This weekend marks my one year anniversary of Abu Dhabi life! It went by far too quickly and my writing discipline definitely didn’t win out during my culture shock adjustment period. Goals: re-examined. New bars set. Why am I here if not to tell the story?
Here are a few things I learned this past year:
Well, my NaBloPoMo streak is broken. Got distracted over the weekend by life, fun, etc. and totally blew off my blogging. Whoops!
Things I’m digging today:
- The idea that Third Culture Kids – children who grow up as expats, outside of their parents’ home country/countries – are “quick to think outside the box and can appreciate and reconcile different points of view.”
- Cute clothes from Mark’s and Spencer – a British department store that is the closest thing to Macy’s I can find here.
- Eight books and a handful of handwritten letters showed up in my PO box this week. If you are looking for a penpal, I’m always game for more.
- The Humans of New York Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser. Photojournalism and community activism at its best. Check it out.
- Knowing that there is snow falling in MN and I’m not there for it.
Hey friends! I have a whole bunch of super smart ideas to blog at you. They are simmering in the back of my brain pan at the moment and won’t let me live with the fact that thinking and the beginning of the weekend are totally incompatible. So I offer you this:
Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman were some of the most awesome sketch performance writers and actors of my childhood. I can’t tell you how much I wish I could get a complete DVD set of all the seasons of The Carol Burnett Show. Here’s a great example:
Took a quick stroll around the block with a couple of neighbors and my camera. Enjoy.
Candice is a 31-year-old New Yorker. She met a nice lawyer at a bar and agreed to see The Avengers with him. When she arrived for the date, he was wearing a fedora. The date did not go well…
I’m thinking about collecting bad date stories for a show. Anyone want to send one in?
Just in case you’ve been living off the grid and haven’t checked your social media in the last two weeks, the latest EVERYBODY IN THE POOL internet sensation has been a series of goofy videos based on one-liners. I think it started with Sh*t Girls Say – which I found hilarious mostly because I’m a middle class white girl and I’ve said all of those things. Then there was Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls – starring a black actress in a blonde wig doing a great Valley Girl voice and my laughter turned into more of nervous giggles and cringes of uncomfortable recognition.
Now, on the YouTube, there are thousands of them. Some are funny, some are stupid, and some are so peculiar to me that I just kinda cocked my head to the side and said, “Huh. That happened.” I think it’s reasonable to group the videos into two different categories: the sh*t (people like me) say and the sh*t (middle-class American white) people say to (insert ethnic or other minority group here).
This phenomenon has mostly run its course, but I’m fascinated by how popular it became in just over a month. I don’t have time to do any sort of in depth analysis of how any one of these videos might make an impact on our collective understanding of sexism, racism, white privilege, or classism. However, I am impressed that there is an internet meme out there based on more than silly cats.
I like these videos because they show people are listening to each other and wanting very badly to react in a positive way. Perhaps an academic out there will spend time deconstructing how difficult it is for us to say to each other: Wow. Don’t say that. You just hurt my feelings and I need to let you know that’s not cool.
And on a lighter note: This one.