Throughout my forty-nine years of life, unlike many people who I have met, I have never lied to anyone about where I was born and or where I come from. As a matter of fact, I have met numerous people, who have constantly lied about where they were born, their education and previous jobs. Like if I really gave a fuck and would treat them different, based on their lies. Even though my father moved the family from The Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico when I was only three years old, I’ve always been proud of my country, but specially the neighborhood that I was born in. I still have a maternal aunt and uncle back home who I keep in contact with and every couple of years, when I go on vacation with my wife, not only do I make sure that I visit them, but I make my uncle walk me around the neighborhood and show me my birthplace.
My point is, that I just can’t understand why some people, for one reason or another, can’t accept where they were born and where they come from. As a matter of fact, I remember that back in the 90’s, I met a new neighbor of ours, who we later found out, was born in a Central American country, but always swore that he was born in Puerto Rico. As a matter of fact, he always emulated the Spanish Puerto Rican accent. Till this day, whenever I see him, he still plays the role. The funny thing about is, that we found out about his true nationality by accident, because one day, his aunt, who lived elsewhere, was trying to locate his apartment. When she described him to another one of our neighbors, that neighbor asked her, if she was looking for the new Puerto Rican neighbor that had recently moved into the building. That’s when she told the person, his true nationality. But trust me, he was not the first and was not the last person, that I have seen doing that. The thing about me is, that I don’t have any respect at all, for any person who tries to hide their nationality or race. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that people should go around, rubbing it on other people’s face. But they shouldn’t go around trying to be what they are not.
With that said! I am Audi 5000 y’all!