The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, September 7, 2009

What it looks like from here

I am in the land of strikes, protests and road blockades. This place has problems that need to be addressed just like everyplace else. We will see how it works out if it works out.

I don't speak from much experience, however, if I get injured or ill here, there are decent options starting with the village clinics. Seeing a doctor is fairly easy and is not expensive. Many even make house calls.

At the same time, as a Massachusetts resident, I am required to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. I pay the penalty. After paying exorbitant prices for several years and getting nothing for it, it seemed to make the most sense. I got tired up hearing, "Sorry, you are not covered for this."

I always figure I am representative of several million people, professionals without health care. I know it is a crap shoot to not have insurance, but it is better than paying for half of it, you know, crap.

So when I read that they are considering health care "reform" that requires people to buy it even though they can't afford it and that the mandated payments must continue to go to the health insurers, who are so obviously ripping us off... well, it sounds like Bizzaro World. I must be missing something.

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