Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Tumbleweeds in Santiago

Posted: December 9, 2012 in Life
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Feriado: a holiday, this time for the Day of Immaculate Conception. The streets are empty, the traffic is nearly gone, everything is closed, and the entire city is devoid of life. It’s bizarre, like being in a zombie apocalypse movie. Only the grocery stores are open, and the lines are long. It’s impressive to me how a city the size of Chicago can turn itself off completely, overnight. That’s feriado in Chile. It could only be more complete with tumbleweeds blowing through the streets.

I celebrate by building a 3d printer, until I get to a point where I realize I need tools which I don’t have, and I can’t go out and buy them today.

On a good note, I have my own private metro car. Not anywhere to go, though, other than to practice some music with friends. Others in town were getting up bright and early and hammering their own music into the air. The afternoon turned quiet but then people came out late and the metro was packed on the way home, around 10pm.

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Some of the Commie brand (TM) Chilenos “celebrate” the start of the 1973 coup, the subsequent suicide of Salvador Allende, and the burning of the Palacio de la Moneda on Sept 11, by setting fire to things and being generally destructive assholes. This year they also celebrated by shooting a cop who was attempting to stop the looting of a grocery store. Then the mob of looters attacked the station said cop originated from, as if shooting him clearly wasn’t enough retribution for his infringement upon their perceived right to steal stuff that isn’t theirs. Other festive activities included barricading streets, beating and throwing rocks and bottles at innocent bystanders, and setting fire to two floors of the central mall.

The reason the coup happened in the first place is because Allende’s failed central-planning Communist policies resulted in a hyperinflated Peso, starvation in a country that is capable of feeding the world, and the wiping out of the Chilean middle class. That kind of stuff is hard to fuck up even if you try, and Allende & friends managed to do it. In came Pinochet to kick them out.

So now remind me why it was a bad thing that Pinochet was causing communists to disappear? Obviously they are not worth having around.

In other news, Sept 11 is now being called “Patriot Day” in the US? What? Are you f’ing kidding me?