December 6, 2007 - Phone call
Austrian Ana, Scots Lindsey, Rocio and Marisol
were walking out to my barrio to head to the Pavo
Real pub next to the Rio Almendari for draft beer,
C$1 per pint and spit roasted chicken C$5 each.
told Michael to phone right on four p.m. if they
were running on schedule as Medico Raphael and
wife nap in the afternoon.
very gravelly older voice asked, “Hola, con Medico
Zerquera por favor?”
As I thought it was going to be Michael and didn’t know if I should wake the doctor,
I said, “Uhhhh, no hablo espaĖol muy bien, momentico, por favor!”
see more Medico Zerquera photos HERE
then my ama de casa, Denia the Dr’s wife, came from her
nap on the couch and said “Quién es ése?” Who is that?
said, “No se! Un
hombre viejo.” I don’t know, an old man - and
went to my room to study.
heard her laugh and say the name Fidel a few times.
time later Michael finally phoned and said they were
on their way.
asked what this Fidel did and she answered, “Fidel! Comandante en
en jefe de que?” - of what?
at me like I was stunned and said “de Cuba! Fidel!
Comandante en jefe de Cuba!”
looked at her and said “Noooooo!”
was after this that I learned he had phoned to wish
Medico Raphael a happy birthday
god Fidel has a sense of humour, but it just serves
to reinforce the type of man of the people he is.
The gang arrived shortly after and Lindsey a huge fan of Fidel's was so jealous when Denia told her I had spoken with Fidel.
A few days later when Lindsay and I went to the market across the road the banana lady asked if I'd been talking with the "hombre viejo" again.
People in the bario / "hood" know me as the Canadian guy in the red Crocs living at the Zerquera's... and they were all smiling at her question.
The cake store guy asked me to "ask 'the old man' for more powdered sugar. Ha!hah!"
When I stopped to get a shot of coffee and morning cake before school, the owner asked me to tell Fidel he needed more coffee. Ha! Ha!
Obviously Denia and El Medico had shared the comical story in the barrio.