Americans just don’t know.

I found this article today and although it is a few years old (2012), it completely resonates and expresses how I actually feel about America. I haven’t lived in America since August 2015. To be honest, we left because of money, but I had no problem doing so because I could see how horrible things were becoming for women. And then trump was elected and there is no way I’m moving back. My thoughts on each section follow directly below it. You can tell because the text will reach out further than the block quoted article.

Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him. You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him. This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment.

I know that’s harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in a good place these days. That’s not a socioeconomic statement (although that’s on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one.

I realize it’s going to be impossible to write sentences like the ones above without coming across as a raging prick, so let me try to soften the blow to my American readers with an analogy:

You know when you move out of your parents’ house and live on your own, how you start hanging out with your friends’ families and you realize that actually, your family was a little screwed up? As it turns out, stuff you always assumed was normal your entire childhood was pretty weird and may have actually fucked you up a little bit. You know, dad thinking it was funny to wear a Santa Claus hat in his underwear every Christmas or the fact that you and your sister slept in the same bed until you were 22, or that your mother routinely cried over a bottle of wine while listening to Elton John.

The point is we don’t really get perspective on what’s close to us until we spend time away from it. Just like you didn’t realize the weird quirks and nuances of your family until you left and spent time with others, the same is true for country and culture. You often don’t see what’s messed up about your country and culture until you step outside of it.

And so even though this article is going to come across as fairly scathing, I want my American readers to know this: some of the stuff we do, some of the stuff that we always assumed was normal, it’s kind of screwed up. And that’s OK. Because that’s true with every culture. It’s just easier to spot it in others (e.g., the French) so we don’t always notice it in ourselves.

So as you read this article, know that I’m saying everything with tough love, the same tough love with which I’d sit down and lecture an alcoholic family member. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you. It doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome things about you (BRO, THAT’S AWESOME!!!). And it doesn’t mean I’m some saint either, because god knows I’m pretty screwed up (I’m American, after all). There are just a few things you need to hear. And as a friend, I’m going to tell them to you.

And to my foreign readers, get your necks ready, because this is going to be a nod-a-thon.

A Little “What The Hell Does This Guy Know?” Background: I’ve lived in different parts of the US, both the deep south and the northeast. I have visited most of the US’s 50 states. I’ve spent the past three years living almost entirely outside of the United States. I’ve lived in multiple countries in Europe, Asia and South America. I’ve visited over 40 countries in all and have spent far more time with non-Americans than with Americans during this period. I speak multiple languages. I’m not a tourist. I don’t stay in resorts and rarely stay in hostels. I rent apartments and try to integrate myself into each country I visit as much as possible. So there.

(Note: I realize these are generalizations and I realize there are always exceptions. I get it. You don’t have to send 55 emails telling me that you and your best friend are exceptions. If you really get that offended from some guy’s blog post, you may want to double-check your life priorities.)

OK, we’re ready now. 10 things Americans don’t know about America.

1. Few People Are Impressed By Us

Unless you’re speaking with a real estate agent or a prostitute, chances are they’re not going to be excited that you’re American. It’s not some badge of honor we get to parade around. Yes, we had Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison, but unless you actually are Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison (which is unlikely), then most people around the world are simply not going to care. There are exceptions of course. And those exceptions are called English and Australian people. Whoopdie-fucking-doo.

As Americans, we’re brought up our entire lives being taught that we’re the best, we did everything first and that the rest of the world follows our lead. Not only is this not true, but people get irritated when you bring it to their country with you. So don’t.

THIS is so damn true!!! I don’t even tell people we’re American. Although everyone assumes (this is GOT to be annoying for those who actually are NOT American; hopefully the assumption changes once they open their mouths. You can TELL an American when they talk!) this I imagine. I have yet to see anyone get hurt physically or picked on (in whatever way) because they are American.

2. Few People Hate Us

Despite the occasional eye-rolling, and complete inability to understand why anyone would vote for George W. Bush (twice), people from other countries don’t hate us either. In fact — and I know this is a really sobering realization for us — most people in the world don’t really think about us or care about us. I know, that sounds absurd, especially with CNN and Fox News showing the same 20 angry Arab men on repeat for ten years straight. But unless we’re invading someone’s country or threatening to invade someone’s country (which is likely), then there’s a 99.99% chance they don’t care about us. Just like we rarely think about the people in Bolivia or Mongolia, most people don’t think about us much. They have jobs, kids, house payments — you know, those things called lives — to worry about. Kind of like us.

Americans tend to assume that the rest of the world either loves us or hates us (this is actually a good litmus test to tell if someone is conservative or liberal). The fact is, most people feel neither. Most people don’t think much about us.

Remember that immature girl in high school, how every little thing that happened to her meant that someone either hated her or was obsessed with her; who thought every teacher who ever gave her a bad grade was being totally unfair and everything good that happened to her was because of how amazing she was? Yeah, we’re that immature high school girl.

How often do you think about the people in other countries outside of just seeing one of those “Save the Children” commercials? Do you know why those work so well? Because we have absolutely no idea what’s going on outside of our own country. The only time we care is when something horrible happens. The tragedies of the world is the only time anyone anywhere knows that something is going on somewhere else.

3. We Know Nothing About The Rest Of The World

For all of our talk about being global leaders and how everyone follows us, we don’t seem to know much about our supposed “followers.” They often have completely different takes on history than we do. Here were some brain-stumpers for me: the Vietnamese were more concerned with independence (not us), Hitler was primarily defeated by the Soviet Union (not us), there is evidence that Native Americans were wiped out largely by disease and plague BEFORE Europeans arrived and not just after, and the American Revolution was partly “won” because the British invested more of their resources in fighting France (not us). Notice a running theme here?

(Hint: It’s not all about us. The world is more complicated.)

We did not invent democracy. We didn’t even invent modern democracy. There were parliamentary systems in England and other parts of Europe over a hundred years before we created a government. In a recent survey of young Americans, 63% could not find Iraq on a map (despite being at war with them), and 54% did not know Sudan was a country in Africa. Yet, somehow we’re positive that everyone else looks up to us.

Condescending Wonka

I think the reason we always think it’s all about us is that is exactly how our large tomb history textbooks tell it to us. Because, as well all learn in college history classes (should you have the desire to actually KNOW REAL history) the history given to us throughout our entire lives up to that point is bullshit. Tell me it’s not! Christopher Columbus? A royal fucking asshole!! It’s not really the young’s fault not knowing these things, we’re not teaching them these things so outside of college how the bleeding hell are we suppose to know shit? And truthfully how many are actually going to go TO college?

4. We Are Poor At Expressing Gratitude And Affection

There’s a saying about English-speakers. We say “Go fuck yourself,” when we really mean “I like you,” and we say “I like you,” when we really mean “Go fuck yourself.”

Outside of getting shit-housed drunk and screaming “I LOVE YOU, MAN!”, open displays of affection in American culture are tepid and rare. Latin and some European cultures describe us as “cold” and “passionless” and for good reason. In our social lives we don’t say what we mean and we don’t mean what we say.

In our culture, appreciation and affection are implied rather than spoken outright. Two guy friends call each other names to reinforce their friendship; men and women tease and make fun of each other to imply interest. Feelings are almost never shared openly and freely. Consumer culture has cheapened our language of gratitude. Something like, “It’s so good to see you” is empty now because it’s expected and heard from everybody.

In dating, when I find a woman attractive, I almost always walk right up to her and tell her that a) I wanted to meet her, and b) she’s beautiful. In America, women usually get incredibly nervous and confused when I do this. They’ll make jokes to defuse the situation or sometimes ask me if I’m part of a TV show or something playing a prank. Even when they’re interested and go on dates with me, they get a bit disoriented when I’m so blunt with my interest. Whereas, in almost every other culture approaching women this way is met with a confident smile and a “Thank you.”

Fake, fake, fake, fake. We have mastered the art of fakery, which is probably why we are soooo good in the movie/television business! We over use phrases and actually saying “I love you.” to someone whom you truly deeply love is hollow. And you can’t make it not hollow no matter what you do. My generation didn’t start this, I have no idea which one did but damn! We fucked up! Obviously it wasn’t the last time…

5. The Quality of Life For The Average American Is Not That Great

If you’re extremely talented or intelligent, the US is probably the best place in the world to live. The system is stacked heavily to allow people of talent and advantage to rise to the top quickly.

The problem with the US is that everyone thinks they are of talent and advantage. As John Steinbeck famously said, the problem with poor Americans is that “they don’t believe they’re poor, but rather temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” It’s this culture of self-delusion that allows America to continue to innovate and churn out new industry more than anyone else in the world. But this shared delusion also unfortunately keeps perpetuating large social inequalities and the quality of life for the average citizen lower than most other developed countries. It’s the price we pay to maintain our growth and economic dominance.

To me, being wealthy is having the freedom to maximize one’s life experiences. In those terms, despite the average American having more material wealth than citizens of most other countries (more cars, bigger houses, nicer televisions), their overall quality of life suffers in my opinion. American people on average work more hours with less vacation, spend more time commuting every day, and are saddled with over $10,000 of debt. That’s a lot of time spent working and buying crap and little time or disposable income for relationships, activities or new experiences.

I love living in Mexico. Not only can I afford health and car insurance, but prescriptions, rent and OMG FOOD. Not that I really need to eat more…ha. Here the point of life isn’t money. It’s people. I rarely see any homeless people on the streets. There are a few, do not get me wrong, but Mexico seems to actually try to do something for those people. When we told our housekeeper that we were moving and may not be able to ‘take her with us’ she cried. We don’t speak the same language and don’t have much of a connection – she cleaned the house once a week and sometimes we weren’t even there the whole time but she was genuinely sad that we were leaving. Now one could argue she was sad to loose a job, but it really did  not feel like that at all. Our tailless Bombay (that’s a black cat btw) came over and started to give her love as he is the first to come to your side when you’re hurting, which he only does when you are really hurting (this is fairly a bad thing when you have an injury). So when we informed her that yes, we do in fact still need her she was beyond delighted. And since then we have learned she is a damn good cook as well!

6. The Rest Of The World Is Not A Slum-Ridden Shithole Compared To Us

In 2010, I got into a taxi in Bangkok to take me to a new six-story cineplex. It was accessible by metro, but I chose a taxi instead. On the seat in front of me was a sign with a wifi password. Wait, what? I asked the driver if he had wifi in his taxi. He flashed a huge smile. The squat Thai man, with his pidgin English, explained that he had installed it himself. He then turned on his new sound system and disco lights. His taxi instantly became a cheesy nightclub on wheels… with free wifi.

If there’s one constant in my travels over the past three years, it has been that almost every place I’ve visited (especially in Asia and South America) is much nicer and safer than I expected it to be. Singapore is pristine. Hong Kong makes Manhattan look like a suburb. My neighborhood in Colombia is nicer than the one I lived in Boston (and cheaper).

Bangkok City at night time, Hotel and resident area in the capital of Thailand

As Americans, we have this naïve assumption that people all over the world are struggling and way behind us. They’re not. Sweden and South Korea have more advanced high speed internet networks. Japan has the most advanced trains and transportation systems. Norwegians — along with Swedes, Luxembourgers, the Dutch and Finns — make more money. The biggest and most advanced plane in the world is flown out of Singapore. The tallest buildings in the world are now in Dubai and Shanghai (and soon to be Saudi Arabia). Meanwhile, the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

What’s so surprising about the world is how unsurprising most of it is. I spent a week with some local guys in Cambodia. You know what their biggest concerns were? Paying for school, getting to work on time, and what their friends were saying about them. In Brazil, people have debt problems, hate getting stuck in traffic and complain about their overbearing mothers. Every country thinks they have the worst drivers. Every country thinks their weather is unpredictable. The world becomes, err… predictable.

Oh my god how I love going to the movies. I have adored this luxury for as long as I can remember and have in the past 10 years become saddened as the prices of tickets and snacks kept going higher and higher. First it was tickets and a popcorn, drink OR just a candy. Then it was tickets, popcorn OR drink. Then it was just tickets and popcorn. Then just tickets, better sneak everything else in if you can (and boy could I! Bought a ‘movie purse’ just for the occasion I shit you not!). Movies here in Mexico is not only cheap, but it’s fucking AWESOME. Read that again people: IT IS AWESOME. There are two levels of tickets you can get; normal and VIP. Normal is awesome, you pick your seats so you don’t have to worry about getting to the theater early in order to get good seats. The seats recline. They are nice, comfy large recliners. Electric. Some people don’t even have this at home. The popcorn and snacks are great as well. There are many different types of popcorn; you’ve got your butter, your extra butter, your caramel, your chili powdered, your chocolate drizzle…you can get candy not from a box (well, yeah they have that) but like a gourmet candy shop where you pay by the pound (or rather kilo) and the drinks are pretty normal, except and this is for ALL of Mexico, ice tea has lime in it instead of lemon. Seriously in love with their ice teas. Try it. You’ll love it. And that is just the NORMAL every day movie experience. VIP is waiter at your seat, lasagna or pizza or sushi dinners, gourmet popcorn, candy, beer, whine, mixed drinks I shit you not people!! And all of this, including the price of a ticket is only, give or take $20 (this is without alcohol drinks). PER COUPLE. Oh yes, that’s the VIP. That’s the dinner, the popcorn the movie the non alcoholic drinks and even the damn gummy worms! Delivered to your damn seat! YOUR SEAT! Now when we went and saw Rouge One, we also got collector glasses AND popcorn tubs. And we also bought the three collector drink cups, and the collector key chains. This is stuff that even on opening weekend is not offered in the US. Serious collector items. And it only cost us about $20-$25 USD extra for the swag. Don’t get me started on the Internet. I have never had speeds this fast ever in America. We pay for 200gbs and we freaking get it. Check the image if you don’t believe me!

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Collector glass and popcorn tub, three collector cups and four collector keychains for Rouge One.

 

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A speed test I did just for this post.

 

 

7. We’re Paranoid

Not only are we emotionally insecure as a culture, but I’ve come to realize how paranoid we are about our physical security. You don’t have to watch Fox News or CNN for more than 10 minutes to hear about how our drinking water is going to kill us, our neighbor is going to rape our children, some terrorist in Yemen is going to kill us because we didn’t torture him, Mexicans are going to kill us, or some virus from a bird is going to kill us. There’s a reason we have nearly as many guns as people.

In the US, security trumps everything, even liberty. We’re paranoid.

I’ve probably been to 10 countries now that friends and family back home told me explicitly not to go because someone was going to kill me, kidnap me, stab me, rob me, rape me, sell me into sex trade, give me HIV, or whatever else. None of that has happened. I’ve never been robbed and I’ve walked through some of the shittiest parts of Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

In fact, the experience has been the opposite. In countries like Russia, Colombia or Guatemala, people were so honest and open with me, it actually scared me. Some stranger in a bar would invite me to his house for a barbeque with his family, a random person on the street would offer to show me around and give me directions to a store I was trying to find. My American instincts were always that, “Wait, this guy is going to try to rob me or kill me,” but they never did. They were just insanely friendly.

Yep. This one too. How many times were we told that we were absolutely fucking insane to move to Mexico? I’d be a damn upper class citizen of the US if I got money every time people who we didn’t even know who happened to over hear our plans told us we really shouldn’t, it’s dangerous and we’re stupid. It’s been a year. We have not been killed (sorry, not the first ghost blogger..of the spiritual nature at least), have not been raped, have not be stabbed, beaten, roughed up or even threatened. We were robbed once because we were showcasing a piece of electronic we had on our person in a bad area of town (waving around a digital camera), which you can’t do even in America if you are honest with yourself. We have been in a protest where the worst that happened is that I ended up having a ginormous migraine and I was tired. We had gone to Teotihuacan (look it up!) on Jan 2 of this year with a group of people (American college students) and afterwards were trying to get home. There were protests about the price of gas being raised here in Mexico on the first of the year so it ended up taking us 7 hours to get home instead of the normal 1 hour. We never heard any shouting, the people were nice as they could be, we just couldn’t talk any of them to let us past the blockades as we were having bad luck finding the leader. We ended up in a small town, asking the bakery there if we could us the bathroom which they opened up the store so we could and of course we bought a lot of their end of day baked goods and were happy to pay full price for them. Groups of people pull over to help one person change a tire. When we had a low tire, people kept coming up along side us to let us know. When we stopped at a tire shop the guy straightened the rim (we hit a pothole that would swallow a VW Bug. Our one big complaint about Mexico are the roads that aren’t quotas [paid] roads.) and put air in the tire and instead of charging us, we bought him a coke. Which was cheap. Like less than a dollar cheap.

8. We’re Status-Obsessed And Seek Attention

I’ve noticed that the way we Americans communicate is usually designed to create a lot of attention and hype. Again, I think this is a product of our consumer culture: the belief that something isn’t worthwhile or important unless it’s perceived to be the best (BEST EVER!!!) or unless it gets a lot of attention (see: every reality-television show ever made).

This is why Americans have a peculiar habit of thinking everything is “totally awesome,” and even the most mundane activities were “the best thing ever!” It’s the unconscious drive we share for importance and significance, this unmentioned belief, socially beaten into us since birth that if we’re not the best at something, then we don’t matter.

We’re status-obsessed. Our culture is built around achievement, production and being exceptional. Therefore comparing ourselves and attempting to out-do one another has infiltrated our social relationships as well. Who can slam the most beers first? Who can get reservations at the best restaurant? Who knows the promoter to the club? Who dated a girl on the cheerleading squad? Socializing becomes objectified and turned into a competition. And if you’re not winning, the implication is that you are not important and no one will like you.

This makes me want to go back and remove every awesome I wrote about the movie theaters. Except they really are. Another thing Americans do that no one in Mexico does is say hi when we pass other people walking or smile at random people if we meet their eye. Now people selling things or in customer service type jobs will always greet you, but the student walking along the street that you pass more in likely won’t return your Hola or Buenos días. It’s weird at first, but unless you’re my hubby you get used to it and stop greeting people. Of course he’s the more social of the two of us so he’s not going to stop anytime soon and that’s perfectly okay!

9. We Are Very Unhealthy

Unless you have cancer or something equally dire, the health care system in the US sucks. The World Health Organization ranked the US 37th in the world for health care, despite the fact that we spend the most per capita by a large margin.

The hospitals are nicer in Asia (with European-educated doctors and nurses) and cost a tenth as much. Something as routine as a vaccination costs multiple hundreds of dollars in the US and less than $10 in Colombia. And before you make fun of Colombian hospitals, Colombia is 28th in the world on that WHO list, nine spots higher than us.

A routine STD test that can run you over $200 in the US is free in many countries to anyone, citizen or not. My health insurance the past year? $65 a month. Why? Because I live outside of the US. An American guy I met living in Buenos Aires got knee surgery on his ACL that would have cost $10,000 in the US… for free.

But this isn’t really getting into the real problems of our health. Our food is killing us. I’m not going to go crazy with the details, but we eat chemically-laced crap because it’s cheaper and tastes better (profit, profit). Our portion sizes are absurd (more profit). And we’re by far the most prescribed nation in the world AND our drugs cost five to ten times more than they do even in Canada (ohhhhhhh, profit, you sexy bitch).

Fast food: the American cuisine

In terms of life expectancy, despite being the richest country in the world, we come in a paltry 35th — tied with Costa Rica and right behind Slovenia, and slightly ahead of Chile, Denmark, and Cuba. Enjoy your Big Mac.

OMD! Hubby recently broke his elbows and some bones in his wrist. I may or may not have blogged about this (so can’t remember who the hell knows and who doesn’t!) but for everything he had done would have cost us thousands upon thousands of dollars. We paid a total of $250. USD. And he got the best care at a top rated hospital. And the doctor spoke some English. We also got to keep the x-rays and copies of the doctor notes and reports. I actually like the selection of hamburgers found in the McDonald’s here in Mexico. I always get a McNifica. They don’t have meals either, you pick a main dish (hamburger) you can choose to have fries (papas is what it is in Spanish) you choose a drink and that’s it. Costs less then a normal non larger size meal at a McDonald’s in the US. Back to my McNifica if you check the link, what you see in the picture IS ACTUALLY WHAT YOU GET. There is lettus and tomatoes (although I’m not a fan of them) and it tastes fantastic! Just look at it! I did an English screenshot for you!mcnifica

10. We Mistake Comfort For Happiness

The United States is a country built on the exaltation of economic growth and personal ingenuity. Small businesses and constant growth are celebrated and supported above all else — above affordable health care, above respectable education, above everything. Americans believe it’s your responsibility to take care of yourself and make something of yourself, not the state’s, not your community’s, not even your friend’s or family’s in some instances.

Comfort sells easier than happiness. Comfort is easy. It requires no effort and no work. Happiness takes effort. It requires being proactive, confronting fears, facing difficult situations, and having unpleasant conversations.

Comfort equals sales. We’ve been sold comfort for generations, and for generations we bought bigger houses, separated further and further out into the suburbs, along with bigger TV’s, more movies, and take-out. The American public is becoming docile and complacent. We’re obese and entitled. When we travel, we look for giant hotels that will insulate us and pamper us rather than for legitimate cultural experiences that may challenge our perspectives or help us grow as individuals.

Depression and anxiety disorders are soaring within the US. Our inability to confront anything unpleasant around us has not only created a national sense of entitlement, but it’s disconnected us from what actually drives happiness: relationships, unique experiences, feeling self-validated, achieving personal goals. It’s easier to watch a NASCAR race on television and tweet about it than to actually get out and try something new with a friend.

Unfortunately, a by-product of our massive commercial success is that we’re able to avoid the necessary emotional struggles of life and instead indulge in easy, superficial pleasures.

Throughout history, every dominant civilization eventually collapsed because it became TOO successful. What made it powerful and unique grows out of proportion and consumes its society. I think this is true for American society. We’re complacent, entitled and unhealthy. My generation is the first generation of Americans who will be worse off than their parents, economically, physically and emotionally. And this is not due to a lack of resources, to a lack of education or to a lack of ingenuity. It’s corruption and complacency. The corruption from the massive industries that control our government’s policies, and the fat complacency of the people to sit around and let it happen.

There are things I love about my country. I don’t hate the US and I still return to it a few times a year. But I think the greatest flaw of American culture is our blind self-absorption. In the past it only hurt other countries. But now it’s starting to hurt ourselves.

So this is my lecture to my alcoholic brother — my own flavor of arrogance and self-absorption, even if slightly more informed — in hopes he’ll give up his wayward ways. I imagine it’ll fall on deaf ears, but it’s the most I can do for now. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some funny cat pictures to look at.

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I am uncomfortable a lot of the time here because I do not know a lot of Spanish. BUT I AM SO VERY HAPPY HERE. I am. I am safer, get to see more things that many Americans don’t have the balls to try and I’ve met new people. I’ve found my KoKo and Yum-Yum (and even got to see KoKo today and feed him, which of course he ate like he hasn’t eaten in months which breaks my heart, but he came running when he heard my voice, didn’t even have to shake the container of cat food.), I’m learning about culture and how others act that’s outside of American. I see what’s important to people and what is a luxury.  Mexico is not perfect. There are corrupt cops, we get nailed by them every damn time we try driving home through Mexico City. The roads seriously need work, but the highways are nicely kept and they charge for people to travel on those roads. Not as much as Texas charges us when we take their one road. $5.00 plus $1.00 to mail us a bill. I tried to create an account and get an actual tag, but I am not sure what the hell happened, never got a tag and can’t create a new account as some other account already has my vehicles on it, but the statements I get apparently do not have the correct account number??? The biggest problem I face is the fact that it’s hard to contact US business’ outside of the US. Specially those with 1800 numbers only. Funny how those numbers only work when you are in the US. Mailing stuff between Mexico and the US is a risk unless you go through DHL which can be pricey. The child support system in NM sucks so badly that I am behind although I am trying not to be but they DO NOT MAKE IT FUCKING EASY! Can’t mail a payment, can’t get them to direct withdraw (I’ve sent in the form twice by mail and once by walking in. Still not coming out of my American bank account every month) and of course there’s no online pay system. Which fucking baffles me. OH! And all of their numbers are 1800. I can’t talk directly with my case worker, they always have to call me back. To a message number which if I do not have my name on the outgoing message they’re not going to tell me shit about what I called about, just that they called. It’s 2017 NM, get with the fucking program!

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Something else I like to point out is that I have not been interested in apples since leaving Washington State. I eat apples and apple based products regularly here. Apple strudel (OMFG YUM) and dehydrated apple chips. The local grocery store started stocking the apple chips more often since we discovered them. Costco just started the apple strudels in the café and it’s a challenge not to go every day to get a couple. Them raising their prices by 5 pesos a item helps a little with that, but not by much. Food seriously tastes better here. Whether it’s a McDonald’s, Burger King or Little Caesar’s (pan pizza is fantastic) even just a damn pizza! Dominos here has cheese in the crust, but it’s CREAM CHEESE. This is heavenly like you have never experienced before! There are little pizza places around that are great too. Pizza Real has awesome (YES AWESOME) thin crust pizza. Costco, the warehouse store has the most delicious Hawaiian pizza ever. Cheese all melty and gooey and the slices are huge! And that’s of course if you manage to grab one while they are still pretty fresh from the pizza oven which they almost always are.

Thank you to Mark Manson who wrote the block quoted article. It’s been republished in many different places over the years and I am glad I found it.

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I well, I just don’t know WTF

1/ The New York Times, CNN and Politico were prohibited from attending a White House briefing by Trump’s press secretary. Spicer allowed reporters from only a handpicked group of news organizations: Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended. “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. “We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.” (New York Times)

2/ Trump to CPAC: “Now you finally have a president, finally.” In a wide-ranging speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump blasted the media for its coverage of his administration and promised that the Republican Party would “be the party of the American worker.” Trump said that in a matter of days, he would have “brand new action” to keep the country safe, a reference to a second attempt at an executive order to restrict travel into the country from several majority-Muslim nations. At one point the crowd started chanting “lock her up” after Trump derided Hillary Clinton for describing some of Trump’s supporters as “deplorables.” (Washington Post)

3/ Republican lawmakers expect that their Obamacare replacement will result in fewer Americans covered by health insurance. The new plan would do away with the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all Americans have health coverage or pay a fine, and replace it with rules that let people choose not to buy insurance, instead paying higher premiums or penalties if they need it later. The result would be fewer people covered. (Bloomberg)

4/ Trump turned to manufacturing executives to help him develop measures to bring jobs back to the United States, giving powerful business leaders a potentially influential hand in shaping his still-evolving economic policies. Trump has yet to outline specific proposals for overhauling the tax and regulatory systems, rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure or reshaping the work force, all of which would be essential to accomplishing his ambitious employment goals. (New York Times)

5/ Justice Department will use private prisons again, reversing an Obama-era directive to stop using the facilities, which officials had then deemed less safe and less effective than those run by the government. (Washington Post)

6/ Trump administration signals a possible crackdown on states over legalized recreational-use marijuana. Sean Spicer told reporters that the administration had no plans to continue the permissive approach of the Obama administration and that it viewed recreational marijuana use as a flagrant violation of federal law. (Los Angeles Times)

7/ Caitlyn Jenner to Trump: “Call Me” — your transgender restroom letter is a “disaster.” In a video the transgender icon harshly called out Trump for withdrawing the federal government’s legal guidance on allowing transgender youths to use the restrooms of their choice in schools. (NBC News)

8/ Trump denounces FBI over leaks and demands an investigation. Trump assailed the FBI as a dangerously porous agency, charging that leaks of classified information from within its ranks were putting the country at risk. (New York Times)

9/ Mexican officials tell US: We don’t agree. John Kelly and Rex Tillerson were in Mexico to try to smooth the relationship and address some of the differences that have emerged between the United States and its neighbor. Mexico ain’t having it. (CNN)

10/ He yelled “get out of my country,” and then shot 2 men from India, killing one. A 51-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after shooting three men in an Olathe, Kansas bar Wednesday night. He reportedly told two local Garmin engineers from India to “get out of my country.” Authorities would not classify the shooting as a hate crime, but federal law enforcement officials are investigating with local police to determine if it was “bias motivated.” (Washington Post)

11/ At the request of Kushner and Ivanka, language critical of a global climate deal was struck from an executive order that Trump plans to sign soon. The issue is aimed at rolling back Obama climate agenda. (Wall Street Journal)

12/ Under fire, GOP congressman calls for Trump tax returns, but stopped short of saying Congress should subpoena those returns. (CNN)

13/ Santa Cruz and federal agents in war of words over whether a gang sweep was really a secret immigration raid. The police chief accused Homeland Security officials of lying about the scope of the raids conducted jointly between his department and federal agents this month aimed at apprehending MS-13 gang members. (Los Angeles Times)

14/ White House confirms conversation with FBI about Trump and Russia. Reince Priebus, FBI director James Comey, and deputy director Andrew McCabe had a conversation which appears to violate justice department rules. (The Guardian)

15/ Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.” None of the proposed legislation has yet been passed into law, and several bills have already been shelved in committee. Critics doubt whether many of the laws would pass Constitutional muster. (Washington Post)

poll/ Support for Obamacare hits an all-time high. 54% of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act, while 43% disapprove. That’s up from an even split (48%-47%) in a Pew survey from December. (CNN)

I honestly just can’t even understand how the American people haven’t stormed the White House, grab Trump by his fake hair and drag his fake tanned overly entitled ass on to the White House lawn and beat him while screaming “YOU’RE FIRED!” over and over again.

It honestly baffles me how it seems like just about every intelligent human in America is just sitting back with a mimosa and pretending like it’s business as usual.

Now I KNOW that’s not what’s happening, but I cannot be the only person who feels like this is what’s happening. I keep reading how just about every good thing Obama was able to get through is being removed and replaced with shit. UTTER SHIT. And I am hoping that the American populace isn’t going to be completely silent about it. Or get a bigger megaphone.

To switch gears and rant direction. Well, what I’m about to talk about next isn’t really a rant. It’s more of a ‘time to wake up and stop being so stupid’.

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I know it’s almost social suicide to talk about feminism, but you know what? I’m not a social person whatsoever. And the biggest problem with feminism is that there are people, both men and women, who think that “feminism,” because of the name, is about raising women above men. The “fem” part makes them imagine it must be all about women achieving domination.
There are men (and a few women) who erroneously believe that as a result of advances in women’s rights, “the pendulum swung the other way too far.” Because when you’re part of a gender (and/or race) that has had an institutionalized upper hand for so long, when others begin to get the same rights you have it can appear as though you’re being oppressed (if you have the mentality of a child, that is).
To the above note, some have co-opted the term “egalitarian.” They make it sound good, but what they mean is that they think feminists have all the power and men are oppressed and need their rights back. It’s bullshit.
In reality, feminism is about leveling the playing field. It’s not only about women. It’s about each gender stepping up to their inherent potential for the greatest good. This isn’t to deny biological differences or the cultural issues they raise, but to address them squarely.
Like every other movement that has existed in the history of forever, feminism has a radical subset that gives it a bad name. And, of course, those who hate the idea of feminism will hold up radicals as the norm. Part of the problem is that it’s extremists who garner attention; so some come to believe they are representative.
Because of a campaign of vitriol against feminism, and that it’s so easy to hurl anonymous abuse on the internet, it’s difficult for people to publicly identify as feminist without backlash (like what happened to Emma Watson). What’s more, there are women proclaiming they “don’t need feminism” because they’ve been misled by an unfortunately effective smear campaign against the movement.*

I’ve not really thought about feminism. I’ve had to deal with the male thought process that they can do whatever they so wish around and or to me. I’ve never EVER liked the feeling that comes when someone else believes that because they have a penis (or even just someone who thinks) they are better than you and can say and do what they want. I’ve met way too many people who do this. I have been made to feel like just because I think the latest fashion is horrendous and don’t choose to follow the fashion pack that I’m a lesser person.

Now that I’m not in high school I can see what bullshit that is.

I recently read a old blog entry from James Fell titled “She Doesn’t Owe You Shit” and quite frankly it still holds true. Of course by old in this case I mean eight months ago (May 2016) so  not a lot in this realm has changed much. Sadly. Oh so sadly.

I know that like all of a certain group, no matter what that group is not all of the people in a group are the same. Just because a few people act a certain way, obviously doesn’t mean that they ALL act in that certain way. I know this. I’m a rather intelligent woman. At least most of the time, sometimes I think my brain found a way to go on vacation without me. So spare the #notallmen or #alllivesmatter crap. No shit. You don’t say. I’ve spent over 30 years on this planet and I’ll be damned if I ever heard that before. [/sarcasm-in case you just couldn’t tell]

Another great entry from James is one titled “Feminism and The Men Who Refuse To Understand“(*) Because I am sorry, all you so called ‘good guys’ still just don’t grasp the reality of life as a woman. There are a plethora of movies and songs that try and bring it to light, but they’re just entertainment right?

Madonna’s 2001 song “What It Feels Like For a Girl“. The movie “What Women Want” which of COURSE is a comedy.

I just wish the good guys would wake the fuck up and actually start helping out instead of just turning the other cheek. There is a time for that, and this is not the time.

Until next time, don’t make hasty assumptions. Sometimes you need to listen and not say anything to understand the depth of what’s going on. Sometimes you just need a sharp slap in the face to wake the hell up. Instead of being offended, maybe you should look around.

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People just annoy me.

I don’t call people cunts frequently as I use the term for the most horrid of people. Today, I called someone I don’t even know a cunt. She deserved it, I assure you. Apparently according to her anyone who calls themselves an Expat must give up their citizenship of the country for which they were born in. And to be part of a group called Expats in Mexico on Facebook one must apparently do so. WTFF?? I shit you not, she actually suggested that ON THE GROUP ITSELF. I don’t know what anyone else said because I simply said “Wow you went from being mean to a cunt really fast. Way to go!” then blocked her ass and turned off notifications for the post and have moved on.

Currently watching Captain Kirk romance the Princess of Genovia. It’s interesting to be fair. Although the second movie isn’t as great as the first. It got seriously Disney-fied. Meaning it was made to be more of a Disney Channel movie then a typical movie as the first one was. There is Raven who was/is a known Disney Channel star, whereas the first movie was just pure movie. And adding singing to it especially Julie Andrews singing that smacks of Family Disney.

Nothing at all is wrong with Family Disney, I grew up on it and I do adore it. But sometimes something is just…..TOO DISNEY. Today’s Disney just isn’t like the old Disney. Moanna for example was a wonderful tale that was choked to death with songs. One or two are wonderful, even three or four are admirable. But how many? There is at least a dozen songs. Seems like every other scene someone was spitting out a song. And I have always enjoyed Disney animation movies and will hopefully always love them. But if they are going to replace storyline with songs, it’s going to loose it’s charm. Moanna is the first movie I have seen that has made me feel this way completely.

I honestly cannot think of any other Disney movie that has done this so far.

And why in the world is Stan Lee making an appearance in Princess Diaries 2??? Did I miss something in comic book land?? lol

Until next time, it’s perfectly fine to allow a person get under your skin. Just don’t let them sit there and become an infection. Deal with them and then slap some antiseptic and a band aid on it and move on with things.

*The orange kitty in the featured image banner is Baby Kitty. She’s mine and she is the queen of being annoyed.*

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So um, there was this thing…and this other thing…

And it’s called a brain fart. It’s not that I forgot per see, it’s just that I’d remember at 2 am or so and wasn’t getting out of bed to say hi.

That and I really haven’t had much to say. Been trying to ignore the joke that IOA put in the White House and am constantly wondering how and WHY the bloody hell this is going on as long as it’s been (North America period is going to get nuked with the way the tangerine idiot is going!) and how the hell there isn’t a louder uproar from either side of the aisle.

So last thing I wrote about was going back to the US and then returning to Mexico. And the next day, hubby tripped going out the gate, got his shoelace tangled in the wheel of the luggage and long story short, two closed fractured elbows, small fractures in his left wrist (he’s a lefty as well so yay), and multiple bruises. But the good news is not only do we have medical insurance here in Mexico, but in the end a doctor’s visit, 8 x-rays, two wrist braces, two prescriptions only cost us $250 USD. AND we were in at 5 pm,  walking to Little Cesar’s at 6:20 pm- SAME DAY. Of course things are still going to be a little tight until the insurance refunds us but we all know if we were in the US you would have to add a few zeros to the end amount as well as some hours to the time everything took.

A few things have happened around the world in case you’ve missed any of it, one of the big things is that Jane Roe of the Roe v Wade fame died over the weekend at age 69. Norma McCorvey died of heart failure. Back in the ’70s, McCorvey was 22 and pregnant for the third time. She wanted an abortion but was living in Texas, where it was illegal unless the mom’s life was at risk. Cue the lawsuit that led to the big-name Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. After that, McCorvey spent years as an abortion-rights activist. Then in the ’90s, she did a 180. She became a born-again Christian and started speaking out against abortion. In the mid 2000s, she even asked the Supremes to overturn her own case. They said no. Started off well but ended horribly. And of course now those idiot Republicans are trying to get it thrown out…again.

I have discovered a couple of good and in my little world important web-sites you should definitely check out more than once. The perfectly named What The Fuck Just Happened Today? Follows the so called president day to day in all the shit debacle he’s causing and gives you a run down of the major fuck ups going on, as well as backs it up with real facts, not those alternative facts Republicans are trying to shove down our throats. Then for those of you who are trying to keep things straight when it comes to the Immigration disaster Tangerine Tyrant created, there is the Daily Skimm’s No Excuses: Immigration page.

Because the smart are going to talk, talk, talk, talk, talk
Republicans are going to baulk, baulk, baulk, baulk, baulk
The intelligent are just going to shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
We’ll shake if off.
The trump admin is going to lie, lie, lie, lie, lie
His supporters are going to cry, cry, cry, cry, cry
But the world is going to sigh, sigh, sigh, sigh, sigh,
and they’ll shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it off. Shake it off….

Until next time, is there a preventive measure to keep earworms out? Like Heart Guard that keeps heartworms out of pets???

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Just because I was born here, does not mean it’s home.

If you haven’t guessed, we visited the US this past weekend. Which is why there hasn’t been a whole lot of me around anywhere the last few days. It was a long physical trip and Internet was the last thing on my mind. The first thing was to go through the four months of mail. Which is ALWAYS fun, unless it comes to the not so fun part, like getting important stuff that has a deadline. Which is so very stupid as all these places KNOW we are out of the country most of the year and they are to call or email us about this stuff. It’s on the accounts! So I made a few lovely calls on Monday.

I also get to see all the stuff I’ve ordered for the last few months, stuff like I may have mentioned before, I had forgotten I had ordered. It is usually stuff that is on clearance or are a really REALLY good deal and since a LOT of stuff cannot be mailed to Mexico as there is no telling when it will arrive (I still haven’t gotten some oils from Jackson Galaxy I ordered last year–got a refund no problem, but I do wonder where they ended up.) so that is always a gamble unless of course the merchant is smart enough to use DHL. Amazon is pretty good as they do use DHL but not all the things you can normally get on Amazon can actually be sent to Mexico. And the Mexican version of the site is….well interesting.

I also got my Christmas gifts hubby ordered so that was completely awesome. He got me a shirt from Big Cat Rescue:i-am-catleesi

I am Catleesi -The first of her name – Mother of meowereen – Queen of kibble and the catnip and the first meow – Lord of the seven kittens – Protector of the red dot – The unscratched – Mother of cats – Magnus cat liberandum – (that’s Big Cat Rescue to you mere mortals)

And I got some great BB8 related stuff bb8-swag a couple of feisty pets-I love them, he got me the Princess Pottymouth and Black Belt Bobby- and finally, he convinced me to get a new 7″ tablet to replace the one that was dropped screen first on a tiled floor back in October. Which of course I love.

It’s been such a tiresome exhausting trip that it has taken me five to six days to write this post, collect the pictures and put it up here. I also feel like utter crap today. No energy, just want to sleep and listen to music or you know…sleep. Lot’s of sleep.

Also hubby may have broken a bone. It’s February so I am not at all surprised. This family does disasters in February. It’s like religion. And sadly clockwork. We’ve named it the FFFC. Farmer Family February Curse.

Until next time, I promise it will be a bigger more exciting post. Can’t tell you WHEN it’ll happen however so, do try to survive without me….LOL.

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I just want to sleep

I am so very very tired. Been moving around still getting things out of the old place so that it’s completely empty by tonight (only two rooms to go so not bad actually) except for garbage which will be cleaned up tomorrow. Yay?

Still need to unpack the car from the trip made this morning. And I don’t wanna. After tomorrow I have exactly two days to rest and relax before having to go up to America on Friday. Can’t remember how long we’ll be up there. Part of me is excited to see all the mail, it’s almost like Christmas again.

Why doesn’t the mail app on Windows 10 have a spam option? I mean, hello? And apparently it never has. It’s been out for a year and has updated as recently as earlier this month but I cannot for the life of me mark messages as spam.

Also, Photoshop decided it would be awesome and freeze my computer up for a couple of days any time I tried to use it (like when I make the featured images for these posts maybe) so that is why there is some missing featured images.

Wil Wheaton once again has something useful and great to say. You might as well like and follow his blog as well.

OH! Almost forgot to rant about so called Pro-Lifers! This is how tired I am!

I understand completely how not all of the people screaming Pro-Life are clueless and heartless as the loudest and dumbest ones among the group, but it needs to be said and said again.

IF YOU DO NOT SUPPORT HAVING PROGRAMS THAT SUCCESSFULLY SUPPORT FEEDING, CLOTHING, SCHOOLING AND PUTTING A GOOD ROOF OVER A CHILD’S HEAD YOU ARE NOT PRO-LIFE, YOU ARE PRO-BIRTH.

To those participating in the March For Life:

First of all, good for you. Raise your voices, express your concerns, gather, make signs, do your thing. I won’t call you names. I respect your right to do this, and I respect your conviction.

Second, be clear with your cause. You don’t march for life. You march for the birth of a fetus. Think about this: at what age does this life stop mattering to you? When it’s in the womb, you cry for it, you fight for it, you empathize with it, you march for it. When it becomes 1 month old, you hope the mother supports it, feeds it, and nurtures it. But you don’t support the mother in this endeavor. You think she should “work hard,” “pull herself up by the bootstraps,” and get by on her $7.25/hr minimum wage job. You vote for those who block legislation to protect its mother from violence, from making the same wage as men, from getting basic healthcare, from getting food stamps and support to care for it.

When it becomes 6 years old, you hope there’s a public school around to teach it. But you vote for those who don’t want to fund public schools. You vote for those who believe our schools are “flushed with cash” yet somehow failing. The wealthier kids that live by it are able to go to different schools, but this fetus is stuck at the public school that is overcrowded, underfunded, and it falls behind in reading and math. You feel bad for it, but you don’t march for it. You mostly blame its single mother for not doing more to be involved in its schooling. “She should do homework with it. She should read to it more. Maybe she should get it a tutor.” But she is working two jobs and barely getting by.

Now it’s 14 years old. It just had its first experience with a boy. It’s not sure if it was safe with this boy and it thinks it needs to go see a doctor. But it is scared, and it is embarrassed, and it does not want to get in trouble with mom. So it looks for a Planned Parenthood in its area, but they’ve all been shut down. But you feel no sympathy for it anymore. It’s now a slut to you. It should have made better choices, been more Christian.It is no longer worthy of your support, and you do not march for it. Because you‘re not marching for life. You’re marching for religion, and righteousness, and oppressing women with your outdated views of how they should behave.

So it gets no prenatal care. It goes on living for the next three months wearing baggy sweatshirts and hoping no one notices. When its mom finally does notice she tells it to get an abortion, because they don’t have the money to support another it, and because it is still a child trying to go to school and have a life. But again, you don’t march for this life. You have voted for making abortion illegal and you feel good, you feel “right with God,” because you saved another fetus.

This time it was given up for adoption. It joins more than 400,000 children in the US foster care system. If it is lucky, it will only spend the average three years in foster care. If it is lucky, it will not fall into the 78% of foster care children who experience some form of abuse. If it is lucky, it will not be one of the 80% of imprisoned people who spent some time in the foster care system. If it is lucky, it will be one of the 50% of foster kids that graduate high school by the age of 18. If it is lucky, it will be one of the 9% of former foster care kids that earn a bachelor’s degree. If it is lucky, it will be adopted before it turns 18 and is thrown out onto the streets to fend for itself. But you don’t march for those lives.

Now it is 18. It jumped from foster home to foster home. It doesn’t have a family. It is depressed, emotionally damaged. It needs help. It could use some healthcare, but obviously can’t afford it. It could use a job, but has no clothes and nowhere to stay. You avoid it on the streets, taking the long route to your car hoping it doesn’t stop you to ask for some change. You wish it would go somewhere else, anywhere but your neighborhood. It gets too hungry. It turns to sex work, because it’s the only option it has. It starts using drugs to numb the pain of this sex work. But you don’t march for this life. This life is a burden on society to you. This life is un-Christian, unworthy of your tax dollars. This life should get its act together, overcome all odds and become a self-made it just like your granddaddy. And when this life has a new it inside of it, again you will march.

I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.

Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B.

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Until next time, say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t say you are for or against something unless you plan to be all in. This means all or nothing. Don’t half ass stuff.

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One more hour.

Only one more hour before I have to try to stand up and shuffle off to bed feeling like an 90 year old woman. What’s funny will be the fact that when I’m 90 I’ll have more damn energy then I do now! Only a couple more days of this moving nonsense to live through then it’s going to be an unpacking nonsense to deal with for a bit.

I’ve been trying to unpack as things come in as it’s relatively easy since all the big stuff has been arranged as needed. It’s just finding that extra energy to put things away. Although I will admit that the more news I read/hear the more clean this place gets. I’m one of a few that clean or organize when they are upset or even sometimes bored. And there has been PLENTY lately to upset me.

It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even bother, unless I need to clean or organize then I’ll read or listen to something. Usually works or I get extremely snarky. Always fun.

Here are a couple of “letters” I found this week and shared on my Facebook that I think really deserves a read for everyone.

Dear World.. We are truly sorry.

Dear White Friends We certainly should be there for our brothers and sisters no matter the race, religion, beliefs or class! Hopefully more people will start marching for anything they believe in or even just to support friends and family.

Until next time, sleep well my dears. There may actually come a time when a good nights sleep is not so easily obtained. Who needs a time machine?

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Still alive.

Moving is probably the best exercise one can ever do. You have the constant moving, the lifting and putting down, the twisting, the squatting…you get the idea. It’s also the best way to cure insomnia for a time. Also reminds you of the stuff you had but had forgotten as it got stuck in an out of the way place.

I found I have two 2.0 starter kits for the Disney Infinity for Xbox One. Apparently one was the Standard Starter Pack that has Iron Man, Black Widow and Thor in it with the Avengers Tower play set piece and the other is a Toy Box Starter Kit which had Stitch from Lilo and Stitch and Merida from Brave. So I have one game and pad that got hidden and forgotten. I’ve bought other figures (Anna and Loki for example) so I didn’t think about the fact I had gotten two starters as they were on sale because 3.0 came out. And of course as of March 3, 2017 Disney Infinity will discontinue all online services of the game. I have NO IDEA what this means as I am quite confused with this game. I’ve done a bit of the Avengers play set piece missions but nothing else.

Also found a few kitchen items I was thinking I had but hadn’t seen and really wanted. I KNEW I had it, but sometimes the brain really sucks and refuses to behave itself and work on a genius level. Not that it really ever has, but it has done some proud shining moments.

Until next time, ZZZZzzzzzzZzzzzZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Feels so weird.

Sitting in the house where most of the large items are in a single area ready for the movers tomorrow morning. I have to finish cleaning off my desk before bed and make sure all the little stuff is out of their way.

The older cats are meh about all the movement, the middle ages ones are freaking a little and the two youngins are running around using the furniture to fly through the air. Tomorrow will be the first night spent in the new place. The cats will be the last into the new place and unpacking will happen after they have  explored every nook and cranny. This helps me discover just where they’re going to claim as their own and  I won’t have to worry about them knocking things over when they are exploring. Or getting into something I don’t want them in.

I’m also reminded that moving the furniture every now and again might be a good idea. Also dusting more often. One of many annoyances when packing and moving things. I can always tell which rooms I spend the most time in as they are generally the cleanest and less dusty.

While I’m not carefully putting things in boxes or tossing them carelessly I am playing Tsum Tsum (pronounced ‘zoom zoom’) on my android device. Now this is not only a game, but something you can actually buy and have around the house. I had a few little ones of these before I found out what they were. I was using my Tigger one to clean my phone’s screen. Which despite what the bottom looks like, that’s not what they are for. They aren’t actually FOR anything to be perfectly honest. But there is a Marvel Tsum Tsum edition as well and in some ways I like it much better then the Disney as there is more to do that is required and it’s fun, but they both are. Also got hubby addicted to the Disney one…now trying for the Marvel. If you happen to play either, or end up playing either, my Line ID (will make sense if you play/start playing) is anthropologykhaleesi  and my Marvel Friend ID is 795 730 955 (To find your Friend ID Code or add someone else’s, click the Friend icon in the Marvel Tsum Tsum app (the two people), click the search button, and click “ID Search”.). Here are two great places to find more people to play, er with: Disney Tsum Tsum and Marvel Tsum Tsum. Unless you are in Japan you’ll be playing the Int’l (international) editions of the games. No, I don’t get a thing if you start playing either game. Unless you add me as a friend and give me energy and hearts.

We will more in likely be completely moved in by the weekend. Cats included. Which is good since we have to travel on the 3rd–again. Tomorrow and possibly the day after is going to be a whole lot of tetris playing with the furniture so we can get everything the way we desire and then get the furbabes over to completely dismantle everything. Well, perhaps not EVERYTHING. Not until at least next week!

Back to the gaming world as it is despite all the blood, emotional trauma and scares, a hell of a lot more plesant then the real one.

Until next time, make sure that no matter what, you get some play time in! You will not survive long if all you do is work or focus on the bad going on, even though it may be hard to ignore, find a game, ANY game and have fun for a bit every day.

 

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Day Four…….

I know I didn’t post yesterday. It was a combination of forgetfulness, being busy, and my mind being overwhelmingly shocked.

It’s only been four days since the Tangerine Tyrant has been sworn in and he’s already making the country a mess. Every time I see his name come up I feel sick (and I still want to punch that horrible face) and I am scared to read the headlines.

Okay, does anyone remember that scene in Avengers Age of Ultron when Tony Stark as Iron Man/Hulkbuster had to go after the Hulk after the Scarlet Witch did her thing on him? There is one part where Tony is punching Hulk in the face quickly multiple times while saying “Go to sleep! Go to sleep! Go to sleep! Go to sleep!” THAT is what I would love to do to the Tangerine Tyrant’s face. But not saying “Go to sleep!” That is how I feel EVERY TIME I see his horrible smug face. And I have felt this way for YEARS. Since the first time I saw him in a commercial for the reality show he was in, whatever it was where he yelled “You’re fired” a lot. Gah.

He has done NOTHING to improve the country if you are not part of the 1% and can benefit. He is already dismantling the ACA, he put the gag order back into place, he has banned EPA Arigcultrual research team from releasing information to the public, he’s trying to order media blackouts, reopen Keystone XL and the Dakota Pipeline negotiations. There is so much that is wrong but no one is doing anything about it. I am just struck dumb thinking, or trying to think about all of it. And to top it off, the tyrant can’t even handle embarrassment!

I just want America to stand together, look at him and scream in unison loudly

“You’re fired!”

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