Sunday, November 11, 2007

Day 11: With minutes to spare...things are not always as they appear

The flailing of the first minute or two, combined with the song, is a little hard to watch, but with about 5 minutes left there's a moment when he spins the canvas...that will take your breath away. And I guarantee you'll watch it through to the end.



Blogger JJ said...

Good God,Erin. You should have just titled this "This post is going to send Jen into a tidal wave of tears even though she's at work and students are staring at her."

That's another song that never EVER fails to bring me to tears.

Ok, that guy is kind of a freak, but WOW. How amazing to have such an amazing talent, to be able to express feelings in such a manner. Because often, there are no words.

I sometimes feel guilty about leaving the US. There's plenty of Americans here who say, "I'll return to the States when Bush is out of office" or just plain hate America. I don't fall into either one of those categories.

There's plenty of other people here who hate America too. We (we being Americans) have all met people who, as soon as they find out where we're from, start ragging on us/America/Bush, or in extreme cases, refuse to speak to us. (These are not Koreans. They are other foreigners, often Canadians.)

I had no idea people were ashamed of being American. People die every single day trying to get into our country. And I knew Americans are pretty well despised around the world, but I never experienced it until I came here. Even so, I'm never ashamed to say where I'm from.

I also meet people who say, "Oh, I'm from Canda but I hate it." I have students who hate being from Korea. When I hear that, no matter who it's from, I always respond by stating that you should be proud of where you come from. It should be a part of who you are.

Sure, America ain't perfect. But neither is anyplace else. Many of the problems can be attributed to the actions- or lack therefore of- of the public. Sure, we may not always agree with the government, or often anything having to do with government, but it's still important to have pride in your nationality, no matter where you come from. It brings us together more than it holds us apart.

Or whatever. You know what I'm sayin.

2:55 AM  


I went to bed at 11:13. I wasn't sure you were going to make it this time. But you did.

9:54 AM  
Blogger mimikatemom said...

Thanks for the comment Jen. I wasn't even thinking how we're perceived overseas. But I bet that's hard sometimes.
Love ya!


9:59 AM  
Blogger frydog said...

This guy is pretty neat to watch as well.

Jen, Nice perspective on the world there.

10:14 AM  
Blogger JJ said...

Fry, that guy was cool. How the hell do they do that??!!!!

Miss you Tri!!!!

10:52 AM  
Blogger ORF said...

Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA" had just hit the charts when I was overseas. It brings back many memories. The first time I heard it was in a small Korean bar about 5K from where our camp was. It takes on a different aura when you're in a foriegn country, away from the people you love, and there's dozens of drunken/semi-drunken Marines (and at least one Sailor) singing along who "gladly stand up" on cue with raised beverage.
I haven't traveled the world, but of all the places I've been, the best place is here, in the good ole USofA.

11:58 AM  

That guy is amazing. I obviously knew there was some sort of flag thing. But when that flip came in, I never expected to see that firefighter outline.

Like I said above - impressive.

4:21 PM  

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