Rested and Back in the Saddle!

12 06 2006

Cross posted from Fix 4 RSO

We just got back from a short trip to “The Happiest Place on Earth”!

Now, whoever said that all day, every day, is “happy”? Have you stood in those lines on a hot summer day in Southern California? If you have, and you are a parent, then you know what it must be like to be an illegal alien waiting for a kai-yoh-tee (coyote) to take you across the border, or you make a run for it all on your own!

Here, lemme ’splain:

  • You cough up tons of cash just for the opportunity to ride the rides (nothing’s free)
  • You stand around in hot temperatures with little or no concept how long it’s gonna take (another hidden cost)
  • There are tons of people around you looking for the same fun and excitement (hundreds a day cross)
  • Once in a great while a fairy with pixie dust or a prince or princess (politicians) makes your day with free stuff
  • There is the “Fast Pass” (coyote) way to get to the USA – sometimes not worth the trouble
  • If the lines are short you can just jump the chain and end up right next to the last person in line (amnesty)
  • You’re jammed into the smallest spaces, subjected to noise, and left wanting (smuggled in a car or truck)
  • Food’s expensive and you hope for water in this heat (water stations and maps)

OK, so that’s a funny way of seeing this whole mini-vacation! But, while traipsing around SoCal, I really did have a few observations that sorta, stick. And, being a Native Californian, I’ve seen a serious trend emerging that no longer threatens this great state of California – we’re already down for the count and the ref is on number 8.

We drove the whole way. It’s a hot, and kinda boring, drive from the Bay Area to Anaheim. You can see all walks of life on your journey, and often times wonder if these folks are also on vacation. But, to be honest, I was interacting with folks that just did not adequately communicate in English. Here’s a list of everywhere I HAD to repeat myself or received the wrong thing:

  • Gas Stations
  • Fast Food (ok, McDonalds and Wendy’s is really not a joke)
  • Hotels and Motels (especially the motel)
  • Restaurants
  • Stores
  • Rides and Attractions

For some people this is the biggest vacation they have once a year, or maybe once every five years. Kids are wide-eyed and amazed at all the things going on around them – parents just wanna take a nap! ;) Sometimes you can be tolerant and look the other way when someone doesn’t understand you. And, if you are not constantly immersed in the communication mismatch saga, you’ll be nice and smile and repeat yourself until understood. I mean, you’re a good Christian or were raised with good manners, so it’s wrong to get frustrated – just try a little harder.

For those of us that live this day to day – you start to get short tempered. For those of us that have been beaten over the head with ESL and screwed up lesson plans, ya start to fume just a bit. And then, when you have someone close to you (or you yourself) needing the services of a local hospital, and illegals are in front – you get down right mad! Why is it that you are to be second-citizen to someone that has placed undue burden on your state?

And, folks, that is the crux of this whole issue. We all have become second-citizens because our government and its representatives, held hostage and threatened by the Drive By Media, haven’t the strength to take a stand. These spineless dolts continue to play Three Card Monty with us – and all we get is taken, time and again.

We need a change. Keep a close eye on your representatives. And, enjoy “The Happiest Place on Earth” if you haven’t already! I still had fun – as long as the ibuprofen kept coming! ;)

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration – CAII. If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, e-mail the coalition and let them know at what level you would like to participate.


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