Everybody wants ham

Today’s Cubanism: Jamon.

Literally jamon means “ham” but figuratively in Cubanese it means “ease” or “easy” or “simple.”

For example:

El no quiere trabajar. El lo que quiere es jamon.

Translation:

He doesnt want to work. What he wants is ham.

I suppose, in American slang terms, what comes closest is “gravy.”

The above came to mind when I watched the video titled “Cuban expats going back home” in the Miami Herald’s online front page.

Now, Im not saying the guy in the video doesnt want to work to make a living or anything like that. But, you can pretty much bet your life you wont be seeing him wearing a Cambio bracelet or taking to the streets in protest in Cuba.

Jamon jamon jamon. Jamas jame jamon.

11 thoughts on “Everybody wants ham”

  1. The article is enough to make one throw up. They left Cuba expecting a freebie and realized that the reward of ones labor is fruit. The problem is that they have no comprehension of work reaping a reward. They have grown up “keeping busy” as they received government subsidies. They are ignorant to both freedom and economics. That is why with every day that passes I lose hope for the situation in Cuba. They expected to get to Miami and own a business and have everyone work for them. They do not know that it requires an investment in time and effort. Its funny that he said he will not miss the US and that money wasn’t important yet he was sure to bring back $20,000 USD with him. He would have lived like a king there with that money in the castro’s ghettos. His wife left him and now he has nothing. What a mess.

  2. For Silvia, the daughter of government officials who lived a comfortable life in Cuba, the decision to return to the island after six months in the United States was easy: She ran out of money and had nowhere to go.

    ”I hate Fidel Castro, but does that mean I should work in a cafeteria?” she said. “I am 44 years old, and the first and only time in my life I went hungry was in the United States. Here, I live in a four-bedroom house and have a car. Over there, I had to live in an apartment the size of a table.”

    Jamon jamon jamon.

  3. Those who will sacrifice their freedom for security desire neither.
    -Benjamin Franklin

    Those who will sacrifice their freedom for jamon desire neither.
    – Pototo

  4. Anja, I also read that article. Que desgracia. Pero you know what? I’d rather people like that go back rather than stay here, become citizens, and vote for leftists. So, as far as I’m concerned: Good riddance, and solavaya!

  5. Anja, I also read that article. Que desgracia. Pero you know what? I’d rather people like that go back rather than stay here, become citizens, and vote for leftists. So, as far as I’m concerned: Good riddance, and solavaya!

  6. People returning permanently to Cuba, particularly from the U.S., is an extremely rare event. Although, I guess the guy in the video made what to him was a logical choice. He has his entire family there. He missed them. He is a musician, and apparently got no gigs here. He was born and raised in the revolution, and found it difficult (impossible) to adapt to life here.

    I have one question though, what is the point of this post? What is the “larger lesson” you seek to impart? Why “jamon”? Are you suggesting that all Cubans in Cuba are lazy and don’t want to work?

  7. The point is that your an asshole. Anything else? You need me to cut your steaks and spoon feed you your compota as well?

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