I was on the beach a couple of weeks ago with my family and my mother-in-law made arroz con pollo and took it to the beach. For us Boricuas that is a normal and expected thing to do when we go to the beach. I posted the pic in my blog and also in Facebook, and one of my friends commented that I should do a complete blog about stuff like that; things we do as Boricuas that are not normal for other cultures. But it will be better to do it as a list. Have you ever seen the comedian Jeff Foxworthy? He has a redneck list. For example, and this is something he has in his stand-up comedy shows, “If you have your working TV on top of your non-working TV, you might be a redneck”. I can easily change that to fit a Boricua. Here we go:
If you are at the airport waiting to board the plane, and once they start calling first class, all of you stand up and make a line even if you will be sitting at the tail of the plane…. YOU ARE BORICUA.
If you are in the States and find yourself taking pictures of squirrels… YOU ARE BORICUA (That’s how to tell who is Boricua in a group of people).
If you have been living outside of Puerto Rico for at least a week and you receive a package full of salchichas, sofrito and pasteles… YOU ARE BORICUA (Yes, a week).
If you are living outside Puerto Rico and you take a road trip, and pack bread, ham, cheese and some rice and beans for the trip… YOU ARE BORICUA (We all need our vitamins).
If there is a hurricane watch and you run to the store to get two boxes of beer, some ice and maybe some food… YOU ARE BORICUA (hydration is the key to survive).
If you go to NYC or New Jersey to visit family, and when you go back to Puerto Rico you start using “You know, you know” a lot… YOU ARE BORICUA.
If after that trip you think you should speak in English to veryone, even if you don’t know the language… YOU ARE BORICUA.
If you have family in NYC, New Jersey or Massachusetts and you understand when they say “Carpeta”, “Yalda”, “Furnitura”, “Factoría”, or “Norsa”…. YOU ARE BORICUA (For the rest of you who are still wondering what the hell is that, talk to a Boricua there and you will know).
If you think you know Spanish, but can’t understand half of the words a Boricua says in Spanish… YOU NEED TO HANG OUT WITH A BORICUA. I GUARANTEE YOU WILL HAVE A BLAST!!!!!!
Don’t forget to share this with your friends, Boricuas and non-Boricuas. Send me more of these examples, or add them here as a comment. Until next time, cójanlo suave!