Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I did not get much sleep last night as I was up and down all night checking in with various election sites. I was happy that Obama won because I think it bodes well for students, women and, hopefully, a revitalized middle class, which is key for both economic recovery and continued progress.
Yesterday was a momentous one in Spain, also. The Constitutional Tribunal by a vote of 8 to 3 ruled that the 2005 law that allowed gays and lesbians to marry was indeed constitutional and rejected the Partido Popular’s challenge to said law. The processes took seven years and, in the interim 22,000 couples have been married and their union is called a marriage just like all others.
Spain is once again strike happy. Buses and metros are providing minimal services, pharmacies are open every third day because the Valencia government has yet to pay the pharmacies the money that is owed them. The government says that they just don’t have the funds. A general strike by all workers has been called for on November 14. The government to date has been unable to do anything to improve the unemployment picture and people keep getting evicted from their houses for lack of payment. Things are not predicted to improve until 2014.
I have finished translating the articles for the first issue of The Manuscript, which will be published in 2013. It took me two weeks to translate the six articles and it took a lot of time and effort. There was an increase in my anxiety level because I wanted to get things done right and there were a number of impediments along the way, prime among which was sloppy editing of the originals. I have informed the group that my first issue would be my last, but they are trying to convince me to change my mind. They were thrilled with the quality of my translations and they want me to stay on the job. I told them I would think about it.
We have been staying close to home and eating in. We needed a break from eating out. The weather has not been conducive to culinary excursions. That’s the abbreviated word from here. See you again soon.