Monday, May 22, 2006

Saying goodbye

So this weekend was the first time in my life that I actually ever had to fire someone.  Technically, we were just “letting Carlos go” because his first three month contract had expired, but I’m sure it felt like getting fired when five of the six other workers got to keep their jobs.
This was something that I really feared doing, but it proved far easier than I had anticipated.  And while I was trying to be as kind as possible during the whole process (the anti-Donald Trump), what bothered me most was the way the other workers reacted.  Although they all understood my logic and reasoning, there was definitely a tenor of fear in the air when we met earlier tonight.  Maybe this is a necessity in drawing a line between manager and worker, but I’m going to keep my eye on our interactions over the next few days to make sure things stay professional, but friendly and upbeat.  

Profesionalismo no significa que no puedes sonreír!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

No News Today

I very much enjoyed the medium and the message.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day abroad is a nice time to relax, cook some food that mom used to make, and enjoy the rare day off!

Current music:
Jovanotti - L'Ombelico Del Mundo

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

My latest conclusion

I’m living in a Preston Sturges movie!

More specifically, The Great McGinty.

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, I’ll try not to give too much away, but the basic plot is that a bum demonstrates his tenacity to a NYC political boss by voting fraudulently not just once, but 17 times!  The boss (played to perfection by Akim Tamiroff) likes what he sees so much, that he decides to run McGinty for mayor.

Maybe not the greatest of Sturges’s screwball comedies, but certainly appropriate in a country with its own “boss” and “reform” candidate all-in-one: Alan Garcia!  The only difference, is that real life doesn’t even bother to give us a hero with a conscience.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Celebrating May Day

Standing with my immigrant brothers in the United States – and all 27 million Peruvians – I am taking May 1st as a holiday.  

While you enjoy your time off or pay penance in the cube chew on this fact:
-Length of border between Iraq + Syria: 605 km.

-Length of border between USA + Mexico: 3,141 km.
Source: CIA - The World Factbook

If 100,000 plus highly professional soldiers can’t seal the first border, what makes conservatives think that somewhat less-skilled and less-dedicated border control guards are going to be able to ever police the second?