Because: It’s about time something like this happened. I’m sure the financial arm of the Argentine government is in crisis mode right now, considering this is a country that messes with its McDonald’s menu prices with the goal of measuring up well against The Economist’s Big Mac Index. May this be the catalyst for some real change, because inflation is burning everyone in Argentina.
Here is another related article, also from The Economist and called The price of cooking the books.
Also, lettuce is apparently ridiculously expensive in Buenos Aires, says La Nación.
At 9, he settled a dispute with a pistol. At 13, he lit out for the Amazon jungle.
At 20, he attempted suicide-by-jaguar. Afterward he was apprenticed to a pirate. To please his mother, who did not take kindly to his being a pirate, he briefly managed a mink farm, one of the few truly dull entries on his otherwise crackling résumé, which lately included a career as a professional gambler.” —John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74
Because: This man has to be in contention for the real-life Most Interesting Man in the World. Reading the obituary brought to mind this quote from Mary Oliver:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do, with your one wild and precious life?
Because: This article makes me feel vindicated! Justified! It’s my raison d’être! Since high school, my mom has been telling me, “You are always ready for the next thing.” She said it with neither said a positive or negative connotation; it was simply matter-of-fact. Similarly, I think a trait like “neophilia” could go either way.
I like to think since high school, when I considered myself done with high school and ready to graduate and go on to college, I have learned to tone it down a little bit and find ways, within boundaries, to always be doing and seeking new things, as well as find ways to productively harness my restlessness, like commissioning freelance articles. For example, I moved to Buenos Aires, but I’ve been here for almost a year and half already. I have made it a priority to travel around this region, though, and within my day-to-day life take up new activities. For a block of months, one of those activities was weekly was salsa classes, now I am taking Portuguese classes regularly. Living in a new country that forces me to constantly adjust I have found is a surefire way to keep things fresh.
Because: This is a brief, interesting dollop of life perspective. I like the idea of focusing your mindset in the a.m., and I am going to try to do it more often.
Because: This is repulsive and upsetting that I almost didn’t post it, but if you have not yet seen what’s coming out of this one female opinion camp, I think it is important to know. That anyone could ever have this reaction says a lot—and none of it is good. And no, I do not think Chris Brown had endured enough humbling feedback to put him in his place and make it OK for him to have performed at the Grammys again. Hell, did we even ever hear a real apology, any repentance?! Breathe out.
Thank God somebody wrote this: I’m Not OK With Chris Brown Performing At The Grammys And I’m Not Sure Why You Are
Because: I’m behind a few days on posting this one (cosas que pasan), but I had to do it still. If you’re even too much for the banking bros, it’s time to double-check. To make a bigger deal out of this than it is, I’ll comment that I think this letter and the surrounding brouhaha in some sense exemplifies the ways in which our, or U.S., society both succeeds and fails.