RINGING THE CHANGES
Raven's eyes are circling like vultures this afternoon.
Too much coffee, guy?
"Too much happening in the world. I am discombobulated. Frangipanied. Flibberdegibbeted, even."
Are those real words, Rave? That sounds like birdspeak to me.
"Doesn't matter. Look at everything that's been happening since we left Mexico and came here to be bored in Bahrain: Your buddy Ortega finally got in in Nicaragua; this new guy Correa will be the next president of Ecuador. Chavez is being re-elected by a landslide even as we speak."
Ortega, first off, is not my buddy. I barely know him. Just because he claims to be a leftist doesn't make him my friend. I just hope he learned something from all the mistakes he made the last time he was in the power.
"Like the expensive sunglasses caper he pulled his first trip to New York?"
If that was part of maintaining the Latin American tradition of rampant corruption, yes. Second off, being the next president of Ecuador is no big deal. I think there have been eight in the last ten years. Remember that last year when we were in Quito Gutierrez was drummed out, and then Palacios took over. That's two in less than two years. If this guy turns about to be just another banana republic bozo, he won't last either. As for landslides in Venezuela, they are pretty common--remember the one in 1999 soon after Chavez took office where half of Vargas state fell into the Caribbean?
"I suppose you're right. Still, it's a lot of excitement compared to anything happening here in the Arabian Gulf."
Don't worry, we'll be back in the hot seat in Mexico soon. Then you can fly down to Oaxaca and be tear-gassed and shot at by the federal police.
"Never thought I would be nostalgic for that, but I am. Even makes me hungry. Can you heat up some of that chicken with cashews stuff from Swan Lake?"
So long as you're bushwhacked by nostalgia, consider this: Pinochet justt had a heart attack.
"Great news. Is he kicking the bucket?"
It says on Yahoo News that he's in the hospital in serious but stable condition. Maybe he just wanted a change of scene from being under house arrest.
"Naw, he's a pro at house arrest. he was under house arrest for about 15 months in London."
That's right. Maybe he IS kicking the bucket. It would be just llike him to die before they bring him to trial for crimes against humanity.
"There's no justice. Forget the chicken. I've lost my appetite."