The Generator, Our Generator

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The concrete base made by the neighbors themselves to house the generator.

It arrived in March 2006, in a few days before April launched its frenetic downpours against us. It came in a truck, immaculately new, brilliantly useful. It was our electric plant, our own generator, that would run the elevator and the hall lights when the blackouts cast their shadows over our area. We were saved. The Energy Revolution benefited us with this device, shaped like a decommissioned locomotive. Reinforcing its railroad-like appearance, its imposing structure culminated in a chimney, from which we would never see even a puff of smoke.

That May Day, Fidel Castro announced in the Plaza that all the buildings in the area already had their own devices for electricity self-sufficiency. “Our plant,” however, had still not produced a single kilowatt, it hadn’t hit a home run even once. In the time that passed between the arrival of this object and the public announcement, it had created three jobs to watch over it and refill its fuel. The employees were placed on rotating shifts, although at first there was nothing to do other than to observe our beautiful “light machine.” Several attempts were made to fire it up, but it never worked well. Perhaps we hadn’t installed it correctly, maybe it needed more gas, maybe…

A few weeks passed, from the time it was one more number on the list in the speech by the Maximum Leader. The cement base the neighbors built to hold it had become a bench where the kids would sit. The three employees who looked after it enjoyed a few more months of their salary without any work to do, until even those positions were eliminated. The power plant – according to what the truck driver who came to get it said – was relocated to a school for Latin American students. But not before promising us that the one that was really ours – larger and with greater capacity – would arrive in a few days.

It’s been six years. People talk about that generator as if they were mentioning a beloved ghost that had crossed their path. But others, the most entertaining, joke and shout from balcony to balcony, “Hey… I think they’re coming now with the generator, our generator.”

174 thoughts on “The Generator, Our Generator

  1. Damir is our BLOG pinata. Fun to beat. 175 replies makes this blog WORLD CLASS and even a new award is waiting. I hope trhe POPE also reads this blog and can understand the intolerance the Cuban population has to put up with.

  2. Yo tell them to READ, and they still only manage to vomit their own faeces…

    But then, isn’t that the exact reason why they are on the wrong side of the reason and intelligence? Pushing for a self-confessed liar and traitor the team “yoani”.

    Of course. This web site is the testament to that.

  3. “Retards?” What are you, in junior high school?

    I guess to consider the possibility that government officials (or whoever owns the car in the picture), could actually travel to and park their car in Yoani’s neighborhood is too much for Damir to handle. Too much thinking.

  4. The stupid idiots are not taking up mu advice to R E A D what I write.

    I’ll now demonstrate that they do not read even the team “yoani’s”posts.

    Like this retards, who said this:

    “The car probably belongs to a “government” official. I guess that’s too hard to figure out for some.”

    And this retard who said this:

    “Yes indeed there are some expensive late model cars in Cuba. These are driven by high government officials, senior army officers, and the few well connected businessmen who are getting very rich in Cuba today.”

    This from the team “yoani”:

    “It was our electric plant, our own generator, that would run the elevator and the hall lights when the blackouts cast their shadows over O U R area.”

    See, how retarded are these retards?

    This is the team “yoani’s” area.

    So, the team “yoani” live in the area where those governmet officials, well connected businessmen and senior military officers!!!

    Thank you for confirming so many things that shift right into your primitive delusional retarded mouths.

    Oh, remove the “f” in “shift” too. To make some sense in your retarded lives…

  5. UnHinged said: “Humbertito… seem that you and your ass are missing the boat darling!! if you don’t move fast you will not get even a foot in the door in Cuba…”

    UnHun! THAT’S NOT A WAY TO GET INTO MY PANTS! YOU NEED TO FLIRT IN A MORE GENTLEMANLY WAY! JE JE JE! DONT WORRY ABOUT ME MISSING THE BOAT IN CUBA DEAR, THERE IS A LOT TO BE DONE ONCE THE CASTROFASCISTS ARE GONE (see my academic paper below) AND SINCE I SPEAK 3 LANGUAGES, IM COLLEGE EDUCATED AND KNOW CUBAN CULTURE PRETTY WELL, IM A SHOE IN FOR SOME GOOD WORK THERE! WHILE YOU, WILL BE A PERSONA NO GRATA!

    ARCHITECTURE and URBAN PLANNING IN CUBA – THE UBIQUITOUS ARCHIVE OF HISTORY:
    PRESENT SITUATION AND FUTURE NEEDS. Arch. Nicolás Quintana, Emeritus Professor- School of Archhitecture, Florida International University – November 3rd, 2010

    1. The physical destruction: Ever since the totalitarian regime took power in Cuba, January 1st, 1959, its main objective has been to totally disconnect the Cuban people from their traditions and their historical values. Of course Havana, the capital city -the crown jewel of Cuban culture and the archive of its History- became the prime target of destruction… a powerful image it needed to dismantle. All the existing architecture (Colonial and 20th Century) was left to rot while the city imploded, overpopulated due to a minimal volume of new construction and lacking maintenance, it slowly crumbled and fell apart. By destroying the jewel, the elimination of the physical proof of how successful the Cuban Republic had been was supposedly going to be achieved. The plan proceeded ahead relentlessly.
    2. The spiritual destruction: At the same time, Cubans were inserted into the repressive world of real socialism, a world they were not prepared to face, while the country’s spirit was cut to pieces systematically: using misinformation and suppression of criticism, extreme violence and annihilation of all opposition. Following the plan, the teaching of History was twisted in a way that converted the Republic’s image into a corrupt, exploitative one… totally dependent on the USA. The physical destructive activity, coupled to the misinformation campaign, has been going on since 1959.

    http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu/Appendices/Appendix_A_Architecture_Urban_Regional_Planning/Quintana_2011.pdf

  6. Damir… are you really that stupid? Yes indeed there are some expensive late model cars in Cuba. These are driven by high government officials, senior army officers, and the few well connected businessmen who are getting very rich in Cuba today. There are still far more old Ladas, 50’s era US cars, and a few more recent Chinese and Korean cars on the streets. In rural Cuba you will even see horse drawn carts.

    As for the clean sidewalks, that too is something I noticed in Havana. Not just in the tourist zone of the Old City, but in Centro & Vedado the streets & sidewalks are exceptionally clean and clear of litter. This is for three reasons: the gov’t employs a lot of street sweepers to keep the place clean, the lack of numerous fast food outlets and all the attendant litter they produce, and the fact that anything of value will be picked up by people desperate to make a few cents.

    I also notice, the sidewalks are in terrible condition: cracked, broken concrete with missing sections and trip hazards everywhere.

    Contrary to your silly assertion, “Just remember: there’s NOTHING in Cuba and people are dying on the streets of starvation!!!”, I have consistently made the point that the big problem in Cuba is the dictatorial government and the lack of freedoms. Cuban’s would like to have the right to chose their own direction, to speak freely and to live & work in freedom. The Castro regime will not allow this.

  7. The car probably belongs to a “government” official. I guess that’s too hard to figure out for some.

  8. Don’t be flattered Humberto, Fidel should surpass Yoani soon as people sign up for his tweets hoping they’ll anounce his death through twitter first

  9. Oh, look that car on the photo above!!!

    What a beautiful example of an old and ruined Lada…

    Museum specimen!!! Don’t let the alloy wheels and tinted windows fool you!!!

    It is just a rusty old Lada… And pay no attention at the clean and green sidewalks! It’s bloody commies prop!!! That’s not really Cuba on the photo anyway!!! It is there just to confuse you and disorient you.

    Just remember: there’s NOTHING in Cuba and people are dying on the streets of starvation!!!

    If in doubt, repeat this lie until you start believing it…

    And if you cannot believe in lies, you are a bloody commie yourself!!!

  10. C***ins complaining about Damir having a reading problems should stop and re-read what Damir writes.

    I understand that cre***s are genetically damaged and prevented from using their brains and comprehend what they read, let alone do or say and hold no grudges.

    It takes a great skull to hold all the emptiness these cre***s carry around.

    Not an easy thing to do…

    Damir had said that “There are plenty of private shops on local markets seling meat of any and every sort and for prices that make it easilly available to just about everyone. Just because there is little meat in state shops and supremarkets, that doesn’t mean that the food is not available.

    Quite to the contrary.”

    Damir did NOT question official reports. Damir only questioned undisputable stu***ty of the cre***s who twisted the official news to their liking and created a lie ut of it.

    There is a shortage of various meat, not only the pork meat you neandertals, in the state supermarkets and shops.

    But there’s PLENTY of meat and all other food on the private markets where peasants can and do sell their products to people.

    So those who have never been to Cuba yet write sh**t here about it, take note. You are stu**d liars with no brain and no idea.

    You are poor losers and ignorants whose lives are obviously ruined in your “some kind of pragmatic capitalism” – the categorisation given by the team “yoani” in an interview to a foreign reporter a few years back.

    You have only yourselves to blame. You are st***d sh**heads. Live with it.

    Please note all that I mention no particular name here. If you recognise yourself in above descriptions, that is your personal problem. I do not take it on anyone personally. Going THAT low is your busines. You are the pigs and sore losers.

  11. Simba Sez: Humberto, I love your enthusiasm but I think a quarter of a million is 250,000. Only a few more days though.

  12. “El Nuevo Arte de Hacer Ruinas”

    Watch this fascinating documentary film about the modern ruins called “Havana”.

  13. I LOVE YOU TOO internationalist! BUT I LOVE YOANI MORE! MAYBE I’M BI-SEXUAL!!

    LADIES, GENTLEMEN, AGENTS, APOLOGISTS AND MENTAL CASES! OUR FLACA HAS GONE OVER THE 1/4 MILLION FOLLOWERS ON HER TWITTER ACCOUNT!! LETS BREAK OUT THE CHISPA DE TREN! MAYBE IF WE GIVE FIDEL SOME CHISPA DE TREN HE MIGHT COME BACK TO LIFE! (I think he is dead)

    YOANI SANCHEZ “LA FLACA” : 225,203 Followers

    FIDEL “THE MUMMY” CASTRO : 189,090 Followers

  14. internationalist!! IM TOTALLY FLATTERED MY DEAR! AS THEY SAY, IMITATION IS THE HIGHEST FOR OF FLATTERY! BUT YOU FORGOT THE JE JE JE! JE JE JE!

  15. HERE I JUST FOUND AN OLD PLAN THAT IS FOR THE WORLD IN BOTH EAST AND WEST,WHICH IS 101 YEARS OLD.I DONT KNOW IF THE CUBANS KNOW ABOUT THIS PLAN;

  16. EXCELLENT PAPER! WORTH THE READ!

    ARCHITECTURE and URBAN PLANNING IN CUBA – THE UBIQUITOUS ARCHIVE OF HISTORY:
    PRESENT SITUATION AND FUTURE NEEDS. Arch. Nicolás Quintana, Emeritus Professor- School of Architecture, Florida International University – November 3rd, 2010

    1. The physical destruction: Ever since the totalitarian regime took power in Cuba, January 1st, 1959, its main objective has been to totally disconnect the Cuban people from their traditions and their historical values. Of course Havana, the capital city -the crown jewel of Cuban culture and the archive of its History- became the prime target of destruction… a powerful image it needed to dismantle. All the existing architecture (Colonial and 20th Century) was left to rot while the city imploded, overpopulated due to a minimal volume of new construction and lacking maintenance, it slowly crumbled and fell apart. By destroying the jewel, the elimination of the physical proof of how successful the Cuban Republic had been was supposedly going to be achieved. The plan proceeded ahead relentlessly.
    2. The spiritual destruction: At the same time, Cubans were inserted into the repressive world of real socialism, a world they were not prepared to face, while the country’s spirit was cut to pieces systematically: using misinformation and suppression of criticism, extreme violence and annihilation of all opposition. Following the plan, the teaching of History was twisted in a way that converted the Republic’s image into a corrupt, exploitative one… totally dependent on the USA. The physical destructive activity, coupled to the misinformation campaign, has been going on since 1959.

    ctp.iccas.miami.edu/Appendices/Appendix_A_Architecture_Urban_Regional_Planning/Quintana_2011.pdf

  17. THIS TIME YOU PUT SOME GOOD INFO…. HUMBERTO…AND I KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT. SO LET’S LEAVE CUBA TOO…IT IS DANGER NOW EVERYWHERE IN THE WEST…IT IS GOING CRAZY AND WE ALL MAY END IN THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS OR INSIDE THE OVENS…

  18. Astonishing! Cuba Liar believes, in a country with no free press, no free speech, and no freedom of thought, the official Party paper, Granma is a credible source of information.

    His self delusion is astounding.

  19. HEY! C.L. Cuba Libre (La MENTIROTA & HOMOPHOBE & CASTROBOOTLICKER)! SINCE WE ARE ALL RECOMMENDING BOOKS TO READ, MAYBE THIS MIGHT BE RIGHT UP YOUR “ALLEY”! JE JE JE!

    BOOK: Political Disaffection in Cuba’s Revolution and Exodus – Silvia Pedraza – Cambridge University Press

    Cuba’s Refugees: Manifold Migrations
    The triumph of the Cuban revolution was one of the most popular political events of the 20th century. A social movement that the majority of the Cuban population initially applauded, and for which many risked their lives, the Cuban revolution had the capacity to capture the imagination of most of its citizens. Romantic in its execution, expressing a call for social justice, it had vast international support. Yet by the end of the century, 40 years later, a very sizable proportion of the Cuban population had left for other lands.Working both with U.S. and Cuban statistics, Antonio Aja- D´ıaz (2006) of the Center for Migration Studies at the University of Havana estimates that between 1959 and 2004 roughly 1,359,650 Cubans left Cuba for various countries and by different means. Because the Cuban population has grown from 5.8 million at the time of the 1953 census to 9.7 million at the 1981 census and 11.2 million in 2000 (Mart´ınez-Fern´andez 2003a), that number probably represents from 12 to 15 percent of the Cuban population. Certainly, it is larger than the population of Cuba’s second largest city – Santiago de Cuba – at present. This study captures the process of political disaffection – the disappointment and sense of betrayal – that led so many Cubans, many of them ardent supporters of the revolution initially, to leave their homeland for other lands.

    http://www.cambridge.org/servlet/file/store6/item2375380/version1/item_9780521687294_excerpt.pdf

    Dr. Pedraza holds a B.A. and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She is the author of three books and numerous articles. Some of her publications include: Political Disaffection in Cuba’s Revolution and Exodus (Cambridge University Press, 2007); “Assimilation or Transnationalism? Conceptual Models of the Immigrant Experience,” in The Cultural Psychology of Immigrants, edited by Ram Mahalingham (Lawrence Earlbaum, 2006); and “Women and Migration: the Social Consequences of Gender,” Annual Review of Sociology (1991). She is also a frequent contributor to the news media, both in the US and other countries.

    In the American Sociological Association Dr. Pedraza has just been elected Chair of the International Migration Section. In the past, Dr. Pedraza was elected to several offices: member of its Council; Chair of the Section on Latinos in the United States; Chair of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities; and member of its Committee on Nominations. Most recently, the Latino/a Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association gave her a major award: the Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award. At the University of Michigan, she has been an elected member of the Curriculum Committee of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, as well as of the University’s Senate Assembly and the Senate’s Executive Committee (SACUA), for which she was also elected Vice-Chair. Dr. Pedraza is also a two-time winner of the Excellence in Education Award, and most recently she was awarded the President and Provost’s Award for Service to the University of Michigan. She was also named as a Faculty Fellow of the Honors Program.

  20. C.L. Cuba Libre (La MENTIROTA & HOMOPHOBE & CASTROBOOTLICKER) said as a TRUE CASTROBOOTLICKER : “So read the truth and learn you hypocrites and backstabbers, and maybe you will go to bed being less of an idiot tonite.”

    OH, C.L.! I SLEEP LIKE A BABY EVERY NIGHT! SPECIALLY WHEN I FIND MORE DIRT ON “THE MUMMY” & “LA CHINA” AND THEIR MAFIA/OLIGARCHY AND I CAN POST IT HERE! JE JE JE!

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