Sep 15, 2005, 9:44 PM
Post #3 of 43
We're going to be travelling around Mexico for two months, Jan-Feb 2006. Really looking forward to it.
Re: [Marlene] howdy yall, wife and I want to be free
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My wife was brought up in a village in Rwanda so she's amenable to adaptation. She misses the small-village living. I am more of a visionary than most, even without experience I see beyond the constraints of the system, and imagine a better life than that which is sold to us as 'the good life'. I'm sure there are many fuddy-duddys that wish they'd made the move sooner. Being 25, I want to start living right now instead of in 30 or 40 years.
My biggest concerns are earning a living in a small village or town. We are planning to go 'native' when we move, and being of Indian descent, I think we have a physical advantage in that we do not stand out as 'gringos'. We come from families that have lived through massive upheaval, for example, she fled Rwanda in '94. My family has worked itself from the gutter as leather tanners in a tiny village in India (they would scour and scavenge for already-dead animals to skin) to professionals with multiple degrees living in England and Canada.
I realize that many think that we have a good life as professionals, and that I'm simply an incredible buffoon. They'd be right, but not for the reasons that they most likely have thought of. To live as professionals with high salaries is to live a circumscribed life. You must kowtow to your boss, do incredible shitwork, and any children that you spawn are virtually guaranteed to be ungrateful americanized pond scum.
Now I've thought about and started on the American Dream, owning your own business and all that. Bottom line for me, its not worth it. I see the clock ticking away and I see my body slowly turning to soft turd as I type forever on stupid technological artifacts.
I want a family. I want to be happy with my wife. I want beautiful children. I want to have wonderful people to laugh with, to enjoy life with, and to help and be helped by. I want a community. I'm sorry to say this but in the places I've been in life: London, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Chicago -- I just don't think its possible. Always running but going nowhere fast, I'd rather lounge to nowheresville.
Same reason I don't consider moving to Mexico City or Guad. More shit city-living as far as I'm concerned, with the added problem of a speech impediment aka my horrendous spanish skills.
Let me tell you about moving to Toronto, where I currently live. I'm a friendly chap, I make conversations with people. The first person I met was at a huge bookstore called Chapters, sort of like Barnes and Nobles. The guy tries to sell me into his network marketing group, also known as a pyramid scheme. I walk into the mall and a cute girl gives me the eye. I walk over, and start to chat. She asks me for my phone number, I happily oblige. She then tries to sell me into Primerica, a well known network marketing scam. I walk into Walmart. An obviously Indian couple ask us where we're from. We reply that we're of Indian descent. Conversation ensues and so does phone number swapping. We invite the couple to dinner and we make them a fantastic meal. They come over with the husband in his best suit, and he goes on to say that he wont be able to stay long as he has a business meeting. So we start to feed them right away, remembering our etiquette and making pleasant conversation. Pretty soon he's trying to sell us onto Quikstar, a hugely well-known scam.
Now how do you think we feel after all this?
In summary, my concern is how to make some coin in a Mexican village or small-town. We don't care about 'amenities' like malls, walmart, cinemas, or other vagaries of the spirit. All I want is somewhere to relax, enjoy some conversation, do a little work to earn some food and shelter, raise a couple of young scrappers, and some good books, a bit of conversation, and some authentic people.
P.S. Goddamn I'm long-winded.