Introduction (0 – :55)
- A brief overview
- Trip dates
- First trip home after two years.
The Trip Home (0:56 – 9:37)
- Gardermoen Airport
- Watching the movie: “The Founder,” telling the story of Ray Kroc and McDonald’s origins.
- Heightened security at EWR (Newark Intl. Airport).
- An overview on Delaware including some obscure Swedish-American history.
In the mid-1600’s Parts of Delaware, New Jersey and New York were Swedish.
- My experience at the Christiana Mall, named after Wilmington’s former Swedish namesake.
- Delaware’s modern-day claim to fame is no sales tax, compared to New York’s almost 9%, making the two-hour trip worth it.
- The change in the shopping experience. America is losing the service culture due to political correctness and body positivity.
Virginia (09:38 – 24:15)
- Crossing the “Mason-Dixon” line
- The Dukes of Hazzard
The gas station and convenient store at the Maryland – Virginia border
- The Virginia Eastern Shore
- The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel – a wonder of post-war civil engineering.
- Virginia Beach – arriving at my destination
- The Internet in America.
- The Pew Research Center found that 47 million Americans still do not have internet access.
- The Virginia Beach Oceanfront – one of the longest boardwalks in the world
A site for sore eyes – I was just in time for the monster truck show.
At 25TH Street & Oceanfront – There is a Norwegian story.
- Democracy is alive and well in America – a discussion on the abortion issue.
- It appears that it is easier to be a liberal in “Bannon Country” than a conservative in Scandinavia.
- The “TRIGGERED” Scandinavian vs. a “combative” Southerner discussion.
- Democracy’s needs.
- Apathy and being oblivious are the greatest threats to American democracy.
Part 2: New York City, New Jersey, and realizations, from the outside looking in.
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