Festival Cubano 2014, Experienced By a Boricua

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Author selfies with members of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

Can I be honest? Oh, I was mad…. At who? Who cares… I had a blast at the Chicago Cuban Fest, which had the audacity to bring El Gran Combo, Rey Ruíz, Frankie Ruíz, Jr., and Eddie Santiago. This all had me like: “here’s where you pharmacy canadian gotta be to get that canvas pictured of El Gran Combo at the Día Nacional buying cialis online De La Zalsa signed.”

One of my favorite occasions however was one of comedian Mikey O’s featured jokes: “We Puerto Ricans had scheduled El plavix generic Gran Combo for the Puerto Rican festival, but since Puerto Ricans are always late…. They showed up here instead…..” In the words of Mikey O, “I almost peed.”

Nonetheless… It was a great time. I cannot-not mention how well organized the event was. I cannot-not say how they had a petting zoo, face painting, camel ride, pony rides, dance lessons (in case anyone from gringolandia showed up). I will also not-not mention the efforts involved in media and advertising attention. Food galore, piña coladas, beer gardens, ample clomid seating for eating, a nice set up for VIPs with their own private beer garden and food vendor. I am not just saying; I am just saying.

To me, te digo raitru, none of that mattered (yes it did), because, I was there Chasing Salsa, because I, Chase what matters! (Chase Bank, se van pal’ carajo, because I was using that phrase before you had presence in Humboldt Park!).
My main focus was El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. To me, El Gran Combo could be scheduled to play in [enter a neighborhood name here] in a middle of a gang fight, and

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I will go on Amazon, buy myself a bullet proof dress, a helmet and a Puerto Rican flag and present I will be. Who knows, maybe the violence would stop? Listen, it ain’t stereotyping, if it’s always true. The crime has got to stop. I can’t watch the news anymore, so sad…

Anyway, back to my Chasing Salsa….

Listen, I am not canada pharmacy online going to criticize festivals or play one island against the other because at the end of the day, Cubanos y Puertorros speak the same language, eat the same rice, dance to the same Salsa and take all of our respective baby-daddy’s back to child support court (CL of the Daley Center; Don’t play! On pharmacy in canada the mark of every third calendar year for an increase. It’s all good).

I was Cuban for the three days of the festival and now I am back, http://levitrapharmacy-generic.com/ happy and content that we live in a city where we can all celebrate together the roots of our passion where Latinos can look at each other and see familiarity.

We are all driven by the same thing, whether we can openly admit it or not, and that is:
EL GRAN COMBO DE PUERTO RICO, singing TIMBALERO under a misty Sunday canadian pharmacy evening where we, Boricuas and Cubans danced together, waiving our vise-versa flags in each other’s faces with one common thought in mind. “F**** I am gonna be LATE FOR WORK TOMORROW, pero esto no se da to los dias.”

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Madeline Rodríguez

Madeline “Maddy” Rodríguez is a Boricua who has lived in Chicago for a very long time. She was born in the deep woods of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, where her grandparents made a living off the coffee farm they owned. Her father is a well-known Cuatro Player and Jíbaro Music Singer and her mother, a blue collar worker. Madeline attended high school and business school in the City of Chicago. She has worked as a paralegal for over 15 years and has been self-employed as a freelance-paralegal for the last three years. She has written and published interviews of musicians, producers, actors, comedians, directors, playwrights and individuals who are pillars of success among the Latino community as well as short articles about life events. She is a very deeply rooted modern-day Jíbara del Campo who prefers her café prieto y colao. 

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