Going on a trip Stateside

#1
Hi All,

Now, it's been mentioned many times that the Americans seem to adore their military, in as far as services and businesses go. It's also been mentioned that this extends to us Brits. I'm heading over there in February, and I was wondering if somebody who has seen this in action would care to tell me where the most useful and accommodating places to identify oneself are? That, and how best to go about it?

Not that I'm trying to big-time it, British modesty and all that, but if, say, it would ease the pain of international air travel, then I'd be all over it!
 

mercurydancer

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Book Reviewer
#3
If you are going to Boston, and in the Irish bars, you have a choice. You can either not allude to any military service, and have a quiet and pleasant night, or you can make yourself known as Brit Army and be prepared to be bored to death by plastic paddies who dont really have a clue about Norn iron and Ireland in general. It doesnt tend to get nasty just unpleasant.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#4
Just turn up in Twos with your gongs swinging in the breeze.

That, and a UK accent, and the birds will be all over you.














knob
 
#6
... and a UK accent, and the birds will be all over you.
Well it didn't work for me. I could have been wearing a three-piece pinstripe and bowler - and been driving an Aston Martin - and I still wouldn't have been laid. The US is the only country I been to that I've never scored a jump in.
 
#7
Mate, not many folk know that producing your ID card at any BA check-in desk gets you an automatic upgrade to Club along with a act of oral-genital gratification from a member of the cabin crew - and some of those blokes can suck a golf ball through a garden hose.
 
#8
You see, you simply had to ruin a potentially good wind up with oral gratification.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#9
Well it didn't work for me. I could have been wearing a three-piece pinstripe and bowler - and been driving an Aston Martin - and I still wouldn't have been laid. The US is the only country I been to that I've never scored a jump in.
It's obviously your magnetic personality, supremely manly good-looks, and charm that was responsible.
 
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exmunkey

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#10
If you are going to Boston, and in the Irish bars, you have a choice. You can either not allude to any military service, and have a quiet and pleasant night, or you can make yourself known as Brit Army and be prepared to be bored to death by plastic paddies who dont really have a clue about Norn iron and Ireland in general. It doesnt tend to get nasty just unpleasant.
I love the states but it does piss me off how they were happy to have collections and send money over, do that now for another group and you get a free orange jump suit

Just ask if their military discount applies to British forces and show them your ID. Discounts get given out all over the shop to all sorts, just make sure they know your a Brit and not a frenchie, They're not that good at accents in the middle, might be harder in peak season. Personally I've never liked asking but there was only the two of us
 
#11
I love the states but it does piss me off how they were happy to have collections and send money over, do that now for another group and you get a free orange jump suit[.QUOTE Look to your Own cities of Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester passing the hat for the ra as well. Doesnt mean all Brits donated, yet you lot still whine about the whole US behind it.

Just ask if their military discount applies to British forces and show them your ID. Discounts get given out all over the shop to all sorts, just make sure they know your a Brit and not a frenchie, They're not that good at accents in the middle, might be harder in peak season. Personally I've never liked asking but there was only the two of us
Yep usually any NATO affiliated Mil will be treated nicely and they will extend courtesies. Of course if you start a Naked Bar and roll mat bouts you likley will be asked to move along.
 
#12
Be prepared to be asked if you are Australian, especially on the West Coast. Many outlets do Military Discount but don't expect it to be universal. In my experience anywhere offering discount to US Servicemen will be happy to extend that privilege to Brits, the secret seems to be to ask nicely.
 
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exmunkey

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#13
Goldbricker, that was not a whine and not about the whole US just a point of fact. Collections were made in many of the pubs around me and in some of them if you weren't known you weren't welcome.
Just pissed at the double standards of supporting the IRA good, AQ bad anyway **** it.

Theres nothing I like more and have done more often than going to NY and getting slaughtered in an Irish bar on the east side, just being a Brit got a few drink tho I have a hazy memory of trying to buy drinks for a whole drum band once
 
#14
I was in Tennessee/Georgia/South Carolina in April this year and quite a lot of businesses did a discount for forces and veterans, all of them were quite happy to extend it to me.
 
#15
The Midwest are pretty forces friendly, and most places advertise a discount of some sort. However, would you not feel like a big-timing prick for asking?
 
#16
Yeah, I would feel like a big-timing prick for asking, you're right. And I'm not one of those types. But, if there was anything particularly useful, then I'd consider it. No need for animosity here (Fingerz).
 

The_Duke

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#17
It might feel like big timing, but you will soon forgive yourself when you start adding up the savings.

Free entry to Sea World for my whole family saved me $270 - I didn't feel bad for too long.
 

Travelgall

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#18
The IRA stuff was 20 years ago, planes crashing into buildings changed their mindset. Their biggest Plastic Paddy gobshites are now either dead - see Teddy Chappaquiddick Kennedy - or since 9-11 still rowing back at a speed that would have given them a Silver in the Pairs Skulls - see Rep Peter King of Long Island. Either you will be met by those in the know who will love you for supporting the US, interested just because you're something new to them or indifferent because they don't know where a place called Engerlandland is. You still find the "My Great Great Grandfather once took a shit in Ireland when the Boat from Bremerhaven needed fresh fruit so I'm Irish. Up the RA". but you would really really have to look for it.


I'm usually in either the Tri State area where if you throw a rock in any direction you're likely to hit a Brit, or in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado where outside the main Ski resorts Brits are as rare as rocking horse shit. Both places are very friendly though. I've had cops give me and Zero Alpha a lift to the train station in Fairfield Connecticut and the Mid West are just a really friendly place. The only time my MOD 90 was fucked off at the high port was when I tried to get onto a SAC base at Wyoming to get access to their PX. They told me to piss off and I don't think news had yet reached them that Britain and the US have been friendly since the Boxer Rebellion.

You can wave your Mod 90 around. It got me Military Discount on Lift Passes in Winter Park, but the US is like anywhere. There are people who really value the military and those that don't really care. They aren't going to give you 1/2 price burgers at Wendy's but if you're in a Military Surplus or Outdoorsy kind of a place that naturally attracts Military you'll probably get 20% off your Arc'Teryx Fleece. The plus side of the States is that they don't have anywhere near as many Guardian Reading cnuts who sneer at the military because Physical Hardship and Courage are an anathema to them. And they tend to huddle together in set spots like the campus at Berkley, University of Boulder, the Organic Kumquat and Aardvark Dropping counter at Whole Foods and the like.
 
#19
As you board the aircraft hold your back and say. "Those bench seats don't get any softer on a Bedford RL."
If it works you will be ushered to the left and all that goes with it.
I've been saying it for years, its never worked for me but you never know.
 

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