Friday, December 23, 2005

Morning Edition - 12/23/05


Three Strikes and You’re In?!
Three days after NYC transit workers walked off the job, leaving over seven million riders stranded, they chose to return to work today. The 35,000 employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) are trapped between their employer (the MTA) and their union, the Transit Workers Union (TWU). Last night, after hefty fines had been imposed on the union by a judge, union officials ordered the transit workers back to their posts. No contract has been finalized and it is rumored that the employees will now have the three days of fines and penalties worked into their new contracts. Somehow, it doesn’t seem the workers will get a fair shake at things. Of course, your friendly neighborhood editor was unable to come to work those three days, instead opting to power-shop, party and enjoy three free vacation days.

Without a Trace
Last night I received a disturbing telephone call from one of my cousin’s children. It seems my cousin, Nancy Robles, has vanished without a trace and has not been seen or heard from in over a week! Robles lives with her daughter in the south Bronx section of New York City and was last seen Thursday morning, December 15. Her daughter Crystal, alleges my cousin had been feeling ill that morning and that she asked Nancy to lie down until she felt better. Crystal says that upon returning from work that Thursday night, she found Nancy was gone, but she left her cell phone behind – a suspicious clue, since Nancy never leaves home without it. She has never been gone from her home without contacting a family member. Please pray for her speedy and safe return. I will update everyone in the coming days.
Description: Nancy Robles is approximately 5’4”, 165lbs, light-brown skinned, short blonde curls.

Not Joining Us in 2006
Both Isabela Maldonado and Andres Cruz – my aunt and uncle respectively – made this week their final week to grace us in life. Maldonado died last Tuesday of complications attributed to a heart condition while Cruz died of kidney failure on Wednesday. Maldonado was buried Wednesday and Cruz will be laid to rest today. Both lived and will be interned in Puerto Rico.

So, Uh…Yeah, Merry Christmas
It’s been a trying next-to-last week in 2005. Come to think of it, the last couple of weeks have been a bit on the morbid side. Whether it was the early frost that withered a blossoming relationship, the disappearance of a loved one or the death of two pillars of my family, it seems the end-of-year drama has been relentless. Strangely, I’ve been blessed with a composed peace this week. I am in great spirits and accept that nothing is happening that isn’t in my plan. Most important, I want to wish each of YOU, my blog family, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! You have been my greatest gift this year. My blog family has provided me an outlet to sharpen my writing skills and also receive a plethora of opinions and viewpoints I would not have the benefit of otherwise. My best to everyone this holiday season.

On Blast
Is love felt in the heart or does it actually reside in the mind? If true love is defined as “To have a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward (a person). To have a feeling of intense desire and attraction toward (a person). To have an intense emotional attachment to” aren’t these feelings and emotions experienced by the mind and not the heart? Explain your view.

Keep passin’ the open windows…


Cocoa Rican said...

'Twas five days before Christmas and all through the town;
Not a train was up running, they'd all been shut down
The turnstiles were locked and the stations were cleared,
in hopes that Old Bloomberg would give them their share.
The workers were nestled all snug in their booths;
Where oft they're found sleeping, to tell you the truth.
Toussaint wants their pensions to be like the cops' -
you know, 'cause it's stressful announcing each stop.
Alas, from the public arose such a clatter,
Their leader seems not to have thought out the matter.
With shoppers not shopping and travel delayed,
public support dwindled, New Yorkers' nerves frayed.
You dumb, lazy morons! The people did cry.
Pensions the same as the FDNY?
It'll cost us a fortune, illiterate twits!
The people weren't happy. In fact, they threw fits.
There's strength in a union, or so they believed
but not before Christmas - now everyone's peeved.
It's terrible timing for stranding the masses;
If Reagan were here he'd have fired your asses.

petite morceau said...

LOL that was hilarious - you're a poet and didn't even know it....yeah, yeah, I know that's an old and lame one :-P

Anyways, I believe that love is in the mind. Our hearts are simply a big muscle that pumps blood through out bodies. Our minds keep all the secrets, joys and sadness.

Cocoa, I want to extend to you my deepest sympathies with the passing of your aunt and uncle. If you believe in a heaven then take comfort in knowing that they're with God now.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may the New Year find you all healthy, wealthy & wise... ;)

Jeanine said...

Cocoa - I love the poem!

My family and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to you and yours during your time of bereavement. We wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Merry Christmas Everyone.


Anonymous said...

Merry, Merry Christmas Everybody...Merry Christmas

God Bless us all, and to all
Happy Holidays





Tammy said...

Leave it to you to come up with a funny poem about the stike! And with all that is going on in your own life. I love you Hector and I am praying for you and your family to come through this tryin time. I know that you believe in God, and in doing so you will get through this. No that I and all your friends are here for you as you have been here for us. luv ya baby.

Anonymous said...

UPDATE: Nancy turned up okay after she was admitted to a mental institution the day she was reported missing (12/15) - SERIOUSLY FOLKS! Anyway, thank you all for your prayers

Maldonado/Cruz family