Talk about a feeling of dislocation.
For the last week and a half we were on the road to Nanaimo and then spending time there at the new house and getting ownership papers signed, getting possession and installing a few new items of furniture and then yesterday we boarded a plane and flew back to Regina and now it seems as if all that happened was a dream!
Strange feeling indeed.
Now I am back in the environment that I spent my life in and Nanaimo, did it really happen?
Of course the answer is simple. Yes all that happened did indeed happen but still, it is a strange feeling.
One of the things I encountered there was that, similar to small towns in the United States we have visited, when it comes to getting news from around the world in local media, that becomes a difficult chore. It seems as if the area of interest is limited to the local region with a smattering of items from the nations' Capital and a few tidbits from the international scene.
Of course there was an incessant drone about the Olympics, but sorry, not really interested and even more so after actually viewing a few minutes of breathless reporting on the Twitter scene at the Games -really? This is news worthy? Really?
I can only shake my head.
In a case of how some things never seem to change I offer the following:
- the Euro crisis continues on its merry way with all politicians involved seemingly more concerned with their summer holidays than the plight of the poor and unemployed and the faltering Euro.
- Syria continues its endless civil war and to the surprise of the entire world the so called peace mediator, Koffi Annan discovers that the United nations is unwilling to do anything about the crisis and resigns in protest. This is a new discovery from the former leader of the UN? Oh, right, before he was too focused on his fat pay cheque and perks while head honcho of that dysfunctional organization to have noticed that.
- the American presidential elections continues to roll on, ignored by many of the voters. And it has descended into personal attacks amid attacks on tax returns, who is more and who is less an American and American patriot. Meanwhile the national debt soars and congress is on holidays -remember the fable of the Roman Emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burned?
Seems fitting in this case.
In Argentina it seems that the economy is sputtering a little as talk continues to grow about possible devaluation of the currency to fight excessive inflation.
In a sign of how quickly time passes, I read an article this week about former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and it stated that he was 93 years old! Good Lord, how quickly time passes and it seems like yesterday that a young and charming Kohl was in the news frequently and now - 93?
Even more disturbing are reports in the German media that the country is in danger of being overrun by hordes of raccoons - a million to be exact. Worries about non documented illegal "guest" workers dim as this new threat occupies the focus of federal and local governments throught this land of lederhosen and beer and sauerkraut.
The Russian government intends to restore the military-technical support
of their ships at the former military base in Cam Ranh (Vietnam),
Lourdes (Cuba) and the Seychelles. So far, this is not about plans for a
military presence, but rather the restoration of the crew resources. It will be interesting to see how the American government responds to this announcement.
Famed American writer Gore Vidal died this week. I must admit that to me he seemed more of a media darling than a quality writer. Yes he did pen a couple of interesting items but it seemed that his main claim to fame were the occasions where he could be viewed and promoted for outlandish statements on any and everything rather than the volume and quality of his work.
Just my opinion.
Carnival cruise lines is implementing a new policy in regards to people that "tag" lounge chairs and then leave them vacant. Crew members will patrol the decks and mark any unused--but clearly
saved--chairs with a sticker. Tagged seats will be checked again after
40 minutes. If the sun lounger is still reserved, towels and anything
else you are using to mark your spot will be removed and held in one of
the towel stations.