Unwoke Donation

Women’s March posted the amount of their average donation but it turned out to be unwoke:

Of course, 1492 is the year that created Latin America, so by saying it was bad you deny the right of hundreds of millions of Latin Americans to exist because they displease your imperialist ass.

Uniquely Naive


And then it’s going to be the smokers, the obese, the women with high-risk pregnancies that require a lot of medical attention. And so on and on.

In this environment, wishing for single-payer healthcare makes you uniquely naive.

Do you know why Cuba has such low infant mortality rates? Because women like me aren’t allowed to carry our complicated pregnancies to term. Abort or you won’t get medical help, you old / diabetic / hypertensive / something else bitch who’s likely to cloud our beautiful stats with your reproductive problems.

Oh, Memories

Somebody used my research in his doctoral dissertation. And his thesis advisor is my very first (and only) Spanish teacher from 22 years ago. Oh, how I bugged that poor guy with my utter incomprehension of the past tenses in Spanish. I haunted his office and waited for him by the men’s room until the poor guy couldn’t stomach the sight of me. It went on until a friend from Mexico said “I bet you a beer I’ll explain you the past tenses in two words and you’ll finally leave us all in peace.” He did (the two magical words were ‘interrupted action’), and I got an A for the only Spanish language course I have ever taken.

And now that instructor’s student writes a PhD thesis on my stuff. Life is funny.

Also, that very first Spanish teacher was Salvadoran. And my research has now arrived at its Salvadoran inflection. A coincidence but a really interesting one.

Knowledge of Geography

I didn’t put Klara in a private Christian school for the education but I have to say that they do provide good education.

We were talking about Thanksgiving turkey and I said, “Klara, do you know that there’s a country called Turkey?”

All of a sudden, she switched into a very adult voice and recited, “Mommy, Turkey is a country in the Middle East that is surrounded by three different seas. It’s known for its Mediterranean crops. . .”

I almost fell out of my chair. Then she asked me if I could help her draw the Ark of the Covenant, which I had no idea what it even was. So she brought her school book and showed me the map of Israel, and the Jordan River, everything.

She’s going to know the Bible and geography better than I do. Not that it’s very hard because I was educated in the USSR, and the only thing we learned in geography classes was where natural resources were located. I was 20 years old before I found out what the capital of Canada was but I can still reproduce the map of their fossil fuels from memory.

Piling Up

Evidence is also piling up that if you hit yourself over the head with a crowbar several times in rapid succession, you might experience some discomfort in the cranial area.

Or not.

Wouldn’t want to jump to any conclusions here. Let’s be very careful with the evidence and give it at least a couple more centuries before we figure out the concept of “seasonal flu.”