Expatriate Musings and Yearnings


May 11, 2017 by John Crapper

WOW — what a week in politics.

I’m looking forward to changing my climate in light of the current political climate in the United States.  Let me explain.

My wife and I lived overseas for about 15 years mostly in Thailand but also in Taiwan and Myanmar (Burma). We consider ourselves expats even though we currently live in the US.

In my view there are roughly two kinds of expats — those chasing their dreams and those running from their nightmares.

My wife and I were in the first category. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences in our lives. We only returned to the U.S. to be closer to and help care for aging parents. That role is still ongoing.

Living overseas will be part of our retirement picture in the near future if we are lucky when that job is finished. We’re looking forward to it. In many ways living overseas makes you appreciate the U.S. even more but it also takes the American exceptionalism blinders off of your thinking too. Those blinders are insidious and we’re anxious for them to be lifted once again.

And this time, when we go overseas, although we’ll still be chasing our dreams we’ll also be escaping a nightmare — HIM! — and the day-to-day political banter so pervasive in the U.S.

It is comforting for us, in times like this, to have a second home half way around the world.

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Our climate is changing. I'm humorously serious about addressing it. I'm convinced my ego is the main culprit. My religion, Holy Shitters, demands I humble myself and celebrate the fact my shit stinks.
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