The Not-so-Sucky Things that Happened in this Annus Horribilis

January 7, 2020: Capturas antes de la pandemia…

I was going through my photo album of 2020 and found the above pic among the first ones I took in 2020. It was taken on January 7 from my hotel room in Las Vegas during a business trip. It was an intense week of work, but also filled with good memories and fun times with my colleagues, including a spectacular party to wrap up yet another CES. One could say the New Year was looking… peachy.

Barely nine months later, though, in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic, I found myself unemployed; unable to visit my family in Mexico or my partner’s family in France and pretty much uncertain about what the future might bring.

In 2020 I attended not one, but two Zoom funerals of friends who lost their fight to Covid-19. I wasn’t able to be with a friend when she lost a close relative to a non-Covid related illness.

Oh, and I wasn’t even able to say good-bye to my colleagues of 7 years. My office stuff was boxed and shipped to my home via FedEx, but the one thing I needed to recover in one piece –a beautiful Made in Toluca Darth Vader statue– arrived in a million pieces. (I really loved him. Look how great he was!)

To put it bluntly, this year sucked. BIG TIME.

At the same time, while writing this I feel ashamed for even complaining. After all, I have my health and my family in Mexico is fine (a miracle, considering the mess the government has made in dealing with the pandemic.) I got a couple new gigs with people I truly admire and who –for some reason– really really want me to work with them. Yay!

So….in the spirit of the moment, and in an effort to not feel so depressed, I decided to write a sort of TOP TEN list of the “Not-So-Sucky” things that happen this year.

So, here goes.

Jan. 31: Friends’ Reunion in New York City

Miami, Cuba, México, DC meet in the heart of NYC

Feb. 15: A Beautiful Hike Upstate

Feb. 28: Family Reunion in Temixco

March 19: Made a Meme that Went Viral

April 2: Wine & Liquor Were Always at Hand

May 25: Finally Learned to Finger Pick

June 2: Left the City and Did Pierre’s Hair (oops!)

Yes, I fucked up the side burns but it was my first time!

July 7: Found the Perfect Place to Spend Summer

Aug. 10: Outdoor “Happy Houring” with Pierre

Sept. 15: Mexican Independence Day in NYC

Oct. 1: Bought a Car, Moved Upstate

Nov 3: Need I Say More?

Nov. 5: Perfected the Art of Baguette Making

Yes, I make those. All the time…

December…?

I decided to leave this month open for now. There are still a few days left in 2020 and we can only wish for the best. Or something not so bad.

In the meantime…

What were the most wonderful things that happened to you in this Annus horribilis?

Darth Vader, Stormtroopers Help the Mexican Government Raise Awareness of HIV, Because Mexico

May the Force (of Campeche’s Healthcare Professionals) Be With You!

Campeche is not only one of my favorite Mexican states; it is also the force behind a deliciously bizarre government advertising campaign to help raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

Using the slogan HIV doesn’t kill; discrimination does, the government of Campeche has tapped none other than Darth Vader and a stormtrooper to help raise awareness of the virus, and urge citizens to attend the Capasits (a chain of ambulatory, educational centers to help people understand HIV and learn tips on prevention and other issues.)

Because, honestly… What else can be more impactful than the good ol’ Star Wars folks telling you to take care of yourself?

Just WATCH.

Via: Publimetro