Getting used to that sense of “otherness” when moving into a different culture. Continue reading The Token Blonde Girl
Back in the day before GPS and satellite communication, before cars had video, and before children had iDevices, road-tripping parents had to engage in some creative thinking if they wanted to stem the tide of “Are we there yet?” and “I have to go to the bathroom!” from the back seat. For my parents, that involved the License Plate Game. The rules were simple: Spot … Continue reading The License Plate Game
“Not your good shorts!” My mother’s voice echoed in my head as I dressed for my morning walk. My inner child stopped mid-grab and I remembered my youth when, as a family of modest means, we had good clothes and everyday clothes. Good clothes were reserved for school and church. Everyday clothes were for everything else. Good clothes were handled with care, laundered promptly, and … Continue reading
This is one of the things I really like about Guam: It’s a culture where they truly respect their elders in word and deed. For example, at territorial offices and at banks, they have special Senior Lines with seating so that A) seniors can sit down while they’re waiting and B) the queue is much shorter. (The photo above was taken at the DMV.) I … Continue reading Respecting your elders
When we first learned that we’d be moving to Guam, cursory research turned up a lot of articles on the Brown Tree Snake and how the island is “overrun” with them. Not so much. I’m not here to dispute the fact that this invasive species has pretty much decimated the local bird population or to suggest what should be done about it. What I am … Continue reading Snake Island? Not so much.
I remember eating Spam as a kid. In retrospect, we probably didn’t have a lot of money at the time. And Spam was probably cheap. And my dad was probably exposed to it during his military service. We didn’t think much about it as children. It was Spam, it was soft and salty, and we had it every once in a while along with powdered … Continue reading Embrace the Spam®
Moving to Guam: Things They Don’t Tell You Websites, especially locally produced and controlled ones, often are not updated with the latest information. Getting people to respond to email is difficult. If you want to get anything done, either go in person, or call. Continue reading Don’t Rely on the Internet