Talk Amongst Yourselves: The Cultural Differences Edition
It’s naptime but I’m still up since Mama is working and I’m wired from too many mimosas and the fun of having good friends over for brunch this morning. It’s a couple that we haven’t seen for too long and we did some fun reminiscing and catching up between concerts and strip shows from 3B.
Yes, 3B did make it down to his birthday suit before they left–and he didn’t even have any mimosas. That’s the Californian in him, I guess.
We were planning to get together with this couple for a
booze scenic cruise on the river, but it’s been hard to find babysitters with spare time to look after our naked cowboy while we enjoy less mature company than what 3B offers hang out with friends.
Speaking of hanging out, I’ve been sitting here reading the NYTimes and the WaPo instead of doing laundry and cleaning up. They’re full of stories about culture clashes and I find myself wondering what anyone else thinks about these stories.
Since I can’t invite you all over to brunch–or rather, I have, but you all turned me down, muttering something about virtual friends aren’t real friends and distance and time and immutable laws of physics and that Barky takes up the whole couch–here’s my reading list so far.
What do you think?
“Jackie Onassis told me to never marry or mix your money. I took her point.”
“Getting past that 11:35 barrier was like slipping into a world that was cooler, hipper, more spontaneous. In the heyday of late night, the era of Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, people even smoked on TV and drank from coffee cups stuff that might not have been coffee.”
11:30 is late for me…am I becoming a baby boomer? Oh, the horror!
“Sometimes a little cultural shock therapy can be beneficial.”
“School social worker David Wynne states the obvious: ‘Whatever we’re doing, it’s not working.'”
… and …
“Cynthia Quinteros, however, has a theory. ‘I feel that the community is afraid to talk about all the girls who are getting pregnant,’ she says. ‘Once you get pregnant, they do everything for you, but they ought to be doing all they can do to show girls how difficult their lives will be if they have a baby. I love Angel, but if I didn’t have him I wouldn’t have to work after school, I could study more, I could be a normal teenager.'”
Amini said. “These crimes are violent reactions to sexual limitations in this country.”
In public life, men and women are often segregated in Iran, and sex before marriage is illegal.
Amini said she doubted that the sentence against Bahrami’s attacker would reverse the trend. “Social violence will not be cured with more violence,” she said.
… and …
“It’s a harsh sentence, but she really had to go through a lot. I don’t know what I would have done if she had been my daughter.”