Adults/Seniors doing what is expected of title people mostly: This was just too shockingly funny to me. My 64 year English professor in college had a boyfriend. He would visit her sometimes on campus wearing tie-dye t-shirts, soccer mom jeans and sported a ponytail. She was just one year younger than my grandmother. Back home, boyfriends are for teens and young adults. Old people have husbands/wives or just pass away alone (assuming spouse dies before they do), maybe with a religious book/prayer beads/rosary in hand. No dressing up and hitting the clubs followed by wine and cheese parties. Just a bit bewildering to believe until someone from the East comes here.
Returns/returning stuff/refund: This was hard to believe as well. That you can buy something, anything short of title , and if you don’t like it, return it for full refund (for the most part), and the cheery sales rep will take it back without any complaint. Back home, once you buy it, it is YOURS! no refund for you. One example: When I was moving from Ohio to Arizona, I decided to drive (about 2 days drive) instead of flying. I needed a new GPS as my old one wasn’t working. When I went to Best Buy, I wasn’t sure which GPS was the most reliable and cost effective. The one I really liked was really expensive. The sales rep says, “look, just buy the one you like…use it to get to AZ and when you get there, just return it to one of our stores. Make sure you have your receipt.” Wow.