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I noticed that there are only my photos of National City, California, at TE. So, I decided to post more. It is not a touristic place, even though it's within San Diego conurbation. Anyway, this photo may show a few things that are unusual outside the USA, or at least different from Europe.
1. It is difficult to read the first sign at left (see a better one in workshop), but it says: «"Cruising" Prohibited C.C.V. 21100 (K) N.C.M.C. 11.68.050». So? What is prohibited? My English slang is poor, so I had to search for the meaning of «"Cruising"» and discover that it is "To look for a sexual partner, as in a public place", and I even found a song. But, why the sign? Is "cruising" allowed somewhere else in this or other US city?
After that sign there is also the square Speed Limit 25; in Europe it is very different: just a circular sign with the number, in km/h instead of miles.
2. The pedestrians light sign displays a hand, while in most of Europe it's a standing man. The crosswalk is just marked with yellow stripes, while in Europe is usually a zebra crossing. And the traffic lights (for vehicles) are on the other side of the street, while in other countries they are on the very place where you must stop your car.
3. Between the walkers and the gas prices, there is a standing man holding an advertising sign. I saw this rather strange advertising system at many intersections in California, especially on weekends.
4. The gasoline prices refer to one US gallon. That is 3,7 litres. So, in January 2006, the cheaper gasoline would cost at today's rates 0,40 Euro per litre! (even by Jan 2006 rates, it would be only 0,57 Euro). Notice also that there are no prices for diesel nor GPL (LPG, autogas); those are rarer in the USA than in Europe. Other detail, especially for our American friends, is that these prices won't come back... The average now in California is $4.48 per gallon (0,74 Euro per litre). Even so, there are now Europeans that pay more than double of that (e.g. 1,70 Euro per litre in NL; 1,53 in PT). No wonder Americans are still the biggest consumers of energy in the world.
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