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  • "How I Became An American"...



    ...is the title of this week's column at The Soapbox

    http://www.geocities.com/billad8199/op.htm

  • #2
    TO BE OR NOT TO BE!

    THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS BECOME AN AMERICAN!IM AN A AMERICAN AND ILL TELL YA ITS NOT AS PRETTY AS EVERYONE WANTS TO THINK!YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR THINGS LIFE IS HARD EVERYWHERE ITS NOT AS"FREE"AS PEOPLE SAY!YOU EITHER HAVE MONEY OR YOU DONT!LOOK IF YOUR MOVING TO AMERICA JUST REALIZE ITS THE SAME EVERYWHERE!THINK ABOUT IT!!!IM 22 AND I LIVED HERE MY WHOLE LIFE!

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    • #3
      Did you read the column?


      If you did, I'm afraid you didn't understand my point.
      I've lived in the U.S. for a while, I know it's not perfect (as I stated in the column). I don't identify with America
      because it's a paradise, because anyone with half a brain
      knows it's far from being that. I identify with it because the American character and certain widely held American values are very compatible with my personality. To me, it's
      a matter of personal choice, of feeling akin to a certain culture.

      It has more to do with that than with actually living
      in the U.S., in my view.

      To address your points individually...

      You have to work hard in the U.S.? Yeah, you have to do
      that everywhere. As a matter of fact, most Americans
      wouldn't know _real_ work if it bit them in the ass.
      They have it pretty easy compared to people in Russia or
      Somalia or Haiti.


      It's not as free as people say, but it's freer than most
      places on Earth.

      I already moved to America and lived there for a time.
      I have no complaints. I look forward to moving back soon.

      It's not the same everywhere. Go to Cuba, or hell, come
      down here to the U.S.'s backyard, Puerto Rico, and tell me
      again how it's the same everywhere with a straight face.

      You lived there your whole life? Of course. Travel, see
      some other countries, kid, and you'll have a new-found appreciation for your country...


      -Bill A.D.


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      • #4
        yes i agree

        I do agree thats it not the same as in the culture but what i was talking about was that life here in the U.S. isnt as perfect as people make it to be!i mean yes there is freedom here but life is hard here as everywhere else!and yes i have traveled ALOT ive been alot of places all over the U.S.,ive been to alaska,canada and parts of europe and ive been to PR to name a few places,infact im going to be married to someone from PR.And what i meant for those moving here to the U.S. is be prepared!Dont move here with the thought that its going to be the greatest...Think about moving here as a new experience!

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        • #5
          Re: TO BE OR NOT TO BE A GRINGO!

          Originally posted by THALIASMAN
          THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS BECOME AN AMERICAN!IM AN A AMERICAN AND ILL TELL YA ITS NOT AS PRETTY AS EVERYONE WANTS TO THINK!YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR THINGS LIFE IS HARD EVERYWHERE ITS NOT AS"FREE"AS PEOPLE SAY!YOU EITHER HAVE MONEY OR YOU DONT!LOOK IF YOUR MOVING TO AMERICA JUST REALIZE ITS THE SAME EVERYWHERE!THINK ABOUT IT!!!IM 22 AND I LIVED HERE MY WHOLE LIFE!
          ------------------------------------------------------------
          Ay bendito, thalisman:

          Mira mijo, Si quieres decir que los EEUU es America, esta bien, los EEUU son parte de America. Pero si no sabes quien descubrio a los EEUU te digo, fue Johan Ponce de Leon, el primer conquistador de la isla de Boriqen que ahora llaman Sanct Johan de Puerto Rico, y ahora quiero contarte otras cosas tocante a esa mesma isla.

          Dicho se ha como Juan Ponce de Leon fue removido del cargo de gobernador de la isla de San Juan i.e. Puerto Rico. Y de como fue que descubrio a lo que ustedes hoy llaman The United States of America, que en aquel entonces no existia tal cosa, aunque si existia las Americas, eso es existia Puerto Rico, o sea la isla de San Juan Bautista. Y dicen que Juan Ponce de Leon fue removido del cargo de gobernador y cuentan como se fue a descubrir la vanda del Norte, que ustedes llaman hoy Florida. Pero dicen que todo le paso com anduvo en busca de aquella fabulosa fuente de la Juventud (Florida o mejor dicho la fabulosa fuented de Bimini, que los indios publicaron por do quier y que sacaron a Juan Ponce de Leon de Puerto Rico pa echarselo, eso es asesinarlo por la crueldad y la falta de humanidad de to esa paltia de europeos barbaros que llegaron y que faltaban por llegar. Y dicen las leyendas que los indios le tomaron el pelo a Juan Ponce de Leon y le juraban que existia una fuente en Florida que tornaba a los viejos mozos. (Sin necesidad de cirujia plastica, ni vitaminas, ni pildoras para mejorar la actividad sexual), nada de eso! Y esto yo lo he leido, pero nunca he visto la fuente, y hasta el dia de hoy no veo a nadie en Florida que sea un sujeto que haya mejorado sus fuerzas vitales por vivir en Florida; pero como decian en esos tiempos,

          "pero en el enflaquecimiento del sexo, y tornase en sus hechos mozos y de poco entender: y destos fue uno el mismo Juan Ponce, en tanto que le turo aquella vanidad de dar credito a los indios en tal disparate, y a tanta costa suya de armadas de nvios y gentes, puesto que en la verdad el fue honrado caballero y noble persona y trabajo muy bien en la conquista y pacificacion de aquella Isla Espanola y en la guerra de Higuey; y tambien fue el primero que comenso a poblar y pacificar la isla de San Juan de Puerto Rico, como tengo dicho, done el y los que con el se hallaron padescieron muchos trabajos, asi de la guerra como de enfermedades y mchas necesidades de bastimientos y de todas las otras cosas necesarias a la vida. Hallo, pues este capitan aquella tierra que llaman la Florida, y torno a la isla de San Juan, y fue a Espana y dio relacion de todo al Rey Catolico: el cual, aviendo respecto a sus servicios, le dio titulo de adelantado de Bimini (Florida, etc.) y le hizo otras mercedes, para lo cual le aprovecho mucho el favor de su amo......Y despues se torno a la isla de San Juan Bautista (Puerto Rico), y armo de mas proposito para ir a poblar a aquella tierra de su adelantamiento y governacion que alli se le dio, y gasto mucho en la armada y se llevo un chorro de Puertorriquenos para la Florida y volvio de alla desbaratado y herido de una flecha, de la cual herida vino a morir a la isla de Cuba, o fue de Santo Domingo? Y no fue solo el quien perdio la vida y el tiempo y la hacienda en esta demanda: que muchos puertorriquenos, por seguirlo, murieron en el viaje y despues de haber llegado alla a Florida, parte a manos de los indios y parte a mano de las enfermedades; asi acabaron el adelantado y el adelantamiento, en otras palabras asi fue que se descubrio los Estados Unidos de Norte America, en San Agustin, Florida (cerca de 1523) por lor "Puerto Ricans," que fueron los so called primeros en seguir el conquistador, que bien se merecio morir a manos de nuestros hermanos indigenas de Florida y asi fue que nosotros los boricuas fuimos os primeros so called "Americanos".

          *f.n. (Adaptado de Fernandez Mendez, Cronicas de Puerto Rico) Aunque Usted No Lo CREA, mi Pana! That is history as recorded by Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, 1535. Libro XVI y algunos capitulos de otros libros referentes a Puerto Rico, editado por Alejandro Tapia, Biblioteca Historica de Puerto Rico, Ed. por El Instituto de Literatura, San Juan, Puerto Rico 1945.

          So Please call them United Statians, call them Gringos, call them anything but dont call them Americans or Americanos because it sure pi$$ES a lot of u$ Americans, Hermanos Americanos, todos los Latino Americanos OFF!!I'll let loose some of those Latino Americanos that hate the fact that they have highjacked the word American en Gringolandia. Creemelo!!!!

          Believe Me, its gonna be a long debate, To be or not to be Gringos is the Question, because Brou, Americanos is what we all are!!!!!!!

          Yautia., . <>

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          • #6
            Interesting subject

            Billad,

            I respect your decision to become an American, however I truely believe "you are really missing something", as you often say in your writtings, sinceit seems obvious your lack of organization toward your heritage. That is right! you are not organized at all, if you closely read your own work, you can accurately determine a childhood problem occurance. I ask you...
            1. Why were you always lonely?
            2. Why do you call Puerto Rico the Hell Backyard of USA?
            3. Why do you say Puertorricans are loud and party doers?, why do you categorize your environment with the rest of the Puertorrican society?
            4. Why do you make excuses for not understanding the "why" of gays, when you initiated the subject?
            5. Why in you own little world you categorize Puertorricans as Good and Bad? Why this is actually a world problem?
            6. You were born and lived nineteen years in Puerto Rico yet you comfortably indentify with USA or as you say the Mainland?
            It is obvious that your keen and disturbing hate for Puerto Rico and its people , except for those you mentioned, derives from a drastic chilhood problem, GET OVER IT!

            I am curious when are you coming back to USA?

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            • #7
              Bill

              Per your statement:

              "Of course, there is the remote possibility that all that I have felt, done and said has been the result of the relentless barrage of pro-American propaganda that Puerto Rico has been subjected to since the U.S. took over in 1898. Maybe, in my case, the oppressors won and were able to thoroughly convert me. I may be one of their success stories. Maybe all this is just one more manifestation of the huge identity problems most Puerto Ricans suffer from, often not knowing it.

              Or maybe not. Who knows?"

              I have one comment that I feel you aren't too blind to. The fact of US propaganda and infiltration into our society. Yes, they put out the candy, offer it as bait and hope that people like yourself will fall prey into it. This is done in all countries not only Puerto Rico. I hope you wake up from the brainwashing that has been done to you.


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              • #8
                billad:

                I have no problems with the U.S. or Puerto Rico I have much respect for Puerto Ricans my brother in law is Puerto Rican and I have much respect for him and for my gf...All im trying to get across in my messages is that if people from PR are thinking of moving here...dont do it with the idea that its going to be perfect!Thats all!Dont confuse me with a hate child!Out of love for people if you come from another culture I feel its your duty to tell those that are thinking of moving to the part of the world that you live in to tell them what you see...Yes its very true that they might see it a different way!My gf is moving from PR to where I live.Shes lived here in the U.S. for one year in the past shes never seen the U.S. the way I see it...So I felt that it was out of love to tell her what my life was and is like here in the U.S.!I have RESPECT for other cultures also!I feel that you can learn ALOT from others!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Interesting subject

                  1. Why were you always lonely?
                  2. Why do you call Puerto Rico the Hell Backyard of USA?
                  3. Why do you say Puertorricans are loud and party doers?, why do you categorize your environment with the rest of the Puertorrican society?
                  4. Why do you make excuses for not understanding the "why" of gays, when you initiated the subject?
                  5. Why in you own little world you categorize Puertorricans as Good and Bad? Why this is actually a world problem?
                  6. You were born and lived nineteen years in Puerto Rico yet you comfortably indentify with USA or as you say the Mainland?
                  It is obvious that your keen and disturbing hate for Puerto Rico and its people , except for those you mentioned, derives from a drastic chilhood problem, GET OVER IT!

                  I am curious when are you coming back to USA? [/B][/QUOTE]

                  ******

                  Okay, Fa Fa Freud, allow me to address your questions one by one:

                  1. I was very shy.
                  2. I never called Puerto Rico the Hell Backyard of
                  anything (whatever that is) Don't put words in my mouth
                  (or keyboard). Next time, read...what...I...write...
                  s l o w l y. You'll understand better.

                  Puerto Rico is actually quite a nice place: it's just not me.
                  3. Puerto Ricans are not loud partiers? You must be referring to a Puerto Rico in some other planet.
                  4. My point with that column was that gays should
                  not try to be understood, just accepted. I admit
                  that I don't understand them; that's okay, I don't
                  have to. I was making an appeal for tolerance. Surely
                  you can't have a problem with that.
                  5. I categorized qualities that I feel many, not all,
                  Puerto Ricans posses, as Good and Bad. How else would
                  you have me categorize them? What, did I touch a nerve
                  with that column?
                  6. Yes, I identify with the USA, the same way Argentinian
                  singer Tony Croatto identified with Puerto Rican jibaro
                  culture: It _appealed_ to him. I never heard anyone call
                  him a sell-out. Have I hurt your feelings by what you
                  feel is a rejection of your culture? Well, I'm sorry.

                  I have no hate for Puerto Rico. In my column I admitted
                  I have a love for this island and its people. It will
                  always be home. But, it's just not me, and I thought I'd
                  explain why.

                  My childhood was remarkably peaceful and
                  normal. I had a quiet home life, went to Catholic school,
                  then college...always had good, if few, friends. I'm not
                  claiming to be a victim. I've had a great life.

                  I refuse to be the confused, stuck-in-the-middle Puerto
                  Rican who wants to have his cake and eat it too. I've
                  chosen my side. Nobody has to like that but me, and believe
                  me, I'm very comfortable with it.

                  At the end of the day, I'm an "American" only metaphorically, anyway.
                  I'm not American, I'm not Puerto Rican. I'm William.
                  That's it. However, the U.S. is a better fit for me.

                  Next time you read my columns, try to _really_
                  read them.

                  To Thaliasman: I do try to respect other cultures,
                  but I'm also objective. Sorry if I made any unfair
                  assumptions about you, by the way. I just thought
                  you hadn't really gotten the point of my column:
                  choice. While making that point, I felt the need
                  to be blunt and honest.

                  Good luck with your gf's move.



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                  • #10
                    forgot one...



                    ...conciencia, as to your question of when I'm
                    coming back to the USA...

                    Soon. As soon as I can afford to. It'll be sad leaving, but I'll be glad to be stateside again.

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                    • #11
                      Not to confuse you even more but ..check it out!

                      Billad,

                      I will go in a logical order but will go in the order I feel...

                      This is what you said Billad;
                      3. Puerto Ricans are not loud partiers? You must be referring to a Puerto Rico in some other planet.
                      And
                      . Noisy. Puerto Ricans must be the noisiest mother****ers on Earth. We definitely make our presence felt wherever we go. And I do mean wherever we go. We wouldn't be able to be quiet for a damn funeral. I mean, all the yelling and the gesticulating!! There is a difference between talking and yelling, people! Learn it.


                      I have to tell you…There are social classes in Puerto Rico, Just like in many other countries, but you categorize every Puerto Rican with the environment or surrounding you grew up and that is no difference as judging a book by its cover…Have you seen the movie “Pinero”? You, no doubt will classify all Ricans the same way. Have you ever sat down and play the piano? Have you ever sit along our beaches and observe and digest a Rican sunset?

                      You said;
                      5. I categorized qualities that I feel many, not all,
                      Puerto Ricans posses, as Good and Bad. How else would
                      you have me categorize them? What, did I touch a nerve
                      with that column?
                      And
                      Over-breeding. Is this a Catholic thing? Raging Rob seems to think so (see his column Too Many People). Condoms, people! Condoms! Or pills! Family planning, anyone? Helloooo?! Hello? Oh, well...


                      So being Catholic is a bad thing? Or obeying the Church commands is bad? So what is it? Just re either insensitive with those who follow this faith or you talking out of your way of thinking…Liberal!!! Anyone?


                      You said;
                      I have no hate for Puerto Rico. In my column I admitted
                      I have a love for this island and its people. It will
                      always be home. But, it's just not me, and I thought I'd
                      explain why.
                      And then,
                      Well, that's about it for now, this thing's getting a little long. In the interest of fairness, I close this column with this brief message for my compatriots: I love you strongly. I also hate you deeply. Good night!

                      Are you a confuse one or what? So, what is it?

                      Then you said or wrote;
                      Don't put words in my mouth
                      (or keyboard). Next time, read...what...I...write...
                      s l o w l y. You'll understand better.


                      I am not putting words on your mouth, instead I am reacting on your confuse writings….Or maybe you think you are using invisible ink!!!!

                      You said or wrote;
                      come
                      down here to the U.S.'s backyard, Puerto Rico, and tell me
                      again how it's the same everywhere with a straight face
                      and also

                      2. I never called Puerto Rico the Hell Backyard of
                      anything (whatever that is) Don't put words in my mouth
                      (or keyboard). Next time, read...what...I...write...
                      s l o w l y. You'll understand better.

                      Maybe not hell, but, So what did you say? Puerto Rico is the Back Yard of what Nation? What did mean when you referred Back Yard? I do not know but maybe you do not even understand what you write…it seems to me that you are a very confused soul. No offense, but seek help!!!

                      You said;
                      4. My point with that column was that gays should
                      not try to be understood, just accepted. I admit
                      that I don't understand them; that's okay, I don't
                      have to. I was making an appeal for tolerance. Surely
                      you can't have a problem with that.


                      Define “accepted” and “tolerated”! within the realm of your plea or your defense for gay people, would yah?

                      You also said;

                      6. Yes, I identify with the USA, the same way Argentinean
                      singer Tony Croatto identified with Puerto Rican jibaro
                      culture: It _appealed_ to him. I never heard anyone call
                      him a sell-out. Have I hurt your feelings by what you
                      feel is a rejection of your culture? Well, I'm sorry


                      Actually, Tony is a very loved person among Patriotas, I have no problem with him…since he even though an outsider, loves Puerto Rico and rather live there, unlike others!
                      I did not mean Tony, but you used your few friend or so…

                      I am not hurt by your expressions nor accept your sorry excuses..I do not believe in the “sorry” expression. What I do feel is that you are lost and confused….I am trying you make you visualize how you are expressing on your writings since you take the audacity to speak and make statements of a great nation like PR and totally twist and disrespect those whom are not as you so self assuredly describe and categorize.

                      I do not know what town or city you are from within the Island…but not everybody acts or do the same. WE are a diverse country with continent like qualities and not narrow-minded as you may think. We have so much intelligence and talent that you cannot even germinate to understand. I strongly suggest you start doing more research of your own culture before you start creating false stereotyping qualities about us to the world.

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                      • #12
                        (sigh)

                        Here we go...

                        ...Puerto Ricans in general, in my experience, are loud.
                        Americans are quiet and boring. Not 100% of either
                        group adheres to those characteristics. However, I stand
                        by my statement.

                        Yes, I've appreciated the Puerto Rican sunset. It's
                        beautiful. PRs are still loud.

                        In my book, being a Catholic is a horrible thing. I'm
                        an atheist. Having gone to Catholic school, I know
                        first hand what a farce it is. And yes, Catholic families
                        have traditionally been large, from what I've seen.
                        But, hey, if Catholicism is your thing, go for it. Just
                        keep it away from me. But don't expect me to speak well
                        of it.


                        "I love you strongly. I also hate you deeply." Most of what I write is quite tongue in cheek, but you seem to be incapable of perceiving humor or sarcasm. Truth be told,
                        I do have a love/hate relationship with my country,
                        but to simply say I "hate" it and leave it at that is
                        being shortsighted. If I really hated Puerto Rico, I would never say anything good about it at all, and I have on several occasions, the same way I criticize the U.S. when I feel it needs to be criticized. I just call 'em the way I see 'em. If Puerto Rico is a sacred cow to you or anyone
                        else...too bad. I don't have any sacred cows.


                        Puerto Rico is the backyard of the U.S., the same way
                        the whole Caribbean is. That's reality. I don't have to
                        like it, you don't have to like it, but it just is.
                        When I say "backyard", by the way, I allude to both geographical proximity and political/military influence.

                        Accepted & tolerated (within the context of sexuality) to
                        me, means not discriminating or socially ostracizing someone
                        because of their lifestyle. Clear enough?

                        I am neither lost nor confused. I made my choice long ago.
                        I look forward to my move to the West Coast, but I won't
                        go with hatred in my heart. Quite the contrary. Having pet
                        peeves and expressing hatred are two different things, but you seem unable to tell the difference between the two, or
                        to be able to appreciate sarcasm or humor or to even undertand a simple point in a three-paragraph column. I don't need any help, I'll be more than fine, thank you. You on the other hand, seem to be obsessed with my writings, since it looks like you've read a lot of my coulmns, even analyzing and quoting them! I do feel somewhat flattered.
                        You also seem very defensive about Puerto Rico, almost insecure, in your wearing your culture like a badge.

                        By the way, do you even _live_ in Puerto Rico? If you don't,
                        maybe we can trade places. Unless you live in Jersey. Ick.

                        Good day.


                        -Bill




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                        • #13
                          Talking about sarcasm and humor!

                          Billad,

                          Now, that is sarcasm and humor in one.

                          By the way, do you even _live_ in Puerto Rico? If you don't,
                          maybe we can trade places. Unless you live in Jersey. Ick.


                          You see Billard you have it! Work on it!

                          Sorry, I am traveling in a bi-weekly basis to PR, no need to trade, anyway I am in Jersey...lol

                          So, Catholicism did it to you? I see..I understand. I have no specific religion, just believe in an extreme greater one.

                          I will answer you later on the rest, got to catch a plane to Jersey!

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                          • #14
                            New Jersey?


                            Hah! Well, I'll be damned...

                            Well, it's been fun playing ideological tennis with
                            you, but I won't be able to come back to this message
                            board for a while (starting new job soon, no time).
                            In any case, I feel I've made my point and have nothing
                            else to add on the subject. I'll let you have the
                            last word on it. I'll try to log in and read it later.

                            And to close with a plug...

                            This Wednesday's column on The Soapbox:
                            Axis of Evil? by Bill A.D.
                            http://www.geocities.com/billad8199/op.htm


                            Thank you good night...

                            -Bill A.D.






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                            • #15
                              En Respuesta

                              Here we go...

                              ...Puerto Ricans in general, in my experience, are loud.
                              Americans are quiet and boring. Not 100% of either
                              group adheres to those characteristics. However, I stand
                              by my statement.

                              Hmmm… Taino Blood! Great ! brother you have that too…Good so do admite not all are the same, I guess that eliminates your stereo typing statement. I suggest you use or state” Puertorricans are happy and lively persons, young at heart, colorful…get my drift?


                              In my book, being a Catholic is a horrible thing. I'm
                              an atheist. Having gone to Catholic school, I know
                              first hand what a farce it is. And yes, Catholic families
                              have traditionally been large, from what I've seen.
                              But, hey, if Catholicism is your thing, go for it. Just
                              keep it away from me. But don't expect me to speak well
                              of it.
                              So if you also admit our multiplication problem has nothing to do with ignorance, but tradition, Religion and customs then, address it properly.. you know how these gringos try to hold on the most insignificant things, especially if it discredit us


                              "I love you strongly. I also hate you deeply." Most of what I write is quite tongue in cheek, but you seem to be incapable of perceiving humor or sarcasm. Truth be told,
                              I do have a love/hate relationship with my country,
                              but to simply say I "hate" it and leave it at that is
                              being shortsighted. If I really hated Puerto Rico, I would never say anything good about it at all, and I have on several occasions, the same way I criticize the U.S. when I feel it needs to be criticized. I just call 'em the way I see 'em. If Puerto Rico is a sacred cow to you or anyone
                              else...too bad. I don't have any sacred cows.

                              Actually, yes Puerto Rico is sort of sacred to me and other Nationals, The only why to lift up moral or self-esteem is to concentrate on the good things, bad things are always there, why talk about it especially if it offends people who are trying and striving to guide our lost brothers and sisters out there. You are acting like a mainstream critic…one that positions itself in a anglo level and really does not see the root of our real problems.


                              Puerto Rico is the backyard of the U.S., the same way
                              the whole Caribbean is. That's reality. I don't have to
                              like it, you don't have to like it, but it just is.
                              When I say "backyard", by the way, I allude to both geographical proximity and political/military influence.
                              Well you have developed a low self of being when you write like that. Lets put it this way, for Latin America USA is the Backyard, where they dump all the drugs and scum. USA has the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic, why put in your mind that geografically the Caribe is the Back Yard….Funny I though you and I agree the tha NJ was the backyard of USA!

                              Accepted & tolerated (within the context of sexuality) to
                              me, means not discriminating or socially ostracizing someone
                              because of their lifestyle. Clear enough?
                              I follow you…But a Gay is a gay a Lesbian is a Lesbian so what, they are human beings just like anybody else. They stay on their side I stay on mine. But when they start crossing on my area we have problems , serious problems. I will never critisize or condemn them since…who can really throw the first stone? But why bring up an issue as old as Sodom and Gomorrah?


                              I am neither lost nor confused. I made my choice long ago.
                              I look forward to my move to the West Coast, but I won't
                              go with hatred in my heart. Quite the contrary. Having pet
                              peeves and expressing hatred are two different things, but you seem unable to tell the difference between the two, or
                              to be able to appreciate sarcasm or humor or to even undertand a simple point in a three-paragraph column. I don't need any help, I'll be more than fine, thank you. You on the other hand, seem to be obsessed with my writings, since it looks like you've read a lot of my coulmns, even analyzing and quoting them! I do feel somewhat flattered.

                              {b] Just as you stand with the loudness of the Ricans ,I stand with my observations. BTW, do you think Ricans can not read? Or provide you with some insights?[/b]
                              You also seem very defensive about Puerto Rico, almost insecure, in your wearing your culture like a badge.
                              I am very in defense of Puerto Rico, I am not an AY Bendito type of guy, It is not insecure, but assurance people get it right, especially when this is read world wide.


                              -Bill





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