Scared to Leave, Scared to Stay...

In all seriousness, my city is definitely on "the terrorists" short list. Not that I subscribe to the whole "the terrorists" idea, as if there was some monolithic organization that is out for our blood. More likely, there's just a bunch of different nut jobs out there (some with legitimate grievances, sure) that occasionally hook up and decide to kill westerners. They're not even all jihadist.

And all it takes is some nut-job with a nucular bomb to kill me, my wife, my son, my friends, everything.

Besides that, there's the culture war (don't even get me started). The obscene amount of money we spend on the industrial-military complex (you were right, Ike). The intellectual laziness. The cost of healthcare. Social Security. Oprah.

Balance all that against moving to New Zealand. No one wants to suitcase bomb New Zealand. They don't spend more on the military than the rest of the world combined. They have socialized medicine. Government pensions. A beautiful landscape. Nice cities.

You know, I read somewhere that the biggest political scandal in New Zealand last year was when the Prime Minister was late to a reception for the National Rugby Team, so her motorcade exceeded the speed limit to make up time. Speeding!

And yet with all that, it's so hard to leave here. I love the area, the vibe. It's almost like I am not in America here. At least not an America that believes that God created the earth 6,000 years ago and is fixing to come back and take away his followers any day now.

I've built a good life for myself, my family. I'm respected in my field. I have fun. ****, I have a house that might not be so easy to sell in this market.

To paraphrase Condaleeza, I don't want my next clue to leave to be a mushroom cloud on my doorstep. Thanks for putting my family at risk, Jesus Land.

So, to leave? To stay? I'm scared either way.
hellosailor hellosailor
36-40, M
2 Responses Oct 12, 2006

Well I truly do not fully understand the rants of the above comment, simply because of grammatical errors and many spelling mistakes. Oh well, perhaps my loss ;) The wonderful part of AMERICA, is that Canada IS apart of that grand statement, but now it seems to be equated with primarily the U.S. BUT Canada does exist and quite frankly I think it is a wonderful Country!! Come join us here if you ever move!! smiles.

me too

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