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Erik Orrantia

author of Normal Miguel

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Thanks for the Warm Welcome!
Hotel California

Wow...you guys at Cheyenne Publishing do seem to be a pretty tight knit group!  It certainly makes me proud to be a part of it...

Okay...here's a stupid question: how is this blog different from facebook?  I'll be some people have LiveJournal, Facebook, maybe even myspace!  How do they compare?  How do you keep up with them all?

As you may have read in my biography on Cheyenne, I live in Tijuana.  Lots of people wonder what it's like, so what can I say?  In lots of ways, it's not that different from the US--I rent a little 3BR, 2 1/2bathroom house, I shop at the grocery store, we go to the movies, etc., etc.

Of course, there are a few differences: there are police all over the place that drive around in caravans of pick-up trucks with their weapons hanging out (literally).  The internet is a little slow and the television sucks.  Blockbuster is a profitable business.  The street food is wonderful--tacos, tortas, seafood, tamales, etc.

Other than that, life is rather normal.  Well, there isn't nearly as much entertainment in Tijuana as in San Diego, but I'm a bit of a homebody anyhow.  Drinking age is 18 and the bars are funner.  People are less worried about driving drunk and breaking traffic laws which is a worry for me.  I guess after 12 years, you can get used to anything.

I know some of you live on the other side of the world...what's your life like?


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Hi Lee,

Thanks for propping the book. I'm looking forward to its release.

Anyhow, my mother lives in Southern Michigan and, even there, I can hardly stand the cold of the winters. It's beautiful and all, but damned cold!

How long have you been married?

It's about the same here as southern Michigan, but I grew up in the kind of winters we have here and they really do make you appreciate summer!

How long...? Ten+ years together, eight years since our pagan handfasting, coming up on six years for the legal/Unitarian one. We joke about going to a legal state in the US and tying the knot again, just to make it really solid. We had been friends for over 20 years before that--really a case of friendship catching fire.

How about you? Settled down together for awhile?

Yes, I've been with my partner for six years. I met him down here in Tijuana and he doesn't have a visa to enter into the US even as a tourist. Hopefully one of these days though the US is, at best strict, at worst despotic, about giving visas. In the meantime, we travel extensively in Mexico and are hoping to go abroad sooner or later.

As far as marriage, the country did approve gay marriage in Mexico City only. Most states are still pretty conservative about it although gays have definitely taken a more visible place in the society over the last ten years.

You know, with all the overwhelming opposition to gay marriage and the repeal of DADT in the USA, sometimes I feel so disheartened I think I'd be better off in Canada or Mexico. It's not that I don't love my country, I do, but the religious right is so vehemently opposed to social change that they really want to take us back to the dark ages. Other countries are moving forward, the US is (apparently) moving backward.

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