Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Morning Edition - 11/30/05

Honey, I’m Home!
For the last eleven days I have been playing the role of retiree in HOT and sunny Puerto Rico – yeah, the shining star of the Caribbean. My sidekick Freaking Rican and I were able to hit some beautiful beaches while sloshing down some Pina Coladas – yeah, we even shared stories about how some of the men were a complete waste for not being available to Freaking – serious eye candy for me though! Just before leaving on my Caribbean cool-out I stood at the check-in line at the American Airlines terminal with T who went in his pocket and pulled – what he called – a placeholder ring on my finger. When I asked him, “What is this for?” T responded by getting on one knee – right in front of hundreds of travelers – and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I quickly pulled him up, hugged him tight and planted a long wet one on him. So I guess you can say I got engaged right before taking my trip into Satan’s lair. The Maldonado/Cruz family gathering was festive and bordered on nut-house excitement. We all discovered that while some families have high-blood pressure or diabetes run in their family – the Maldonado family has a history of mental illness. Who knew?!?! My clubbing with the locals was HOT-HOT-HOT and I had to use all my powers to deflect the oncoming advances of the garlic munchers. I even saw a T look-alike, but I know best and stayed clear! I returned Monday night to a bouquet of my favorite flowers – white tulips! My honey was waiting for me, flowers, a smile and a special gift…I stayed up enjoying my welcome-home gift until 5 a.m…..wink, wink. Special thank-you to Freaking for enjoying my vacation with me and to Marcia, Col and Yolanda for staying in touch while I was out there. Today I hope to eat with the ladies who lunch…. Carm, Mich, Yo, Ana, Tash, Juana and sistah Maldonado are all welcome. Hit me up with time and location!

You Can’t Blow Me Until Next June
The hurricane season officially ends today. The 2005 hurricane season was the busiest and costliest in US history. No hurricane has ever been known to hit the US mainland between December and May. This year 13 hurricanes – four of which hit the US and three were Category 5 storms – hit the US mainland. Puerto Rico had a brief two-day tropical storm during my visit last week. Katrina proved to be the deadliest US hurricane since 1928, killing an estimated 1,300 folks.

Noah’s Arc – Tonight at 10; LOGO Channel
After taking a week off and showing a repeat while I was away, Noah’s Arc returns tonight with a brand new episode. Tonight’s episode, entitled Love is a Battlefield will explore Ricky’s new-found love-life with Junito and his eek “issue,” Alex and Trey’s fading sexual involvement, Wade and Noah’s career-relationship tennis match and we’ll finally know whether Chance wants Keith back. For those who have trouble keeping up with the series, tune-in at 9:30 p.m. to see the last episode. The new episode airs at 10 p.m.

On Blast
I have always frowned on gay marriage – well, personally – not as an issue – as I believed gay marriage was another carrot dangled by the straight community to lure the gay community into mainstream “normalcy.” Now that I’ve accepted T’s proposal to spend the rest of our lives together, we’re juggling ideas for the where and how of a trendy, yet simple wedding that doesn’t conform to “straight” standards. Here’s my initial thought…Puerto Rico beach wedding. Friday night cocktail party to acquaint my guests – island flare for all. Saturday Sarong-clad groom and groom vows on the beach… off-beach tent reception. Two-to-three day honeymoon on the island with our guests enjoying a Spa treatment Sunday before catching their evening flights. Your thoughts?

Keep passin’ the open windows…

16 comments:

donya said...

I get to post after I email you. Congratulations sweetie. If you need anything please let me know. And let me know when my flight leaves too ;-)

Cocoa Rican said...

Uh...right... I'll be giving my guests over 8 months to one year notice so that they can make arrangements. Please feel free to forward your credit card info if you'd like me to bill your trip for you - mmmhmmm.... BTW...make sure you come ready to sing for my wedding and wear that short black number you wore a few Halloweens ago!

Anonymous said...

WOW!


Krissy

donya said...

Sure I will sing for you but the halloween number is out. Besides I have become a little too sexy for that number LOL

Tammy said...

I AM IN SHOCK!! SHOCK I SAY!!! I HAVE GOT TO MEET THIS MR. T. I CAN SWEAR THAT YOU EVEN SOUND MELLOWER. WHO IS THIS T PERSON??!!

petite morceau said...

Congratulations to T and cocoa rican! How absolutely romantic and sweet! I bet the other travelers who witnessed the whole ritual had quite an interesting tale to tell that day lol.

I know the gay marriage issue is a big controversy but I'll never understand what the BFD is. Two people who love each other want to make a commitment to each other in front of their loved ones and friends. What the world needs is more LOVE and tolerance and less prejudice, greed, and hatred!

A tropical beach wedding sounds very romantic and the groom outfits sound very sexy ;)

petite morceau said...

"Tammy said...
I AM IN SHOCK!! SHOCK I SAY!!! I HAVE GOT TO MEET THIS MR. T."


LOL, Tammy, this made me laugh. I immediately pictured Mr. T with the afro-mohawk and multiple thick gold chains around his neck from the old 80's tv show "The A Team".

I'm sure that T looks NOTHING like him. :)

Cocoa Rican said...

Petit...thanks for the well wishes, both T and I will be diligently working-out at NYSC until the glorious day to insure we have knock-out bodies for the groom-wear.

Donya....like I've told T, more cushion for the pushin' is never bad... wear the skirt when you sing, I promise I won't sell the pictures to Star Magazine.

Tam.... T is the love of my life and hopefully as Eric Benet sang on his last album Hurricane, the Last Time I Fall In Love! For the record, I think he's mellowed me out as well.

Krissy....wow is right! If someone else had told me I'd be in love and accepting marriage proposals I would've slapped them to the floor....I'm smiling with my heart!

To my girls, guys, exes, etc.....everyone will be invited to the BIG event and I will give everyone approximately a year notice to prepare - hey, at the very least it'll be a vacation we will all remember!!

Jeanine said...

OH MY GOODNESSS!

Coco I am so happy for you...I wish you all the best in the world!!!

Email me offline for the new contact work email. jeaninearnett@gmail.com

Luv ya and CONGRATS!!!

FREAKING RICAN said...

Congrats Pumpkin!

Island wedding sounds wonderful too me! I will be there with bells on....Just please don't schedule it the same year as my BIG Bash! You know I need you there for my big 40! Even though I give you a hard time about T...I know that you really care for him and I am happy for you. You are a great guy that deserves all great things. Be happy and enjoy your life! BTW, I had a great time with you in PR and I hope to share another vacation with you soon...Hopefully, Florida! Let me know....You are such a great friend and I a bless to have you in my life.....

Cocoa Rican said...

My sunshine Freaking...
What can I say.... you've taught me tons about myself and for that I'm truly appreciative. I didn't think we'd grow as close as we have - especially with both of us having such strong dispositions - but darn-it, it works... what can I say?! Thanks for sharing with me and being such an important part of my life...hey, you had front-row seats to T's and I FIRST fight - no one else can hold that distinction! Stay beautiful and keep that heart open...we might end-up with shot-gun weddings! Not to worry... T and I don't have a date set yet and we'll avoid your birthdate in 2007.

caspar608 said...

I feel like the chick who sang..."why was I the last to know, I can't believe blah blah blah..." you know the song, was it Vespa? No wonder she killed herself. Anyway, Hector I am hapy for you. I would like to meet T before you exchange vows with him though. And perhaps let Sophia give him a once over just to see if he really has what it takes. Can he hang, know what I'm saying? I am already compiling songs for the wedding in my head. Perfect Combination - by Stacey "don't slit my throat please" Lattisaw and Johnny "I am Eddie's biyatch now" Gill; You are So Beautiful - by Joe Cocker ...just to name a few. We'll catch up later if you ever return my calls.

caspar608 said...

Will Millie and Johnnie attend?

Cocoa Rican said...

Dear Caspar:
You're my girl and you know this... you're not the last to know and God knows, my family will probably be the last to know. Your song selections are great and the song you're referring to is Congratulations by Vesta - she didn't kill herself either - that was Phyllis Hyman - DAMN! Call me tonight... obviously BEFORE Noah's Arc. Love ya' :0

Celpin said...

Good for you nene! I am so happy for you! Your wedding idea sound FABU!!

KRISALMIGHTY said...

DAMN COCOA!......CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT BOI....AND WELCOME BACK.....