Yadier Molina Speaks to Adam Jones (Translated to English)


So apparently, after yesterday’s WBC game, Adam Jones made some comments about what motivated the US team to win. It almost seems like it was envy, or what we in PR call “estar moldío” because we had a big celebration planned for our team. Today, when our team arrived in Puerto Rico, Yadier Molina reacted to Adam’s comments (original video in Spanish). I’ve translated it so that Mr. Adams and the rest of the USA team may understand.

Transcript, Yadier Molina and interviewer:

Female Interviewer: “Yadi, we know there were some comments by Adam Jones. Adam Jones is your friend and mine. Since you know him, do you think that maybe they misinterpreted the fact that Puerto Rico had a parade and a plane?”

Yadier Molina: “Definitely. Obviously, Adam Jones is playing his role of team captain over there and talking things that he doesn’t know about. Honestly, he needs to instruct himself better because he shouldn’t have made those comments public like that and make fun of our ways the way he did. He needs to apologize to our people because, I don’t care, obviously we all wanted to win, but he didn’t know what this meant; being there, getting to that place, because our country… That’s why I’m sending him this message, telling him: Look at this! Right now you’re at spring training working and we’re here with our people, with our silver medal and you have a gold medal and you’re working and we’re here with our silver medal celebrating with the people of Puerto Rico. You don’t know what it’s like to celebrate like that.”

So anyway, we had our parade, welcomed our team with lots of noise and are feeling ridiculously proud of 2nd place. Here’s a video of the team’s arrival.

Votar vs. No votar – Elecciones 2016


Hoy es día de elecciones en Puerto Rico y algunas personas me han expresado que éste año votar es literalmente botar el voto. Al final, casi todas las decisiones las tomará la Junta de Control Fiscal y no importa a quién pongamos en las sillas, el verdadero poder lo tiene la Junta.

No lo cuestiono. Esto es verdad.

Sin embargo, creo que es sumamente importante ejercer este voto hoy más que nunca. ¿Por qué? Porque estamos escogiendo a quienes nos representarán ante esa mismita Junta y pienso que sería sumamente interesante ver qué pasaría si la postura del gobierno electo sea una de lucha y resistencia. Aparte de esta razón, tampoco estoy muy clara sobre qué realmente se logra con la abstención al voto. ¿Qué mensaje estás llevando? La abstinencia al final dice muy poco. Yo no sé si te abstuviste o simplemente estabas con hangover y no fuiste a votar. La abstinencia es silencio. No dice nada.

¿No sería mejor abrir la boca (o en este caso el “sharpie”) y votar por quien verdaderamente te representa? ¿Colocar personas válidas en ese frente ante la imposición colonial? No sé. Creo que en este caso el silencio no dice nada. Habla. Vota. Aunque sea un write-in por Papá Pitufo. Si no lo plasmas ahí en la papeleta, no cuenta.

Buen día.

“Antes que cante el gallo” -cine opinión


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Imagen captada del corto de la película.

Ayer tuve la oportunidad de sacar un rato para disfrutar el cine local. Ya hace unas semanas están hablando sobre la película “Antes que cante el gallo” escrita por Kisha Tikina Burgos y dirigida por Arí Maniel Cruz. Seguramente ya han leído montones de reseñas y esta sea otra más, pero aquí va.

Empezaré por recalcar que entiendo que las interpretaciones de Cordelia González e Israel Lugo fueron ambas dignas de un premio de los más altos. Miranda Purcell no se quedó atrás para nada y refleja una madurez de actuación profunda. No me parece un papel fácil de interpretar.

Pero aparte de excelentes actuaciones de todo el elenco, creo que uno de los logros más grandes de esta película es que te hace sentir la confusión de Carmín. El libreto, las tomas de la cámara, escenas que perduran y dan la sensación de una indecisión; todos ayudan crear ese estado indefinido de la adolescencia. Igual que Carmín no está clara con lo que le está pasando, yo como público, tampoco me sentí clara con su proceso. Pero, ¿cómo estar claro de un proceso que ni quien lo pasa lo entiende? Es aquí que se ve el genio de la redacción y composición de este filme.

Por otro lado, el tema es un uno digno de conversar. La película contiene muchas realidades: el abandono de la madre, las abuelas que se encargan de sus nietos, la confusión sexual de la adolescencia, la hipocresía de la iglesia, la infidelidad, el maltrato, entre muchos otros. Entonces, todas estas realidades son presentadas con la música de la naturaleza puertorriqueña en el fondo, entiéndase los coquíes y demás armonías nocturnas del campo, entre la abundante belleza tropical del centro de la isla (Barranquitas).

El conjunto de todos estos elementos resultan en una muy buena película. ¡Bravo! Recomiendo que vayan a verla y hablen de los temas que contiene.

Como se siente ver a Mónica Puig jugar por medalla olímpica para Puerto Rico


Yo me imagino que ya todos los Boricuas saben como se siente esta pendejá. Un rush cabrón de adrenalina mezclado con el corazón hinchado de patria y un poquito de sexy porque hay que admitir que la Mónica está linda. Entonces de repente te das cuenta que acaba de ganar al menos plata. Ya es medallista. Es como un episodio de Stranger Things pero mucho mejor porque es real. ¿Y mañana vamos por oro? No me puedo preocupar ahora por buscar el itinerario; todavía estoy bajando del high adrena/patriótico de su victoria. Me siento como si hubiésemos ganado el Grito de Lares. En serio.

Todo se vuelve aún más loco cuando te das cuenta que mañana (o cuando sea) puede ser un USA vs. PR. What? A que todos los Boricuas de repente se vuelven independentistas. No lo dudo. Pues así se siente esto de ver a Mónica Puig triunfar por Puerto Rico: como ser parte de una novela del gran Gabo. En vivo, desde Macondo, Puerto Rico.

Veremos como sigue esto mañana…

A Democratic Fiscal Control Board for Puerto Rico


Dear Mr. President:

As you’ve signed PROMESA, I propose a more democratic fiscal control board. I won’t beat around the bush and will go straight to it. (BTW, I write this in English so nothing gets lost in translation.) Puerto Rico isn’t very happy about this law. I think a lot of people understand there is need for spending control, but as a COLONY, we do not appreciate such a thing being imposed without any form of control or say from our part. So, in order to have a fiscal control board that is more democratic in its process, I propose the following:

Puerto Rico will accept a fiscal control board under the following conditions:

  1. Congress will elect members from a pre-approved list provided by the government of Puerto Rico.
  2. The list of candidates will be created as follows:
    1. PR legislature will establish a committee that will determine the specific requirements that each member must have. (I believe at least 1 economist, 1 international law debt specialist, someone with track record in city planning, etc.)
    2. Requirements will be based on merits and track record.
    3. No candidate may have previous political affiliations.
    4. No candidate may have held a government position in the past. (At least in Puerto Rico).
  3. Once requirements are established anyone can nominate a candidate, but said committee must approve the candidate according to the requirements.
  4. The approved list of candidates is sent to Congress. Congress chooses the committee from this list.
  5. Congress may appoint 1 member from their own ranks or outside the list, but… Members of the committee MUST reside in Puerto Rico while they serve on the committee (I believe this is essential. When the decisions you make affect you personally, everything is different; perspectives change.)
  6. President approves.
  7. We have a democratic fiscal control board.

THANK YOU!

I get really depressed when people tell me: THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION. I hate that! There is ALWAYS another option and if we just invest a little thought process into it, it can be achieved. I have plenty more where this one came from, so just ask.

 

 

Closing 2013


Dear Readers:

It’s been an intense year, both good and bad. All the electronics managed to break down or suffer “unexpected” accidents, however, the writing is flourishing, the kids are happy, and the family garden blooms. I am happy… I expect great things in 2014 for all!

That said I’m starting off the New Year with a brand new blog. Puerto Rico Yarari will be about traveling to Puerto Rico and will showcase all the good things Puerto Rico has to offer. Frankly I’m tired of the bad rep the local press keeps giving us, showcasing only the bad stuff, so this new blog will feature all the wonders our island has to offer to locals and tourists alike. Nature, culture, fun places, events, local artists… things we can be proud of and visitors will enjoy.

So here’s the link: www.puertoricoyarari.wordpress.com

I hope you like it and share it. At the moment it just began, so there is little content, but I hope to bring a lot from various authors. There’s plenty of good stuff to write about.

Happy New Year everybody!

The Ruins @ Wilderness, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (aka: Las Ruinas, Wildo)


Two walls and a foundation are the only thing left of the original Aguadilla Lighthouse. Designed by Enrique Gadea and built by Pedro Tolosa on the northwest corner of Puerto Rico known as Punta Borinquen, the lighthouse inaugurated on September 15th 1889. It was located near the territory of what later became Borinquen Field, a major US military facility, later renamed Ramey Air Force Base.

Although used for over two decades, by 1911 there was discontent with its appearance and a request for funds to tear down the existing structure and build a new one was put forth. Unfortunately, in 1918, before building the new one, an earthquake caused considerable damage to the structure and it was declared unsafe and left abandoned.

The tall windows and Spanish construction is still visible in the structure. Red bricks under the plaster, corroded and carved by the ocean; a piece of history standing. I like them. And it just so happens, they’re right by the entrance to a well-known surf beach so you get historical and sporty pic opportunities all in one! Hope you like the pics.