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Living with normal problems and apocalypse problems in Puerto Rico.

Feb 10 2018

Every step you have to take requires two other steps and one of those is an impossible thing. My post office is open again - they've got lights, but they don't have internet, so they can't send mail. So you have to go to this other post office, you go over to this other post office, and they lost the lights that day. Everything is like that. Everything takes a little longer. It's interesting because you feel like things are back to normal, but they're not.

Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen checks in from the disasters everyday (no internet, no power, body odor) and catastrophic (no water, palpable crime, imported bananas) of life right now in Puerto Rico and explains how he's adjusting to his new normal life, with a little help from El Primer Templo Sagrado y Profano del Apocalipsis Puertorriqueño.

We're talking with Dave for the first time since his three post-Maria reports in October 2017.

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Dave Buchen

Dave Buchen has been living in Puerto Rico since the previous century. There he home-schools his two kids and makes theater with Theater Oobleck and El Teatro Barbaro, and plays music with La Banda Municipal de Makula Barun.


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