I had a great, great series of celebrations for my 51st birthday – chillin in a beautiful secluded part of Orchard Beach with Prita and Shajan, an awesome party with great pot luckin food at Lisa’s with cake by Lizzie, gifts by Lisa, Tanzeem & Zhana, lots of laughs and stories with all of us together – Jadine, Carlos, Michael, Will, Mary, Jackie! And lest we forget, my reading of selected excerpts from Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé’s Queer Latino Testimonio Keith Haring, And Juanito Xtravaganza.
Reminds me of Dr. Seuss above
So, in preparation for graduate school, I have been going through immunization verification hell. Who has the records – they were lost after my doctor in Texas killed himself back in the day, and the state only held them for 5 years anyway. I’m not taking the MMR vaccine again on principle though I’m not necessarily completely opposed to vaccines, especially after the connection between vaccines and autism was shown to not be so.
So, my choice is to take a blood test for hundreds of dollars to prove that I took the MMR vaccine(s). Bad public health record keeping, especially since I would have had to have taken them as a child to get to this point in the education system and having just turned 51, wtf? So, any way, breathing through it since this is the hold on my registration to take classes to do my ethnobotany project with Indigenous and Afro Colombian communities.
As perspective, I see friends Julie, Dustin, who are in school who are focused on their goal of working though it, despite the oppression, the long hours, the demands. And compared to the oppression against Indigenous and Afro Colombians, this is just a little bump.
So, I also went on this great tour of the South Bronx put on by South Bronx Unite! In their fight against Fresh Direct! and the privatization of public spaces and our free access to the rivers and sea, I learned alot. FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!
We also went to the beautiful Finca del Sur Garden, got to sample delicious food, be amazed by all that work as this Women of Color! lead garden nurture a luscious part of la Madre Tierra in the South Bronx. The best was hanging out with my friends Iso, Anistla, Javier, Shajan as we ended the celebration of my birthday week. Yaaaay!
And make pesto too! Alchemy is the greatest!