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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Las Cuentas

Cuando yo llegué a Puebla todo parecía perfecto. La escuela, mi familia, mi casa, el clima, etcetera. Pero después de la segunda o tercera semana empezaron ocurir pequeños problemas en mi casa.
 
Todo empezo cuando un día encendí la tele y ¡sorpresa! no había señal de cable, solo tele nacional. Entonces corrí a preguntarle a mi madre que había ocorrido con el cable. Ella, amablemente y con una gran sonriza, me contestó "olvidé pagar la cuenta del cable y ya lo cortaron." Yo pensé no era un gran problemo porque you no tengo cable en los estados unidos.
 
Todo transcurría normal hasta que otra día me metía a bañar como todos los días pero esta vez no había agua caliente. Entonces preocupada salí y me pregunté a mi madre que paso con el baño. Otra vez, amablemente con su gran sonriza, me contestó "lo siento pero olvidé comprar el gas y tendras que bañarte con agua fria."
 
Esta fin de semana pasado ya tenía gas lo que hacía falt era telefono. Yo tenía que recibir una llamada muy importante de California . . . eran mis padres que querrían saludarme. Tambien otra llamada importante de mi amiga Joline. No fue posible. Entonces una vez mas me dirije a mi madre y pregunté por tercera vez que pasaba con el telefono. Yo espero una respuesta diferente a las anteriores. Sin embargo, ella me contestó con la misma manera aquella sonriza y ese tono amable que la caracterisa . . . lo siento pero olvidé pagar la cuenta del telefono y ya lo cortaron pero ya tienes gas.
 
Espero que esta semana mi madre no olvide pagar la renta de mi casa. Si no creo que voy a tener algunas problemitas con mi estancia. Tendre que buscar ascilo en algun lugar seguro o posiblemente que dormi en una caja en la calle en frente de la escuela. Otra vez esconderme en algun rincón del escuela y podré alimentarme de las golosinas que hay en la pequeña cafeteria de la escuela.
 
***TRANSLATION***
When I arrived in Puebla everything appeared to be perfect. The school, my family, my house, the climate, etc. However, after the second or third week little problems began to arise in my house.
 
Everything began one day when I turned on the television and surprise, there was no cable only network television. I turned to my mother and asked her what happened with the cable. She turned to me, friendly and smiling, and said "I'm sorry, I forgot to pay the bill and therefore they have cut the cable to the house." I thought to myself, okay not a big problem, I don't even have cable in my house in the United States.
 
Everything was normal until another day when I went to take a shower, just like all the other days, but this day there was no hot water. Worried, I left the bathroom and asked my mother what happened with the shower. Once again, friendly and smiling, she responded "I'm sorry but I forgot to buy gas and you'll have to bathe yourself with cold water."
 
This past weekend, we had gas but what we were lacking was the telephone. I needed to receive an important phonecall from california . . . my parents calling to say hello, and also another phonecall from my friend Joline. But it wasn't possible. Therefore, one more time, I turned to my mother and asked her, for the third time, what happened with the telephone. I was hoping for a different response this time but once again she turned to me, smiling, and said in a friendly tone, "I'm sorry but I forgot to pay the bill for the telephone and they have cut our service. However, we do have gas.
 
I hope that this week my mother doesn't forget to pay the rent for our apartment! If she does I think I'll have some small problems. I'll have to find asylum in a secure location or possibly sleep in a box on the street in front of the school. Or I could hide myself inside the school and nourish myself off of the snacks and candies they have in the kitchenette. I don't believe it will get this far but if I stop posting Blogs you will know why. Unfortunately boxes don't have internet.

5 comments:

Kate said...

Ha!! At least you haven't lost your sense of humor.

Adventurous Twenty-Something said...

It would take a lot to get rid of my sunny disposition!

Jess said...

Awww, poor CJ! Wow, she seems really scatterbrained (and isn't that the pot calling the kettle black!) but at least I can pay bills. Yeee-ow. At least she isn't trying to prostitute you out to pay for gas! "Hot Americana, 50 pesos"

Adventurous Twenty-Something said...

Hey! I'm worth more than 50 pesos.

*maria* said...

HaHaHa! That's too funny! Nothing like an ice cold shower to welcome you to life in Mexico ;-)