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Baby goat sticking its cute head out between fence boards at the local zoo

Photo by Lisa Marie Mercer © 2014

Yes. I’ve been missing entirely from this blog for half a year.

You will note that period includes the height of idiocy back in the US with government shutdowns, crazy “defund Obamacare” repeated attempts to get different results from the same headbanging, and other general lunacy. If I had tried to really express what I thought about all that, my blood pressure would pop.

I’ve also been working, building up our web and social media biz, writing, and ranting in shorter spurts on social media. The short-hits do less to the blood pressure than longer, organized essays. You can find most of my other haunts from my profile on this page, and all the rest of them from my About.me profile. I invite you to debate, comment, follow, throw tomatoes, or otherwise engage with me at one or more of them.

Some more work done on Falling Off the Hemisphere the book, though not where I expected to be. Of course, a major point of that memoir and cultural commentary is that you shouldn’t expect nor plan so much about where you expect to be. I’m finding that this oddball part-memoir of a Great Recession survivor, part-social-critique, is being driven more by events and less by memory, and may well totally revamp concept as to what it should become.

As to the SF story, I am busy jettisoning what I find of “first novel syndrome” so as to avoid putting every single good idea I’ve ever had for a story into that one novel. (more…)

A friend, on a social network, just commented on one of my posts, paraphrasing and de-identifying, “I don’t mind that we make it easy for Americans to come down here to my Uruguay, despite how hard you make it for us to come to the USA. But could we do a ‘Democracy test’ at the border?”

So true! It would be a great idea, as a modest proposal. (more…)

When you come to Uruguay, it seems foreign. More so than the busy place from which you arrive here.

Deco/Fascist Progress-style mural of naked man and woman forging the tools and edifices of "Modern Civilization"

Welcome to Colonia and Glorious Uruguayan Progress, Compañeros!

Most English-speaking visitors get their first taste of my new country from a day-trip by ferry out of Buenos Aires, that chaotic, dirty, noisy, uproarious, wonderfully gigantic capital of tango and drama. (more…)

The cat on top of the kitchen cabinets

Oh what a feelin', up at the ceiling.

RIP Blackcomb, AKA Boston Blackie, AKA Mr. Black. World-class cat. World traveler cat.

May 1999 (somewhere around May 7) Boston / Brookline (found right by the borderline) , Mass, USA – August 25, 2013, Atlántida, Canelones, Uruguay.

Black cat on chair arm with quizzical look

Blackcomb running the place at our temporary Tacoma apartment

Brookline, MA to Dillon, Colorado. Dillon, CO to Raleigh, NC. Raleigh, NC to Tacoma, Washington State. Several trips back and forth between Raleigh and Dillon, between Tacoma and Dillon, while we foolishly hoped the destroyed economy might have let us sell our modest Colorado home instead of it being foreclosed.  

Finally, Tacoma, WA back to Dillon, CO for a few months at the start of 2012. In June 2012, Dillon, CO to Montevideo Uruguay as the best under-seat pet who didn’t “stick his head out, not even one little bit” (as the Copa Airlines staff warned me sternly, before then moving us up to better seats with a smile!) One year of good health, happy times, and his first backyard ever, before he fell ill in June 2013. Most of that with his dog brother Whister, who followed him to Uruguay, in much less comfy accomodations, in September 2012. 

Long way to go for a Maine Coon Cat mix, longhair domestic kitty, found bleeding and pus-oozing in a paper bag in May 1999. About 2 weeks old and near death. But not ready to die, not that day, not that place. 14 more years and a continent away, before that day would come.  Which was still too damn soon… (more…)

Example 1: If I write about Batman, a new Android phone, and Bradley Chelsea Manning on my personal “Mark Mercer” Facebook, and write about moving to Uruguay on my Uruguay Expat Life blog/website, Uruguay Expat Life Facebook / Twitter / Google+, (in fact there’s TWO of them there), all of which have “contact me” options, or are inherently a contact mechanism, a la the Tweety-box… Where do you think you should ask me about “Can I move to Uruguay and get residency?”

Right. On the Batman post. In a comment. Then bug me about “waaah didn’t you see my question from a whole hour ago???“, in a comment, on the technology post.  Unless you’re “the goddamn Batman”, no.

Batman saying

All rights reserved and copyright DC Comics. Fair Use, courtesy of Know Your Meme website where I abducted the goddamn image.

Example 2:  (more…)

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