by Bernard Schaer
Some of the very interesting comments that followed this post Hector Balderas or else…. (…?), but – I felt – didn’t really pertain to the core of my earlier post, prompted me to write this post today. So, you might want to go read the other one, including the comments, first.
by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
For people over fifty, starting over in a new country is like dropping a lab rat in a complex maze. Like the rat, you suddenly find yourself in a totally unknown environment that constantly confronts you were new decisions and dilemmas. For example, learning to use a new phone system. It took me months to figure out the Christchurch phone book. I also had to learn to dial 111 for emergencies, 1 for an outside line and 0 if I wanted to call a cellphone or long distance number. And not to waste hours redialing when I got a “fast busy” signal — which means the number has been disconnected.