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Monday, May 02, 2011

Back at home

(En español más abajo)
 
CanadaI will be at work in less than an hour, and it’s been so long since I left (four weeks ago tomorrow!) that I’m not 100% sure of what I’m going to find when I get there. Coming back from a long trip and trying to adjust back to my ‘Life in Waterloo’ routine has always been difficult, and I don’t expect this to be the exception. It’s probably going to be even more complicated this time, after having been back at home.
 
On a different note, today is the last day we Canadians have to file our taxes. Since I just came back three days ago, I had to spent the entire Sunday working on my tax return, sometimes by myself, sometimes with Gaby, sometimes asking for help from above. This is definitely the last time I’m doing this by myself; next year I’m going to pay someone just to avoid the headache. When we first bought our house, we borrowed some money from my RRSP (my retirement fund), taking advantage of something called Home Buyers’ Plan (or HBP) that allows us to do so, giving us 15 (fifteen!) years to pay the money back. This HBP thing has proven to be the most difficult part of my tax returns year after year, and was definitely what I had to spent the most time working on yesterday. But well, I got it right eventually… or so I hope!
 
What else is going on today? Oh, yes, the Federal Election. The Conservatives (incumbent) should win today, but that won’t be the story. Instead, the incredible surge that the New Democratic Party has experienced over the last month or so will surely be the news of the day. Jack Layton and his party –of all people– can now take the credit on having decimated the once powerful Bloc Québécois (its own leader has called to support the NDP), and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if our next Prime Minister is this skinny, bald fellow with the perennial smile. The Liberals, once powerful, continue to sink under the leadership of someone (Michael Ignatieff) who makes a lot of people scratch their heads and ask ourselves: “Is this really the best candidate they had?. The Bloc, as mentioned before, and the Green Party (who are still like five people, in spite of so many cool and concerned people showing their support) are now absolutely irrelevant and I don’t expect any news coming from them at the end of the day. I voted NDP the last time, so you can guess where my vote is going this time.
 
Me and Gaby are voting tonight. It’s a right we earned, and we’re very proud of it. I love exercising my right to vote, it makes me feel part of this society that has welcomed us with open arms; it is also my way to give back, by taking an interest in what’s going on here and making sure my voice is heard. Like I always say, if you don’t care to vote, then you don’t have the right to complain about the government. Smile
 
The other big news of the day is of course the death of Osama Bin Laden. What an irony that it happened exactly 8 years to the date in which former President Bush said “Mission accomplished!”. Nobody wanted the location of his body to be known, as to prevent him from becoming a martyr, so he has conveniently been buried at sea (what a good chance to see if s**t floats!). People are saying that there’s no much difference between the people who gathered in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. to celebrate the 9/11 attacks and those who spontaneously gathered outside of the White House last night to cheer and celebrate Bin Laden’s death. I do find a big difference: 10 years ago, people were celebrating the death of 3,500+ civilians; last night, people celebrated the death of the monster who was behind those deaths. We can agree upon the fact that there aren’t too many differences between Al Qaeda and US and its allies in terms of brutality and disregard for those countries, their people and their rights, but one thing is sure: I’m happy Bin Laden is death. Rot in hell, bitch.
 
Still, after so many years of the US Government having played cat and mouse with their former ally, I guess people will want proof that he’s finally gone, so I won’t be surprised if some gruesome pictures of his body are conveniently ‘leaked’ to the media. This will without a doubt be a big boost for Obama’s lackluster government. Like I said on Twitter last night, “Barack Obama is announcing his intentions to run for re-election in three… two… one…”.
 
I talked about my life, my work, the Federal Election, Osama Bin Laden and Obama's presidency all in about five or six paragraphs. That is why some call this blog 'eclectic'. Some also mention words like 'incoherent babbling', but I like 'eclectic' much, much better.
 
Note: As I was writing this post, the radio started to play Tears for Fears’ “Everybody wants to rule the world”. I felt it was very appropriate!
 
 
ArgentinaVoy a estar de vuelta en la oficina en menos de una hora, y ya llevo tanto tiempo afuera (casi cuatro semanas!) que no estoy 100% seguro de lo que me voy a encontrar cuando entre. Volver de un viaje largo y tratar de adaptarme de nuevo a la rutina de mi vida en Waterloo siempre es difícil. No espero que sea nada distinto esta vez. Tal vez hasta me cueste más, dado que estuve de vuelta en casa por unos días.
 
Hablando de otra cosa, hoy es el último día para que los canadienses hagamos nuestra declaración de impuestos. Como yo volví hace tres días, no tuve mucho tiempo y me pasé el domingo trabajando en mi declaración de impuestos, a veces sólo, a veces con Gaby, a veces esperando ayuda divina. Es definitivamente la última vez que hago esto por mi cuenta; el año que viene le pagaré a alguien para evitar los dolores de cabeza. Cuando compramos nuestra casa, tomamos un prestamo de mis RRSP (mi fondo de retiro), gracias a un plan que se llama Home Buyers’ Plan (o HBP) y que nos permite hacer eso, dándonos 15 años (sí, quince!) para devolver el préstamo. Este HBP ha sido año tras año lo más difícil de incluir en mi declaración, y fue lo que más me hizo trabajar ayer. Pero al final lo resolví bien… o eso espero!
 
Qué más pasa hoy? Ah, claro, las Elecciones Federales. Los Conservadores (en el poder) debieran ganar hoy, pero esa no va a ser la historia. En su lugar, la gente va a continuar hablando del increíble resurgimiento del Nuevo Partido Demócrata (NDP) en el último mes. Jack Layton y su partido –curiosamente– pueden arrogarse el crédito de haber desintegrado el alguna vez poderoso Bloc Québecois (al punto que su líder ha llamado a apoyar al NDP), y la verdad es que no me sorprendería si nuestro nuevo Primer Ministro sea este flaco, peladito con la sonrisa perenne. Los Liberales, que supieron ser poderosos, continúan hundiéndose bajo el 'liderazgo' de alguien (Michael Igniatieff) que hace que muchos nos rasquemos las cabezas y nos preguntemos: “De verdad es el mejor candidato que tienen?”. El Bloc, como mencioné antes, y el Partido Verde (que siguen siendo cinco gatos locos, a pesar del apoyo de tanta gente cool y preocupada) siguen 'pintados al óleo' y no tienen relevancia alguna, así que no espero escuchar sobre ellos al final del día. Yo voté al NDP la última vez, así que pueden adivinar dónde va mi voto hoy.
 
Gaby y yo votaremos esta noche. Es un derecho que nos ganamos y del que estamos orgullosos. Me encanta ejercer mi derecho al voto, me hace sentir más parte de esta sociedad que nos recibió con los brazos abiertos; también es mi manera de dar algo, interesándome por lo que sucede aquí y haciendo que se escuche mi voz. Como digo siempre, si uno no se toma la molestia de votar, entonces no tiene derecho a quejarse. Smile
 
la otra gran noticia del día es por supuesto la muerte de Osama Bin Laden. Qué ironía que sucedió exactamente 8 años después de que el inepto de Bush dijo “Misión cumplida!”. Nadie quería que la ubicación de su cuerpo fuera conocida, para prevenir que la gente visitara su tumba y le diera tratamiento de mártir, así que su cuerpo fue arrojado al mar (qué buena chance para comprobar si la mi**da flota como dicen!). Hay gente que dice que no hay mucha diferencia entre la gente que se juntó en Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. a celebrar los ataques del 11/Sep y aquellos que se juntaron anoche fuera de la Casa Blanca espontáneamente para vivar la muerte de Bin Laden. Yo sí encuentro una diferencia: hace 10 años, la gente celebraba la muerte de más de 3,500 ciudadanos; anoche, la gente celebraba la muerte del monstruo que estuvo detrás de todas esas muertes. Podremos estar de acuerdo en que no hay muchas diferencias en el modus operandi de Al Qaeda y US y sus aliados, o en términos de brutalidad y desinterés por esos países, su gente y sus derechos, pero una cosa es segura: estoy muy contento de que Bin Laden esté muerto. Púdrete en el infierno, baby.
 
Hay una cosa más: luego de tantos años en que el Gobierno de USA jugó al gato y al ratón con su ex-socio comercial, la gente va a querer prueba de que es realmente 'boleta', así que no me voy a sorprender si veo que perturbadoras fotos de su cuerpo son convenientemente 'filtradas'a la prensa. Esto va a ser sin ninguna duda un gran envión para el alicaído gobierno de Obama. Como dije en Twitter anoche, “Barack Obama va a anunciar sus intenciones de ir por la reelección en tress… dos… uno…”.
 
Ahí tienen, hablé de mi vida, mi trabajo, las Elecciones, Osama Bin Laden y la presidencia de Obama en unos cinco o seis párrafos. Por eso es que muchos llaman a este blog 'ecléctico'. Otros dicen cosas como 'blabla incoherente', pero a mí me gusta más 'ecléctico'.
 
Nota: Mientras escribía este post, comenzó a sonar por los parlantes la canción de Tears for Fears ‘Todos quieren dominar el mundo’. Me pareció muy apropiado!
 

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