Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Free at Last, Free at Last

My weird obsession with Greenland was delighted to hear about the vote to give them their long deserved independence from Denmark, though I hope they don't go the route of poor Iceland. I was telling Bow that I've long wanted to retire there, and she told me that we'd have to split and she would start a basenji rebel group in Burundi so she'd be able to get back to her historic roots and preferred climate.

It's still my belief that the Titanic was sunk by rogue icebergs seeking Greenland's autonomy.

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17 Comments:

At 7:29 PM, Blogger rich bachelor said...

Pardon me, but don't you mean 'Kalininn Nunaat'?

The spelling is probably off.

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Rich - My Greenlandic vocabulary is very limited. Are you referring to the towns of Nuuk or Kangerlussuaq?

I'm sure Mouse will clear all of this since she's the only person I've met who has been there.

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

All 'navians were once ruled by Denmark. St. Olaf was the Bolivar of the Northern Lights.

p.s. Has anyone seen the Walter / Eric Estrada Old Navy ad yet?

 
At 4:17 AM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

I've been to iceland not greeland. however, I heard the mapmakers messed up and iceland was supposed to be called greenland and greenland, iceland, so maybe I have been there.....

but I believe the largest island in the world is spelled: Kalaallit Nunaat

congrats to greenlanders!

I've flown over greenland a few times!

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Bryce - I've not seen that Old Navy ad yet. When does it air?

Mouse - I've flown over it as well. Now that the dollar is strong despite the economy and Iceland is broke, it may be time to visit.

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger ArtSparker said...

There's a Jane Smiley book by that name, set a few centuries ago. Basically, they all whale on each other with axes until they start feeling poorly and take to their huts. But, a good read.

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Susan - Nothing like a books about axes, whales and ice!

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger WAT said...

Yeah, now that the ice is melting...

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

WAT - I may be rescuing and fostering penguins and polar bears next.

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger joe said...

I think rich means Kalaallit Nunaat

And what's wrong with "poor" Iceland!!? That's where I'm retiring to -- I'll be soaking in a thermal spring every day, I tell you.

This independence thing is about 50 years out of fashion. Also, overrated.

And I hear that the highlands of Kenya are much more enjoyable than the milles collines of Ruanda-Urundi.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Joe - I have to say that whenever you drop by here, our younger readers increase their geographic literacy by about 10%. Hey, someone send this blog's url to Sarah Palin!

 
At 11:53 AM, Blogger joe said...

You mean that woman who can see Kamchatka from her house? ;-)

Kamchatka was always my favorite region in the game "Risk" for some reason.

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Joe - It has a sort of naughty ring to it, like something you'd hide under your schmata.

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

your reply to wat reminds me of a children's book. if you don't know of it or haven't seen it you must check out the book 365 penguins by jean-luc fromental. as I said it is a children's book, but tis delightful to people of ALL ages!

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Mouse - I don't know that particular children's book, but I just bought "The Little House" about the tiny house that goes to the big city and then comes back home to the country. It brought back wonderful childhood memories.

 
At 4:28 PM, Anonymous The Angry Young Man said...

I knew a woman in Seattle who once followed her true love to Greenland. She stayed there for six months, in the dark, getting drunk because apparently that's all there is to do there. Then, she returned to Seattle, where she could at least belly dance in the dark while getting drunk.

I hear they were able to grow broccoli there for the first time not too long ago. Now if they can just do something about the seasonal tilt of the earth...

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Angry - In all honesty, I'd much prefer moving to New Zealand. I just love playing up someplace as gloriously obscure as Greenland.

 

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