Tuesday, June 26, 2007

m.i.a.

Missing in action. I used to have one of those bracelets, wore it into the late '70s. Don't know what ever happened to my Vietnam serviceman. My commitment to wear the silver until he was located fell victim to an excess of vodka and nights spent wilding in the bars.

I have a sense of being adrift, without focus, missing in action from my blog and my life. Must be time for a getaway, but the best deal I can find is in Jamaica and I am not sure I can stomach a retreat to such a homophobic country. I've been looking at international properties ~ something more permanent ~ thinking I can run away from the fascists in Washington, find a little nook high in the mountains, celebrate life in a country which minds its own business and flies under the radar.

I am as disgusted with this Cheney thing as I've been with any of the Bush era travesties beyond the lies told to get us into Iraq. I don't know how this could happen to my United States, this country I've pledged allegiance to since I was four years old, and I find myself just wanting out.

Do you ever dream of running away? If so, where do you imagine yourself ending up? My dreams take me to a country with beaches and mountains; I'll be on the beach when it's cold in the mountains and in the mountains when it's too toasty in the sand. Costa Rica is looking good, Panama. You?

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28 Comments:

Blogger Doralong said...

Yep- been looking at Costa Rica for a few years now as a place to run to once we're done educating the kidlets..

However, I did finally realize that's precisely what those asshats want.. to run out or silence the decent people that actually do give a damn about their fellow humans-and have the balls to be vocal about it. Screw them. My freaking ancestors didn't fight that damn Revolutionary War for nothing!!

So, while a retirement pad in Costa Rica is still a swell idea- me, I'm sticking it out a bit longer. I have no choice, really. But even if I did- the emailing and calling and writing and general calling their collective asses on the carpet of my elected officials will continue..

I feel your pain Miss Belle, I really do, there are days it all makes me want to scream, or cry. But look at your little "community" here. There are decent people still, and our voice will be heard again eventually. You ARE a patriot, and your voice does count. Look at the number of fellow minded folks that were concerned about you.. Breathe deep and keep fighting the good fight.

You only lose the fight when you finally give up- you strike me as way too tough for that.

June 26, 2007 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

There is some good news. I read where some GOP senators are pushing to have Cheney resign "for health reasons" since he is going in for an updated pacemaker. The idea is to put Fred Thompson in as VP, giving him an edge for the GOP presidential nod. Almost anything would be better than Cheney.

June 26, 2007 2:17 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I've had three very scary conversations with my friends in the last week about where they plan to escape to.

My ex, Mike, who is a Government Employee, is thinking Thailand. Condos are apparently quite reasonable there.

James the PHD is leaning toward Canada (but you must be under 55) or Spain.

Suzannah already has a UK passport so she's planning on buying a place in London to facilitate her escape.

How terrifying is it that intelligent people are developing escape plans for when the United States is no longer viable?

June 26, 2007 2:20 PM  
Anonymous tater said...

We love you honey. Keep fighting the good fight and don't disappear on us. Doralong is right, there are many of us good folk left in this country, evidenced by those of us who have gravitated here. I know how frustrating all of this nonsense can be, how draining, and defeating. I am glad you are okay, and nothing horrible has happened to Mike or the pups, I'm a worrywart by nature and you had me nervous in your MIAness. I need to hear your voice railing against the assholes, it gives me hope and strength that someone out there like me is furious. You have been my outlet in many ways. You have an extremely pleasant voice and intelligent mind, that is much more capable of expressing your disatisfaction than I. Glad you're back!
Smooches!

June 26, 2007 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Kamrin said...

That is why I am gonna get my yurt and move to someplace like Colorado. When I get fed up, I can pack up my house (literally) and move. If I wind up in Mongolia, then so be it!

June 26, 2007 3:06 PM  
Blogger Doralong said...

Lynette- all kidding aside, I stay and keep badgering the assholes for one good reason- the children. And not just mine. Much like the hell that went down in NOLA, a lot of decent people don't have the option of bailing.

While la familia could possibly cash in the whole shebang and become the ex-pat family someplace.. live a quiet, modest life someplace down south, teach the kiddos better spanish and so on. The Beastman and I have had some very long, reasoned conversations on the subject.. and have decided no. At least not now.

Now, more than any other time in the history of this country, we need impassioned, and compassionate people such as yourself to stay the course. It's hard, and frequently seems fruitless.. I expect my Senator's office sees that caller ID and the interns all go "Oh hell no- I had to talk to her last time, your turn." And I often feel I'm just wasting my time. But in reality, not so much.. the tide will turn. Not bloody soon enough to suit either of us, but without the dissenting voices, they win by default. And I personally am not ready to let them,

OK- promise I'll shut the heck up for today y'all..

June 26, 2007 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Brion. said...

Pheww! you had us all worried!! disappearing on us like that!

How about running away to a south pacific island for a break?

not this far south...it's winter here.

chin up!

BJ.

June 26, 2007 4:02 PM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

doralong made the point really well...if we go, and our insistent voices are no longer heard, then the bastards have won. And it is so VERY tiring to spend all this time screaming and yelling about what's been going on, and not feel like anybody is listening. I don't want to tell my nieces that I sat idly by while our Constitution was shanghaied.

Oh yes, I'd go to Canada (in a heartbeat).

June 26, 2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger Ms. Place said...

I would refresh my spirit in a cabin by a lake in Vermont, and listen to the loons, and watch the sun set and rise over the water, and pick wildflowers, and watch the cows chew cud, and look out for moose. No t.v., no modern distractions. Just me and someone special, and a ton of good books. No computer or laptop even. Just clean fresh air and the music of the songbirds. That always brings back hope.

June 26, 2007 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Big Fella said...

You do not want to live in Panama. I spent two years there, on a military base in the middle of the jungle. There are two seasons in Panama, Dry and Wet, the only difference between the two is that in the Dry season it only rains once a day. Hot and humid as Hell. The truck with the super giant industrial bug sprayer would come around twice a year and spay insecticide in the air, didn't help, once I took one step off the concrete walkway, onto open ground, in less than a minute my entire body (exposed part) was covered in mosquitoe bites. The fire department would come around once a year to set fire to the encroaching jungle so that it would not overtake our buildings.

In regard to the evil devil Cheney and the Bushliburton administration, we need to hang in, even if it takes two more years, and hopefully someone not bent on destroying our constitution can get in there.

June 26, 2007 4:57 PM  
Blogger David said...

Running away, let's do it.
Free from the ties that bind.
No more despair, or burdens to bear,
Out there in the yonder.

Running away, go to it.
Where did you have in mind?
Have to take care.. unless there's a 'where',
You'll only be wandering blind.
Just more questions.. different kind.

Where are we to go?
Where are we ever to go?

Running away, we'll do it.
Why sit around, resigned?
Trouble is, son, the farther you run,
The more you feel undefined.
For what you have left undone, and more,
What you've left behind.

June 26, 2007 5:23 PM  
Blogger evilganome said...

I am looking ever more longingly at the old country. I think I am still entitled to Canadian citizenship, and I am thinking very seriously of moving north. I can live with the climate. I don't agree with everything in the Canadian constitution, but at least the population is engaged. As much as I hate the current administration, I can't help but feel the country has got what it deserved. Look at voter turnout! This country is too lazy to get out and hit the polling booth, I doubt they will do much of anything once GWB and company have finished wiping their ass with the constitution.

June 26, 2007 5:53 PM  
Blogger Livvy U. said...

Hello again, I haven't visited for a while and just wanted to say that I like the changes on your blog - love your succinct but perfect profile for instance!

You can't run away! Your country needs you! And all people like you! Keep talking/blogging, spreading the word.

Best best wishes
Livvy

June 26, 2007 5:53 PM  
Blogger Red7Eric said...

Yay! You're back!

I often dream of finding a British or Canadian man who wants to marry me and take me home with him. It's a lovely fantasy, and given the progressive laws of those two nations, entirely possible should fate choose to smile upon me.

Glad you're back -- I've been checking daily ...

June 26, 2007 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Brion. said...

Just realised that this post should probably have been titled.....

'Mama Mia'

Ha ha ha ha!!

Big hugs..
BJ.

June 26, 2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger rodger said...

I was just about to e-mail you to see if everything was okay and decided to check here first. Thankfully you had posted and I could relax.

I've looked into a few places mostly Canada and Panama but decided to stick it out. Someone has to stick around and fight and I'm old enough, with no children, that I have little to lose. Well, not THAT old but you get my point.

Glad to have you back and if you need a cheap getaway...we have a spare room, a forest behind the house and a beach just an hour away. And...flights are cheap!

June 26, 2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger LSL said...

Mmmmmm . . . I needed just your brand of writing/thinking tonight. I did run away, for four years, and am already thinking of running away again . . .

June 26, 2007 8:36 PM  
Blogger eric3000 said...

I'd love to run away but it would be too hard to find another job.

I could live in Canada but I really want to move someplace where I can swim in the ocean. I was actually looking online (just for fun) for homes in Puerto Vallarta even though I've never even been there yet. I could probably live in Australia but the best beaches are so far from Sydney.

I know if all the decent Americans left the county, the evildoers will have won. But what they will have won won't be worth much and after they completely destroy the country we could come back. Obviously the Statue of Liberty will be half-buried in sand but we could still try to start over and do it right this time. LOL!

June 26, 2007 8:45 PM  
Anonymous tater said...

Rodger,
Is that offer open to Belle only, or can I come too?

June 26, 2007 8:51 PM  
Blogger Willym said...

Seeing what is happening it is hard not to dispair but don't ever give up on your wonderful country. Yes the leadership is rotten to the core - no I am wrong there appears to be no core left where they are concerned - and many things are wrong but there are so many things that are right. The United States is still filled with incredible people who do incredible things; it is still a land of great beauty and great diversity. And it is your home! Don't let them steal it from you. From reading your blog over the past few months I know that you are a patriot - in the real sense of the word not as it has been devalued by that crew in DC. And reading various comments here it becomes obvious that there are more people out there like you - Proud Americans. Hold on to that - it will defeat those bastards.

Lecture and pep-talk over - but I do mean it and keep in mind I'm one of those smug canucks who has not been above the odd bit of America-bashing.

As to an escape - any place where I can be with Reese and Laurent (notice the pecking order in my household.) Though one of the Gulf Islands would be nice - Salt Spring, Galiano - water, trees, nature and Vanouver and Seattle only a boat ride away. Plus wireless - yep we need wireless.

June 26, 2007 9:06 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

Oh -- somewhere hot. With a beach. With sunshine all the while. (thanks John Denver.)

June 27, 2007 2:13 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

you are all so precious. you folks and others like you are the best thing about this country. it would be hard to leave, but it sure gets discouraging. you all really lifted my spirits. thanks.

June 27, 2007 6:12 AM  
Blogger Andrea K said...

Missed you!

My dad spends half the year in Costa Rica and seems to love it. The cost of living for Americans is great, and apparently the health care is decent, because dear old dad had to have emergency hernia surgery there and it went fine. He gets all his dental work done there, too.

We all dream of running away and escaping, but not all of us have the nerve to actually do it. If you do make a run for it, you better take your computer and go somewhere with Internet access, otherwise I WILL protest!

June 27, 2007 6:24 AM  
Anonymous Joe / Kusala said...

Oh, Lynette, Lynette! I've been dreaming of running away for years now... but you know, it's hard to emigrate! Maybe it would have been easier at the age of 25. The truth is, I really don't feel like an American. I guess that's sad in a way, but it doesn't bother me so much.

I wouldn't mind finding a husband from Spain or Sweden or the Netherlands. What a concept: countries where I could legally be married and have residency rights! I would live in Barcelona in a minute given the opportunity.

Got to visit a friend's second home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, last fall and it was fabulous. Many Americans live down there, but as a result, it's now pretty pricey. Same with a lot of Costa Rica real estate. So I guess Panama is the new somewhat-"undiscovered" place that's still a bit affordable in Central America. Nicaragua too, apparently. Maybe all your faithful readers should pool our money and start a commune of sorts down there. Escape the insanity!

There's actually a fairly cool site called escapeartist.com with a lot of cool information. Some of their materials are for sale and come off like a sales pitch (for written guides, not for real estate, timeshares or anything), but I've found it interesting. Check it out!

June 27, 2007 10:21 AM  
Blogger rodger said...

Tater,

Open to any and all takers. Our winters are so long and wet we welcome all summer company.

And we cook too!

June 27, 2007 5:13 PM  
Blogger lisalgreer said...

France!! Especially after seeing Michael Moore's movie... :)

June 27, 2007 5:42 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Welcome Back Lynette!

We were concerned that you had been subject to an extraordinary rendition masterminded by Cheney and taken to China where you were being forced to make hair extensions for Ann Coulter.

At least coming from China, they'd be toxic..

Missed you, Darlin'

June 28, 2007 10:29 AM  
Anonymous lynette said...

haha :-) very sweet, jeff.

June 28, 2007 10:54 AM  

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