I’m really happy to be taking Hindi at the U now that I’m home, but sitting in night class for 2 1/2 hours 2x a week talking about India makes me well, miss India… a lot.
I miss.. bucket showers, and dal bati, my eternally dirty feet, sharing bidis with cab drivers, stargazing from the roof in devgarh, fresh nimbu and guava and mango and kela. I miss my american friends who are still there, i miss khana bhai and 10 chapati narayan bia.
I’m still having a hard time shaking the post USA return blues. My visa is good until July… and if I had the cash I’d be back in a heartbeat.
Do you have any lotion? This is where they invented the Jucy Lucy. Seriously, air conditioning? Seriously? Wait, is there a snow emergency? So I think we can park on the odd…no, the even…no… It’s gotta be peak color right now It’s called a turn signal! Do you have Surly on tap? Let’s go there, I think they have Surly on tap. Come here once. Duck duck grey duck. Do you want to come with? I don’t care, it’ll always be Dayton’s to me. I haven’t shaved my legs in 3 weeks. Where did you get those boots? They only sell this cheese at Surdyk’s. Fucking bikers! I don’t go to St. Paul I got these at the Farmer’s Market I was an extra in The Mighty Ducks You guys, we should totally do the Peddle Pub It’s called a zipper merge! Yeah, but what’s the windchill? Sven said to bundle up I so do not have an accent Gimme that bug spray once
“A true revolution of value will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“We’ve become a country that values shareholders over citizens, and it’s this whole bullshit about corporations are people. They’re not. … that’s what’s gotten crazy. You can’t be a person if other people can’t kick your ass.”—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show (via madelinelime)
"Internet entrepreneur Meg Hourihan says she has “more stuff than I could ever possibly use or need.” So this year, she’s resolved to wear out her resources—she will not buy anything new until she uses up, wears out, and makes do with the stuff she already owns.”
I love this project. An inspiration for changing my own ways. Check it out.
“The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is — and I mean this seriously — the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been.”—Fidel Castro, who was the subject of several barbs during a GOP debate in Florida. (via officialssay)
“A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. Every person in this chamber can point to a teacher who changed the trajectory of their lives. Most teachers work tirelessly, with modest pay, sometimes digging into their own pocket for school supplies - just to make a difference. Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn.”—President Obama (via apsies)
“So I ask, what if Tim Tebow were Muslim? How would our society react if during every interview, Tebow said “Insha’Allah” or “Allāhu Akbar” rather than thank his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Or instead of falling to one knee and praying, Tebow pulled out a prayer rug and faced Mecca? A recent study by the Pew Research Center suggests it would not be well received. While American Muslims in general tend be satisfied with their lives and communities in the United States, 55 percent report that being Muslim in the U.S. has become more difficult since Sept. 11. Twenty-eight percent report that people have viewed them with suspicion and 22 percent report having been called offensive names. The TLC show “All-American Muslim” has lost advertisers who were pressured by groups claiming that the show was Islamic propaganda. Yet Pat Robertson claims that the United States is a breeding ground for anti-Christian bigotry.”—
“But as Tebowmania makes its way into politics, sports, religion and the everyday life of the mainstream United States, it is important to think about how we approach religion in this country. How we approach religious freedom in this country. Do we accept freedom of religion, any religion? Or do we accept freedom of Christianity?”