Nationalism, Tribalism, Political Affiliation and Favorite Sports Teams

Getting back to being part of a group, it is curious that we now wear our political affiliations on our sleeve just like we do our sports teams. I’m also surprised that we do not yet have team like uniforms to show which political party we support! What we do have is the sports like mentality where should the other side have a point of view, there is a knee-jerk reaction to oppose it because it’s from the other team!!!

General Thoughts

Once again, long time no post. I’ve been extremely uninspired lately and feeling a bit disconnected. “Disconnected” seems like an ironic word to use since I’m now flooded with information on a daily basis through my PDA, Google Sidebar, news and magazines. Yet, for some reason I feel like this information really does not help…… Continue reading General Thoughts

Unhealthy Expectations about Beauty in the USA.

Just a few thoughts I’ve had while going through my Sunday morning routine. 1. I was at Starbucks and noticed two girls in heavy makeup and those big sunglasses that cover half of the face. First, wearing too much makeup conceals the actual facial aspects of the person. Wash all that junk off and it…… Continue reading Unhealthy Expectations about Beauty in the USA.

More Culture Shock

My culture shock has mostly abated and I’ve become accustomed to this different country called California. However, there are a couple of remnants left from the shock. First, my girlfriend and I were coming home about 12:30am after visiting a friend’s house and saw a police helicopter with its spotlight on about a mile ahead…… Continue reading More Culture Shock

More Culture Shock in San Francisco

The culture shock continues here in San Francisco!!! As every study abroad or expat knows, when returning to the home country, some things really stand out as strange or bizarre since even though it is your home country, it might seem a little foreign. Well, San Francisco IS foreign!!! There are entire neighorhoods here where…… Continue reading More Culture Shock in San Francisco

Poor FBI

I saw the picture above in the news today and just couldn’t help but laugh. As I sit here in SF contemplating my new job opportunities, I must admit that I’ve given a spit second thought to the NSA, CIA and FBI due to international experience and language abilities. However, in light of current events…… Continue reading Poor FBI