We’ve been painting the house for the past month. Oh, not me – I’m just the financial guy. A _very_ happy filipino gent has been doing the labor for me. Our flat (penthouse? bunker?) was dark green and ‘amazing’ green for the past 4 years. Then my sister-in-law painted her house, which is just across the way, 'amazing' green. And the Pure Gold building, that dominates the view from my front and side windows, is various shades of green. Dammit.
Time to change and plus the paint was
peeling due to the lovely atmospherics in the islands (read: constant
humidity, occasional freakin’ heavy rain). I sure hope continue to love
pale yellow / BRIGHT yellow. What started as painting/repainting the 3rd
floor flat has turned into a complete repaint of the entire building – 5
floors in toto! *sigh*
I hope everyone in the family enjoys their bags of sugar
and cans of tuna for Christmas, because we are _broke_. Oh well, at
least we are weather-proofed – sorta. Did I mention we painted the
entire OUTSIDE, too? *double sigh*
We had a lovely Thanksgiving feast with friends I haven’t seen since
before my wife was born. Turns out many of my old friends have moved
from the US to, or at least purchased houses in, southeast Asia in the subsequent years. I’m still trying
to figure out why that is. Oh, yeah... well – our conversation at the
dinner table _did_ focus, for a while, on the fact that I'm not on the hook for ObamaCare, but they still are since they still have enough of a presence in the US. We all got a big chuckle out of that - well, at least I did. I’m
still hoping that everyone in the US will get a chuckle out of it, too,
eventually, but I’m not so sure.
I’m still recovering from the filipino versions of lasagna, turkey, and mashed potatoes.
I did get a ‘job’ out of the reunion, tho – turns out my one friend
is quite the entrepreneur now, and has a factory here that turns out
Christmas lights. He saw a few of my LED projects and was particularly enamored with my lighted cane, so he proposed that I help him out with some new designs.
Should be interesting, hopefully I don’t kill anyone because they tell
me that lights are not blinking in a proper sequence.
And if the ‘job’ turns into actual ‘work’, I quit.
Can’t do on-line games from here. Our internet access barely
surpasses dial-up. And that’s on a good day. I don’t have the attention
span for games anyway – which kinda sucks since I’m in the position to
be a gaming monster 24/7.
Well, 12/7. I go to bed early.
Oh, and the black Friday crowds in the US? That’s a typical shopping
day in Manila. You should see it on paydays/holidays. We’re used to
queuing up. And waiting. And queuing up. And waiting some more. No
fistfights, tasers, or gunshots here. Hard looks and muttering is as bad
as it gets. I mutter in Thai (ex-wife), so no one understands or gets
BTW: $15 minimum wage? You guys are pricing yourselves out of a country. There are many reasons why I moved to the Philippines, and the high prices in the US are just many of many.