My Middle Finger’s Swollen!

Jose Vilson Short Notes 3 Comments

If there is a will, there is a blog.

Mi gente, bienvenidos desde La Republica Dominicana! It’s a sunny day outside, about 30% chance of rain. Some cloudy skies, winds blowing in the NW direction. I’m sitting here in shorts and a tank top (something I don’t usually do) and relaxing. it’s been OK so far. Interesting how even when family members ask us to relax, their most natural behaviors prevent us from doing so (and by us, I mean my younger brother and I). We’ve been to 2 separate resorts in the past 24 hours, and will probably move some more through this 16-day excursion.

A few notes of interest:

Dominicans applauding on the airplane after a good landing into Santo Domingo: it never gets old.

I can still swim. Even while slightly inebriated. Thumbs up for me.

I finally caught Ratatouille last night. Aplauso!

In the middle of watching Shrek 2 and Ratatouille, they showed this music video by Akon feat. Snoop Dogg and Tego Calderon for “I Wanna Fuck Love You.” Honest to G_d, it made me squeamish, especially with kids around. Wouldn’t want my daughter to get the impression that wearing those booty shorts all in public like that is appropriate in every venue.

Last night, my brother and I went to this “dance hall” they have set up for the guests in this resort. We both looked at each other, with Presidentes in hand, and said, “We really miss our girlfriends.”

I can still call and recieve text messages from here, but no names come up when I get texted back. Weird.

Twitter has really taught me how to keep my notes short.

Feel free to let me know how all of you are doing. Google Reader is acting funny.

Lastly, my middle finger really is swollen! Curses! My first and second mosquito bites came right on the same finger, so the base of my left middle finger looks like it got hammered. One of these fingers is not like the others …

jose, who honest to goodness has some of his best written work to date up in my brain somewhere …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Comments 3

  1. Ms. Whatsit

    Darn those mosquitos! Just be careful how you position it while you scratch.

    Booty shorts aside –and it’s sad to hear that the sexualization of little girls is alive and well– enjoy your visit. I’m envious of the good food you’ll be eating.

  2. Sherman Dorn

    If you had asked before you left, I would have recommended Cactus Juice, which is the best non-DEET bug repellant I know (and doesn’t smell nearly as stinky as DEET). But now you gotta go with what’s sold… in any case, keep having fun, and stay away from the mosquitoes!

  3. tracy

    you sure it’s the mosquitoes swelling up that middle finger? No one you’re subconsciously giving the finger to?
    Nice to hear you’re relaxing in the sun…something I intend to do once I get this move (yup, moving once again…) all said and done on Thursday. Though I won’t be la-di-dahing at a resort…only my own backyard! (And hopefully by then I will have received some good news to give me something to really relax about.)

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