18 Dec, 2010 @ 08:59
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Dolla dolla bills ya’ll

THERE’S no hot water in our apartment, AGAIN. We have this ancient hot water heater where we replace the gas tank ourselves every time we run out, which is far too often.

Getting up in the morning when it’s cold and going into the bathroom with just enough time for a quick shower before work, only to find that the water is cold just makes you want to cry sometimes.

Our landlord was tinkering with the heater all day and we think it’s back up and running, but now the toilet is acting up. It sounds like Niagra Falls in the bathroom and we must have a leaky plug in the tank. Frustrating is an understatement when we’re talking about our apartment’s plumbing.

Hours later, I’m cleaning the dishes from Friday night “family dinner” and just trying to wrap my head around how full I am. Dinner was awesomely satisfying. I’m using the hot water to wash the dishes, thankful that the water is to the temperature of my liking. In addition to already feeling quite pleased, we had just finished watching Elf, so I was in the Christmas spirit. I think the universe was trying to tell me something; like there was something I was supposed to be doing. I received a proverbial nudge when the song, “Do they know it’s Christmas (feed the world)” comes on. It took all of those clues for my conscience to kick in.

My thoughts hover over certain article I came across in the recent past. It was written by one of those tree hugging do good-ers talking about a project to give people clean water to drink. That seems reasonable I guess. For a second it makes me feel like a luke-warm shower or a leaky toilet may, in fact, NOT be the worst thing in the world.

Now I don’t know this guy (unless you count the last seven years), but he made some pretty good points about why people should drink water and why clean water is better than dirty water, and other scientific facts like that. Look for yourself: http://duncanpeabody.blogspot.com/.

Now there are a lot of inspiring song lyrics that could fit here. The musical Rent has “no day but today” or a DMB classic, “the future is no place to place your better days,” but I can’t think of anything more appropriate than Ice Cube’s “you can do it, put your back into it.” And what better way to send this message to all our PC friends than an encouraging fistful of money? I know that always puts me in the “can do” spirit.

Since absolutely everyone has been begging to buy me a Christmas gift, and I don’t blame you, I’m going to do my part and take the shopping burden off your shoulders right now. Instead of blowing your paycheck on a GAP gift certificate for me, throw some money towards to https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=517-406  and we’ll call it even. You can check off the “do a good deed” box from your bucket list and besides, there isn’t a GAP in Spain anyway. Thank you in advance for your time and your dolla dolla bills ya’ll.

Caitlyn Slivinski

How did I end up in Spain? I bought a plane ticket.
I've always had a special connection to Spain. I attribute it to my parents' visit to this country when they were 8 months pregnant with me. I got a taste of Spanish rhythm and I was hooked. But I didn't know The Half of It. Now I'm living it, I'm enveloped in the culture. It's as if this was always meant to be; like Spain and I were destined to happen.

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