So I’m at the demonstration to save Białowieża forest, the last remaining virgin forest in Europe. The current government is busy cutting it down because it can. My dog runs over to this dog Elvis. Elvis has a Mohawk haircut – a strip of hair running down his back with the sides shaved. The owner says he’s cooler this way – meaning both temperature and attitude. He looks like a famous singer or may actually be that guy. I’m not good at this so don’t ask because I don’t want to look stupid. We continue talking about dogs, which leads to politics and then to music because he is able to identify the obscure song from the 60s that they are playing, Wipeout by the Ventures. By this time, people are walking over to him and shaking his hand and mine (!).
I decide he must be this guy so ask and of course he says yes. I tell him I’ve forgotten his name (I’m allowed because he knows I’m American) and he tells me, not offended by my lack of hipness. I ask him how is life in the fast lane and he says not always pleasant.
Finally TV finds him and begins an interview. I take my leave at this point but hand him my card because he took a pic of my dog and he says he’ll send it to me.
All because of Elvis…….
Parent conference at my school. What the hell am I doing here?
The teachers’ cars are parked legally in the background. He parks wherever he wants….
It’s a Ferrari by the way……
After experiencing living under Communism, it was easy to see the similarities in the US long ago.
“….more than a generation after defeating the Soviet Union in the Cold War, the United States of 2017 seems to be doing its level best to emulate some of the worst aspects of its former foe and once rival superpower.”
Pop quiz. Which country is this?
……deeply authoritarian, a grim surveillance state with an economy dependent on global weapons sales; that it was intent on nuclear domination; that it was imperialist and expansionist; that it persecuted its critics and dissidents; and that it had serious internal problems carefully suppressed in the cause of world mastery, including rampant alcohol and drug abuse, bad health care and declining longevity (notably for men), a poisoned environment, and an extensive prison system featuring gulags. All of this was exacerbated by festering sores overseas, especially a costly and stalemated war in Afghanistan and client-states that absorbed its resources (think: Cuba) while offering little in return.
I went to the herbal doctor today. She was 85 years old so I figured she had loads of experience Here are my prescriptions.
Doctor fee, pay what you want so I gave more than the expected, $10.
A big bag of herbs, $7.
Natural hand cream, $4.
Taking care of people since 1609
Ironically, on the same day I got this in the mail…..
Don’t tell Big Pharma!
So I’m walking my dog and see we have a new Thai restaurant in the neighborhood. It’s dinnertime so decide to take out some Pad Thai as a test. One of the disadvantages of extensive travel is once you eat the real thing in the real country you are never satisfied with it outside the country and your friends for some reason get annoyed when you say, “I had a much better one in Bangkok.” Anyway, I ask the woman how long is the wait and she says, “15 minutes. Would you like a massage while you wait?”
What? Is the Pope Polish?
“Really? A massage?” I ask, thinking I might have misheard.
“Yes. Sit right here in this chair.”
She calls over the little Thai woman who has really strong hands and she proceeds to give me a head, neck, shoulder, arms and hands massage.
15 minutes later my order is ready. I can barely stand, look at the bill, expecting to pay for the massage and ready to do so but no, it’s free! Now that’s what I call customer service!!
PS The Pad Thai was much better in Bangkok……