its_the_stupidity_stupid-293x307I write this blog in the hope that there is intelligent life out there somewhere but every time Jeff goes on line and I see what constitutes news headlines I want to throw up. I don’t know the statistics on what is a neighborhood but I do know no one care what happens outside it unless it concerns an entertainment celeb or a sports one. Take Jeff’s wife for instance if he asks a question during the news about something in Bogota she’ll say she wasn’t paying attention but if it concerns Medellin no talking during the story. And it breaks down even further if it’s from an area not close to where we live. This is not just about Colombia in the US even though they have national news casts people aren’t that concerned with what happens in Utah if they live in New York. In New York City people don’t really worry about what’s going on I Buffalo unless it will interfere with vacation plans. The same philosophy applies to presidential elections. The US uses a system where the popular vote only means something in certain states because they all don’t have the same number of Electoral votes. So candidates don’t spend time or energy in small states. And then because people don’t think it matters they will elect a candidate based on his personality rather than his ability to lead. In other countries it’s about influence and money you promise poor people just about anything then do nothing and blame it on the opposition. Someday, not in my lifetime, maybe the human race will be able to find leadership that is hones and will improve the world but I Doubt it. This is Flounder (glad I’m a cat) saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia.

THE NEED TO THINK AHEAD.

January 24, 2014

Cedula-de-Extranjeria-OK for those that don’t know we live as residents in Medellin Colombia and the country issues to all foreign and its own citizens a Id card called a Cedula. It is essentially a national photo ID. You need it to use a credit card rent an apartment or just about any legal document you might sign. Well Jeff’s is set to expire in March as is his Visa and they will have to travel to Bogota to renew. Now Jeff wanted to go at the end of Dec or the Beginning of Jan. his wife says no we’ll go in February. Which of course is typical of Colombians they wait until the last possible moment to do anything they hate making plans for next week. Which brings me to the point of this post Colombians lack of a since of urgency or advance planning is what is holding this country back. They let a few wealthy individuals tell what they need and when they need it. The two more successful countries in South America Brazil and Argentina have that since of urgency about them and forward thinking. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still a ruling calls of people in those countries it just means that there thinking has allowed for more progress. Colombia is needs the anti drug money the US sends and is deeply concerned that if the peace process is successful the money will stop. All this brings us back to the point that the people aren’t planning ahead. The rich are only thinking about themselves and the poor are just getting along and are in no hurry to improve the life. Now I’m not saying that’s a really bad thing because progress is not always great. But without some forward thinking on the part of the poor this country will eventually become a fiefdom for a small percentage of rich people and then all hope could be lost. But as I say what the hell do I know I’m just a cat this is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin Colombia.

IS THIS YOUR FIRST TIME

January 22, 2014

Dre-Skull-First-Time-608x608I decided today to act as if this is the first time you’ve read this blog; simple because one I think there might be some new readers out there and two I got nothing else to talk about today. This blog was supposed to be about me in the beginning and my adventures moving from New Jersey to Medellin Colombia from a cat’s perspective. But after living here for a year and a half there’s not too much new happening we’ve all sort of fell in to a routine. We didn’t even go to the famous river Christmas lights this year. So what do Jeff and I write about now? Whatever we feel like some days we’ll take on American or Colombian politics or some news maybe a human interest story. Other days Jeff just goes off on a rant and there’s not much I can do about that. So I hope those of you who are long standing followers will continue to be so and those that are reading this for the first time will enjoy hearing about things from a cat’s perspective. This Flounder, that my name by the way a very handsome tuxedo cat, saying CIAO fro Medellin Colombia.