Intersection of "Political Discussion" and "Imminent Disaster", por favor!
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Riding home from the flamenco show, Derek, Phil, and I encountered an unexpected wealth of political opinion in our boisterous cab driver. I don’t know if it was the fact that I’ve been in the country for a few weeks or the fact that he was yelling at the top of his lungs, but I managed to understand almost all of his Spanish. He certainly had plenty of opinions about US, Argentine, and Chilean policy and he made sure we knew about them. I figured it would be best to include a transcript of the conversation from what I recall.
(After 5 minutes of complete silence)
Driver: ¿De donde son?
Derek: Estados Unidos.
Driver: ¡AY! ¡AMERICANOS!
Derek, Phil, and I: …Sí.
Driver: AY, UH... “BOOSH”!
Us: Haha sí, “Boosh”.
Driver: HAHAHA! ¿VAN A GANAR LA GUERRA? (Shows thumbs up)
Me: Sería una buena cosa.
Driver: ¡¡HAHAHA AY SI!!
Me: ¿Te gusta Bush?
Driver: ¿MÍ? NO, PUES ÉL ES MUY POPULAR EN LOS EE.UU. ¿NO?
Us: Uhhh… no.
Derek: Solamente treinta por ciento tienen gusto de él.
Me: Es como Kirchner en 2003, ¿no?
Phil: Why the hell does he keep laughing…
Me: Haha I don’t know.
Driver: KIRCHNER ESTÁ MUY POPULAR COMO PINOCHET ESTUVO EN
Me: Is he seriously comparing a democratically elected president to a dictator?
Derek: Sí, pero Pinochet fue una dictadura.
Driver: ¡AY, PERO ÉL MEJORADO COSAS EN
Me: (thinking) While killing thousands of people…
By this point we had arrived at the residencia and I
didn’t know enough Spanish political terms to tell him how confused he
was. As seemingly silly as this
discussion was though it did provide a fairly good barometer of how Argentines