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The World Ending in 2012 Wouldn’t Be Too Bad

So I  just watched this CNN video by Anderson Cooper showing the suffering of seagulls due to the oil spill.

The comments that followed showed sadness and anger blaming BP for the suffering and death of tons of innocent animals. This only made me think of how much other stuff  goes on to innocent people and innocent animals that Anderson Cooper doesn’t cover. How can we blame BP for its accident when we are buying products from China where the suffering they cause from their pollution is NOT accidental? Why don’t we stop buying caged chicken eggs and hormone enhanced chicken meat? Seriously, the conditions of those chickens are as horrible as those seagulls covered in oil, and guess what folks, its on purpose, 100% preventable, but its not in the media.

Look at THESE pictures. The pollution in China is deforming and killing PEOPLE.. not just animals and its all basically for us consumers. Not to mention all the suffering farm animals that I’m sure most of you have already seen videos of but choose to forget. And the recent documentary about the dolphin slaughtering that is going on in Japan. What about the dogs that are suffering on the streets of Chile because of human’s irresponsibility? (I don’t even want to post a picture of that)

All of these examples don’t even include the genocides and wars that are going on ON PURPOSE!

Okay, just wanted to prove my point that maybe the world ending in 2012 is a better result for it  than what we can do to it in the next few years.

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June 3, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Pab - I absolutely agree!!!

June 3, 2010 - 11:00 pm

Pauline - lana, have hope! the fact that people are even acknowledging these environmental and social issues shows a lot of progress.

June 4, 2010 - 5:42 am

Morgan - I agree, its awful. And yes, the world ending in 2012 would be the only solution……unless there was a way to just get rid of the pesky humans, and leave the lovely animals to take over ~ problem solved :)

June 4, 2010 - 8:52 am

Patty - A little deep…. I hate seeing animals suffer, we can only do what we can do. Maybe you posting this will help in some way. Too bad we can’t fix the world. Plus, I want to live longer, travel more, and maybe have grandkids someday. :)

Full House?

So, right now Pablo lives with his dad in an apartment in Las Condes and we had been planning to get our own place in Providencia when I moved down there in August. But today Pablo told me that his dad invited us to live with him, his girlfriend, and her 20-something year old son since they have decided to move in together. Ummm YEAH! Let me lay out the pros and cons of this situation:

Pros of accepting the invite:

  • We would live in a 4 bedroom HOUSE and it would cost about the same as renting, but would include food and other things I will mention below.
  • A house=not an apartment=maybe a yard=happier foster dogs
  • It would be furnished. Renting an apartment in Santiago means starting from scratch, like usually not even a refrigerator! And definitely no bed, dining table, dresser.. not even lighting sometimes!  So having everything included would save us tons of money and still feels homey and not empty. This “furnishing” would also include internet, cable, utilities.. all taken care of.
  • We would have a maid 5 days a week… WHAT??!!? Ummm… this would be amazing.. cooked meals & ironed clothes, as well as someone in the house that won’t speak English to me so I will finally have to speak Spanish!
  • The kitchen would be full of food ALWAYS, not only saving us tons of money, but saving me time and effort of going shopping a bunch and trying keep food fresh for only two people.
  • A lot easier access to a borrowable car. If Pablo and I lived away from his dad, it would always be a hassle to organize if we could borrow the car for special occasions, but living together would make it as easy as walking into the living room and asking.

Cons of living with 3 others:

  • We will not have a bathroom attached to our room and would probably have to share. Basically the of whole issue of privacy.
  • I think it would be harder to have easy transportation to where I would want to go, and would most likely not be walking distance to my Spanish school. (but I don’t know because they don’t actually have a place yet).
  • The living area wouldn’t be mine in the sense that it wouldn’t be decorated how I want it and wouldn’t show our personality as a couple.
  • I’m sure there are a few more that I will discover upon accepting the offer and moving in with them.

As for now, anyways, it sounds like a good idea that doesn’t really involve long term commitment. If we decide we don’t like it, we could move out in a few months anyways, but I have a feeling I am gonna enjoy freeloading for a while. Regardless, this is just in the idea stage, lets see if Pablo’s dad and his girlfriend can even find a 4 bedroom house that fits their needs.

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May 28, 2010 - 5:58 pm

david - Like say, you can´t lose much by giving it a try and it will give you time to settle in here and look around for something more permanent. I haven´t yet met anyone who has been successful in the long term in living like you have described, but give it a go. What can you lose, apart from busting up with your boyfriend´s father?

May 28, 2010 - 11:00 pm

LanaRenee - Yeah, its definitely not the “long term”, a year at most probably… though I do know someone who has lived with her in-laws in Santiago even after getting married.

May 29, 2010 - 7:54 am

Patty - Good Idea! At least near a bus would be nice. If you decide to live somewhere else, US or ?, you just pack your suitcase, easy. :)

May 30, 2010 - 6:27 am - I say you should go for it. Even if it doesnt work out its easier to accept the offer now and try it, than to try to move in later if your plans dont work out somewhere else. Familys in Chile are so so very close and many fmilys live all together here.. i think youll be just fine..but, i share your private space private time issues….all part of the adaptation that is living in chile…SUERTE

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