Out One, In the Other

Photo: Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

This year we have not been able to bathe, even in the first downpour of May. In Havana, the drought has robbed us of this rain that popular tradition associates with good luck. The mangoes hanging from the branches seem to await the coming of a shower to ready themselves for our mouths. The striations in the dirt, the barely flowering buds of the flame trees, and this sticky dust that fills the air will only leave when it begins to pour. Where is the drizzle on the windowpane, the smell of the humidity, the droplets left on the leaves after a storm!

But the worst thing is the loneliness of the pipes, the strained trickle that comes from the taps, area residents carrying water in buckets because the aqueduct has almost no reserves left to pump. Faces covered in sweat, stinking shirts, nearly empty clotheslines because the precious liquid is not enough. Don’t spend too long in the bathroom! Reinaldo shouts, so that the tank on our balcony won’t run dry. Meanwhile, the building’s cistern becomes a sad puddle, and the hosepipes hover above its minimal limits.

And on top of such dryness, is the belief that this year’s agricultural output may be worst than last year’s, if the rain holds off once and for all. We’ll see the headlines in the press saying banana production is down, rice hasn’t withstood the drought, and fruit trees have been hit the hardest. And this feeling that there is always something missing for a full plate and that our salaries don’t stretch far enough. Whether from poor management, the lack of material incentives for the farmers, or the stubborn rain that, today, obstinately denies us its favors.

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62 thoughts on “Out One, In the Other

  1. Al presente estoy leyendo su libro H*vana Real en Ingles, ya que mi esposa lo encontro en la biblioteca de nuestra ciudad. Estoy ahora en ‘un breve reporte medico’. Soy Cubano, de La Habana donde naci el 1ro de Diciembre del 1937. NUNCA simpatize con la revolucion, y menos con el VERDUGO. A los 10 dias despues de cumplir mis 24 agnos sali de la isla via Panama. La noche anterior fue cuando mi madre se entero de mi partida, ya que lo habia mantenido en silencio por temor a que ella, como Miliciana, hiciera me cancelaran la salida. Despues de pasar por todos los obstaculos que muchos al llegar a tierras extragnas, sib familia y amistades y sin habler el idioma pasamos, pude lograr mis suegnos. Logre hacer una carrera internacional en el campo de opera convirtiendome en el primer Cubano en cantar como solista principal en el Metropolitan Opera de Nueva York. Por los ultimos 27 agnos soy profesor en la escuela de musica mas grande del mundo y considerada pr muchos agnos la numero uno en USA. He tenido la oportunidad de cantarle a Presidented de USA, Primer Ministro de India, y Diplomaticos internacionales, pero usted Yoani Sanchez se a convertido, sin conocerla, mi idola, y espero un dia muy cercano tener el honor de conocerla en una Cuba Libre. Con mis mejores deseos,

  2. Al presente estoy leyendo su libro H*vana Real en Ingles, ya que mi esposa lo encontro en la biblioteca de nuestra ciudad. Estoy ahora en ‘un breve reporte medico’. Soy Cubano, de La Habana donde naci el 1ro de Diciembre del 1937. NUNCA simpatize con la revolucion, y menos con el VERDUGO. A los 10 dias despues de cumplir mis 24 agnos sali de la isla via Panama. La noche anterior fue cuando mi madre se entero de mi partida, ya que lo habia mantenido en silencio por temor a que ella, como Miliciana, hiciera me cancelaran la salida. Despues de pasar por todos los obstaculos que muchos al llegar a tierras extragnas, sib familia y amistades y sin habler el idioma pasamos, pude lograr mis suegnos. Logre hacer una carrera internacional en el campo de opera convirtiendome en el primer Cubano en cantar como solista principal en el Metropolitan Opera de Nueva York

  3. Respetable escritor Juan Alborna Salado:
    Organizaciones como la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa y Reporteros sin Frontera catalogan la agresión física, censura, maltrato contra el periodista como una forma de censurar la libertad de informar. Crimen contra la libertad de expresión! Algo nada nuevo en Miami y en el Nuevo Herald. Yo también escribo, pero solo tengo una publicación en castellano, otras en ingles(*) para la Asociación NAFA ASSOCIATION (www.nafalaw.com), Gracias que hoy día tenemos un medio infalible de difusión, red- Internet y pasamos por encima de estos violadores; “el mundo te hará sufrir, pero se valiente, Yo he vencido al mundo” Gracias por tus obras y escritos. ATTN.: Humberto Humphrey Pachecker
    (*) http://theimmigrantsuniverse.com/buy.htm
    (*) http://www.amazon.com/NAFAs-Blue-Book-Terminology-Commentaries/dp/1453597808

  4. Cuba being located in the subtropical zone receives a great supply of rainfall. The country’s aquifers are replenished every year by the rainfall. But the problem is the island deteriorating water distribution system. Around 80% of the distribution system have been in place for over 50 years exceeding their useful live span, and is falling apart resulting in enormous waste of water.

    For the last 50 years, under the Castros dictatorship, the sanitation and water systems in Cuba has suffered an enormous deterioration, and no significant investments have been made to reverse it. The existing water distribution system has reached the limits of its structural integrity and useful life. Consequently the quantity of water is limited and the quality of the drinking water is unsafe.

    The Cuban population with access to household potable water connection is only74%, based on estimates by the Pan American Health Organization in 2000. A similar estimate for the Dominican Republic is 80% access; Chile and Costa Rica above 90%.

    Cuba deplorable situation is due to the irresponsibility of the Castro brothers. Why not dismiss
    them?

  5. albert (qui ose gagne)
    Mayo 28th, 2011 at 11:41

    U r kind of funny, w/ur way of spelling, u r teaching others how to write “meet”

  6. @#
    Giving security advise coming from the man that boasts about his computer abilities & how w/ur knowledge u can get “around” safeguards, specially since the “technical dificulties” the blog has had recently?
    And advising contributors about the contents of their coments after all the insults, racial remarks & hate u have posted? Let me remind u, all u have posted is in the record, the only thing people has to do, is look for urs in the Archives of this blog …
    I suggest U read what u post before posting, right after u think about the price u r paying to be liked or listened to.
    Ur self esteem must be low when to be liked u allow urself to be used & manipulated but in return, u are not getting respect for ur thoughts, u r getting only toleration & pity … Enjoy ur usefulness while it lasts, that what u defend has a record of discarding their trash once it get to be useless …

  7. I have never been to dissidents party. How about You, comrade Damir?

  8. Damir, watch out what You write. Millions are reading what You write.

  9. Post 42 would do herself a faour to read the post 43 and post 14, CAREFULLY, and think before posting another revealing nonsense about herself…

    The team “yoani” should do the same.

    But, to understand their own posts, which are deprived of intelligence and substance, an intelligence (which we have just discovered to be absent) is required.

    Catch 22…

    And they wonder why Castros lasted this long.

    When you see the alternative, you prefer to keep the leaches you already have. At least, those are fed already and need no more…

  10. On 27 May, the team “yoani” announced (in a tweet above this) a dissidents’ party to mark number 8 of their “Voces” publication.

    Everyone is invited.

    If they were telling the truth, we can expect a brigade of policemen to storm their home, brutalise them all and arrest them. If the team “yoani” were telling the truth (and we know that they never do), we’ll never hear from them again because the evil regime will throw them in dungeons and lose the keys.

    In reality, I expect the team “yoani” to continue their littering of internet unabated and undisturbed, just as they were so far.

    Which will only furhter confirm them to be just a bunch of liars.

    Who has the courage to bet on this against me?

    Any takers?

    Of course not.

    Hypocrites.

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