On all the Earth there are different parts of a society. Of course there are general things about a culture that make it unique. For example in Poland it is important to have a first communion in the church, regardless of whether or not someone goes on to have strong faith or not. In America we are generally obsessed with sports, and it is very common to play some sort of sport from an early age all the way through secondary school. However, there are other parts of society in each culture. Different people make up the different levels of these societies. In America those who go to university tend to be part of what we call the 'high culture' part of society. There are those who also make up a lower class of people. This certainly does not mean that these people are lesser than other people, but they tend to have different behavior and ideas. Today, It is my hope that I can write about the different people I have seen in Poland, and compare them to the different strata of people we have in America. I will today write about boozers and rednecks, a special type of people that exist in all societies on the world.
Boozers in America, or drunkards as some call them are different from the boozers that I have seen in Poland, or the Pijaki as they are called here. The biggest difference that I have seen is the attitude towards these people and the attitudes they themselves have. Generally, in America our boozers are not as timid, and are more aggressive. It is common to try and avoid these people if we see them on the streets, and it is even more common for the police to get involved and arrest these boozers for being too drunk or for drinking in public. Of course, there are some instances where a local drunk man can wander the streets and drink in the park in relative peace. The town where I went to high school had such a man. His nickname was 'Peaches', and it was even a common joke in my class that one of my friends was going to be the next Peaches. So, there are some relatively friendly town drunks in America, but for the most part they are more aggressive than in Poland. The boozers that I have seen in Poland seem to be more relaxed and accepted. The boozers here seem to sit in the park, drink, and no one really bothers them. Of course, there are some that seem to be a little more aggressive, particularly toward women. However, for the most part it seems that boozers can drink in peace, and so long as they don't do anything crazy, then they are left alone by the police and everyone else.
The American Redneck is something that exists across all the states. How they act and how they are as people depends on the region where you live. The south is very well known for its rednecks or hillbillies. Unfortunately, in the American South these rednecks are often racist and they have bitter and hateful hearts. However, in other parts of the states the term 'redneck' can mean someone who lives in the countryside and does things a certain way. Usually, this way is one that does not look good, but it gets the job done. For example, they may use an old boot as a flower pot. It will not look good, but it will work as a flower pot. I can say that this type of attitude applies to the Polish redneck, or Wiśniak. They may not do things in a manner that works well, but the job gets done. For example, If a redneck here needs to haul some metal pieces from one place to another, they won't rent a trailer and make sure that it is done properly. They will instead throw all the metal pieces into and on top of their car and drive down the road very carefully. Personally, I like this type of attitude and really there are more similarities between the American Redneck and the Polish Wiśniak than I realized before....
Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan David was raised by his parents with his two sisters and brother.