Dissent

Recently I was at a pumpkin patch.  My kid and husb were in the corn maze, and for a bit I sat on a bench and watched people. One guy, a young fella, had a hoodie with a nameless face of an old lady.  Eventually I asked him, “Whose the old lady on your sweatshirt?” …

The Highway Disease of 2018

In 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a speech during the passage of the HIghway Safety Act that included this: Over the Labor Day weekend, 29 American servicemen died in Vietnam. During the same Labor Day weekend, 614 Americans died on our highways in automobile accidents. Twenty-nine on the battlefield. Six hundred and fourteen on the…

Pivoting

ChezWhat? is an old site.  I have been writing here now for 12 years. Most of what fills this space has been an exercise of writing as a personal endeavor.  Gratitude, controversy, art or talking about things that have happened recently or long ago has been the realm of ChezWhat? But I am going to…

Political Correctness (a repost from 2005)

Published in 2005, long before Portlandia… If you have ever listened to Dandy Warhols or listened to Damali Ayo talk about Portland types, it’s clear that I am not alone in noticing Portland types are often a sort of..different. I say this with love, I am a Portlander and I work with Portland “types”.  Recently…

Some thoughts on being a language teacher: linguistic imperialism

I have been since I decided what I wanted to do, a language teacher.  I didn’t end up here by mistake. The first place I went was Russia with Peace Corps.  Peace Corps had in high (sarcastic) comedy brought all these “teachers” to one of the most educated countries on the planet to teach the…

Near to my heart

As the person in our family who has to chase down situations in which we are being treated unfairly or not receiving credit or generally have to deal with the big draconian situation with government employees…. I wish I could have made this video. But I am glad he did.  Basically, on a flight he…

Administrative Superpowers

Consider;  an executive without a desk, a zookeeper with animals but no habitats, an actor with no stage, a pilot with no cockpit.  Instead, the executive has a suitcase, the zookeeper has a large fenced area where animals roam intermingled, the actor has his body and the pilot has a seat in the economy section….