It’s finally here – tomorrow afternoon I head to BOS to fly to BUD via MAD (JFK on the way back). The Global Voices Summit begins on Friday, with all sessions being reviewed and live-blogged here. I’m really looking forward to it; I’ve been at Berkman for the past two days getting acclimated a bit, and am excited about how many ONI-related people I’ll get to connect with in Budapest. I’ll be posting frequent Summit updates here, here, and possibly here. I’m back home in time for July 4.
If you’re looking for something to read while I’m gone (how presumptuous!), Lalla Lydia is in Morocco right now and blogging about it. The conclusion to her recent post on buying a car in Morocco:
Swear not to come back to Morocco until either the mentality changes or the import fees go down to sane levels.
And remember not to hold your breath.
Finally, are you looking forward to this as much as I am?
A few months ago, I had the utmost privilege of getting to see George Carlin perform live. In fact, I was working at the time, at Boston’s Wang Center, as an usher – so technically, someone paid me to see George Carlin. And just as I’d expected, he was hilarious.
Now, most of my co-workers at the Wang are elderly women, and I must admit…many of them weren’t laughing. Granted, a few were, but Carlin’s routines have always been on the fringe. It did make me snicker a little to realize that these women were Carlin’s peers.
And today, George Carlin passed away at 71. Of course, he’ll be most remembered for his “7 Things You Can’t Say on TV” schtick but I’ll personally remember his jokes on religion – so subversive, yet sometimes so true. George Carlin, we’ll fucking miss you.
I have a car, sort of. I have a car that belongs to my father, but could belong to me the day I decide I want it to. I “borrow” the car when necessary, which is rarely, and I use it for the occasional drive to visit friends, or if I don’t want to take the bus back to Boston, or it’s looking like a beach week.
This is in sharp contrast, of course, to the last time I lived in the States (back when gas was in the $2 range); then, I drove daily to work, hundreds of miles on the weekends, and on a significantly smaller salary than I make now.
If I were to drive now the way I did then, I’d be spending well over $100 a week on gas. My current driving habits cost me less than $15, and I buy a monthly subway pass for $59. And I walk a lot. And I make, literally, 400% more money than I did in 2005 (but if you knew what I did in 2005, that wouldn’t seem like oh-so-much money).
So no, I’m not particularly affected by this crisis, and if you live in a big city, you shouldn’t be either.