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Xennial

The American public loves a good label, especially when it comes to classifying generations of its population.

We’ve all heard of baby boomers, which covers the Post-War period, and the cynicism of Generation X was immortalised in films like Singles and Reality Bites.

Traditionally, Gen X carries us up to 1979 and then we move into the buzzword of the moment, Millennials and Generation Z.

But, there’s a whole mini-generation born on the cusps of Generation X and the Millennials that doesn’t feel completely part of either one… #StoryOfMyLife

Don’t worry, if you were born between 1977 and 1985, there’s a special word just for you, Xennial! What are Xennials? That’s pretty much me, or in other words those born in the late-70s and early-80s, who lived an analog childhood and digital adulthood.

Xennials came of age at a pivotal point that makes them the lynchpin between Gen X and Millennials.

Generation X moved into adulthood without many of the digital conveniences we now have, while Millennials can’t imagine a world without them.

Xennials act as a memory bank, recalling what it was like before smartphones ruled the world, but comfortably Snapchatting and adapting to new methods of communications.

To be a Xennial is to have the best of both worlds, not bogged down by the cynicism of Generation X, but realistic enough to know that everything isn’t as Instagram perfect as Millennials think it is. 

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Pablo Escobar: My Father

Done! I finished this book yesterday.

Although I found the first half interesting (and debatable,) I got bored of Juan Pablo’s narrative.

Written by the son of Pablo Escobar (the most powerful drug lord and narcoterrorist that ever existed,) he clearly outlines the price the family had to pay for a life they did not choose.

At first, it was difficult to understand why his father was such a wanted man, then as he grew, Juan Pablo Escobar became very aware of his father’s criminal history of violence.

Overall this is a good book, however, I’m not sure how credible some of Juan Pablo’s recollections are, considering that he was only 16 when his father was killed… How much a teenager can understand of an international criminal enterprise?

From times the author tries to look badass, but most of the time he is apologetic… And I may sound like a jerk but I found him ANNOYING!

I have no doubts Juan Pablo is a decent man, he is also a victim… And all the shit he went through in exile in Argentina (with all the names he mentions that I’m familiar with) was malicious as hell.

Yet, I don’t buy his humble character. I don’t feel it (at least not in this book).

I feel more like he’s seeking empathy, and perhaps also trying to humanise a bit his dad’s image. I don’t condemn him and I don’t admire him.

What Juan Pablo makes me feel is complete indifference.

I believe we all transit our issues the best we can, and this was his way.

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Year Of The Dog

In honour of the Year of the Dog here’s an illustration by the excellent artist Silverjow.

The Lunar Year became part of my cultural celebrations 16 years ago when I met Hubby. Being from Hong Kong I adopted his traditions over the years we were a couple.

After him, the tradition stayed as few of my next long-term boyfriends were also of Chinese background. And the last time I properly celebrated was 2 years ago with my last hot nerd bf (PatrickA,) who was from Shanghai. 

Although, the Lunar Year is a time for millions of Chinese families to come together and celebrate, it’s also a time to endure a barrage of questions from parents demanding their kids when they’re ever going to meet someone and settle down, and those questions are even more stressing when you’re gay.

Homosexuality still a taboo in the very conservative Chinese culture… In fact three of my exes (PatrickA included) were in the closet when we met. One of them came out years later and the other one during, but for PatrickA the issue was a lot more complex as he’s the only son of a wealthy business man. And while he felt free in Montreal he also had the pressure of his dad whenever he had to go back to Shanghai…

Which I believe was one of the reasons of our breakup.

Anyhow, hopefully one day all the people dealing with retrograde cultural ideas will be able to free themselves and live a full life. In the meantime enjoy a delicious hot pot and some yummy nian gao.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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Another Shooting In America…

Here we go again….

Just 7 weeks into 2018 and there has been another school shooting in America, making it 18th since the start of the year.

Nikolas Cruz is the latest sick bastard on the list of fuck ups.

The kid is a member of a White Supremacist militia.

Described as a loner by a former classmate, the 19-year-old returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR15 rifle and gunned down at least 17 people in a massacre that ranks as one of the deadliest mass shooting.

I don’t really know what to say anymore…

It’s sad and terrifying how our neighbour country can be so violent, but even more sad and terrifying the fact civilians can still so easily purchase a machine gun. It’s been ages now that the United States stopped being a land of hope to become a land of fear.

Meanwhile, the orange creature issued some statements on Twitter, labelling noting there were many signs that Cruz was mentally disturbed… genius! Also, he posted this:

And got few replies, one of them was this 16 year-old student…

At this point, as a nation, America has told the world the safety of their children is less important than the rights of gun owners.

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If Countries Were People

GERMANY

In the global arena, every country has its image, but how would they look as people?

That was the question that Russian artist Anastasia Bulgakova thought about for a year before starting her latest project. “I draw personifications of different countries,” she wrote. “All of them will be militant and warrior-like, with dirt and blood. Not because of some political persuasion, but simply because that what I always draw in any case, and the idea of warrior-countries gives a lot of creative freedom.”

From an American that’s a bit naive and idealistic to a silent Japanese guy with a suspicious smile, you’d easily recognise these ‘people’ if you met them in the street.

Below some of them, and more here.

USA

FRANCE

RUSSIA

ENGLAND

JAPAN

ISRAEL

Obviously and without a doubt here’s my favourite, “The King of ice.”

CANADA

Everyone sees him as too friendly, but no one realises that the NEVER LOST A WAR. Even war of 1812, when Mr.America tried to take his land, Mr. Canada burned down Mr. America’s house and took HIS land. When they stopped fighting, Mr.Canada gave back all the land he gained and called it a draw, even though he won.

To sum up: most countries will kill you and only Canada will play hockey with you instead.

Canada is AMAZING!!

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New Book

Last Saturday I had sex with a straight guy, but I’ve haven’t fuck since Sunday…  Randy effectiveness to keep me calm is undeniable, and by far he’s the only guy that gives me enough to rest few days.

Also, I’m entering a new stage that I’ll be able to mention on Friday.

Since sex is not happening by choice, for few more days, I’m focusing on painting and also on this new book I just bought… Pablo Escobar: My Father.

I guess you all get what this memoir is about.

Growing in South America, Pablo Escobar was a very popular name, although, I never paid attention on him in detail. He was “famous” but not from my country.

All I knew is that he was the most powerful drug lord and criminal back then, and whenever you heard “Colombia” you immediately associated with aguardiente and drugs.

Pablo Escobar is NOT the one on Netflix.

This memoir is not the story of a child seeking redemption for his father, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and the overwhelming need for peace and forgiveness. More to come…

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¡Cállate la boca!

The Associated Press reports:

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

The Pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011. A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

“As if I could have taken a selfie or a photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all,” tweeted Barros’ most vocal accuser, Juan Carlos Cruz. “These people are truly crazy, and the pontiff talks about atonement to the victims. Nothing has changed, and his plea for forgiveness is empty.”

So a man of faith, who requires that his flock accept what he says solely on faith… refuses to accept the word of several members of his flock… requiring proof.

I had no idea there were no mirrors for self-reflection at the Vatican.

Seriously, I expected better from Bergoglio (aka Francis). I’m disappointed.

For him, an Argentine, I have three common words towards idiots: CASHATE LA BOCA!!

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