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Old 01-26-2009, 11:52 PM   #61 (permalink)
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That depends entirely on if you're talking about overweight, raucous, smelly hoodlum guys or young (26ish), attractive, friendly women.
trust me, if you get the girls, the guys will be close behind ... in the days of the internet and instant news, an island like lesbos could not survive for two hours - the time it takes to swim from the mainland shores ... . Where there are girls (especially attractive), there are 2x as many guys.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:04 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Maybe it is not fair to rank cities and its' people based on our experiences, but I guess it is also ok to talk about them and discuss. I've been to nineteen different countries and if I had to make a list, it'd be like this:

Rudest places:

1. NYC
2. Prague
3. Paris

Nicest places:

1. Budapest
2. Honolulu (Hawaii)
3. Toronto
4. Barcelona/Madrid
5. Melbourne
6. Taipei

I've been to Amsterdam and people were nice and very helpful. But I know sometimes they can be moody but it is usually not about you. Dutch and British can get drunk and disturb people and it can be called somewhat a 'cultural' thing. North Americans are polite and friendly looking but some are shallow and fake. All in all, water takes the shape of the pot it is in, so it is safe to say that in general people are very similar around the world.
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Maybe it is not fair to rank cities and its' people based on our experiences, but I guess it is also ok to talk about them and discuss. I've been to nineteen different countries and if I had to make a list, it'd be like this:

Rudest places:

1. NYC
2. Prague
3. Paris

Nicest places:

1. Budapest
2. Honolulu (Hawaii)
3. Toronto
4. Barcelona/Madrid
5. Melbourne
6. Taipei

I've been to Amsterdam and people were nice and very helpful. But I know sometimes they can be moody but it is usually not about you. Dutch and British can get drunk and disturb people and it can be called somewhat a 'cultural' thing. North Americans are polite and friendly looking but some are shallow and fake. All in all, water takes the shape of the pot it is in, so it is safe to say that in general people are very similar around the world.
Were did you go in NYC where there were rude people, Ive been there a couple of times and nothing happened to me.

In my opinion most Canada/U.S./Australian cities are nice, people help you out and all types of service people a personable and friendly
London's got a lot of weird people and if you take the subway in the early morning there a lot of crack heads and drunk people.
Italians are annoying, especially if you're a chick
Berlin was nice, but some of the bus/taxi drivers look like they're annoyed 24/7.

IMO in the service industry (transport/waiters/bank personnel/Hotel staff) Europeans are worse in that sense. A majority of those people look like they don't like there job and sometimes it takes a long time to get anything done.

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:18 AM   #64 (permalink)
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Hey SJ I think Bargs aways believed in his game. He just never got the respect or the minutes. Personaly Bargs never thought that Mitchell was a fan of his and thats is what Bargs is trying to say and be politically correct. Call me crazy guys but what made Mitchell the coach of the year and turn this club around were the Euro players and style coming to our team. Players that Mitchell never really wanted, a style that Mitchell really never understood.It was a gift from BC to him.
Actually BC wanted them to run and shoot like Phoenix which was a frigging disaster.
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Were did you go in NYC where there were rude people, Ive been there a couple of times and nothing happened to me.

In my opinion most Canada/U.S./Australian cities are nice, people help you out and all types of service people a personable and friendly
London's got a lot of weird people and if you take the subway in the early morning there a lot of crack heads and drunk people.
Italians are annoying, especially if you're a chick
Berlin was nice, but some of the bus/taxi drivers look like they're annoyed 24/7.

IMO in the service industry (transport/waiters/bank personnel/Hotel staff) Europeans are worse in that sense. A majority of those people look like they don't like there job and sometimes it takes a long time to get anything done.
Might as well give my two cents worth:

Best service and most polite: South Korea and Philippines, but the Pinoy's are much friendlier.

Most rude service: Old men working for the water taxi service in Venice, Italy.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:20 AM   #66 (permalink)
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Were did you go in NYC where there were rude people, Ive been there a couple of times and nothing happened to me.
I have friends who've been to NYC and love it. They said they met some great people there too. Not my type of city though. Central part of the city is overwhelming with tall buildings blocking the sun and it is very dirty and crowded. Not to mention the $$$ prices. Anyway, rudeness you asked, I'll give examples. I tried to ask address to people and I was very surprised they run away as if you are trying to pass them an infectious disease. I am a good looking and friendly person, not anything like a beast. It happened more than a couple of times. Something never happened in any part of the world I visited or lived. Of course I should mention some NY people were really nice and helpful. Another time, I was on the shuttle bus to the airport and the bus stopped at the next stop. I approached the bus driver and asked something. We were face to face and he looked away as if nothing happened. I was shocked. After the stop we were stopped by some gangster looking people who cut their car in front of the bus because they were 'annoyed' and claimed the bus was disturbing them. They cursed about 10 minutes and I heard things I'd never heard before. They most certainly had guns in their bellies... In the subway, I was with local friends and the train was full and we were sort of blocking the doorway. At the next stop, I stepped out to let people go out and then got back in. My local work mates were amazed and said that that was certainly a Canadian jesture that nobody'd do in NYC! Etc etc... Anyway, I hope everybody gets the best experience whereever they go.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:19 AM   #67 (permalink)
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I hope it's quite understandable


Bargnani, if you get more playing time, as it happened in January because of OíNealís injury, you score more: just arithmetic?
Partially. But it is obvious that, knowing youíll be be on parquet many minutes like in these weeks, I feel more comfortable. I know that I will have many more opportunities and I wonít be benched at my first mistake, so I do not take forced shots and shoot only when I'm not guarded, otherwise I pass the ball to who is in a better position. Serenity is an optimal reconstituting.

Last December, when you played badly, Canadian press ruthlessy fell upon you. They even titled ďLost in translationĒ
I donít read Canadian newspapers. You canít say I suck because I donít score 20 in 15 minutes, thatís unrealistic. Having a few minutes of playing itís like not playing at all.

Your game began to improve when Mitchell was fired
Jay belives in me much more than Mitchell did and with JO out I had a good chance and I took advantage of it. Now I feel Iím a better player, I learnd things that i couldít do last year like playing back to the basket.

Youíre doing good, but Toronto lost seven games in a row
Whe missed Calderůn, but heís coming back very soon. We lost many close games, we made many stupid mistakes during the last quarters because we were winded.
We lost by 6 to Boston after the overtime, they are the NBA champions.

Do you still believe in playoffs?
Of course, we are only five wins away from the eighth seed. Maybe there will be some changes, but I donít know, itís not my job.

By the way, there was a time when you were rumoured to be one of the players that could be traded. Have you ever been afraid of leaving Toronto?
Being afraid? Maybe when things go the wrong way you could wish to leave, but It would have been annoying. Toronto has the best fans, I was lucky to get here and I donít want to lose it. I wouldnít play in any other city, not even New York. By the way I consider New York an ugly city.
We Raptors surely could win more, but in the NBA everything can happen, in a single year you can overturn your destiny and you can win the title too. Itís not like football, where the richest teams always win.

How did you relieve your feelings in troubled times?
When I used to play 15, 20 minutes a game I wasnít angry, just frustrated, because I felt like I was not being part of the team.

Hard times seems to be over now, you played well and coped with players like Yao and Howard
Yes, I did. They are strong and powerful players. Clearly you canít stop them, you can only contain them. I had to put my back into it and use my elbows. You must make them sweat on every single ball. Howard is incredibly tough and fast, but Duncan is the one that impressed me the most: heís not spectacular but he scores very difficult baskets, perhaps you donít get it watching the game from outside, but heís simply exceptional.

In What Aspects You Have To Improve Your game?
Rebounding, low post game and shooting too, this one can go on and off. Itís more difficult to make 0/8 than 5/8, because in the first case you must keep on shooting even if they donít go in.

Will America improve under Obama's presidency?
I think so, also judjing by the enthusiasm there was in the locker room. I was glued to the CNN watching his inauguration coverage.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:27 AM   #68 (permalink)
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Cheers .... thanks praja.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:56 AM   #69 (permalink)
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Thanks praja. That was a good read.
Hopefully the American Media doesn't read this or they would be all over Bargs for not liking NY and calling it an"ugly city"
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Great read. If JO stayed healthy, he'd still be struggling imo.And he may be the one being dealt soon.Mixed blessing i guess?
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love how he praises Duncan the most - shows maturity and good basketball IQ.
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love how he praises Duncan the most - shows maturity and good basketball IQ.
When he was drafted, the biggest thing i kept hearing about Andrea was that his Basketball IQ was through the roof.
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I was gonna touch on that.

All the players I respect say he's the best.

He IS the best.

HAs some nice hardware to prove it.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:16 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Were did you go in NYC where there were rude people, Ive been there a couple of times and nothing happened to me.

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I've never been there, but most i talk to that have gone say that NYC is full of arrogant people.But then again i think that way about Quebec!
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I have been to many Big cities in NA.

Honestly, I don't see any difference in any of um.

You get back what you put out.

I'm very nice and outgoing, and I always seem to find nice, warm, and interesting people when i travel.

NYC is not a heck of a lot different than Toronto.

Boston, Monteal Dallas.... all over, places seem to be pretty much just big cities.
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I've never been there, but most i talk to that have gone say that NYC is full of arrogant people.But then again i think that way about Quebec!
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I'm 1/2 french, and i hate going there. It's french or die!! Fuck them..
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come on jeff, these are your countrymen. all you guys that describe the quebecois as rude don't know what you are talking about. as far as generalizations go, these are some of the warmest, most welcoming people on our continent.

if they are a bit hesitatnt towards anglos, there's a good reason for it. i remember a good quebecois friend of mine telling me about being a kid and sitting on his grandfather's knee and learning about the plains of abraham. now that's a history lesson for early in life! sure, there's animosity, and there's good reason for that on both sides, but it's certainly not about rudeness.
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come on jeff, these are your countrymen. all you guys that describe the quebecois as rude don't know what you are talking about. as far as generalizations go, these are some of the warmest, most welcoming people on our continent.
Sorry, but i completely disagree. I used to live in Ottawa and went into Quebec all the time. And since then i've gone there alot for business and pretty much everytime i've encountered rudness.I'm not saying that everyone there is rude, but in general i simply have never had a very good experience going to any part of quebec.And i'm bilingual, my english friends are always treated like shit there and don't like it.
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