It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the tale of two protests. At once they were happy, and then they were rioting. Over the weekend in both Spain and France, young people, students gathered in the cities to protest. In Spain, it appears that the macro “Botellón” was planned as a protest. I am not sure yet what was being protested. In France, students gathered to protest a new law that would make it substantially easier for companies to fire employees. Both protests resulted in isolated instances of violence, burning, vandalism, and a whole lot of trash.
Am I missing something? Spanish kids are protesting for their right to drink in open public places and to not clean up after themselves. And French students are protesting about being fired from jobs they still do not have. Continue reading
I have the utmost respect for those who leave everything behind and move to a new country in search of a better existence. Consequently, I have no tolerance for those who criticize immigrants or immigration in general. If you ever have a chance, listen to an immigrant’s story, and you will see the bravery in her plight.
Como apenas duermo ni como desde que trabajo en FON, decidí pasarme el fin de semana con mi familia mallorquina. Es que en Mallorca con Manolo y su familia como y duermo mejor que en cualquier otro sitio del mundo (menos que en mi propia casa con mi familia genética). De hecho, siempre que me urge la necesidad de estar con “familia” o viajo a Mallorca o quedo en Madrid con Fernando y Amparo (los abuelos de mi ahijada).
En el concurso semanal, como ya sabemos todos, hay que adivinar la identidad de uno de nuestros compañeros favoritos de trabajo. Esta semana la pregunta es fácil:
¿Quién es el diseñador que está atrás del diseño que está atrás del diseño que está atrás de FON? Pistas a continuación . . .
Por primera vez en su corta historia, el Comité ha decidido conceder el Premio al Mejor Compañero de Trabajo de la Semana a dos personas, un compañero y una compañera. Los ganadores son Martha y Iurgi. ¡Enhorabuena!
El USP-CEU Adecco Estudiantes se enfrentó al durísimo FC Barcelona en el Magariños este domingo (66-91). Sin entrar en los detalles del encuentro, Estudiantes jugó igualada todo la primera mitad, pero en la segunda parte, las estrellas del Barça tomaron el mando. Sin embargo, disfruté como siempre viendo a mi Rose Super Star. De hecho hoy pude lucir la camista 10 de Rosa Pérez (aún sin firmar por la crack). A pesar de perder contra su alma mater, Rose metió dos triples (el segundo impresionante) y un total de 8 puntos.
One day, and that day may never come, I may ask you for a pacifier . . .
¿Eres capaz de nombrar este compañer@ de trabajo?
Bill Clinton was probably the US’ most charismatic president. Of course, people either loved or hated him. What I could never understand is why, even at moments when I thought I had lost respect for the man or even when I knew he was just b.s.ing, he could still move me with one of his speeches. I mean, think about it. Here’s a guy from Georgetown University and from Yale with a redneck twang in his voice.
Then one day it hit me. Bill Clinton sounds a lot like Elvis Presley when he talks. That is what essentially makes him so listen-to-able. Bill is from Little Rock and Elvis was from Memphis. They are pretty close, both geographically and culturally. Listen carefully next time you hear Bill speak, close your eyes, imagine it is the King. Actually, there was a book written about Bill being the Rock and Roll President.
So, what does Bill Clinton sounding like Elvis Presley have to do with Milan Kundera, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker and my Grandmother?
Miguel de Unamuno writes in “La Agonía del Cristianismo” about the inherent conflict that the Gospel requires of its followers. One is told to be fruitful and multiply, and yet at the same time, one is obliged to leave everything behind (family, friends, the world).
In my world, I live what I call the Agony of Humanity. I love people. I love being around people, talking to them, learning about and from them. I value above all else generosity and kindness. At the same time, I also cherish my solitude. Ironically, I consider myself sociable yet anti-social. Sometimes I just want to be left alone.