Wry Exchange

Marijuana & Exchange Students
01-30-09, 12:14 am
Filed under: Exchange Program, Exchange Students

  If you are an exchange student, and you must smoke, you’re an idiot.   That’s not a moral opinion, it’s practical.   Assume you will be caught.  If you are caught, you are terminated.  No appeal in the US, or most other countries.

I remember being smarter than adults.  It’s the arrogance of youth.  Kids are still arrogant, but in a different way.  They don’t seem to care about getting caught.   Exchange Students don’t have that luxury.  If students are caught with pot in my program, they go home.  It’s one of our few deal-breakers.   We have to tell the State Department why the kid is leaving early.  It would be difficult to return to the US later.   Can you imagine being 30, and telling your employer or partner  “Sorry, I can’t get a US Visa.”    Students have been terminated from The Netherlands and Brasil for possessing marijuana.  I know only one country that will give students a second chance for testing positive.   One volunteer told me she really liked a student, and knew the FES wouldn’t pass a test.  The kid lied and lied, and the volunteer even offered to take the test for FES.  (My jaw dropped to the floor when I heard that.)  Kid failed, and went home.  Remember, marijuana is fat soluble, it stays in the system.  I don’t think we ever gave a student the pee test, host parents find the weed or paraphernalia.   Under the bed or in the underwear drawer aren’t good hiding places, idiots.

I’ve never smoked pot, but none of my reasons are because it is illegal.  I’m very allergic to marijuana, all of the soft tissue in my mouth and throat swells, and it’s tough to breathe.   The breathing thing is my main reason, but I don’t like to lose control and I come from a long line of drunks.  

I think weed should be legal for non-minors, and regulated like alcohol.   Until that happens, don’t be an idiot.


Travel Fun, Updated
01-28-09, 3:22 am
Filed under: Home

I moaned and whined about flying yesterday.   And about the AAA dude.   That wasn’t the end of the story.   Husband put dry gas in the car, and it was fine around town yesterday.   I took it to run errands today-we have NO food in the fridge.   The car stopped running about 6 miles out of town.  I called Husband, he brought the Jeep to tow me home.  Something ‘pinged’ as he turned it off.  The fanbelt snapped.   My father bought 3 different fanbelts.

AAA arrived, and it was a nice guy.  He towed me back to town, and I walked home.  Husband got the Jeep started, and thought since he had it all apart, it was a good idea to change the water pump.

I better buy a Vespa.  Or a pony.

Bolivia Ratified New Constitution
01-27-09, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Culture, Home | Tags:

  Bolivians voted over the weekend to ratify the new constitution.   Articles from the last few days seem to have shifted to a more positive view of Evo and his government.   I wonder why?  Santa Cruz and nearby areas haven’t embraced Evo’s policies. 

This New York Times article gives a good overview, even if they upgraded Evo to a former llama rancher instead of coca farmer.   Time has one online as well.

Exchange Students Shot
01-26-09, 11:51 pm
Filed under: Exchange Program, Inbounds Inbounds, Outbounds Outbounds

Several Rotary Youth Exchange students were shot Saturday night in Portland, Oregon.  Two of the students were killed. It seems to be a random shooting.  Eleven Rotary exchange students were at the under-21 club.
The murdered students were Outbound Ashley Wilks, and Inbound Marta “Tika” Paz De Noboa from Peru.  Police and local school officials have identified the five wounded exchange students as Ana Zambrano Soledispa, 18, of Ecuador; Gonzalo Vasquez Orozco, 18, of Guatemala; Trista Chang, 18, of Taiwan; Susanna DeSousa, 18 of Italy; and Anne Sophie Rialland, 16, of France.
This is a horrible tragedy, and my thoughts are with every exchange student, family, and host family.

Travel is Fun
01-26-09, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Home

I lie.  Husband and I were gone for over a week.  We are happy to be home.  GoodDobie was too excited to sleep, he panted and pawed.  BadLab wanted to play catch at 2:ooam.  My dad watched them, and spoiled them.

Flying sucks.  I used to love airports and flying away.  Us lowly coach rats can’t use the first class lavatories for ‘safety reasons.’  Maybe they mean the first class passengers will riot?
Coach smells like feet, peanuts, and farts.  Our plane doesn’t have video screens, so no movies or old “Everyone Loves Raymond’ shows.  As everyone’s Ipod and laptop batteries drained, they started looking through the Skymall catalogs.  Do you think their sales have increased?   Wine is seven dollars.  The flight attendants didn’t have many takers their first time through the cabin, but business was brisk after 4 hours of mindnumbing boredom. 
I might not be so pissy if my overhead light would stay on instead of slowly blinking like a lighthouse.
The flight was delayed, some kids were yelling ‘fag’ to each other while boarding, another guy yapped on his cell while we were taxiing, and another man kept telling him to turn the phone off,  and called him an idiot really loud, but you expect all that.
OK,  I was just going to post this, but our night got even more fun.  The car died on the way home from the airport in 2 degree weather.   The fuel line froze, so we called AAA.  They sent a moron, with an assistant.  They said all four of us couldn’t fit into the truck’s cab.  (They knew we were 2 people.)  Chief Moron told us we should call a taxi, because he was the Owner, and he wanted to teach Assistant to drive a stickshift.  (At 11 at night, in snow, on a freeway.)  I called AAA privately, AAA must have called them, because they DROVE AWAY.  Did I mention the car was so cold that the windows were completed frosted over from the inside?  
I called AAA again, and said ‘I think I pissed off the towtruck driver, because he just pulled away without saying anything.’  They made him return after dropping off Assistant somewhere.   We were 35 miles from home.  When he returned, he hooked up the car, and only said one sentence for the entire trip.  “What’s the quickest way?”   He unhooked the car, and drove off quickly before Husband could say anything.  Guess he assumed he wasn’t receiving a tip.

Snarky Blog
01-23-09, 2:28 am
Filed under: Culture | Tags: ,

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Demon Child Update
01-20-09, 2:01 am
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  I love this photo.   Demon Child tried to throw a glass at my student in a restaurant over the weekend.  He was stopped, and held on his father’s lap, but not punished.   His spitting escalated.  My student decided to ask for a new family.  Her counselor there must have talked to the family.  The family has agreed to put a shock collar on control their demon,  he will be punished for destroying items or spitting.  My student will also be permitted more freedom.  We’ll see how it goes for the next few weeks.