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JULY 28, 2016 BLACKFOOT VALLEY DISPATCH PAGE 9 C1SlOn IS Richard Geary now has more than 27,000 mean the end of my emo- summer, consequently evenShe was from a very tradi- Guest Columnist registered voters, tional dissatisfaction, if not our time away from work tional family in Barra, and The decision is made. My oldest and closest dysfunction. When I was ais limited by climate andalbeit far from rich, had the When I look around my friend is running for prefei- volunteer I saw many new the temporal constraints it respect of the population. house, I calculate what I to, a position analogous to people arrive, some expect- forces on us. I never spoke to the girl, hope my belongings will the mayor of a town. But the ing that the Peace Corps Brazil is in political chaos much less attempted to be worth at the garage sale. prefeito manages the entire and a foreign environmentnow. The president has initiate a romantic relation- I also mentally make a list municipal, or county, notwould mean the end of their resigned or was impeached, ship. In realistic terms I of what I'll take with me. I just the town itself, neuroses, and they would and a new corruption scan- was a functioning alcoholic won't need much: two small Raimundo has been elect- become a fully realized dal surfaces almost everywastrel and ill suited for a suitcases, ed prefeito twice before, and persons, week. Inflation is a looming commitment to a domestic My plans to return to Bra- is known for his honesty There's a saying: "Wher- problem. I read the otherrelationship. zil aren't an old man's un- and populist practices, like ever you go, there you are." day that credit card interest Some years ago we found realistic yearning to return housing projects and expan- Living in a strange culture is 372 percent a year. each other on the internet, to the place of his youthful sion of the water system,and possessing weak lan- I lived there during the and spoke for the first time. glory, it's a plan that I've We worked together for six guage skills served only to military dictatorship and the I was surprised to find that thought through at length, years and shared a profound exacerbate their personalpopulace as a whole wasn't she was very attracted to It's been years coming to empathy for each other, problems, and most of them suffering from its effects, me during those years, but fruition. They've told me that Rai-returned to the states before The common people, eking given the traditional Bra- A lot of it is predicated mundo is a sure winner, but their two year commitmentout a living in their respec- zilian culture, never ap- on finances. I can't survive Brazilian politics are volatile was completed, tive professions, weren'tproached me. on Social Security alone and nothing is guaranteed. My expectations are few, unsatisfied at all. They never She's divorced now, and here in the U.S., but what We'll see in September, after simple and I hope realis-voiced any dissatisfaction quite wealthy. Her looks my friends in Brazil tell me, the elections, tic. There's a difference in because they were governed haven't suffered with age, the amount I collect every Many of my friends have leaving to escape a negative by a military junta, and she's extremely intel- month would serve me well passed away, but there are environment and leaving in And there's another rea- ligent. if I moved there. Also, the still a lot of them left. The the hope of finding some-son I'd like to move back. She constantly urges me freedom from daily work camaraderie among person-thing with more promise. During my six years in Barra to return to Barra do Bugres, will give me time to write, alities in Brazil runs deeper With me it's a little of both, do Bugres there was a teen so that's part of my motiva- People here try to warn than here in the states. Bra- mostly the latter, age girl who, without doubt, tion, but certainly not the me that the place I lived will zilians aren't as judgmental The absence of winters was the most attractive only one. The amorous have changed. I know that. as Americans, and can ap-takes away the time urgency female I ever saw. She had facet of my desire to go back From a tiny village of fewer preciate the idiosyncrasies that we in the northern cli- (and still does) thick, raven might become a disaster, than 1,000 inhabitants, plus of others instead of being mates have to deal with. We black hair that hung pastbut I've dealt with worse maybe twice that in the critical or disapproving,cram what little recreation her waist. Everyone in town things and survived. rural area, Barra do Bugres I realize that Brazil won't we enjoy into ninety days of commented on her beauty.We'll see. We'll see. I Pool Sunday through Thursday All Day i Wednesdays i ' 501 Darts 7:00 pm " A o, Ho= , i WILDERNESS BAR I. $1 well and tap beer for players! I RESIDENTI AA Tradition One Lincoln Senior Association 7 p.m., Fridays, Lincoln Library 12:30 p.m. Second Monday of March, May, July, American Leaion. Post 9 Sept & Nov.; Senior Ctr 7 p.m., Third Wednesday of the month, Senior Ctr. Lincoln Sewer District Blackfoot Communi Conserv0tJor! 6 p.m.,First Tuesday of the month, Lincoln Library Area Council Meetino Lincoln Soortsman's Club - 7 p.m., First Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Second Wednesday of the month, Ovando Fire Hall Lincoln Library Blackfoot Challen0e Board of Directors Lincoln Solid Waste Transfer Di|;t, 10 a.m., Third Wednesday of the month, Admin; 5 p.m., Third Tuesday of July, Oct. Feb, April 1 p.m. Program - lunch not included. Lincoln Library Lubrecht Conference Center. Lincoln Valley Chamber of Commerce Cancer Survivors 6 p.m. Second Thursday of the month, 7 p,m., Last Wednesday of the month, Senior Ctr. Location varies Council for the Arts of Lincoln Lincoln Volunteer Fire Company 6 p.m. Third Monday of the month, Lambkins 6 p.m. Second Thursday of the month, Fire Hall Lewis and Clark County Commission( rs Lincoln Volunteer Fire Dist. 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