“They’ll Buy You A Life”

Don’t live your life like you’re the only one in it
don’t waste another minute
thinking about yourself.
Open up and throw back all your covers
your sisters and your brothers
they’ll buy you a life.

In the interest of giving credit where it’s due, this song is called “Buy You A Life” and comes from the Young Dubliners’ “Saints and Sinners” album.

I’m making more money now. Not enough money to live on my own, but more than previously.

I used to think that there were things in life that were more important than money, but since I’ve moved back to the US, I’ve come to realize that money IS everything. You can’t do anything in this country without it. You can’t even properly take care of your health without it here.

Is it a sad day when I burn with envy for Canadians?

Life is still limited. I still don’t leave my room much. I still watch lots of Criminal Minds and read lots of fanfiction. If I were in NYC, I would be out occupying Wall Street with all of the 99% disenfranchised poor-to-average Americans.

Come February, however, I’m actually going on JocoCruiseCrazy2. There are lots of people going on this cruise, including Paul and Storm whom I’ve known for a long time (you should see their new iPad merch system!) and Paul F. Tompkins, a comedian who is a friend of Paget Brewster. No, I’m not going to be the squee-ing fangirl who asks him loads of questions about her. I’m not 16 anymore. I can’t admit to not being intrigued, however.

There are a bunch of other performers, but I really don’t know anything about them.

I just want out of the country.


The “Ugly American” Thing

I was listening to the latest Paul & Storm podcast a few minutes ago. Apparently, the only complaint from a large number of people who went on the JoCo Cruise was from Jamaica. Apparently, when they got off the ship, there were a lot of people standing around trying to sell things or offer tour guide services.

Obviously, a lot of you people have spent too much time in the United States. Get out of the country, and you’ll see that this kind of thing happens in a lot of other parts of the world. I got a lot of this every time I went wandering through Jerusalem’s Old City, which is my favorite place on Earth. I also got a lot of it in Cairo and a lot of it, surprisingly, at the Western Wall.

I guess that my point is that when you leave the country, you can’t expect everywhere you go to be a copy of the United States. Ok, being hounded by sellers may not be fun, but no one is forcing you to buy from them. Accept that you are not in the United States. Take the experience for what it is. Take the place for what it is.

I’ll give you an example: Israel’s bureaucracy is a mess. It’s huge and it’s so inefficient that you will often find yourself being told to run back and forth and back and forth from office to office on different days just to get something seemingly very simple done. But I never let this bother me terribly because a) I knew about this beforehand and b) it’s just a part of what Israel is like. It’s a part of the experience. There is a lot more to Israel that is astounding and warm and beautiful that something like that just kind of slides off. It can even be charming, in a way.

I can’t stand when Americans go overseas and the can’t cope with those small differences. I really can’t.

And then I heard that some of the cruisers actually took these potential tour guides up on their offers…

Yeah, definitely too much time in the United States.