Saturday, February 4, 2006

Trash Cans, a NYC Cabbie, and Speaking English

Just a random thought... Have you ever noticed that once a trash can gets full, you can still put an amazing amount of trash in it before you actually have to empty it?


In case you haven't seen it yet, you might want to check out New York Hack's blog. It was a featured Associated Press story a week or two ago (yes, I'm a bit slow to update) and has some pretty interesting takes on life as a NYC cabbie.


Last weekend, Kenin and I were having our usual Saturday date at Wal-Mart (groceries, don't ya know?) and I swear we were the only people on three aisles that spoke English. Now, I know that America is the great melting pot, blah, blah, blah, but come on, folks! Learn to speak the freaking language already, will ya? Wouldn't you think that'd make your life easier if you could actually understand what people were saying to you? If I went to live in Germany, for instance, it'd be in my best interest to learn to speak German, wouldn't it? If I moved to Russia, or China, I'd need to learn a new alphabet and a new language. Don't tell me it can't be done, because I know it can. My oldest brother, Roy, speaks English and Spanish. My younger brother, Robert, speaks English and Russian and his wife, Guli, speaks four (Count 'em out loud now: Uzbek, Russian, Turkish, and English) different languages! And bless her heart, she even says y'all! Now, granted, I can barely speak English (although I'm well versed in Southern), but you don't see me immigrating to some other country now and needing an interpreter, now do you?

So anyway, Kenin and I decided that we want to have t-shirts printed up that have the word 'Pendejo' written in big, bold letters. Underneath it, in smaller letters, it will say 'I'm learning your language, so shouldn't you learn mine?' Anyone want to place an order?

PS - If you don't know what pendejo means, expand your horizons and look it up. Here's a hint - it's Spanish.

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