The Unbearable Banishment: Anti-Greek

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Anti-Greek

What's this, then?! European banks have just agreed to forgive upwards of 50% of Greek debt in order to avoid a Euro meltdown? Isn't that just rewarding a bunch of lay-about tax dodgers for their bad behavior? Do you suppose I could get JPMorgan Chase to forgive 50% of the principal on my mortgage? Probably not. Foolish me for being responsible.

Didn't Germany do their due diligence before signing up for the Euro and see that the Grecian lifestyle model couldn't possibly sustain itself? Why would you marry your currency to a society whose people throw their tax bills in the furnace and close their businesses for months at at time? I see that the Greeks finally got up off their fat, lazy asses to protest austerity measures. Hey, Greece. You're a bunch of soft babies.

As of this typing, European markets are +5%an astonishing bump for one day. What do I know? Apparently, nothing.

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I was scouring the help wanteds and came across a position that included the following in the description:

Facilitate the transfer of knowledge.

Develop/execute winning pursuit strategies.

What the hell does that even mean?! What a bunch of corporate gobbledygook. I can't believe I'm trapped in this world. Why the hell didn't I learn to paint or play guitar or write? ANYTHING to have kept me out of this machine?

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5th Avenue as a catwalk. I was visiting the Apple Store on 5th and 59th and stumbled across this cool model shoot.


I usually don't pay any mind to this sort of thing but the gowns were beautiful. I think they might have been wedding gowns. I'm not sure. They were shooting in front of Bergdorf Goodman.


Hey, Pat, does this take you back? The models were striking these crazy poses!


The photographer was standing across 5th Avenue right next to me and had to snap photos between waves of traffic.


Most people just kept walking and didn't pay any attention to them. Here, a woman hails a cab and takes no note. What a bunch of cool cumbers New Yorkers are.

34 Comments:

Blogger Pearl said...

Wonder if I can get the European Union to forgive my student loan...

Sorry about the corporate maze-speak. I know exactly how you feel. Keep wondering if it's too late to learn a trade...

Pearl

October 27, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

My son said the US should divide up into different countries like Dixieland, Texatopia, etc. I told him it would be the same as Europe - Californialand and The United States of The Northeast would end up supporting the other countries.

October 27, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Sausage Fingers said...

Occupy Athens?

October 27, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Pearl: I've never revealed my age but I can assure you that it's too late for me to learn a new trade. Nice new pic, by the way.

Cat: Boy, ain't that the truth. We could put Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi's faces on our currency and piss off Texatopia.

SF: Occupy it?! Cut it loose! Kick it out of the EU! If your arm has gangrene, you chop it off before it infects the rest of your body.

October 27, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Yeah, I don't understand all this bailing out stuff. If they can't make their payments, then shouldn't they get repossessed? That would make a good "reality" tv show, wouldn't it?!?!

I don't get the gobble-de-gook either that's put in help wanted ads these days. And never mind you being too old to learn a new trade... I have no idea if I will still be able to do my job when I finally go back to work! Will I ever be able to lift a patient again? Or reach overhead to hang IV bags without having to use my left arm? The thought of having to do something else is a bit daunting. But I'm jumping the gun, because I'm not at a point to find out yet. I go see the surgeon this afternoon for my 3 month follow-up.

October 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous daisyfae said...

yes. wedding dresses. they have the 'veil thing'. i'm not a fashionista by a long shot, but even i know that.....

October 27, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Ponita: Someone ought to bail my ass out! [grumble-grumble] Re: returning to work. You will undoubtedly do what needs to be done to perform your job well. After all! You're Canadian! Not Greek!

daisy: That's what I suspected. I like the one on the left with the big dried roses.

October 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger mapstew said...

It's all a load of bollix really! Ten years ago Ireland was the 2nd richest country in the world, now we're fucked! And the little people (that's me and my fellow citizens, not them wiley leprechauns!) are paying for it, literally! Oh for a crock of gold.

Send care packages now, before the new famine kicks in! Or just send some beer. Ya, beer will do!

Have a good weekend my friend! :¬)

(WV = 'rhings', something the Irish will be paying through for quite a long time!)

October 27, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger mapstew said...

http://bocktherobber.com/2011/10/european-debt-crisis

October 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

map: Comment Part 1 made me angry. The link in comment Part 2 drove it home. That guy has a succinct way of summing it up. Care package en route. Some sausages, some good Jersey corn and pork roll and a bit of vino and beer. That should hold you over. I'll throw in a Bruce CD.

October 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger mapstew said...

Knew I could depend on ya! (And flight tickets to Jersey, (5) don't forget the flight tickets!) :¬)

October 27, 2011 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger mapstew said...

BTW, in return, song for you a W.I.P. (Chose 'Everybody's Talkin') :¬)

October 27, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

i thought these were wedding photos for a lesbian wedding :)

October 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

map: A classic! Glad you selected that one.

Deborah: Oh, that's clever! Well done, you. +10 points to the Brit.

October 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

classic! the dresses, i mean. i'm on holiday as our pals across the pond say, so no talking politics for this little black duck, sugar! ;) next week, we'll do that and show some cali wedding pics! xoxoxoxo

(you'll understand this: we are happy, but suffering the missing the (south)east coast blues!)

October 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger nursemyra said...

Wedding dresses? no way... they're funeral frocks. The white veil is a dead giveaway

October 29, 2011 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sav: A holiday from politics is something this nation could use. Saw the Cali pics. Very chic.

nurse: It's Halloween! Your comment is well-timed.

October 29, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger looby said...

A blogfriend of a blogfriend spends a lot of time in Greece and says that you can't do anything there without bribing someone or having connections. As a result people who are hopeless at the good jobs to which they are appointed crowd out well qualified candidates. He cited the example of a Greek he knew went to the USA and several years later came out with a PhD in computer science FROM HARVARD, but who can't get a job in Greece because he hasn't got the right connections and won't pay the bribes. So he'll end up supporting the US economy, not his native one.

I don't understand why such a backward country is in the EU or the Euro. They should form an economic union with Turkey and the other bribery-infested countries in SE Europe or go back to bartering.

Never mind about all that though - not for the first time, you've made New York look very glam. I love the one of the woman hailing the taxi ("Oh yes, honey, this kind of thing happens every day here").

October 30, 2011 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Here In Franklin said...

As a rule, I dislike anyone with the word "initiative" in their title.

October 30, 2011 at 10:38 AM  
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