We are such a pussyfied culture. Here you can drink a can of beer on the street without getting arrested. You can buy a stick of sausage from someone who put their BBQ grill on wheels. Clubs serve alcohol until 5am or later. Pot is smoked openly on the beach and in clubs. Fireworks are legal, even in stadiums (just watch your head.) People can sell hats or electric fly swatters on the street without needing a permit. At night you can urinate against any free wall or fence. The subway doors close with only a beep, not a complicated directive. Sixteen year olds have a drink in the bar and it’s not a big deal. You can talk your way in without ID. You can pay your way out of getting arrested. There is no speed traps or sobriety checkpoints. If you step out of line the cops will give you a beating, not execution by taser.
Culture is the United States is stale and governed by too much authority. We are all treated like little children so we act like little children, needing constant entertainment and distractions. By the time we get into a bar we get drunk because it’s now such a big deal.
There is pleasure in a mix of chaos and freedom, where not everything is predictable and safe.