I had a rather strange conversation with one of my cousins last night. It was great as we hadn't talked in a long time, but he lives in France now and has all but lost his American roots. He hasn't lived in the US now for about twenty years, but we were close as kids, so it seemed very strange to have to explain things that we in the US take for granted; everyday things, major events, political trends, social trends... Often, he would struggle to translate from French to English. And he was always worried about insulting me poltically. His perspective has been skewed to the point where he no longer understands the diversity of the American culture. He had a tendency to lump all Americans together; not the least of which was the assumption that I supported and still support the war in Iraq!!! He really had no concept of the deep and wide void between people who supported Bush, and those who didn't. When I explained that Tsu and I had made a serious effort to leave the country when Bush was relected, he was shocked [He shouldn't have been!]. Interestingly, at that time, he completely revoked his US citizenship. So we still have a lot in common, but the veil of culture has forced our frames of reference to drift apart; shockingly so in some cases.