Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I Pledge Allegiance

to get out of the United States of America, to leave the Republic for the Philippines, at fifty, with my 401-k (minus ten percent) and a bicycle.

10 comments:

walter wardlow said...

my dear friend, don't let the proverbial door hit you in the ass on your way out. yours truly...

Dave Mows Grass said...

The door won't hit me in the ass but the IRS might. Hi Walter!

Anonymous said...

Give us some Phillipines history.
During WWII, the Phillipines had a lot of fireworks going on. Lots of various nationalities were engaged in hostilities.
However, some of the local folks managed to survive. The survivors ... was it kind of like the survivors of Bataan or maybe better or worse?
Quack, Quack!

Cooper Green said...

What, no kayak? Have you succumbed to paddle prejudice?

Dave Mows Grass said...

Hi, Rod! Don't know for sure, but I think most Filipinos had the good sense to stay well clear of all those fireworks. When I was there, I heard more about where people were when they first learned that Marcos had been overthrown. Never heard anyone say anything good about Marcos.

And Cooper, I'm not too worried about a Philippine boat shortage in 2020. Maybe I'll build a plywood boat like my cousin has. It has bamboo outriggers!

soubriquet said...

Mr Quack might like to go further back in the history of the Phillipines, and the Treaty of Paris, of 1898, which triggere the war between the Phillipines and the United States.
It's notable that few americans seem to know much about why America owns Guam, for instance, or Puerto Rico, or why the Phillipines have all those U.S. links.

The U.S. was at war with the Phillipines from 1899 to 1913, and the Phillipines were a U.S. territory until the formatoin of the commonwealth in 1935.

bulletholes said...

Souby, is that when Teddy Roosevelt and his 'Rough Ridrs" made the famopus charge up San Juan Hill, only nodoby knows where San juan Hill is, or what the fight was all about?

soubriquet said...

Oh Bulletholes, you know very well that Teddy was invading Cuba when he charged up San Juan Hill, Same war though. Uncle Sam seeking to turn formerly Spanish countries into bits of the american empire.

Ha! poor ol Teddy, last of the great american cavalry chargers.

Dave Mows Grass said...

As a Filipino-in-training, I'm learning not to let myself get bogged down in a bunch of knowledge about the past. The present is sufficiently interesting and the future will take care of itself. Nice dialog, though!

bulletholes said...

(snapping fingers) Thats right! I get Cuba mixed up with the Falklands all the time.
Long live the Queen!