Daily Dingleberry 04-14-12 Would the real Belizean please stand up?


Something very perturbing is starting to happen. I suspect it was always an undercurrent but now it is coming to the surface. Belizeans who live in Belize are accusing Belizeans who live outside of not being real Belizeans.

Let’s get this straight. According the laws of Belize and everywhere else, uhm, we are Belizeans, no matter what you say or think. Watch us get deported. We come home to Belize. We cause gang wars and violence.

The next annoying thing is: There are over 160,000 of us spread allllll over the world and more than likely we are contributing to the greatest industry we got in Belize: Western Union. AND DONT START WITH IT’S ONLY BETWEEN US AND WHO WE SEND MONEY TO. That is naive. We send money cause the economy sux. There are no jobs and our families need to eat. Imagine if we didn’t send packages and money. Belize would be run over with the homeless and starving children and quite a few dead people too cause we send money to pay medical bills.

WE ARE RELEVANT. WE INFLUENCE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE. SO SHOW US SOME RESPECT.

We’re out here developing expertise in many areas and many of us would love to return home but to what? And then what will you do without our money funneling in???? Think!

We contribute in soooo many ways….the construction industry bc we send money to  build our homes; the tourist industry cause we come home and eat in your restaurants and rent your cars and stay in your hotels, never mind the friends we send and bring to visit; the business sector bc we send goods to sell or we send money so our family can buy goods; education because we send school fees and supplies; medical services because we send money to pay for hospital stays and medicines….I think you get the picture.

Athletes, artists, doctors, soldiers, you name it, are trained around the world, representing Belize with NO recognition. Sometimes you wanna just say &^%$ y’all! But we don’t. We keep trying, despite your vitriol and attempts to alienate and discriminate.

 

Daily Dingleberry 04-03-12 YOU IS JUST A BUNCH A DEBBIE DOWNERS


I noticed something that was very concerning and disheartening when I was in Belize. No matter what it was, the answer was “I don’t think so.” or “No.”  It was never: “Lemme see what I can do about that for you.” or “No problem mam. It’ll just be a minute.”

Preparing for the funeral:

“Can we sing a song right here after this?”

B “No. We are only allowed to sing 4 songs through the whole service.”

Who the hell gets to say how one says goodbye to a loved one???? But ok.

Preparing for the Repast:

“How many people are we preparing food for, Aunt Stephanie (my mom)?”

“About half the people who come to the funeral won’t be able to make it because they have to travel. So between 300 and 400 at least, because I m sure some of Henry’s friends will like to be there. ”

“Well, I nevah mi di plan fi feed no lottah Kerob!” And with that, people put back their turkeys in their freezers.

WOW!!! ARE YOU FN KIDDING ME????? WHo The HelL GetS tO DeCiDe WHO getS to GRIEVE a PeRsON????? So instead of having our extended family prepare the food as we all have for each other over the years, my family and I had the repast catered 🙂 F U Bitches!

Ordering food at a well known restaurant in Belmopan:

A “I would love to have the ceviche.”

B “I’m sorry mam but we just run out of conchs.”

“Ok…what about today’s special?”

“We just serve our last stew beans and rice; we only have rice and beans.”

“Ok…I’ll have that then.”

“I’m sorry mam but we run out the rice and beans.”

“Ok…how about a bacon and cheese sandwich?’

“Yes, mam.”

“I’ll have the bacon cheeseburger,” says my companion.

“Im sorry mam but we dont have bacon.”

A  “So that means you can’t make my bacon cheese sandwich right?”

B  “Yes mam.”

A “Ok but if you knew that already, why did you take my order just now? Fine. DO YOU HAVE BREAD AND BUTTER?”

And the list goes on really…it was like every time there was an issue, I had to be the one to find my own solutions even though I was PAYING someone else for a service. You should have seen the confused looks on people’s faces…

Well…some people or maybe a lot of people would want me to accept: “da just Belize mein”.

Na ah.

See the problem is, we are a tourist destination. People are coming here expecting to live out a fantasy and they are paying you fabulous money to do what is just basic services like HAVE THE FOOD YOU GOT ON YOUR MENU AVAILABLE. Sheesh! We need to realize that people have choices. If we don’t meet even a mediocre standard, they will not come back and they won’t send their friends here. There is only so much our natural beauty will do for us. They will go to other places like the Dominican Republic where everything is cheaper and they can get whatever they ask for. Shit! I might have to go to the Dominican Republic so I can get a real vacation…it’s not like I said this is a “working vacation”! DO YO JOB

The other thing: We want our economy to get a heartbeat right? We want investors right? Well but seriously…what website do we go to? What office? It is ridiculous trying to do research on Belize. You have to be one determined mo fo if you are going to try to do business in Belize. NOTHING IS COORDINATED! It screams unprofessional, inefficient and just flat out “too much trouble”.

For the above reasons, for many years I didn’t talk too much about Belize because I seriously did not want to be sending people there and then end up embarrassin my damn self…den dey be mad at me cause dey spent all kindsa money and had a lousy time or whatever..before you know it, I don lost a friend.

Please people. Get your ish together. You have to NETWORK and COOPERATE with each other. You want progress? You have to be a part of it. Start THINKING. Start PLANNING. COmMit. Maybe if dey mi gaat 2 dawnkey, this nevah miya happen