— Whatever I want?
— Whatever you want, son! It’s your birthday, you choose!
— I want to play tag at the airport!
Yes, I was a child with exotic tastes.
Dona Carmen, very sympathetic, gathered the entire building’s gang — maybe twelve children — put us inside her beetle — I went to the “hole,” at the end, a prestigious spot — and left towards Congonhas airport, my favorite destination until my facial hair started to grow.
We arrived at the place and already started the game. I wonder what passengers and staff thought of those twelve crazy kids…
— How are things over there, Dex?
— Temperature at one hundred and eighty-seven degrees Celsius. Still unable to see anything in here, but the wind noise would deafen you.
— I have no doubt… Good luck there, buddy! We speak a century from now.
— Dex, is everything in order?
— It’s only been ninety-two years; any particular reason for contacting me so soon?
— The solar storms increased faster than we expected. We were afraid we had lost contact.
— No, the pairing remained. There was no significant change, the temperature at two hundred and ten degrees Celsius…
Claudinho was happy!
He had just received the news from Marscom, saying that he had passed the necessary tests to enter the “Terraformer Level F” course, not the most sophisticated, nor the most reputable college on Mars, but…
Even so, he would now become a college student!
That was an incredible feat for a great-grandson of a Brazilian family who fled Earth in the cargo hold of a StarShip XII to avoid persecution by the Ultra-Evangelist Revolutionary Government!
All his friends needed to know…
And they already knew!
In milliseconds, the first message arrived from Marscom: “Claudinho, how proud I…
I don’t expect anything more from anyone to provide me with a service than incompetence.
When everything goes smoothly, I’m surprised.
For me to stay in just one field, medical care with my mother, I had experiences that illustrate well the reasons for my lack of trust in others.
My mother has the onset of dementia. She is baffled, and sometimes she has hallucinations. The geriatrician who assists her in the health plan prescribed a heavier drug to slow down the disease’s progression. A costly drug (almost one hundred dollars) and that could bring a series of associated effects. …
In 1982 I had a black poodle called “Flor.” It’s her in my mother’s arms in the photo below; the other dogs are her puppies:
Flor was brought up in a little too orthodox way. My mother believed that, if taught well, the dog could walk down the sidewalks without a leash. In practice, Flor learned: she would go to the edge of the sidewalk and wait to be picked up to cross the street. But… From time to time, when we were in a hurry, lazy, or carrying something, we would permit to cross, and she would follow us.
One of the girls I liked the most in my life was a saleswoman at Pakalolo, the store where I worked in 1991, and one of the places where I was happiest in my life. She and I had a troubled history: when I met her, she was dating one of the other cashiers at the store. I was interested in someone else, so I didn’t care much, but both my relationship and hers just happened to end almost simultaneously, and the sadness we felt together drew us closer together.
Bottom line… Months after we met and fought almost daily…
In the late eighties, I took a trip to Europe that lasted forty days. At the time, I was a keyboardist in a band in my high school, so all I thought about was music. Because of this, I spent almost half the money I took — which literally forced me to starve — on CDs, some silver discs’ technology that had just been released and that now collect dust in music history museums.
Upon arriving in Brazil, I became the main attraction of the school. It was common for us to record cassette tapes with song selections — the…
It took me a long time to choose my profession.
In fact, I only realized that I wanted to be an actor when I was twenty-seven.
So I spent a good part of my youth working in jobs that barely supported me. It wasn’t in those areas that I wanted to act.
That’s why I was a shopkeeper in Shopping Centers for several years. …
At twenty-four, twenty-five, I went to the dentist for a checkup on my mouth. As she teased me with those sharp metal tools they usually use, I heard something like this:
DENTIST — You need to floss more! At your age, it is common to start to have gingivitis! Do you want to lose those teeth that took so long to align?
ME — Of course not! I’ll floss every brushing!
DENTIST — If possible, buy an electric toothbrush! It massages the gums more; it will make them stronger quickly!
ME — Electric brush?
DENTIST — Yes! And I’ll teach…
Many years ago, when I was still at the beginning of my television career, I became friends with an actor who was already well-known and, years later, became really famous. He was friendly and we had fantastic philosophical conversations. Still, I didn’t understand why when I talked about my love life — I had ended a three-year relationship and was now with a girl, but it didn’t work — he told nothing about his.
Until, one day, we were at a restaurant having lunch and I asked:
ME — What famous actresses have you slept with?
HE — Juliano, I…