Can You Help Me With This... Picture?
Above is a picture of our stove. It decided to stop working intermittently and was driving us bonkers. It would work for a couple of times, then the gas would turn itself off at seemingly random intervals. Naturally, describing this problem in our limited Japanese was nearly impossible.
Hence the photo. I took the picture, went to school and sat at the office window pointing at stove parts on the picture on my cell phone and orating Shakespearian phrases such “gas disappears!” “poof!” “gas turn off [sic], then turn off.” “Not do anything, gas off. Then on.” “Huh? Help please?” It’s a good thing pictures say a thousand words, because God knows I can’t.
Rave About My Fave New Crave
Pride, Prejudice and Privilege
Yet, I retain the full force of my White privilege, and get free societal “goodies” for it. Okinawan culture clearly sets White skin on a pedestal, and my height commands additional respect. Also, despite having no personal connection with the American military, I am afforded additional power due to perceived connection with them due to my appearance.
Sometimes I will be completely ignored by someone who should be serving me, and sometimes I get special treatment and attention. It’s confusing, and it makes me feel like I am crazy. Did the first just not notice me, despite nearly tripping over me from being so close? Did the second genuinely want to go “above and beyond,” or like me, or were they afraid of what would happen if they didn’t? Or did they just respect me more because of my appearance? Or was it all in my head?
I don’t mind feeling a little crazy, but it does get overwhelming sometimes. It’s certainly good life experience, and gives me a better window into what it is like for people who are marginalized but without the benefit of White privilege to balance out the equation/experience.
Drop A Quarter In The Bucket List
Bucket List Highlights:
1) Walk into an airport and buy a same-day ticket to wherever looks interesting
2) Train in Karate in Okinawa
3) Be fluent in six languages
4,5 & 6) Have children, raise kids, and send my kids to therapy because of me
7) Make a location-independent income of $1,000 per month
8) Reach 10,000 blog readers per month
9) Visit Thailand
10) Live on the Mediterranean coast
Obviously, some of the above are much more realistic and/or impending than others. I did that on purpose; I don’t want to feel like my list is impossible, so I included things that I know can really happen soon, like the trip to Thailand, since I already have tickets. Wait... What?!?
Until next week,