Gay Marriage and All The Single Ladies

So, gay marriage was legalized in New Zealand on April the 17th. This day the Kiwi Parliament passed the law; which meant a historic event in New Zealand’s short existence as a Nation State. The law was voted 77 favour to 44 against, and when the decision was finally announced the place was filled with expressions of joy and happiness.

The point here is not gay marriage, is the consolidation of New Zealand as a country pro human rights, working hard as one, regardless of some historic differences, to set an example for rest of the world. Gay marriage is not the issue, is marriage itself and the fact that every single citizen in their countries need to have equal rights and equal means to fulfill their lives as human beings.

We must follow the examples set by New Zealand and recently France regarding the matter, and welcome ourselves to a better and more plural society. Honestly, stop using quotes from the bible against the gay community or telling us how hard would it be for you to explain to your kids that gays are allowed to marry. About this last point, they are your kids, the issue isn’t gay marriage itself, is the fact that you don’t know how to communicate with your children, but that’s a different issue.

“I Now pronounce you, Bro and… Bro, sweet as!”

I’m happy for all my gay friends, whom I’ve witnessed live with their other half happily, and now they are able to legally present their union to the rest of the community. This means more weddings, and fiestas and celebrations, and life is all about celebrating it, no matter what excuse we use.

Those against gay marriage, should keep their opinions to themselves, like the way I dislike Maroon 5 but still sing along with my friends who like that rubbish, because I love my friends. They have the right to sing that, the same way I have the right to eat a whole bucket of  KFC without getting judgmental looks from them, right?

I think this testimonial sums up what I’m trying to say: 

  • “I just got a text from my mother … and I was quite thrilled to have her say she thinks I should have the same opportunities as my brother, who’s straight, so that’s really nice to have that support from my parents.” /Scott Summerfield, 22

Figs and Stuff Like That

Apparently it’s figs’ season in Mexico. I don’t know when I started liking this fruit, but the flavour is amazing. Just the combination of colours makes wonder if there’s anything more beautiful and tasty than figs.

I reckon the second time I tried a fig, it was gently wrapped in Spanish ham. The contrast of the salty cured ham with the sweetness of the fig, plus the texture of the outside of the fruit makes a great combination.

Some people tend to forget that experiencing new flavours is another way to open our minds to new and bright ideas. Let’s be honest, if you settle for grilled meat, burgers, frozen food and pizza, you, my mate, aren’t really enjoying yourself in terms of food consumption.

I´m not telling you: go vegan, no freaking way. Neither: buy only organic, because, let´s face it, sometimes some of us don´t have that choice or it isn’t affordable. What I’m telling you is “Try new things, experience new flavours”, that’s pretty much it.

If you order a shrimp cocktail and instead of tasting the freshness of the seafood by itself you add a lot of ketchup and Tabasco sauce, you, my mate, should have ordered a cup of cucumber instead.

If you order your steak well done, you, my mate, aren’t willing to enjoy the real flavours of that meat, the juices, and textures only present in a medium cooked rib eye, outstanding.

If you, my mate, refuse to try fresh sashimi, escargots, insects or roasted kumaras, well, open your heart and mingle, you won’t regret it. Don’t settle for the usual, give yourself the chance to travel around the world without leaving your city, just by eating new things.

Ps. We can’t say that what happened during the Boston marathon a couple of weeks ago isn’t worth talking about in the media; but there are other horrible things happening in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America that shouldn’t be overshadowed by this event, and shall not be underestimated.

Ps2. President Barack Obama will be visiting Mexico tomorrow, great chance to see the interaction of the leader of the free world with the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. Let’s hope Enrique has improved his English pronunciation.