The Jinxed Handyman


This is a true story, believe it or not.

A few weeks ago, I noticed my bathroom sink was leaking. At first, I did not pay much attention to it, since it was only a small droplet of cold water that fell at a rate of 5 per minute or so from the tap, to the bottom of the sink. I even got a kick out of the fact that Ricardo, one of my cats, noticed it and jumped into the sink, every now and then, to quench his thirst out of the tiny drops that slid from his head to his mouth. Yes, this cat is a bit weird and loves running water.

As the days went by, the leak got worse, gradually, until it became a continuous stream of water. And so, it was only yesterday when I finally decided to call the handyman.

This handyman is a a trustworthy guy that Mom had recommended, so I phoned him up, explained the situation, and said he could fix it that same day. The only inconvenient was that he did not have a car, and I had to pick him up at the train station. So, after buying a new faucet, I picked up the handyman and drove him to my house. He fixed the leaking in two minutes. I tried everything and it worked fine. Now, I had to take the guy back to the station, which I gladly did.

When I came back, as I pushed the button to close my driveway’s door, the engine clanked making an awkward noise, the light bulb exploded and at the same time, the chain that actually holds and pulls the door up and down, became loose and dangled down like a swing. To complete the whole dramatic scene, a crank wheel, about the size of a dollar coin, knocked me on the head and then fell to the floor. I picked it up and the grease blackened my hands, so I just put it aside on the floor again.

Since it was early evening already, I decided to leave everything the way it was and deal with it in the morning. My car was already parked inside and I had no intention of going out again.

Once inside the house, I go to the bathroom to wash my hands, only to discover a small puddle of water on the floor, right in front of the sink. I grabbed the mop and cleaned it, and then bent down behind the sink and discovered that now the hot water hose was leaking badly. I put some towels on the floor and an old sock around the hose, to prevent it from leaking and at least try to hold it until morning.

Today, I phoned up the handyman quite early, explained the problem, and so I went to pick him up at the station again, then drove to a hardware store to buy a new hose. After fixing the bathroom sink for good, I told him about the driveway door and he decided to take a look. I had to move my car again, to give him room to work, and just as I put the key in the ignition and turned the car on, the “service engine soon” light showed up!

Shall I tell him about this?

I don’t think so…

I’m just sitting here writing, waiting and praying nothing else blows up.


My press release is live!

This morning I got an email saying my press release is out there.

These guys did such a great job, I would highly recommend them.


New Book ‘The World Within’ Takes People on a Fantastical Journey into the Puerto Rican RainforestPress Release Distribution

“The World Within” is the first part in a beautiful series of literature perfect for both adults and children

For most people, every day is filled with an endless array of work, mundane routines and habitual errands. From laundry and cooking to homework and soccer practice, sometimes life calls for a mental escape filled with adventure and the unknown.

A good book has the ability to transport someone from the hustle and bustle of their day into an unfamiliar fun-filled land where anything is possible.

Hailed as a modern-day “Wizard of Oz,” the newly released novelette “The World Within” by M.C. Olmo is a fantastical journey of a brother and sister who get more than they bargained for when an ordinary day trip to a family farm turns into a race against time. Set in the backside of El Yunque rainforest in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, the adventure begins when the pair embark on an action-packed adventure into the forest and Rick, the eleven-year-old brother, gets captured by a strange creature. Juniper, his 14-year-old sister, sets out to find her brother, but ends up meeting a host of magical creatures along the way who do not all have her best interest in mind. Throughout the fantasy, Juniper discovers something very special, all the while trying to find her brother before it is too late.

“The World Within” is the first part in a beautiful series of literature perfect for both adults and children. The author’s detailed descriptions of the characters and surroundings in the book provide readers with an array of stunning imagery that helps bring the story to life.

Drawing from her own childhood experiences at her family’s farm in Naguabo, Olmo said she always felt a sense of respect for the small rainforest located in the farm where she would explore and daydream. “The World Within” includes elements of that sacred rainforest and gives readers the opportunity to join Olmo as she re-imagines the world within.

The youth book has already gained rave reviews from readers for its heartfelt characters and thought- provoking storyline.

“Ms. Olmo’s debut novel is a breath of fresh air in which, through beautifully written descriptions, you can feel the love for her home country and the importance of friends and family,” said Vivi B., a reader. “I felt like I was in a modern ‘Wizard of Oz.’ If you want to be transported to a magical world, this is the book for you. I can’t hardly wait for the next chapter in what promises to be a wonderful series.”

“The World Within” is currently available for digital download from iTunes and Amazon, as well as in paperback from Amazon. To join in the journey, visit

or visit: About M.C. Olmo:

Marielba Cancel Olmo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and grew up in the town of Río Piedras. She has taught English, Science and Spanish, and has worked as writer and translator. She lived in England for three years while pursuing a PhD in English Literature, where she received an ORS (Overseas Research Student Award), and then moved to Barcelona for a year. She returned to Puerto Rico in 1999, where she currently resides. She has written many poems and short stories for several publications. “The World Within” (2011) is her first novel.

Sharing your home with felines

I share my household with three adorable kitties. They love invading my bed, particularly when I’m not home because they know they’re not allowed to sleep with me. But, since they gave me the opportunity to capture them like this, I’ve decided to honor them by posting some of their pics. They’re all neutered and spayed of course, after being rescued from different places. The gray tabby is the oldest, his name is Ricardo. The Siamese mix comes next, her name is Mimusa, and the youngest is Greta, the orange tabby.


Ricardo, a proud 12 year old, loves to spread himself on the floor in weird angles, and he has the ability to stay like that for hours on end.

He just stared at the camera and did not even blink… Poor Ricardo was abandoned by his previous owner. The guy just moved out and left him behind. At that time, I had no pets, so I took him to my apartment, fed him, took him to the vet and kept him. A week later, his ex-owner saw me on the corridor and said: “Oh, I was looking for you. I moved out because I am getting married and my fiancée’s daughter is asthmatic, so I had to leave Ricardo. I was hoping you would take him, have you seen him by any chance?” I just stared at him and said: “Ricardo is with me now, thanks for leaving him. He’s the happiest cat in the world,” and walked away. How can people do that? I don’t know…


 Greta’s poses, however, are not so feminine, as you can see. Apparently, she loves the way the floor tiles feel on her tummy. I rescued her from the streets in Old San Juan and she was so sick when I found her, that the vet told me she could not make it. She followed me to my car, crying and begging me to take her, but I already had two, so I did not know if I should take her or leave her there. Besides, she was so tiny! I tried to find her a suitable home, but nobody seemed that interested, so I ended up keeping her. She’s 3 years old now and is the biggest of the three, so go figure.


Mimusa is a complete attention-seeker and the smartest of the three.

She loves posing in weird angles, and of course, she loves my bed. I adopted her from the Humane Society when Ricardo was around 3 years old, thinking that a baby kitten would keep him company when I was not around. It only took 2 weeks for them to get bonded for life. Ricardo thinks she is his little baby and bathes her all the time, well except when she’s showing off or napping on my comforter.

My kitties are awesome. They warm up the house and they’re the best companions anyone can have.


So, I went to see Zoé last night at the Tito Puente Amphitheater and it was awesome! I really like this mexican band. Their music is some sort of mixture of psychedelic rock, electronic and post-punk. It’s a shame the crowd over here was not as enthusiastic as I had hoped for, but I enjoyed it anyways.

Here are some photos.






The only songs I missed were ‘Deja te conecto’ and ‘Babilonia,’ but thank God there is You Tube. I found this clip from 2008.