<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I still take issue with Americans who don't own up to their nationality when abroad.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Sorry, I took that as flag waving bullsh[i][/i]it I have seen in the past here in MM and at MCF.<br>I read too much into it. I'm sick of the nationalistic flag waving path this country is following right now so I enjoy ripping the heads off of people who try it. Some crazy glue will put it right back on. Make sure and line up the arrows.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
OK, now that would take some cojones mas grande go ride up to Raul's house under your flag. <br><br>I have some in-laws that are on the edge of being in the same situation in Columbia. Ebbs and flows.<br><br><br><br><br>
I think that Marg is comparing the American "Business/Corporate" Mantra <-- not Americans as individuals. well thats the way I read it.<br><br>Anyway Marg does have a point - American corporations are not inclined to shell out a 100 million dollars invested in infrastructure - only to give it up and walk away from it in 10 years. Even if the numbers would assure that they would make a profit within in those 10 years , its just not the way they do business.<br><br>Building a major hotel - normally corporations would either buy the land or take out a long term lease like for 30 years with a option clause to purchase the land at the end of the term lease = This allows the corporation to have some value equity in the infrastructure investment , they can sell the property or sell their long term lease which happens in the US frequently , buy sell buy sell.<br><br>Bottom line if Marg is correct.<br>American corporations are not gonna go for this Cuban , turn in your keys after 10 years and leave the property . Then again maybe Parish Hilton would bite <br><br>
I think you are exactly right Carp. Same reason why these music internet things where you don't own the music if you don't pay the rental ever work in the USA. There is an ownership of property thing built into the American psyche. To rent the land for ten and build a hotel but absolutely say goodbye at ten with no option to buy? Doesn't compute even if they knew they were going to make money.<br><br>Invading and taking back all American owned property from 50 years ago including all prime beach front. That is the fantasy in Miami that I am afraid still lives. Possibly, if Fidel dies, the hatred abates, and we can move on to something that works.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Now this is getting ugly - LOL<br><br>[color:blue]ugly tourists I've run across in extensive travels have been Canadians</font color=blue> - Well here being a tourist Mecca I would say that I ran into them all - by all I am saying there is an "ugly tourist" from almost every country and I can guarantee you that.<br><br>Top 6 list - here<br><br>1 - Americans - because there is so many you are bound to run across a priick<br><br>2 - Australians - They seem to have this One Up Man-ship competitive attitude with the US , there has been a number of bar fights with those guys.<br><br>3 - Germans - They love the natural beauty but hate everything else , architecture , cars, infrastructure design <-- german engineering is better to their eyes and they let you know it and for heavens sake don't give a German , American domestic beer<br><br>4 - French - Its all about food , if you are a waiter you can expect a complaint or a lesson of some sorts<br><br>5 - Canadians - They always leave a 50 cent tip no matter what the restaurant bill is. However I never met a Canadian who had a bad attitude <br><br>6 - India - Very nice people and sorta keep to themselves until they feel that they have been short changed or the service was bad - they will be in your face BIG TIME and won't stop even after you conceded .<br><br>
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