Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Morning Edition - 11/29/06

Honey, I’m Home!
Eleven days in Puerto Rico can help even the most pessimistic, burnt-out man see the world through different eyes. My vacation was an enormous success. I was able to unwind, relax and reconnect. My parents are doing well – thank God – and the family is as vicious, dysfunctional and fun as ever. My family reunion was a hoot and short of catching a case, we’ve agreed that I shouldn’t attempt to have a sense of humor after eight Coquitos. As I boarded my flight in San Juan yesterday, I had tears in my eyes. Luckily my Jackie-O shades shielded the predators from my prey behavior. I am refreshed, revitalized and ready to take on a few more months of work before my next excursion. It’s also incredible to realize how small and confined the world is when you don’t have an “outside” to look in from. When you step away from your life – even for as little as two weeks - you recognize that there are more important things in life than the 9-5 and those hateful “hookahs” who have been stressin’ you out. Special thank-you to Juanita H. for caring for Busta, to Caspar for trying, to my bruh-in-law for holdin’ it down with my mail and to all of you who kept in touch throughout my trip.

Hollerin’ at Herbie
Late last year, while hanging out in New York’s west village, I met an incredible Puerto Rican guy that was funny, smart and had the biggest heart I had come across in quite some time. Yesterday that guy – Herbie – celebrated another birthday. Herbie, the truth is that the blessing is all mine. Here’s to having you around for many more. You’ve been a true and loyal friend and I love you much pa!

How Do You Not See the Problem?
U.S. District Judge, James Robertson, ordered the U.S. Treasury Department to work on ways to make paper money (bills) recognizable to the blind. As it stands, the U.S. is one of the only countries that prints paper money that does not have a distinguishing size, raised ink or foil to tell the denominations apart. Although Robertson said he would not tell the Treasury folks how to fix the problem, he charged them with finding a fix.

On Blast
If you could live and be successful in any city in the world, what city would you live in? Why?

Keep passin’ the open windows…


Melissa said...

Yeahhhhh Hectah's back!!! Welcome back, sunshine.

R&B lover said...

Welcome back Hector. I know Puerto Rico will not be the same since you Now back to the comment. If I could live one place and be successful it would be LA or Miami...I kinda like the weather.

Anonymous said...

I would be right in NY overlooking Central Park. It's been my dream for years to be in NY in the fall right into the real winters. But I would also have an abode in San Diego.


Cocoa Rican said...

Okay… it’s almost like cheating… but I’d have to say Puerto Rico. I adore the weather, love the people and love the body image concept there. My trip to Puerto Rico proved that by their standards I’m thin and in shape… go figure. Admittedly, I’d probably die of skin cancer since I probably would be at the beach at least 3 times a week. 

Anonymous said...

Yes My Darling Hector is Back!!!
It was a pleasure to look after my Busta. I'm glad to know you had a good time in PR. It's good to see people get the relaxation they need. I'm hoping to do the same real soon. Good that you had a safe trip there and back. Hope fully you ready for my Collard Grenns and mac&cheese on christmas! Later Honey

Cocoa Rican said...

Say what?!?!?! Can someone say there goes Hector's waistline again?! You know I'm gettin' down with your home cookin' gurl! Get my stretchy sweats out!

Anonymous said...

welcome back... if I had to choose a city it would have to be NYC and I would have to be successful to be able to live they way they do in the movies and television up there. I was trying to think of what city oversees... but I love the USA so much with all its issues to say Id leave forever.

Dayne Avery said...

Welcome back! I love Puerto Rico and cant wait to get back there.

You posed a good question but you have me stumped. I would like to say just being successful and living the way I want to would be more than enough and the location wouldnt be that much of a factor.

Anonymous said...

I haven't been many places long enough to get a feel for what it's like outside of a tourist's view. Though I was born and raised in DC, I still love it. If I could afford it, I would live in DC, instead of the neighboring burbs.