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Old 05-13-2014, 06:39 PM
 
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But hey, I'm just a blanco Americano, so what do I know?
Another Puerto Rico tip for you.

Blanco (white) among puertoricans means someone that has facial European features, light complexion, and no African features.

Blanco (white) in the US is probably someone with Northern European heritage. In PR that would be an Americano or gringo. And gringo is not a bad word in PR.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:03 PM
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Thanks. I learn more and more every day.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:50 PM
 
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. . And gringo is not a bad word in PR.

[SIZE=3][/SIZE][SIZE=3]And neither is "Negro Fino" (meaning translation=you are one of the good blacks) and "tienes que mejorar la raza" (youhave to better the race by whitening it) is not a bad thing either, right? [/SIZE]
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:36 PM
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Well everyone, I've been down here for a week and so far most things have gone ok. The cable company has been a bit hit or miss on scheduling a service installation but I think we finally got that figured out today. Driving has been... interesting. Not bad, I don't really think the traffic is as bad where I am at than it is in Houston. I could see how it could get bad at times with the roads being what they are, but overall, things are going pretty good.

We found a nice apartment in Miramar and I'm hoping my wife can join me down here soon.
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:59 PM
 
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Well everyone, I've been down here for a week and so far most things have gone ok. The cable company has been a bit hit or miss on scheduling a service installation but I think we finally got that figured out today. Driving has been... interesting. Not bad, I don't really think the traffic is as bad where I am at than it is in Houston. I could see how it could get bad at times with the roads being what they are, but overall, things are going pretty good.

We found a nice apartment in Miramar and I'm hoping my wife can join me down here soon.
Once you get through August things will be fine.

Just be yourself and remember that PR folks will gladly consider you a fellow puertorican if you are cool with them.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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[SIZE=3][/SIZE][SIZE=3]And neither is "Negro Fino" (meaning translation=you are one of the good blacks) and "tienes que mejorar la raza" (youhave to better the race by whitening it) is not a bad thing either, right? [/SIZE]
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Negro fino, mejorar la raza aren't terms used in everyday conversation but I,ve heard them occasionally. This last one was used publicly by Celso Barbosa the father of the state hood movement. However Gringo is more generalized. It's used in conversations usually, in bars. I,ve noticed that it's used to basically differentiate between US and THEM.
Although we are all American citizens most Puerto Ricans know there is a difference, that is except rabid Pitiyankis. Gringo is used commonly among US but when a gringo is present we drop it, many feel embarrassed. " Ay que dir√° el americano"!

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Old 05-26-2014, 04:16 PM
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it's used to basically differentiate between US and THEM.
You know, I've moved between states and granted, Puerto Rico is different because of its history and culture and 'possession' status, but never in another state have I encountered such a stark 'US verus THEM' mentality.

Sure I don't speak Spanish (yet), and yes I guess I am a gringo, but we're all US citizens. I am already a contributing member of Puerto Rican society. I am paying taxes, rent, utilities, buying groceries, shopping, etc. Why does it have to be 'US versus THEM'?
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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You know, I've moved between states and granted, Puerto Rico is different because of its history and culture and 'possession' status, but never in another state have I encountered such a stark 'US verus THEM' mentality.

Sure I don't speak Spanish (yet), and yes I guess I am a gringo, but we're all US citizens. I am already a contributing member of Puerto Rican society. I am paying taxes, rent, utilities, buying groceries, shopping, etc. Why does it have to be 'US versus THEM'?
Hawaii has it regarding the locals vs mainlanders as well as generalized dislike of Whites (ie: "Kill Haole Day" in Hawaiian schools where White kids get beat up).

You think people in North Carolina are thrilled with all the "Yankees" moving in?
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:48 PM
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I will grant you Hawaii, because again, late to the Union and long cultural traditions. So I guess what you are saying is that I'm always going to be one of 'THEM' because I didn't grow up here huh? Sad that people are so closed-minded.

You know, we had a saying in Texas: "I wasn't born here but I got here as fast as I could". Go to the Alamo and you'll be astonished at the number of different nationalities that were fighting (and died) there.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:30 PM
 
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I will grant you Hawaii, because again, late to the Union and long cultural traditions. So I guess what you are saying is that I'm always going to be one of 'THEM' because I didn't grow up here huh? Sad that people are so closed-minded.

You know, we had a saying in Texas: "I wasn't born here but I got here as fast as I could". Go to the Alamo and you'll be astonished at the number of different nationalities that were fighting (and died) there.
I believe every state of the Union (at that time) was represented among the Alamo defenders. Not to mention the Tejanos, British and Irish people, and I think there were even some Frenchmen as well.

Yeah, basically you will always be "one of them". It's how it is ... and unfortunately in Puerto Rico many people push this mentality for political gain. Afterall, it's easier to babble about "outsiders" than present a clear plan of governing in line with reality.
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