Big Brother Cannot Stop Me
There is a universal fear in all countries on the planet, it the fear of the man. The big brother, the machine, the police, government, call if the power that be, or the unjust, corrupt powers that be, we are all afraid of being stiffled and controlled.
What is even more fantastic is I have left the PC - Political Correct world. I am presently in Africa, where people say what they think, like a breath of fresh air.
Gee Whiz even when the are not corrupt, we still declare them so.
If you want to make people angry, just support taxes, and you will have instant enemies, on demand.
I am in Togo, West Africa, and the other night, I sat at Rhimers, or something like that a German Enclave Restaurant. I felt the group of Germans were reveling in the thought that,
“America is broke.”
Even though, if the USA goes under, so will the Germans, because we are their brothers in business, if we go under, so do they.
I often wonder why people are angry at the USA Government?
I get angry at specific people on the planet, hard to find a good target when you are talking about a country.
I was furious one time with an IRS investigator, I told my accountant,
“Please, I cannot be allowed to talk with her again.”
“I will pay you any amount of money, or the IRS to avoid talking with her.”
“But, you do not owe them money.”
“I know, but I know me, she is an evil woman, and I am making plan right now on how to kill her, I have commited premeditated murder in my mind.”
Well, the mashine of the USA is rather harmless, but the Machine of West Africa is more or less looking for easy target. And, since there is never a shortage of foreigners driving around in Toyota Land Rovers telegraphing to the African police,
“Hey, look at me, I have money,”
I am always safe, I am the difficult target, moving around the country, renting a cheap room, looking poor, hiding in plain sight, they do not want me.
I love the big spenders on the planet, they always seem to stand up, and volunteer to pay money to the machine.
Well, more ore less, I a man without a country to collect taxes, money, there are few way big brother, the machine can send people to my house and collect money.
I have no house, what a great freedom, Big Brother cannot send me certified letters.
I think the powers that be love people who buy homes, this is a windfall for debt collection agency, and even employers. When I employed workers in the USA, I broke the law. I would try my best to only hire,
“Married men with two children, and a wife, who had a mortgage on a house.”
The more confined, and captured by the machine, the happier I was as an employer in the USA.
They wanted to show up for work, to avoid talking to the wife, and skirt away from responsiblty for the family. He would show up to work, and work all day, with real fear of getting fired, fully away that the wife would stop giving him sex if he was fired, and all hell would break out with the children, etc.
On the outside of the machine looking in…
I am outside the machine, looking into the glass, and wondering why people are so willing to be hog tied by big brother?
If the country of Togo caused me a headache, I would get into a taxi, pay 10 dollars and leave Togo in less than four hours.
“Leaving on a jet plane.”
“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.”
- John Denver
I want you to listen to this song, John sings the words,
“Hold me like you never let me go!”
I am baffled, I do want a girl to hold me, and never let me go. But, the mortgage company, the bank, the job, and the machine, I want to give all that pass.
Marriage is the weak commitment, but all the others suck my brains out and eat them.
Well, John Denver was right, the ability to leave on a Jet Plane sounds lonely, but in a way, it is the ultimate freedom.
Freedom from the machine, and the only to have it to sell all the stuff, the thing, the material possessions that own you.
Too funny to me, as a person looking from the outside in.
tropicalguide from has written 132 comments
It is a great freedom not to own property, pay taxesand worry constantly about being 'fired' from a job. I am a US citizen living abroad in Central America since "Christ was a Corporal", once I rented for 6 months an apartment in El Salvador that was really too expensive for me, living on a fixed income O became rent poor as I had been in NYC, that was my trial at living in an upscale area, finally called a friend whose Mother had a small upstairs room and from there finally moved up to the tiny upstairs apartment I now occupy and am not 'rent poor'. When I moved from Guatemala to El Salvador in the 1990s I filled up my Station Wagon with my clothes, TV and other posessions and rented a hostel room by weekly rate from the owner, who I knew well until I found my own place, no renting any containers to bring all my belonings to a "Costa Rica" after depositing $60,000 in a Bank for 5 years in order to qualify for 'residency'. So many are now trying to leave that 'paradise', several years ago met a couple in Quetzaltenanago, Guatemala who left Costa Rica after a year and moved out of their Costa Rican English speaking gated community to a rural farm where none of their neighbors spoke a word of English, mu neighborhood in San Salvador is middle and working class with tree lined side streets, near to National University, cheap eats, cheap copies and cheap Cybercafes in case my computer breaks down..buses are 20-25 cents a pop, sold the vehicle long long ago, now am starting a small independent service to assist those wishing to retire, relocate or travel in Central America, giving advice in my spare time, I have an extra e mail and a Magic Jack to call USA or Canada toll free from here if need be or Skype for those who have Skype...can only point people in the right direction and a friend from USA, married to a Salvadoran Lady, who chooses to stay in USA, has a hostel/hotel and like me will go out of our way to help travelers who have troubles, most inexperienced young travelers do, and with more tourism is more opportunistic crime such as bag snatching, pickpocketing, cheating on changing money at borders with fixed calculators and our famous San Salvador taxi drivers, who double fares automatically for non Spanish speakers, one young lady at our Hostel paid $20 round trip to book her International Bus ticket, 3 minute taxi ride, 25 minute walk downhill!!!! Normal fare Round Trip $8-10 maximum. A trick here always hail and older taxi with an older driver, and bargain, you will wind up paying standard fare, do not hail brand new taxis at upscale Malls or 5 Star hotels. If you are a member or reader of Hobo Traveler and need information on Central America, no matter what your budget send me a message with your e mail address and I will answer you....Do not ask me if Central America is 'dangerous' I will not answer you back.... (Sorry do not advise on Hitchhiking, but have Camping info)Intercity Buses cheap in every Central American country. PS If you speak good basic spanish or above, your journey becomes far easier and far far cheaper.
ecuadordean from has written 27 comments
There are many people now that are wanabe 'guides' offering their opinions and advice about relocation, real estate, etc. Although it seems harmless on the surface what it actually does is bring people who do not belong here in the first place. People with no knowledge of Spanish, or have a clue of what to do when they get there. In Costa Rica they call them 'pineapples' because the agents know it is just a matter of time with the majority that they will return to their country after they finally decide they can't put up with the customs of their new land and they 'harvest' them by re-selling their place. Latin America is a place for adventurous people, who only need a guide book (I recommend Moon) as a tool to explore. Now with the internet wanabes are springing up like weeds to 'hold people's hands' especially in Ecuador. What this does is ruin it for the rest of us and locals as well. People who run websites, charge for seminars, promote real estate tours etc, slowly but surely start affecting the locals who can not compete. The next thing that happens is the price of real estate and rent goes up and the children of the locals are then affected. Next step resentment brews, thieves arrive for the easy pickins' and up go the condos and gated communities. If you don't have income stay home, if you are bored you could give back and do charity work, If you want to sell real estate or develop property please don't come any further south then Mexico. So far these people have ruined Costa Rica, Boquete and Bocas de Toros Panama, Vilcabamba and Cotacachi Ecuador. And they are just getting warmed up. You are either part of the problem or part of the solution! Help your neighbors let the others figure it out on their own.
Bill99 from has written 126 comments
Too much political lately. I would like more travel. I want to know about transportation, locally, to get there and out. Food, worst places to eat (avoid), accomodations, places to see and go to, people, various cost for all of these, are there any serious problems to be aware of, etc.