Thursday, December 15, 2011

Butter and Beef

  
What a strange country I am living in. We ran out of butter before Christmas and now we are running out of beef. Where I live, which is southern Norway; we get hail storms every day instead of snow. It starts to get light around 9 in the morning and dark at 3 pm. At least I am not living in Northern Norway because there it is dark all the time. I live in a stubborn country that refuses to join the European Union, where we have tons of oil but gas prices are sky high, not to mention housing, food and clothes. We pay a lot of taxes so that we can support our welfare and the unfortunate foreigners who "immigrate" here.  We also spend a lot of taxes on reforming criminals, you know, like the guy who shot all those kids last summer. He gets to spend time in a luxury facility where he can get parole after a few years. Yes we are paying our taxes to reform him, whether he likes it or not. The maximum penalty in Norway is 21 years.


Norway is rated as the 5th most expensive place in the world to live. It is also rated as one of the best places in the world to live. I don’t get it. Most Norwegians go to Sweden to buy food and to smuggle what they can, we pay taxes so that the royal family can go on shopping sprees in Paris and travel around the world on their “So called missions.” Norwegians are proud and stubborn, they give but they take just as well. The homeless are not as visible, neither are the starving or the elderly whose pension barely covers their cost of living. Sure the health care is great, but the line to get the help you need is long and full of paperwork. There are a lot of unions here in Norway and one of them is always on strike. That is why we ran out of butter and are now running out of beef. Who knows what we will be running out of next, if it is oil we are in trouble, most likely it will not be fish. Like I said, I am living in a strange country.

Norwegian Catfish



8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like a place not for the faint of heart!
And that is the scariest looking catfish I've ever seen. I don't believe ours come with fangs!

Susan Roebuck said...

Who knew catfish were so mean? And it's covered in snow - has it been for a walk. The vision of Norway from those not living there is a country of riches with an excellent welfare state. I'm all for reforming bad people but that guy who did the killing, he should be locked up in a mountain somewhere and left there. Forever.

Stephanie V said...

Those teeth look ferocious.

Interesting to hear your perspective on your country. Canada has a similar reputation, I think, and has similar problems. We visit the US and smuggle cheaper goods home. Health care line-ups are long for the 'free' services. Unions are strong and, I think, prosperous. So far, we have butter and beef available. Oh, and oil.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

That would be hard. It must be truly beautiful there though, to be rated so highly as a wonderful place to live ;)

Summer Ross said...

Wow look at those teeth! Do you ever use your experience living there inside your writing? That catfish could make a great monster in a story. :)

Kara said...

I agree with Stephanie V - it sounds like Canada!

Mrs. Tuna said...

21 years max for that tragedy. How awful.

I should also let you know that I seem to be getting some kind of spam/virus mail from you being sent to my email. You might want to check out you email.

Matt Conlon said...

That fish will haunt my nights forever.