“SATIRE IS OUR MIDDLE NAME!”
(FANCY ART AUTHOR HAS COPIED OFF THE WEB)
At this time I have been talking to two very nice seniors in Eugene,Oregon cause we all love the local music station that plays all the classical music;KWAX.This station gets all over the world,at least in the U.S.A,But I find out they are planning to go to a German music festival in Germany soon.
Carolyn(who is also there)and I look at each other,One of the seniors notices,and says”What is it?It’s supposed to be a great music festival.” I reply,”That’s what I hear,too.Usually it is.” “Then what’s wrong?You and Carolyn look like Germany is the last place you’d ever go;what is it?If its not the festival?”
I reply,”It’s the Youtube European news I’ve been reading,”I reply,”trying to be diplomatic.”War is breaking out between perhaps 2 of the countries,its getting dangerous.” Carolyn snickers at me.”Don’t you think you’re being a little TOO DIPLOMATIC,HUH?”she replies,”Tell em to go on Youtube news, and google the whole mess;dangerous immigrants in Europe rape women and little kids in Sweden.”
“Oh,come on!”The partner of the senior looked at me.””Europe isn’t THAT BAD from immigrants,for gosh sakes!What do you guys think this is,WW2? The EU isn’t that bad off!” “It depends on WHO’S EU you’re talking about,”replied Carolyn,never any one to back off from an argument.”Our news media is not going to tell you anything real about it.”
“Well,if it was THAT DANGEROUS, at least the media would say THAT!”The senior looked at me.”You guys don’t believe right-wing fanatics,do you? ” “I don’t talk to any,”replied Carolyn.””this town is so liberal-democrat I haven’t seen one for years!Eugene doesn’t ALLOW right-wingers here!Or middle-of-the-road moderates.””Surely you guys don’t believe that propaganda,do you?” “WHICH propaganda?” “That buncha news that says immigrants are raping all the women and little kids in Sweden,and the rest of Europe!…”
Carolyn and I glance at each other.”So you HAVE been reading some of it,”asks Carolyn,”But you don’t believe ANY of it?Not even that the UN is dumping so many immigrants into Europe,that Englands’ citizens want to leave the EU.?BREXIT?”
“Oh,”the senior casually gestured,”that’s just politics!Its over-exaggerated rhetoric,from German New-Nazis!Cause Nationalism is climbing back in PARTS of Germany!Its so exaggerated!” The other senior asked,”Why don’t we just take that cruise and trip to Alaska,this time,hon?We could always go to Germany and the music festival another time!”
Carolyn said,under her breath to me,”better go while Germany is still Germany,and not Saudi Arabia.”But aloud she just said,”They’re building that million-dollar mosque,in London,you read that?Nice,huh?Must have taken a lotta dough from SOMEWHERE?I would have expected the Taj Majal-copy,instead?”
After the 2 very nice classical-music loving seniors had left,cause we had said,”HEY,no more politics,guys!What about that NEW CHOCOLATE SHOP?!You think Euphoria Chocolates will tell em to move back to Nebraska?”(which had joined the exodus from other states,and the west,and decided to move to Oregon like all the millions of people(not kidding!)from California,NYC,East Coast,Mid-West,among the huge hordes of vehicles spouting smog, and gasoline in the air,which now lay over the Willamette Valley like a big gray shag rug invading our lungs and combining with wet,overcast clouds that never lifted.-
-Sorry, I wax poetic, and I am NOT good at it.Mostly run-on sentences, coff-coff-coff-!Wheeeeeze!–gotta LOVE the Willamette Valley.Even we natives spent most of our lives in other states,working.–just to get outta the Valley.–coff-coff-coff!”What doyahthink? “asked Carolyn, trying to breathe on an overcast smoggy day.- like we can MOVE somewhere cleaner–Nebraska?Wyoming? I am a very unskilled horse-woman. I haven’t touched a saddle for eons.–and that was in Hollywood.(???)And I can’t sell this hovel,and leave.
“I don’t think we can convince them to vacation in the U.S.;you know them,they think EVERYWHERE is as safe as the U.S.!–that any negative news out of Europe is just “politics” from American right wingers.Even with Germany and France–or was it France and England?Or Italy and Germany?I forget.” says Carolyn,”its like hobbits in the Shire,they think everywhere is peaceful,and everyone has curly hair on their feet!!–and nothing else EXISTS.NO ONE IS BAD!!”-
“—Can we not discuss the fed.govt. and the UN again,now?–…”I reply.
“__I won’t even mention HIL and BILL,ok?”she keeps going.”Why would I bring up more CONSPIRACIES now?I think we already have our own in Oregon.But there will be one good thing come about,if the two do go to Germany for the music festival. “”What’s that?”
“Just that we can finally get 2 Americans,from Eugene, whom we know, over there who are completely unprepared for what’s going on,and do an adult-size litmus-test of Europe. When they DO get back here,I wanta see their faces and hear what they say.” “You are very cold-blooded!”I jokingly put my elbow into her side.
.”You’re just going to analyze their reactions,like a chemistry test? And get first-hand reactions from poor,innocent seniors who don’t really–probably-know what they’re getting into? Like those Canadian tourists my cousin sent info. about,in Britain?–several years ago?- Who found out how badly vacations in England were going?? Don’t you have ANY SYMPATHY for the ignorant and clueless, in life?”.
“Sure I do,”she replied sincerely.”I feel badly for people in Europe.They can’t just grab their luggage,and scurry back to their safe harbor in a far-away-nation.But I do not suffer fools.No one HAS TO BE ignorant.It’s a choice. Ignorance comes from refusal to consider bad news as a real possibility,and the choice to face it and acknowledge it.–and not stick your head in the sand.”
“Hey, the world scares me too!!It really does! The likely possibility of a 3rd World War starting with an unsafe, terror-ridden Europe, scares the Hell out of me!!Sure it does!I’m not so brave!!Did I ever say,that I’M the only brave person in Eugene Oregon?Well, I’m not,no way!!But you just saw, those 2 guys believe what they WANT TO BELIEVE and won’t even consider that it might be a teeny bit unsafe in Europe right now.”
“Yes,”I sighed,”that’s putting it mildly.But Americans (unless they’re in the military) think that a “school-shooting”(which are still relatively rare)is the worst violence they’ll ever see in the modern world–or even in the U.S.A. Some crazed high schooler with a rifle is all they’ll ever have to hear of,or have to confront. It WOULD BE NICE to just pretend WE are the most violent country in the world, and ignore all the Middle-Eastern countries’ wars that keep going.–and ignore poor Europeans who can’t even get guns to protect their families.–and ignore it all, and just sing LAH-DEE-DAH–DEE-DAH–I REJECT IT ALL!! ALL THAT BAD STUFF HAPPENING is not real!! It doesn’t exist! I don’t believe it!”
“But would it be fair to the rest of Europe, to just pretend it doesn’t exist? We in this country might have to start taking refugees,the English, if that country boils over.–would it be fair to pretend THEY don’t exist?-cause THEY are in trouble?I don’t think so!Would Jesus Christ do that?(Oh,I forgot,I’m not a Christian!Doesn’t matter,good example any how!)No, I hope not!
“Will we need a “Great Wall of the U.S.A.” like China had for centuries?Cause we’re starting to need it?I don’t know,but I’m not ruling it out. I don’t like it,but I’ve had too much sand in my teeth,and its hard to breathe with your head in a hole.Very uncomfortable,& you sure can’t tell what’s going on in the world.”
(Sandraminadotty, spitting out the sand with a grin,in Eugene Oregon 😉 )