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Rich, But Not Pretty – A Short Story

For readers and followers, download free, today through Wednesday, the short story Rich, But Not Pretty.

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Corruption, Criticism and Cupcakes, Today’s Paulista Protests

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Today in São Paulo, as in many cities across Brazil, people took to the streets to protest and complain about pretty much everything they could think of – but mostly how government corruption and mismanagement is eroding Brazil’s economy. The demonstrations scheduled to start at 14:00 on Avenida Paulista drew, based on the most recent reports, a million to the street, many dressed in the colors that represent the country – yellow, green and blue.

On Friday, there was also a demonstration in favor of the current party. However, the crowds came in a very different manner than today. The unions, supportive of the current government that allows these organizations many benefits, bused in (alleged) members from all over and even gave some a stipend of R$30 to cover any “expenses” they might incur on the trip. Today, while there was representation from all points in the city, many wandered over from the near neighborhoods of Jardins and Higienopolis, representing the upper and upper-middle classes, who were willing to come out on a Sunday and support change. (Let’s face it, they have the most to lose in terms of real monetary value, right? I mean, when your dollar isn’t good at Disney anymore… it’s time to hit the streets.)

In addition to putting out the Workers Party (PT) as well as Dilma herself, there was even a showing of support for military intervention.

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Now, I’m not much interested in living through a military coup, so I’m hoping there are better strategies on the table. But a frightening thought.

What made this demonstration much less frightening to me, as I tend to veer toward worst case scenario when it comes to unhappy crowds, is somebody was offering up cupcakes.

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I don’t care what anyone says, if cupcakes are present, it’s a party, not a protest. Ok, a party against a party.

Only in Brazil.

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The Magic of Missing Mailboxes

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My brother, who lives in Los Angeles, recently went on a rant about the excessiveness of direct mail. I’m not sure what timeline the above photo he posted represents, but even if it’s a week’s worth, it is annoyingly much. … Continue reading

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Orlando in January – Little Brazil

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We recently spent a week in Orlando. We went during that time period where the US kids are in school and the Brazil kids are still on holiday. The result being – 80% of the tourist population in Orlando was … Continue reading

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The Surgery

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First, I would like to acknowledge that it has been an absurdly long time since I have posted. Call it blogger’s block, or just a complete disorientation and disillusionment regarding what is happening these days in Brazil (more to come on … Continue reading

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The Creepy Side of Campos do Jordão

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  So, I’m not sure what the big whoop is about Campos do Jordão. We went this past weekend and it seemed to me that it was just like any of the other over commercialized small mountain towns, only even … Continue reading

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Me Hace Bien

My new favorite song and video! Not Brazilian… but still Latin.

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