Most Eastern Europeans and Balkanci I meet are perplexed when I tell them I would trade places with them any day; America (and Canada, to a lesser extent), of course, are the “lands of opportunity and wealth.”
Two good friends are sitting on the bank of the Danube river, where after an evening of fishing they are surprised by a strange creature.
I’m boring, I don’t drink anymore. But when I did and it was 10am, it was brandy. Preferably rakija. Only the best.
— Tony Hrvatska 🇭🇷🇯🇪 (@tonybalogna) August 23, 2018
This is quite possibly the greatest philosophical question of all time, and something that I will probably have to decide coming up very shortly. No, not whether to drink rakija. That is a triviality, because of course you drink it everyday. What I need to decide is whether or not I should move to the Selo, or somewhere close nearby, or whether it’s really worth it at all.
5 days, 35 tweets and 3 live streams ago… Man does time fly and By God is this Man prolific. Last Friday, Hunter Drew streamed about “forging your own path” and gave a phenomenal shout out to my friend Kyle Trouble. He had nothing but good things to say.
So I thought I’d spend some time here today talking about how I met Kyle while living abroad in Eastern Europe, about what I was doing out there, and how the two of us got to where we are today in terms of our new venture.
My name is Martin. I’m a 27 year old Croatian-Canadian currently residing on the West Coast of Canada. I’ve been here since last November. Prior to that, I had been living in Eastern Europe for two years, but I was born and raised in North America. I am a dual citizen. As I’m about to explain, my connection with the Old Country runs blood deep.
A son calls his mother from his studio apartment in San Francisco. She lives in the selo, back in the Old Country.
Frank: Mama, iman ti nešto reć! (Mom, I’ve got something to tell you!)
The Selomachean Ethics asks “How much work should a man do in life?” Should a man bool, or go hard in the paint? That, I truly believe, is the ultimate question. Selonomics, then, is the science of maximizing social status given desired work effort, or energy expenditure.
Two brothers meet after 30 years…
Frank: Brate, bio je dugo! (It’s been a while, bro!)
We all die, and we all want things before we die. Some of us want to avoid things (like pain), and some or all people (NEETs suffer disproportionately from agoraphobia). But we have to use others to get those things. And others have to use us.
Often, trade is good. For some, effort is externality. In the end, you can be a player or you can be played.