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WHAT A WASTE!

-Do you recycle?

-Objection, your honor!

– Accepted!

-All right counselor, rephrasing. Do you ASSORT your garbage?

Oh shit! That’s a tricky question always subject to judgment depending on who’s come up with this topic of discussion and the participants involved. Being honest or cheating in your answers might curse or save you for being finger pointed and criticized or preached.

recycling-bins

I will open the debate explaining my current mixed feelings on this subject.

To start with, I reckon I’ve been assorting for a decade a least, first I started with paper, then with glass and finally plastic and organic too. It took me time and insistence till my parents started assorting and I’m proud to say they’re very committed, especially since there were proper containers available place at 5m from home.

What’s the system I follow? The basic: one bin for organic stuff, another for plastic, paper and cardboard straight to a clothing bag, and glass into another resistant bag. Sure there are better ways, but I try my best, and consider the reduced dimension of my kitchen, I’m positive it’s not so bad. The corner assigned for assorting is quite prominent, uncomfy, but it works at the time being.

Japan is the country with citizens most committed to recycling I’ve ever seen in my life. When I was there, I soon realized there were no waste bins on the streets, only outside 7-11 stores and quite few in some tube stations. I asked my friend Shingo and he explained that most people keep their trash until they arrive home, where they can assort properly.

According to some conversations and other comments read on the net, there are 10 average assorting categories Japanese must comply with (in Kamikatsu there are 44!). Citizens are educated to accomplish the rules of assorting, and if you don’t meet the expectations, you can be reported to the authorities. We are light years away from their recycling model, or let’s say routine or habit.

Things couldn’t be more different in Spain. Recycling is a subject full of gaps and not very clear to the population, and I’m not just talking of education, I mean all the waste management and proper recycling process. Private, public? At the end of the day we do not receive much feedback, nor support and of course, we’re not educated.

oscar grafitti

I still remember glass bottles returned to the convenienve store in exchange of few coins or the discount in the following purchase of bottles. That was an efficient system because we felt rewarded, and bottles were easily returned to the starting point to repeat the process.

Companies pay high taxes for waste to be recycle, and average citizen has to pay city taxes, being a part forwarded to this management. Constant rumor is that garbage is mixed upon arrival and there’s an assorting process at the recycling plant.

I’m starting to understand all these people who at some point decided to quit assorting based on the previous statement. They don’t do it because tax paid are considered to be too high, and no compensation of any kind is received.

I’ve been seriously pounding the possibility of stopping myself, but at the end of the day I go on doing as usual, because I’m so used to it, this home process is not too difficult and I know I’ll feel better  better with myself.

I only ask for few things: support, information and less shitty recycling ad campaigns, which sometime cause the opposite impression in the audience,

-Yes, sir, I do. I do assort garbage.

SOCCER, SPANISH CRISIS AND PIÑA COLADA

A couple of months ago I told you I wasn’t into soccer but lately, from time to time I was enjoying commenting some games, especially the Champions League ones involving Spanish teams.

You also know I try not to get involved in politics discussions which only cause arguments and bad vibes among friends. Spain is experiencing what seems to be the worst and roughest time since the age of democracy started, and I’ve eventually found myself affected by the fashionable term of crisis as I lost my job due to company measures to face this situation(also because firing me, the last person who started at the branch, was cheaper).

It’d be easy for me to start complaining nonstop with the same mantra everybody is singing, fuckin’ country, shitty government blah blah blah… it’s useless, depressing and boring. Of course I’m not happy with the current situation, but there’s nothing I can do about it but trying to get a job ASAP, or just leave the country, which is a valid option to be considered.

This been said, and respecting everyone’s opinions, this is my time and my place to criticize certain issues occurring nowadays which get on my nerves. I’d like to warn you this is nothing personal and don’t mean to offend anyone, it’s just I have to let my thoughts loose once and for all.

There are some remarks directly linked to one of the most powerful worldwide social networks: Facebook. Of course you have the right to express whatever on your wall, and I, as your friend, have few  options: ignore/accept or write comments, but Hey! Beware! Because those comments can express both agreement or disagreement to what your stating. Remember you’ve given me the key to do so.

What has caught my attention is that all of a sudden everybody is acquainted and deeply interested in politics. It is very curious. And something which I find terribly absurd, the quantity of critic and creative messages spread and shared once and once again, as if people weren’t able to express discontent for themselves, some unknown wise element has to manipulate and speak for themselves. Up to date I respect those criticizing adding links to relevant press articles and information so you can read and judge for yourself. Finally, 2012 is being the roughest time, with many extreme measures approved, supposedly to relief the economy but very rough and unfair for the average citizen. Right! But you blaming the current government to be the cause of the crisis, proves me you’re a damn ignorant. We’ve been fucked up over the years and the country management has been poor and corrupt since the earliest days of democracy. It’s not a matter of blaming one party not choosing sides, everybody in the political hierarchy over the years is responsible for our ruin. Politics in Spain is something rotten to the bone, and the damage is irreversible.

Finally, I believe that depite the fact that we are all aware this country is falling apart, it’s not necessary to be reminded on a daily basis by all means, moreover, it’s not fair either to be accused or finger pointed for having fun in these rough times.

Thus, yes, I’m unemployed, does it mean I cannot fly to Dublin to attend Tom Petty’s show? Should people be forbidden to enjoy Euro 2012 Championship for the same reason?  Is it a sin to support your national soccer team because of the country situation? Can’t people go to the beach because some areas are burning? Yeah, people are ignorant cattle in general, with and without crisis, but evading from all the problems it’s something we all do, even though it doesn’t mean you are unaware of what’s really happening on the streets. We need music, films, sports, cooking, or getting pissed every weekend…you name it!

Same as with active workers. Since there’s this high rates of unemployment, it seems that they don’t have the right to complain about their jobs, because someone might be offended. WTF? If you are pissed off with your job and need to feel better by complaining, just do IT!

My point after all this nonsense discourse is the following, with the country drowning in a sea of debt, unemployment and bankruptcy, should we stay home and self punish with a whip, or even better, blow or brains with a gun? Ain’t we got right to enjoy little pleasures nor have fun? Dears, I’m just asking because no crisis is gonna stop me from having fun, regardless my economic situation, I warn you.

And by the way, to justify the title of this post, let me tell you, I’m buying a new blender this afternoon and will start making piña coladas nonstop now that I have time. If you feel offended, I’m sorry, if you feel like tasting one and become my Guinea pig, drop by The Hellhouse 😉

YOU GOT THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE

General strike has officially started almost two hours ago. It’s been called to protest against the new labor reform recently approved.

First of all, I have to remind you all I’m not into politics and don’t really understand economics, but agree that current situation in Spain is sadly pathetic. But I’ve been reckoning this situation for many years. When I started noticing so many people in their twenties were determined to getting involved with a 40 year mortgage for having a 60 sq. meter flat, I knew something was wrong.

Leaving  aside the parties which have been governing the country since democracy was implemented, mainly because I don’t want to take sides and don’t really feel attracted by any of them, the truth is that administration has been absolutely disastrous leading to the terrible situation we’re currently living, with approx. 5mill of unemployed citizens. What a shame!

Of course I don’t agree with the labor reform, protecting the employers by cutting workers’ rights, but doesn’t surprise me either. Social welfare Spain has been promoting for years, had to come to an end, just because the income has never been enough, and the debt created is overwhelming, thus economy is hardly to recover, and if so, it will take many years. So now tax revenue is alarmingly increasing, and they will keep such trend for long time, and probably National Health System will eventually be affected enormously, among other things.

No, I don’t agree with the situation in my country. I get terribly upset when hearing of corruption, privileges for certain people, politicians’ salaries, and can’t really comprehend why the fuck we’re still supporting the royal family. These and many other stories are what make me try hard to isolate from, let’s say, the real world, and most times I’m ignorant of many things going on. I don’t want to get upset, on a daily basis, you know?

The general strike has been called by the labor unions, supposed to defend the workers’ interests. I don’t buy it. I don’t believe in those who are apparently representing us, the same I don’t believe political parties discourses.

On the other hand, we’ve been witnessing changes, the approval of projects and laws forcing us to yield on behalf of our supposed benefits (bull-shit!), 2% tax increase started to be applied a couple of years ago and nobody manifested disagreement . Common services are constantly also rising their prices, and it’s now, in this season of general anger and indignation, when people start noticing it.

I think we should have gone to the streets to show our disagreement and dissatisfaction long time ago, but nothing has been done…till now.

Finally, I see too much pose, it’s very easy to manifest such state via FB, Twitter and other social networks. It’s quite cool to reblog, share or retweet smart and brilliant statements written by others, and yes, many of those constantly complaining about the current government, right sided, won’t be on the streets on this day of strike.

And because everybody has the choice to exercise  the right of striking, I choose going to work today. My reasons? I got many different which  I’m not gonna share here, but perhaps frustration, and the inconsistency of stopping the engine of a whole country for a day, with its serious consequences immediately following, which will affect for long time, have made me decide to switch on the alarm at 7,15AM, as every day, and move my ass to the office.

I was thinking of this painting, Quarto Stato by Giuseppe Pellizza de Volpedo, this morning, also Novecento came to mind. So much struggle for improvements we haven’t been able to keep for good, because we all are too selfish as to enjoy a lifestyle beyond our limits and possibilities (and I blame myself too), and we haven’t reacted until our privileges and comforts are in dangerous. We are unable to preserve what makes our lives better, and now we are close to bankruptcy, and cry. Not looking for approval here, and positive many of you will disagree or will think I have no idea what I’m talking about. Sure you’re right, but this is what I see nowadays.

For me, it’s not relevant whether you go on strike or not, as long as you do what you decide for yourself.