As I was chatting with the Uber driver coming in, he shared with me his friend who is writing the master's paper on how a woman whose language memory changed after a concussion. Apparently, she spoke Spanish in her native tongue, and learned English in childhood, and spoke English very well. After the concussion, she didn't a word of English, only Spanish. I thought, isn't that interesting. I am going in to learn about vision and learning, and a bit on concussion treatment this week.
The street was getting busier from Wednesday to Friday. I discovered some nice goodies with catchy phrases. It was also fun to try the draft cider on the street grounds.
My classmate, Troy from Alabama told me that Bill Clinton is from the South. I thought it's unique that he became more liberal. Troy said that the south was actually more democratic until 7-8 years ago. I learned something new.
Interesting to also find out that Mardi Gras is fact started from The town of Mobile Alabama, in 1703, not in New Orleans. People throw beads to those they like, and also moon pies. But the drinking is much lighter in New Orleans. There is no lifting of blouses to expose their bosoms. It's more like a family carnival, like a Christmas parade.
It's unfortunate to see similar situations in the suburbans around north of Toronto. In the 1990s, there was a lot of Hong Kong migrants. The father would fly back to Hong Kong, and the mother would raise the children alone. The income might be enough coming from the father oversees. But mothers here usually have too much on their plates. Hence, creating a scenario that is similar to inner city kids, where the father is physically absent, and the mother is either emotionally overwhelmed, or emotionally absent. However, they get overly involved in the child's homework and personal life in their ten age and later years. It's a bit paradoxical.
Now it's migrants from China. Sad to see that though the father and mother are usually here as well, they are overworked and can still be physically/emotionally absent in the children.s early years. They provide more than enough materially for the children. But they sometimes not realize children don't need more toys, they need more of their parents quality time.
As a child, my parents are either physically or emotionally absent as well. I also understand those children's mind. You learn to be an adult a little later in life. They also called it emotionally immature sometimes. The fortunate thing is that I now arrive here today in my life with a better understanding. A road less traveled. To each their own. It's a great thing that one of us is emotionally mature early on, and that wasn't me for a long time.
There is so much in the human relationships we overlook. Tough being young to face stardom, in choosing who to trust. The insecurity and isolation themselves can lead to anxiety/depression and drug addiction, let alone the possible army injury/pain management for Elvis and dancing injury for Michael.
However, some of these pained, artistic minds left us such a legacy, such as Van Gogh and Elvis. We have much to thank and to be grateful for.
Graceland, Elvis’ home
Sun studio, where Elvis did his music
Beale st, local drinks music, atmosphere. You can drink on the street.
The lookout at the pyramid, view
Blue city cafe, ribs, or garlic shrimp
Beauty salon, fine dining
Gus’ fried chicken, chicken
Yan Ling Liang