So, what do you think? If people manage to squeeze enough into carry-on bags, then what? If the airline doesn't get our money via paying for luggage, how will they make it up? My best guess is by filling the cargo bay with shipments. This is all just part of the effects of Bush-onomics, and we all have to live through it, but I know many of us will be doing far less traveling of all kinds for a while.
Another thing that crossed my mind is how we choose our words.
Or perhaps I should say, how some people don't choose. Or at least don't think before they open their mouths. I've overheard several comments in recent weeks that just make me wonder about people, how they decide to let words out and show the world who they are.
About a local woman who was English, married an American serviceman and has lived in the US for many years, recently taking citizenship here: "I just love to hear her talk. Sometimes I can't understand her, but her accent is so lovely!" She does have a thick, very "literary" accent, and I sometimes have to listen with care myself.
About some French guests at the Gallery: "Don't you just love to hear people speak with a French accent? It is soooooo sexy!"
About a waitress with an accent of obvious Hispanic origin: "I wish they would learn to speak (English) right if they're gonna live here." If you'll notice, the grammar of this is poor or in the speaker's vernacular, not "right."
About watching the TV show "Cane" when it first came on: "Oh, it's about Cubans? Oh, good, I might watch it. I thought it was about Mexicans."
What is it in our society that makes people so critical about those of Hispanic heritage? And I'm always a bit miffed when Mexicans are placed at the bottom of that group, at least places I've lived recently, NM and KCMO. People living in Florida have more issues with Haitians and others from the islands. These are just a few examples of things I've heard or read over time, but recent enough that I could quote them pretty closely. I suppose that the Mexican immigrants are today's versions of the Irish or the Chinese as a couple examples from generations past, those who come to the US and are willing to do the kinds of labor that many (most?) of us might not be willing to do.
Let's assume for the moment that the US economy tanked (assume??) and that the French economy would make it possible to live life more comfortably. I wonder what the lady who thought the French accent was so delightful would think if she were to emigrate to France, considering she had to learn the language, take a job cleaning up after French citizens, be considered second class in society? What if the citizens of her new country scorned her for having an accent?
I donno. I realize I'm sensitive to this because I have a lovely, well-educated DIL who still speaks with a strong Mexican accent, even after living in the US for over 20 years, and I have seen how people look at her with disdain or talk down to her, at times. They don't know her, and some don't bother to get to know her and her story before judging her.
Our country is called The Land of Opportunity. Our National Lady, the Statue of Liberty, welcomes immigrants with
"Give me your tired, your poor,But I don't know that we believe it. Maybe across the tracks, but not in "my neighborhood." This is sad.
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
When did the Immigration and Naturalization Service become U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? I haven't looked up the date of the change, but that says a lot, doesn't it? And when I hear people talk about our "national security," as related to the Mexican border it makes me laugh! The terrorists aren't coming in through that border!! It's the poor people trying to eke out a living, willing to clean toilets that are there! There ARE some known terrorist group cells of Middle East origin in Canada, but are we talking about building a wall across that border? NO!! (Besides a wall isn't gonna stop terrorists, for goodness sake!!)
I was also reading about Barack Obama and the multitude of crap being thrown at him ... being Islamic, taking his oath for Congress on the Qaran, etc. The unread public fears him for nonsense!! I'm getting the most ridiculous emails about that, and I'm firing them back with references to the truths. Anyone can look these things up, read about them and know the bottom line, but as a whole, our population doesn't research, speaks without thinking of consequences, and believes silly gossip. And makes political choices based on looks, smiles, and charisma, not political records, campaign platforms, etc. Each of us owes it to ourselves and our friends to be well-read, well informed, and not make assumptions!!!
OK, I have to go to work for a while and I have to get ready, so I need to stop my rant. While I'm away, tell me .... what is your opinion? Are you as tired as I of hearing garbage out of the mouths of people who don't think first? And have you considered that they have the same voting rights as you do?