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I am a programmer in Washington, D.C., and native of New York City.

comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
@PetrPudlák No, it's acceptable to leave the nebulous non-invitation as a vague possibility (avoiding the rudeness of outright refusal) but not (or even never intending) pursuing it as a real thing. It's acceptable because there are myriad potential reasons why you are not starting that conversation, and because of how vague the invitation was, it leaves open the possibility that you cannot do so in the near future, but would like to at some point. That's generally good enough for politeness. So the other person won't be offended; they may be disappointed however.
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
This is also how Americans end up setting appointments to discuss making an appointment – "I can't make it then, would another day work?" "Oh, I'm not sure, I'd have to check..." "OK, let's both check our calendars and we'll figure it out tomorrow." Now they're both being specific – indicating genuine interest – but it's a sort of ridiculous step removed from the initial invitation.
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
I was thinking about this some more, and wanted to comment on "No, but we should meet some other time," which could be a polite refusal – it also doesn't have to be. It could simply mean that the person is interested, can't make the proposed date, and doesn't have another date to suggest. In this case, however, that person will typically prompt you for specifics ("No, I can't make that; do you have another day that would work for you?") because an American will (might) recognize that the nonspecific version could be interpreted as a polite refusal.
comment How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
As an American, I can confirm that this is accurate, per the parenthetical. I can also confirm that plenty of Americans find it just as annoying and confusing as @Kenny does!
comment Bought economy and was issued first class ticket?
@Ana As an American, the one (round-trip) time I flew with Avianca, they easily surpassed my expectations from American airlines. The food, in particular, was far better than I've ever had on a domestic flight.
comment Where is this picture taken from (in Taiwan)?
He said in the question that he did a reverse image search...
comment Is there a difference between green traffic lights and blinking green traffic lights?
@MrOBrian New York City notably bans right turns on red unless specifically posted, which it is in a few places, plus in at least one location (39th and 1st, if I remember correctly) there is a specifically posted legal left on red for a similar situation. Of course, one-way to one-way is the norm in NYC, but general traffic levels (particularly pedestrian traffic) make rights on red unfeasible.
comment Are Indians as pushy to one another as they appear to be to Westerners?
+1 for it not being “Indians” – as a native New Yorker, it sounds like Times Square. That’s just how things are in very crowded tourist traps.
comment Are petrol prices in a USA state the same in every Petrol Station?
The Holland Tunnel thing is easily explained, too: gas prices in New York are massively higher than New Jersey, both because of taxes and because of much higher rent. People going inbound are entering New York, and that $3.34 is the cheapest they’re likely to see for a while. Those on the outbound side are entering New Jersey, and will probably see even-cheaper gas the further they get from a major tunnel.