Tuesday, 29 September 2009

On the local monomaniac mob...


1. Pathological obsession with one idea or subject.

2. Intent concentration on or exaggerated enthusiasm for a single subject or idea

(the free dictionary)


In psychiatry, monomania (from Greek monos, one, and mania, mania) is a type of paranoia in which the patient has only one idea or type of ideas. Emotional monomania is that in which the patient is obsessed with only one emotion or several related to it; intellectual monomania is that which is related to only one kind of delirious idea or ideas. (Wikipedia)

Icelanders are monomaniacs. On a National scale and i am afraid that that there are no cures for it. I think this is one of the main way to describe them; along with the famous "it will fixe itself" stuff a.k.a "þetta reddast"

Been there...Heard that :-)

Sometimes Icelanders got /pick up somewhere a new idea... and they are going to use it to the bone...Let´s start with something as simple as food...Few years ago, when i arrived here in Iceland, the new trend was Mexican food...It became big...It became bad.. you could find everywhere Mexican food bathing in thick salsa sauce and suspiciously greenish guacamole..Every single restaurant in Reykjavík proposed their own version of the Salsa Guacamole burritos du chef...Til disgust.. I am personal not a great fan of Mexican food...and as healthy as can be (the Hubby all time makes comments on how healthy those roll up stuff), it does not appeal to me at all. I do not see myself coming from a long day of procrastinating and cooking a nice meal that does consist in flat bread and chopped veggies bathing in tomato/guacamole/sour-cream sauce...No thanks...

For many Icelanders, seeing on the menu of restaurants burritos...It was like being eating at home...for me it became the criteria to not eat there...Any restaurant with the slightest evocation burrito was immediately set my own terrorist list.

There is even some Mexican restaurants downtown that proudly write "Icelandic Specialties" with the picture of some fake Mexican guy...That went to far

Burritos were the main way of stuff here in Iceland until I would say last January. They oddly fell of Icelander´s favorite food at the same time as the government. you could see girls and boys gulping down huge burritos...I all time though about this as something very sexual but yet i have a dirty twisted mind that see sexual stuff in the most innocent actions...like eating a creamy burrito. If you are abroad and getting turned on by the thought of blond Icelandic women eating phallus shaped like food…you got it all wrong… They are not blond…they are bleached J

in October 2008, I saw a short report on the French TV on Iceland and its small financial problems. Nothing really noticeable about this report except that the journalist got to visit the general storages where all the food, including fruits and veggies arrive (rotten) to Iceland and is then dispatched (even more rotten to stores that will sell it at ridiculously high prices...just to make you feel really special.

While visiting the storages, the journalists obviously very concerned by the situation in Iceland and wondering if Icelander should expect shortage on food and thus experience the first famine in Europe in a very long time. The man showing them around drag them to some empty shelves and sadly declare with a very worried face that they already have a shortage of salsa sauce, guacamole....Hold your tears. I remember, the hubby almost choke to death...Anyway... this started to sound like the beginning of the very end of the Burritos Saga... Yes Icelanders did write sagas...and i do think they still do secretly (this will be subject to a future blog post.). This was how the Burritos sagas ended... its heroes forced to move to another mononia... “Indian food” therefore starting the tandoori saga

Saffran opened last winter. It was in itself a small revolution. Good food at a very affordable price and right next to my home J The main orientation of the restaurant is Indian with a healthy touch which that the curry does not drown itself in oil...

Suddenly Icelanders found a new monomania...from then everything has to be “Asian/Indian fusion-ish”…curry and tandoori started to replace red salsa and guacamole…Icelanders cut coriander faster than their shadow. Even the trendiest restaurants ended up to put on their menu their special tandoori chicken…Icelanders rediscovered their roots…it became national food.. after finding one root in Mexico (which they could easily claim… I mean Leifur Eriksson did discovered Americas and Mexico is part of Americas so…this is like home for Icelander) they found one in India…Everyone knows that Icelanders did actually discover….Anyway..

So the whole nation just found itself a new whim…and the merry go round just started... until disgust…

If it was only food…That would be fine…But it seems that Icelanders are monomaniacs for EVERYTHING and it goes as far as sports or politics…Once upon a time…They found a politician that they thought was good for the country and his promises of eternal money flowing tomorrow made them love him even more…Yes that´s right… I am talking about Davið “Dabbi” Oddsson, former Independent party´s leader (neo-liberal right wing) and best representative of “God choosen” people (I know Hanne I will put money in the “I am not suppose to say his name jar”). The man has been mayor of Reykjavik, Prime Minister and Director of the Central Bank of Iceland and last but not least Architect of the country financial failure. He also recently presented himself as Jesus on Golgotha while the villain leftist people were taking over the country. The man loves power as much as Gollum love the ring Grab a tissue and hide your money

I have to say that it seems that long time ago (before dementia became mainstream), the man has had what seemed to be some pretty good ideas that why people voted for him. Monomaniac people relected him (It take one to know one?) and voted for him again and again and he found himself in several key position for more than a decade…

Today the man became the Editor in chief of Iceland´s national news paper Morgunblaðið. Yet another key position to spread his claws… Even if He claims that he will be an independent editor and that he will treat the information with neutrality and fairness….jæjæ …We all know that the news paper will be an eternal tribute to “feu” 2007 independence party thinking. As my good Danish friend told me…This is amazing how Icelanders are keen on integrating psychiatric patient into society…

He is the best example of Icelander monomaniac behavior. They will use things and people until the end. They will perpetually look for the same thing without even question it. They will vote for the them people again and again… not because they like their idea but because of loyalty…The man on the voting list might have been recently condemned for stealing millions of public funds they will still vote for him. They will vote for the same party again and again without questioning it. This is what lead to the actual financial situation…

As for Dabbi, he is just the best example of this. Once upon a time, he seems like the best thing that ever happened to Iceland, as did salsa sauce and guacamole in their time, people will still follow him. In these Kreppa times people tends to look at the good old time and wish hope to go back there…to go back to daddy euh..Dabbi.

But there is hopes, Icelanders start to grow out of Dabbi and many people did not approve his nomination as editor in chief of Morgunblaðið..

The question is…what / who will be the new trend? What will Dabbi do? If I was him, to make sure that i was getting all the attention that I do deserve I would cover myself in tandoori sauce and roll myself into a burrito…That will attract people.

Icelanders seriously need to move on.

For myself… I Overdosed on Saffran and developed a long time ago an allergic reaction to Dabbi.

Monomaniacs are the angry mob of the day.



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