August 11, 2013
Report # 1031
Hey everyone, I hope that you’ve all been having a great weekend. I didn’t do much of anything on Thursday aside from watching movies and going for a run in the evening. I watched Freeway, Rest Stop, and a Mexican movie, Nosotros Los Nobles. (We/us the Nobles) The first two movies were horror movies, with deranged killers… I do like those movies sometimes, and the Mexican movie was a comedy about a rich family whose father pretends they lost all their money to teach his spoiled kids a lesson so they have to live like poor people for a while. It’s nice to have the internet to be able to look at so many movies and pass the time.
Before going to bed I checked the migration website to check the status for my case, and it’s a good thing I checked because there was added information saying that my payment had been processed and to go to the migration office. Luckily it was Thursday night and not Friday night, so I was able to go the next day. On Friday morning I went to the migration offices and the lady told me to go to the third floor. I had always been on the second floor before, so I must have made some more process. There were some American, Chinese, and Spanish and Venezuelan people as well, so I wasn’t the only one from another country going to work here.
I had to stand in line for a while and I made it up to the front desk and after a few minutes the lady told me to take a seat. I was called up again in about 10 minutes, and I had to ink all of my fingers from each hand and make fingerprints. It was such a dirty task and after trying to clean my hands, they all got black, so that part wasn’t very fun. I also had to sign another paper, but there were no more forms to print off and fill out thankfully. I was given a piece of paper with a CURP number, which I think is the Mexican version of a Social Insurance Number, and I was told that I could come back in two weeks to pick up the visa.
So it looks like I have another two weeks of holidays, though if all goes well I’ll get the visa on August 23 meaning I could start working the week of August 26-30. I called Teleperformance, but I was told the lady would be away until Monday, so when I got home I sent her an email telling her all of the news and asking what I should do about a ban card. I think some companies in Mexico prefer to do business with certain banks, so if she tells me which one I should be able to go and sign up for a bank account here, and if not I’ll just pick one out myself.
So more progress has been made and if everything goes well I’ll be working before the start of September which really all I can say is it would be about time. On Friday afternoon I went to Cinépolis and I saw Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. It was an interesting type of fantasy/action movie about children of Greek Gods. I cam home in the evening and I went for a run as well once again. Yesterday it clouded over in the afternoon and it absolutely started pouring. The streets were kind of flooding a bit, which always seems to happen in Mexico when it rains, and the temperature dropped down to maybe 25 C (77 F) After two weeks straight of like 38 C (100 F) weather everyday, it felt so refreshing to have rain come finally.
I watched the Wonderful Oz in the afternoon, and in the evening I headed out and enjoyed the fresh air after the rain had stopped. This morning I got out of bed before 11:00 am and I decided to go for my run. It was sunny, but still cooler than the previous days, so i was able to run in the day. I didn’t have to use any air conditioning while I slept last night, and I’m not using any right now, so I will have to enjoy these cooler days as I think the temperature will get back up to where it has been after tomorrow. I’ve read a lot lately about Russia’s new law against homosexuality. It’s been even a bigger conern with the 2014 Winter Olympics coming up in Sochi.
I even read there is a petition demanding to move the games from Sochi to Vancouver, which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and that petition has almost 50,000 signatures. And I’ve also read that this has about a 0 % chance of happening, as it would be very difficult and expensive and just nothing that the International Olympic Committee would like to do. It is troubling though that Russia has come up with such strict laws against people, just for being gay. Now if the Russian government is just making strict laws against homosexuality acts in public, that’s one thing, but if they are threatening to possibly jail people just because they are gay, that is clearly wrong.
There have also been some talks about boycotts, but most of the world leaders have been against this as they realize that in a boycott the only ones who get hurt are the athletes who have trained so hard for so many years waiting for this once in four years opportunity. The IOC has asked the Russian government to make clear certain aspects of the law, so hopefully we all know a little more about how the Russian government will deal with potential situations soon. Clearly though, Russia is failing to respect the rights of a number of citizens in their country, and the world should hold them to task for this human rights violation.
Aside from some people talking about a boycott and signing a petition to move the games, some people and even businesses have stopped purchasing the Russian Vodka, in an effort to speak out against the anti-gay law in Russia. So I hope people around the world, companies, and political leaders speak out against this archaic and unjust law in Russia and do their best to pressure the Russian government to lighten it up as much as possible. If enough people speak out, and enough pressure is put on the Russian government, and enough money is lost from the Russian economy over this law, I would think eventually some positive changes should be made.
Regardless what ones’ personal views are on gay people, I would think any decent minded person in the world would agree that jailing someone just for the simple reason of being gay or acting gay is 100 % wrong. If Russia fails to soften up their views on this matter and only looks to enforce these strict regulations, not only will their 2014 Olympics be operating under a huge dark cloud, it will certainly not be such a happy celebration and as successful as an event as it could have been, and that will be a great disappointment. And the Foreign Affairs minister of Canada made a good point:
“We are concerned, obviously, about Canadian athletes and other participants, spectators and attendees of the Olimpics there. But we should be very clear: they’re going to be there two or tree weeks. The people of Russia will have to deal with this law 365 days of the year, every year. Let’s hope that decency will prevail.” – Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada, John Baird.
sources: globeandmail.com, Harper joins controversy over Russia’s anti-gay law. The Canadian Press. August 9, 2013.
Mr. Baird makes a great point. While the concern in Russia has been magnified around the world because the Olympics will be there in February of next year, it’s important to note that the law will effect mostly Russian citizens, and they deserve to be able to live in a free society without facing consequences for the simple matter of being gay. So it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming six months and during the Olympics and if anything changes. I certainly hope some positive changes come out of all this pressure being put on Russia lately, for the sake of the athletes competing in Sochi, and more importantly, for the Russian people in general. For the next question:
Do you think the 2014 Olympic games should be boycotted or moved over the Russian government’s new anti-gay law ? How should other countries in the world respond to this kind of controversy ?
I will leave you all with some pictures that I took of where I’m living now, and of how wet it got here the other day. Take care and I’ll talk to you all on Wednesday, bye for now.