2009 Year in Review

What a great year! Worthy of being in VH1’s “Best Year Ever” episode. I got promoted at work, bathed in 9 different beaches, become closer with my family, closer with friends, and received the gift of creating life: my little lady, Seanna Sofia.

She’s so beautiful. So adorable. So gentle. Tender and sweet. Just like the flesh that made her and carried her in her womb. I love how she smiles in her sleep, how she opens her mouth wide and closes her eyes when she yawns, how she makes sounds like a kitten when she cries — But I’m getting ahead of myself.

So let me start with the first day, January 1, 2009. Man, what a party! What a crazy youth-spirited reckless night! What loss of control, what disregard for the norm of society. It was fun. To be careless one last time. To sing along songs, out loud; to dance like a high schooler, raising a glass of champagne to love and life, and bring in the new year one last time without second thoughts, toasting along friends and my beloved Monica. Aniceto and Jose, Primo Productions, you are to blame for such madness. And that was it. No more partying like a rockstar. We felt that it was not for us anymore.

As far as getting the new year started, Bianca, Monica and I went snowboarding and man it was about 75% torture and 25% fun. We ended up on the ground so many times that I felt I had bursted an instestine. We hit the ground so hard so many times that even though we had gotten the “All Day” pass until 10PM, by 5PM we couldn’t get up anymore. When we fell, it took us a good 5 minutes of just laying there, motionless, groaning, gathering strength to get back up. The problem was that when we went, even though it was cold, it wasn’t snowing. Instead of snow, there was ice on the slopes. It was basically trying to snowboard on frozen concrete. Looking back, I don’t think it was the determination to master the bunny slope that kept us there, it was plain masochism. This was just plain painful. I wish we could have made it to the regular “grown up” slope though, but we’ll shamefully admit that the Bunny Slope punished us so bad we got scared. After we left, Bianca looked like she had gotten in bar brawl, Monica looked like she had married a wifebeater, and I, well, I still looked good.

In February, we visited our good friends Yazmine and JP in Puerto Rico. We really enjoyed our stay with them and got to visit different parts of the island. I had many times seen the sun at sunset, but never actually sat down to contemplate it and enjoy it. When we visited Dorado, we did exactly that. And it was beautiful. It was an orange reddish circle with a soothing glow, slowly being swallowed by the dark sea and the endless dance of the waves. I wrote about this beautiful experience here. We also got to visit hidden coastlines and experience Puerto Rico underwater; we went Scuba diving in La Parguera, a diving spot where you can supposedly spot whale sharks during their migration. Unfortunately, we were a day late. The guides said they had seen a 40 foot whale shark the day before. What a disappointment 🙁 Puerto Rico was a lot of fun and its waters hold a special place in our heart since that’s where Seanna’s nickname “Sirena” came from. I was going to write about our scuba diving experience but didn’t get to it because Monica surprised me with the news that she was with child. I won’t be able to finish the second half of our Puerto Rico experience, but below are some videos and pictures we took of our dive trip. Although it was nice and full of corals, we were disappointed that there were very little fish. Weird.

Video of Scuba diving. From getting into the water, diving to bottom, seeing the “wall of corals”, to getting back on boat:

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The ACL surgery is holding me down!

As most of you know, in the first week of September I had a crucial knee injury. I was playing hardcore indoor soccer where only prison rules applied. While I was running towards the guy with the ball my knee buckled and I landed all weird. I felt an immediate pain shoot out from my knee. Everyone was asking if I had felt or heard anything snap. Well, I hadn’t heard anything, but I certainly felt that something, a muscle, ligament or tendon was pulled or snapped out of place. I was laid out on the field with some serious pain as the crowd rose to it’s feet in silence and fear that they had lost their star player, the hopes of a championship year. The ref blew the whistle and the team ran to me as I laid trying to control the pain that felt like knife had just stabbed me in the middle of the knee and then twisted it. My teammates thought that I had hurt my ankle, so they were all being very careful not to move it, but were moving my leg around, which caused more pain. They carried me out of the field to the applause of adoring fans, crying women and fathers who tried to console little kids as they saw their hero and role model twisting in anguish and pain. Needless to say, without their star player, the team lost the game. The fans also left the game.


A few days later, the MRI results revealed I had an ACL tear, Meniscus tear, and Sprained MCL. What is an ACL tear, you ask? An ACL tear is actually a common injury to sport stars and atheletes like me. The ACL (or Anterior Cruciate Ligament as it is called in the medical community) is one of four ligaments that is in charge of stabilizing your knee. The Meniscus is like a sponge that absorbs shock and distributes the weight on the knees, and this was torn as a result of the ACL injury. The MCL was sprained, but I won’t talk about that because it healed through physical therapy.

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