I would think that nine hours at a car dealership would be enough time to fix most common vehicular problems. I suppose that’s a good indication of my ignorance concerning such matters. It sucks being so dependent on others for something so crucial to daily life, such as a car.
Basically, after the car sat there for nine hours and I finally got to pick it up, one warning light was off but two new warning lights appeared. If only ever aspect of life were so simple: solve one problem by creating two new ones and call it a job well done. So I got to go back in at 8 AM the next day (waking up at 8 AM, in July, and not even getting paid?!) to sit and wait for an hour and a half as a simple diagnostic test was run all the way through.
But my indignation over the car is fading…now this bugs me. It’s a Google News page presented in the “Estados Unidos” flavor – you know, a version for Spanish-speaking members of the United States. Yes, they have an American (English) version, they have a Mexican (Spanish) version, and they have a Spanish (Spanish) version, but this is the American (Spanish) version. You know, for all of those citizens of the United States who cannot read English.
Have I ever emphasized the irrationality of someone claiming to be a citizen of a country whose official language he cannot be bothered to speak? If he cannot read enough English to survive on a Google News page, will he be a functional member of a society in which all things of importance are presented in that language? Of course he will not, so it’s a good thing that society is beginning to cater to his ineptitude by producing products which translate their text into multiple languages.
For a final twist, a good song is “I Didn’t Speak the Language” by The One AM Radio. It has nothing to do with Spanish, or cars, for that matter.