Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Message to my American Brethern and Sistern on Paddy's Day
And #2 is the whole "Happy St Patty's Day" thing. I know Patrick has a "t" therein, however when abbreviated, we insert two "d's." We are awkward like that. Sorry for that, I realise it's not intuitive, but nevertheless when someone types "Happy St Patty's Day" to me, it makes me want to thump seven types of shite out of them, and that's not good, especially when they were only being nice.
There thats it. Happy Paddy's Day to you all.
P.S. Leave the Guinness alone. It can't be improved upon, and it only comes in two colors, black and white (always simultaneously), never green.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
American Racial History By a Four Year Old
“Maya, guess who's coming over next Wednesday?” asked Tash. We have a babysitter named Rachel who Maya adores - she will frequently ask us when we are going out next so Rachel can come over.
“Her name begins with R, rrrrrrrrrrrr,” enunciated Tash, hoping that Maya would guess correctly.
This was greeted with a blank look.
“R .A., rrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaay…”
“Ray Charles?!” shouted Maya excitedly.
“Ray Charles?” guffawed Tash looking me. I was doubled over laughing.
“Who is Ray Charles, Maya?” I asked after I had recovered.
“He was a Black American, and he was blind when he was a boy, so he had to buy sunglasses when he grew up,” she explained patiently. “Oh, and he played piano.”
“How do you know this?”
“We learned it during Black American Month” *
“What other African Americans do you know?”
“The Supremes,” she stated confidently.”And Colin** Powell. But I think he’s white not black.”
“Do you know famous people from any other races,” I probed, “maybe Asian-Americans?”
“Yes, Martin Luther King, but he’s dead, he was shotted (yes, shotted) by the white people because they didn’t like him.”
*African American History Month is celebrated in February.
** pronounced C-ah-lin not C-oh-lin