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Friday, March 20, 2009

If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do.

Dongdaemun, "Gate of Rising Benevolence" or "Great East Gate"

I got an email from my dad last night saying:

Funny, every time I tell someone of your philosophy of working just enough to afford travel, they say 'good for her' or 'do it while you're young' or 'I wish I had done that.'

And then this morning, I saw this story from CNN. In a time when Americans are being laid off left and right, and friends I graduated with can't find jobs in their field of study and instead work waiting tables, I'm feeling pretty confident in my decision to teach abroad:

For many recent graduates, working abroad is becoming a more secure option than searching for a job in the United States. Most teaching programs in other countries will provide teachers with a salary and health insurance, and some programs in Asia will even provide free housing, said Jake Hanin, a teach abroad program coordinator for the Council on International Education Exchange, who also has noticed an increase in applications.

This end quote perfectly sums up when I've been telling everyone for the past year or so:

"You have plenty of time to get a career, start a family, and follow that path," Lee said. "Why not try another path first? What have you got to lose?"

Exactly my point.

Taxation Without Representation ... or is that not important anymore?

As you may or may not be aware, the DC House Voting Rights Act may finally be on its way to passing, giving DC residents a vote in the House of Representatives for the first time since the USA was established more than 230 years ago.

This would be major legislation to not only finally give Washingtonians a vote in Congress but would also end the unfair and unconstitutional practice of taxation without representation, something America's founders fought and died to prevent.

The act also provides another seat in the House for Utah, thereby guaranteeing that as the Democrats presumably gain a seat, so do the Republicans.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has served as a non-voting delegate to the House for 18 years, is the bill's staunchest ally and a frequent sparring partner of DC-born Stephen Colbert. Yep, Colbert is a native Washingtonian. Just another reason to love him.

This latest match-up between the two is just another reason why "The Colbert Report" is the best half-hour on TV, bar none.