Well, I moved out to Orlando in March this year from Sheffield. I had a completely open mind as I had never been to America before.
A lot of you are correct in thinking that American's really don't know alot outside of their own place of residence. If one more person asks me where I am from (England), the says 'ah London' i've always wanted to go there, I will SCREAM! Okay, maybe this is just a few but everyone I have spoken to so far has said the same bar one who actually had been to Sheffield. (how quaint).
As for the fact they all seem happier and more helpful in their jobs, be it restaurants, taxis, hotels etc - that's because it is customary for them to survive on tips. WAKE-UP, they are being nice to earn a LARGER TIP. If you had to survive on tips in the UK wouldn't you be smiles all day long. I think so. And it does become annoying after a while. At least we don't sugar coat things, we tell it as it is. Please.
AND, what kind of a country doesn't allow kids under 21 to drink, but allows them to take their driving test at 15 and drive around in one of those STUPID STUPID SUV's (compulsary to 99% of residents). Great idea, safe as houses. Driving test for those of you who aren't familiar consists of driving round a deserted parking lot for 5 minutes, parking, reversing and doing a 3 point turn. Well that stands us all in good stead doesn't it now, I feel much safer on them there roads !
On the brighter side, myself and my husband are going to try and travel around a little just to see if another part of the US can restore our faith in the country.