For those of you who do not know him, meet my better half Alan. At first impression you’d never know how quirky he is since he comes off as being a very serious quiet gentleman. He is a gentleman, and among Caribbeans boy he is quiet…but don’t be fooled he is not that serious. Underneath that Chilean facade hides quite the Caribbean!
He has rhythm and hence can dance anything from salsa to cha cha cha, from merengue to regueton! Alan also has a very artistic side that he showcases mainly through writing (like me!) and photography. One of his specialties is autoretratos like the one above (taken at La Concha Hotel in Condado, PR).
Let me show you. This for example is his serious side, taken at the fitting rooms of Macy’s while I was trying some stuff on. Doesn’t he look handsome with this gallego look?
In addition to taking self portraits at department stores, he also has this tradition (?) of taking self portraits of reflections which of course, for some Godforsaken reason, has to include public restrooms – airports, restaurants, even people’s homes. But we won’t get into those.
Now for his quirky side, he will do things out of nowhere that just leave s you thinking okayyyyyyy …. such as deciding that sunblock can turn him into a football player while wearing a Red Sox hat! He also at one point wanted to see what his hair would look like all white (he is heavily salt & pepper). When the bleach left his hair orange, he shaved his head. So for a while I had a baldie around the house!
All kidding aside, Alan is quite possibly the best thing to have ever happened to me. I cannot imagine surviving my doctoral studies or the passing of Papi, or everything that has happened since we married in 2003 without him by my side. Heck, just the thought of him not by my side freezes me.
In addition, he is also the gentlest man I know, see?
This from a man who owns a Siberian Huskie back in Chile. And yes that too is an autoretrato! Now don’t get me wrong, like any other human being he is not without flaws: extremely organized, way too normal and sane, loves to move the furniture around every 6 months, and has a bit of a father complex. But hey, I’m not a billete de 100 either!
Ironically enough, my Christmas loving Jew was born on víspera de Reyes! That is the night before the Epiphany which Puerto Ricans and Cubans alike celebrate (January 5th for those of you with no clue what I am talking about). He was born on the eve of the epiphany….hmmmm now that explains a lot!
We have no friends or family around us to hold a 40th Birthday Bash so I am planning a great comfort food dinner Chilean and Cuban style.
- First the birthday cake: He has requested his birthday cake to be none other than a Flan de Queso which with some vanilla ice cream I will turn into a copa Lolita
- Second: There is this Chilean dish which he loves called Pastel de Choclo; think pastelón or shepherd’s pie, only that instead of papas and platanos it is cornmeal (think a stuffed friturita de maiz but baked!)
I’ve contacted my mother-in-law who has given me her recipe, which I will share with you later on. For now shhhhhhhhh because Alan has no idea and I want it to be a surprise.
While he will not be seeing this post until after the fact (no, he doesn’t read our blog 😦 ) please join in in wishing Alan a Happy 40th Birthday!
Happy40th Birthday Boo!