Puerto Rico

‘It is an archipelago among the Greater Antilles that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller ones, such as Mona, Culebra, and Vieques.  The capital and most populous city is San Juan.  Its’ official languages are Spanish and English, though Spanish predominates.  The island’s population is approximately 3.4 million.  Puerto Rico’s rich history, tropical climate, diverse natural scenery, traditional cuisine, and attractive tax incentives make it a popular destination for travelers from around the world.’   Wikipedia

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Our first visit to Puerto Rico was in 2008,  It was a Caribbean Cruise in commemoration of Aaron and Jonathon’s Graduation.

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We had a shore excursion on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

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We visited the rain forest.

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We visited a fort.

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The Puerto Ricans, that we met, were so friendly…I thought that this would be a lovely place to live.

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I had the honor and pleasure of promoting a wonderful Puerto Rican gentleman, Jesus, during my tenure at Southern Illinois University.  He was one of the best upgrades of staff…that I ever made.  A professional in every way and a compassionate and caring person.  His example…was one to emulate.

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We revisited Puerto Rico in January, 2012.  My buddy, Ron, joined us…and we had a wonderful time.

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We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.  When we arrived a young lady offered us all a glass of champagne…and from then on…I was hooked.

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As we toured the Old City…the following day…I was struck with the exuberance and hospitality of everyone that we encountered.

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We were offered free samples of Bacardi Rum.  I went back for seconds.

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I wandered into an intriguing Cigar Store.  Ron and Mary Jane followed.

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The kind owner inquired as to what type of cigar that I was looking for…I answered with an euphoria… that was still remaining from the rum…a cuban cigar…the owner replied that I was still in the United States.

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The gentleman owner…went on to give me a complimentary, delicious, churchill cigar.

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I wonder about his store…after Maria.

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Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan…is an inspiration!

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Mayor Cruz’s passionate pleas for aid for the thirsty and hungry and devastated residents of Puerto Rico…are the most moving and heartfelt that I have ever witnessed.

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‘In an 11 hour period beginning at 7:19 a.m. and ending at 6:46 p.m. Saturday, the President of the United States ripped off 18–yes, 18! — tweets dealing with the dire situation in Puerto Rico following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.’

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‘The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,’ Trump tweeted.

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‘Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help,’  Trump added.

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‘They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort, 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.’

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‘The words Trump used are telling.  ‘They want everything to be done for them,’ he tweeted.  ‘They’?  You mean the millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico?  And the not so-subtle suggestion of laziness in Trump’s tweets is just more of the same racially coded language that the President has trafficked in since the day he announced his campaign.’   CNN Politics

On Saturday Night Live, last night, ‘The sketch imagined a phone call between Mr. Trump and Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan (played by the cast member Melissa Villasenor).  ‘I’m begging you, Puerto Rico needs your help,’ she told him.’

Mr. Baldwin responded, ‘You called the best person for the job, ‘Trust me, I know things are, as the locals say, despacito.’

‘He promised to send help ‘by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.  ‘When Ms. Villasenor said that wouldn’t be good enough, he replied, ‘Well, you should have paid your bills.  FEMA takes a few days, unless you join FEMA Prime.’

‘At one point, Mr. Baldwin said, ‘We want to help you, but we have to take care of America first.  ‘Ms. Villasenor replied, ‘You do know we’re a U.S. territory, don’t you?’   The New York Times

I wonder…if our President…has been drinking rum…as I was…and forgot…that Puerto Rico…is the United States?

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Photos from the Atlantic.

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