornish Pasties, the rubies, Walkers crisps, and of course, ESB, Pride and Tanglefoot on draught. You are, perhaps, fortunate living in NYC, inasmuch that its likely most of the British foodstuffs are still readily available to you there, but in the wilds of the Midwest, we are not so fortunate.
After saying all that though, would I want to return and live back 'home'? Not at all. America is my home, it has been since I got here, notwithstanding the struggle I had coming to terms with that and accepting the cultural differences, it is a better place to be for me, but it is still not Fulham, and that's, perhaps, the only thing that grinds.