Sunday, July 26, 2009

The slavery card

Young whites must admit role of slavery, segregation in our history – Farrakhan.

This is the problem with some in Bermuda. They like to hold on to the slavery card when all they need to do is let is go. The current generation has nothing to do with the slavery of the past and when are they going to learn that they cannot punish the children of today for the sins of their fathers, or their great grand fathers, in this case.

This is what annoyed me so much about Bermuda. This constant need to remind the 'whites' how the 'blacks' were slaves. I get it. I can understand how hard it was back then, but let me say this, blacks were NOT the only ones that were subject to slavery. The Chinese were too, and so were the Indians, both red and brown. But those races have successfully put that behind them, and thus have been able to move forward. I don't see any of them still harping on about how their ancestors were slaves.

So, why are there some Bermudians that are so determined to blame the current generation for slavery that happened generations ago? When is this nonsense going to end?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Love and Marriage

I told my husband today that he had better be careful, I had received a proposal (putting it liberally) today. From a co-worker. Old enough to be my father. And he was quite serious. Let me elaborate...I got a call from this co-worker later this afternoon, the same co-worker I saw in the morning as he dropped off paperwork. He later calls to ask: Can I ask you a personal question?

My response (which is all in the tone) when dealing with all employees that are borderline flirtatious is: Yes, how can I help you?

Co worker: Are you married?

Me: Yes, why? Who's asking?

Co-worker: I'm asking, because I'm interested.

Me (laughing my head off): Yes, Mr. Co-worker, I am married.

Co-worker: Is your husband here with you in Cayman?

Me (still laughing, while my other co-workers around me are making all kinds of faces): Yes of course he is. Why? Does that matter?

Co-Worker: Oh well I don't know. That's upto know.

Me (laughing to the point my sides are splitting): Yeah well...take a number, Mr. Co-worker! Take a number. Bye bye!

Oh the surrounding co-workers were all like WHO WAS THAT? IS HE CRAZY?

My husband was like FILE A COMPLAINT!


And later I was like: I should have had cooler answers like YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH TO BE MY FATHER. But really, how often is someone prepared for a situation such as this anyway.

Of course, I am not about to mention this to the boss. In this economy I'd feel terribly guilty if someone were to lose their job just because they are...having an off day? Besides, it comes with the territory, due to my role, I deal with employees (who are mostly male) every day and while most have learned not to take my friendliness the wrong way - (thinking I'm paying them special attention for whatever reason), some have obviously not.

But on a serious note, why is it that once on an island such as this (and Bermuda is no different) that marriage values go out the window. So many expats here tend to lose their moral compass when it comes to fidelity. So many of them here have left their wives/ husbands/ and families behind that it is automatically presumed that they are looking for companionship, a little something on the side, if you will. I reckon what makes it easier to slip is the lack of family presence who would ordinarily scrutinise and not to mention judge your every wrong move. We all know how that goes!

And let's not get started on 'swinging'. There's a concept one thought was dead once the 70's dropped off the calendar, but some of the expats well, they're bringing it back. I kid you not!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

"Don't eat the S"

I'm back. Didya miss me? Probably didn't even notice I was MIA, eh? Ah, C'est la vie.

Ok, so here's my thing. Why do some people say CAYMAN ISLAND? It's not one island, it's three. Yet they continue to say I live in the Cayman Island. Plural, people, plural. How lazy can you get? It's only ever alright to say Cayman Island when it's preceded with Grand, as in Grand Cayman Island (the largest of the three islands), but when you're referring to the islands as a collective, you need to say 'Cayman IslandS'. I cannot Stress the importance of not eating the S. Don't eat the S. If I were back in
School, back in India or Dubai our teacherS would get on our caSe about 'eating the S' aS they would Say. So, don't forget the all important S at the end of Cayman IslandS, and you won't get on my nerveS because theSe dayS I am just about on my very laSt one.