I had the pleasure of attending the Roosh World Tour a few weeks ago in Washington D.C. It was great to listen to and meet Roosh (albeit briefly) in person, as well as spend an evening with like-minded men, enjoying beautiful views of the city atop the W hotel and hitting on DC chicks (for what that’s worth).
In fact, Roosh echoed this sentiment in his memoir when he held a meetup a few years back in the city:
It’s a special thing to meet guys who have the same belief system as you, no matter what their background. The odds that I could go out right now and meet someone who likes to pick up girls, likes foreign women, and is a ‘red pill’ thinker are about zero, but on this night I was surrounded by dozens of them, and we all shared war stories.”
During the event, Roosh had set up a number of his paperback books on a back table. I’ve read nearly all of them (excluding the country guides), but it was cool to see them in paperback. I enjoyed flipping through them and decided that I wanted a paperback copy of one of his books.
- I enjoy travel memoirs
- ’30 Bangs’ may garner some unwanted attention from guests
Instead of getting a copy there and having to haul it around for the night, I ordered the book online along with a few others. I almost missed it in the package because it was so small coming in at just 62 pages. It can easily be read in one sitting, but is best split up into several.
Coming to America
The story is about Roosh’s month-long return to Washington D.C. after a couple years living of living in Europe. After coming back a few years ago from a trip of my own, I can relate to the feeling Roosh had coming back:
The saddest part is the change you go through while living abroad puts you even farther apart from those you care about most. It’s harder to identify with them…”
Not only is reacquainting with family and friends difficult, but adapting to American culture, especially the women proves nearly insurmountable. The women of Europe are much sweeter, feminine, and of course thinner than their American counterparts, which is magnified in D.C.
As the book goes on, you can tell how frustrated Roosh gets. He even makes clear his desire at several points to ruin a girl’s night. Though I don’t think this is constructive, I get where he’s coming from. When we see something we want to change in a person, and they’re not adhering to logic, you can’t help but want to grab them by the shirt collar and scream in their face trying to make them change.
Americans want you know they exist and are a unique snowflake, with something special going on in their lives. The get happiness b impressing strangers, while Europeans tend to avoid strangers. At the same time, Americans block out their environment with earbuds. IF they’re talking, they want everyone to hear it, but if they’re not, they don’t want to hear you.”
As a resident of DC this book was easy to relate to. Although I like the city for a number of reasons, the women are what bring the city down:
A lot of guys ask me if DC is “really” that bad. A month in DC won’t kill you. Even a year won’t. But if you stay long enough, the city beats you down and changes you for the worse. You can be in the prime of your life, with testosterone raging through your body, yet you don’t even feel like getting laid.”
Although Roosh makes clear his intentions for expatriation as a result of the state of American women, I don’t plan on leaving DC anytime soon, and it’s something I’m willing to live with. I’ve made it work though. Since graduating college I haven’t gone on more than two dates with the same white, American girl. DC has a lot of international ‘flavor’, and it’s something I’ve tasted and want more of.
Smile, but Don’t Use a Smiley Face
One of the most frustrating aspects of flirting and dating American women is that you can’t be your genuine self. Roosh talks about how he is a ‘nice guy’ in Europe and can pay women compliments and have a more gentle demeanor.
Yet, when it comes to American girls he always has to put on a façade, and use ‘clown game‘. He has to be the entertainer, the proverbial ‘jerk’, and always aloof. Even minute behaviors that people shouldn’t have to give a second thought to such as leaving a note with a smiley face invokes a great internal debate, and the wrong decision may scare a woman off for good.
If you’re interested in the plight of the American women, the masochistic tendencies of men who choose to live in DC, or a poignant travel memoir, than I suggest you check out this book.
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