My Bro?

Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro, is now taking over in Cuba. Here’s a picture of him giving the V-sign. Should I say GO BRO GO?

Raul and I were born in the same hospital in Preston, Oriente, Cuba in January of 1929. As I’ve mentioned to friends and family a number of times (perhaps too many times), he could be me and I could be him.

If he’s me, I hope I’m better looking than that. Anyway, c’mon Raul start liberalizing the place. Same goes for you, Barack. I’d like to visit again before I croak.

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  1. geologyjoe’s avatar

    your WAY better looking Mard.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    HA HA, that’s good, thanks Joe! I’d rather not look like an old buzzard!

  3. SleepyLaKate’s avatar

    Really Dad, you want to visit Cuba again?
    I’d be jealous if you did go.
    You know, you CAN go.. You just can’t talk to any of the people, from what I understand!

    Here’s a link to some fantastic photos shot by a couple from Canada who have gone twice in the last couple of years (the last time just this January):

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Hey, thanks for the links to those photos, Kate. They look terrific. I’ll have to go through them all when I have a chance.

  5. Zhu’s avatar

    Man, that’s something to brag about! 😆

    Seriously, you look younger. Guess living in Cuba all your life with bro Fidel can make you age faster…

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Yeah, being an underling to big bro Fidel must have turned him into an old buzzard without wings. Now he’s trying to grow them back? Who knows? Thanks for your comment, Zhu.

  7. Minds Erased’s avatar

    Born in Cuba, eh? I always suspected you were a socialist bastard.

  8. Mardé’s avatar

    Aha! Very good, Minds! Socialist bastard me… 😈

    Trouble is, when I was there, even Fidel’s father was a capitalist. In fact the sons rebelled but I was too young to understand, being under one year of age at the time. Of course, if I’m really Fidel’s brother and he’s me, I would have been there through it all.

  9. Border Explorer’s avatar

    Marde’, I did not know your Cuban origins. Did you know I visited Cuba? I wrote several posts about it last summer. It was a highlight of my life. (You look way better than Raul. I think it likely he had a harder life.)

  10. Mardé’s avatar

    I’ll have to check out your Cuba posts, BE. Thanks for letting me know. It could be that Raul had a harder life than me, certainly a more dangerous one. Me? I’m a so-called depression baby and only child close to my mother who had Parkinson’s disease. I’ve got some of her early diary entries in this blog.


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