16 Feb 2004 pjcabrera
I absolutely agree with you about large hardware store chains and the little local mom-and-pop varieties. I bought my PowerBook from a local Puerto Rico Apple shop that has been struggling for over ten years, instead of buying from CompUSA or over the web. I believe in choice, and if I don't support the little guys, the big guys will soon be telling us how it is. Fuck that! :-)
I also find myself in agreement with you about people from other countries working in a country and not knowing the language. But a little perspective is needed, please.
Some of these folks are escaping oppressive regimes and they come to make a fair living, free of hate and persecution. Who are you to give them any lip? They are probably having a hard time working full-time and learning the language on their own time. How would you like to be bitched about when the only place for you to run to doesn't speak your language?
Besides, you will soon learn your own employer is either giving them your job overseas, or bringing them over to the USA to take your job off your own hands. I'll love to see your perspective on this in 5 years, when the baby boomers retire and the USA finds itself short 14 million professional-level employees.
One question, deek? How many languages do you speak? Could you live in Japan if suddenly Communists took over the Congress and the White House and the only place to find work was Japan?
That's what I thought, bitch.
By the way, you just got bitched at by a multi-lingual Puertorican (6 languages and counting.)