Reckless Driving 

If you’ve followed me at all over the years, you’ll notice I don’t blog regularly. Or, I start up all hot and sweaty and then fall off the map.

There’s a very simple reason for that: uncertainty.

It’s amazing to get positive feedback from those who enjoy my writing (so please, keep that coming!) and obviously I see value in the endeavor or I wouldn’t do it at all. However, given the fact that all I do is offer a commonsense perspective, I often wonder if I’m not just shouting into the void. After all, I ask myself, does anyone really need me to point out the obvious over and over again?

It turns out the answer is yes.

Yes.

A thousand times, YES.

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Because, in the year of our Lord, 2016 — a time when we have pocket-sized computers that allow us to communicate with people all over the world in real time — it turns out that Trinbagonians not only need someone to force them to secure their children in a moving vehicle, they feel comfortable arguing that they should NOT have to do so. Continue reading “Reckless Driving “

We Like it So

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I really don’t. [IMG: reactiongifs.com]
There’s a reason this blog is called Square Peg (Round Hole). I grew up in NY, so you can imagine the culture shock I experienced upon returning to a place for which my expectations were based solely on Soca, Labor Day and overheard reminiscences. I’m pretty sure I spent the first five years here saying “In America…” and in the six years since, I’ve accepted that some things (ok, a lot of things) are just never going to make sense to me.

Don’t get me wrong, America is not the promised land (believe you me), but the things that baffled me about Trinidad upon arrival (and continue to exasperate me today) do not do so because they are major issues. They drive me nuts because, when you drill down, they are minor issues left unchecked that cause major problems. Put another way, most of the things that everyone (from born and bred Trinis to transplants like myself) spend most of our time griping about are relatively easily remedied… assuming anyone actually wants to remedy them at all.

Things like:

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Tending Your Garden

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It’s not, bruh… (unless it is.) [IMG: pinterest.com]
There’s an old Trini saying that goes:

If it falls in your garden, water it.

I’m reminded of this saying every single time someone in a marginalised group makes a critical statement about a privileged group.

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T&T Takes Gold (in missing the point) 

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T&T’s contingent of local athletes have been struggling to make it through Olympic qualifiers in Rio (and facing a ridiculous amount of criticism from “fans” who fail to recognize local athletes until they appear on an international stage), but there’s a squad right here at home who could easily snag gold, silver and bronze medals, if only the Olympics hosted a Mental Gymnastics event.

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If I Were the IRO…

The rainy season has officially begun, but things are hotter than ever here in Sweet T&T, where the volume of disturbing issues to be addressed threatens to bury our activists under a mountain of pure WTF IS HAPPENING HERE?

The latest bit of insanity to emerge comes courtesy of the Inter-Religious Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (IRO), which, apropos of nothing, inexplicably decided to go public in support of child marriage.

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You read that right, Coolio. (via giphy.com)

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The Life and Times of the TTGF

We’re creeping up on a month since the day the T&T Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) decided to turn this country’s first-ever Olympics qualifier in that sport into a total international fiasco. Naturally, despite all the evidence to the contrary, there are those working overtime to either dismiss or excuse the situation, often with the help of rampant misinformation. Of course, the sheer volume of madness that has occurred over the past four weeks isn’t helping to clarify things.

Maybe it would be a good idea to take a stroll down memory lane (with lots of help from Wired868.com, which has been running the most comprehensive coverage of the bacchanal from day one).

Shall we?

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You are NOT the Gymnast

It’s been less than two weeks since the T&T Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) bafflingly decided to strip Thema Williams of the duly-earned privilege of representing her country at the gymnastics Olympics qualifiers. In that time, a surprising number of Trinbagonians have rallied to protest the obvious injustice, indicating that T&T might finally be maturing just enough to begin rooting out the endemic corruption stifling the country. In fact, a core group of citizens (referring to themselves as the Incensed and Right Thinking Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago) have led the charge in the public arena, releasing statements, giving interviews and working tirelessly to get answers to the nation’s questions about this debacle.

Of course, not everyone feels quite the same way about the matter, which is why some very curious defenses of the TTGF’s actions have emerged. As I believe in the importance of free discourse on any and all matters, I’ve decided to address them here with all the seriousness they deserve: the Maury test.1357o8

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