Category: Myself

SuperBowl. SuperAwesome

I have to say the truth: I wasn’t expecting too much from this date. Now I have to say a more important truth: I loved it!

The SuperBowl is simply the most watched event on TV in the United States. And basically is the end of the National Football League (NFL). But all that is pretty clear for everyone, even those like me who comes from a culture where the word football would actually mean soccer.

Anyway, the thing here is so important that it doesn’t matter if your team is playing or not. The Final Game Night is inside the roots of the american society in a way that only experiencing it is possible to feel. Nearly everyone goes to the Walmart the day before to buy snacks and treats for the game, and they get together with friends or families to have so much fun. It works almost like finals of a World Cup for us, Brazilians.

For me being part of that was a complete experience of the life here in the US. I was really happy watching the game, cheering for a team (in this case the Ravens, because if the 49ers won, they would be tied with the Steelers in number of SuperBowls and my American Mentor Family wouldn’t be really happy about it) and most of all, understanding the joy of it all. This helps to get clear on my mind  the importance and the role of a big sport in a nation, and how close as human-beings we are, no matter what country we come from.

But I can go further and not only address it to football, but the whole complex relations of sports and a good and healthy life. Sports are amazing for every individual’s development and I’m sad that, as a child, I wasn’t very into it as I’m starting to get right now. Maybe that’s because soccer is the main thing in Brazil, and I’m really not very good at it. Anyhow, living here for 6 months I was able to go to several different sports matches and competitions, like soccer, basketball and swimming. This is an important item in the American’s life and they are completely right. Their children grow faster and healthier generation after generation and with skills developed for the rest of their lives.

As a Young Citizen I know that the future is in my hands, and I’ll make everything possible to take this example further to my country and apply it to my Godson, son, neighborhood, city, state and country.

I truly believe in this and I’m thankful for the United States (and its people) for helping me with my own development. I’m learning and extracting the most of the American culture everyday. By the way, for the first time I got the feeling that I’m understanding the rule of football.

Orlando Braga Jr.

PS: The Halftime concert with Beyonce was just amazing by itself. But there is nothing less to expecting coming from this great artist. =)

The beginning. At least a new beginning.

Hey World! Here it is one more blog to you! I hope you have space for one more person’s voice! Me. I’m Orlando Braga Jr. Some fast facts: I’m Brazilian. I live in Cedar Rapids, IA. I’m a writer. I like to be polemic. I love to share the word. Specifically my words. I’m not here to be one more. I’m here to be me; Share myself, my life and my work.

So here I go. That’s my first blog in English, so forgive me if make any mistake. I’m not perfect, and actually I don’t like the idea of perfection. The wrong is sexier and healthier to ourselves. It allow us to risk more and more every time. But anyway, I’m not here to talk about mistakes, failure or anything like that. I just want to make sure that YOU, don’t expect from me to be always right and search line by line to find mistakes. I just share my ideas and my point of view, in the most honest way.

This space is my little area in this vast Internet Blogging Environment, and all I want is to share my work with y’all! I’m a writer. A novelist, to be precise. And throughout the year, I’ll be posting texts and news from my projects. But you can also expect from me to say without any edition my opinions to everything that is happening right now in the World.

Those projects I talked above are my novels. I have some of them “under construction”, but all in Portuguese and at this point, stopped. Along with this blog I will also develop my newest project called True Colors. No, it is not related to the song. And no, this is not definite; the title may change.

True Colors is about life. Is the story of a reporter trying to understand an artist. It is set in Chicago and São Paulo. I love artists, and this book is dedicated to all of them. But if you is an artist, tell me more about you and your art. I’ll be more than happy to listen your story.

And that’s the end of my 1st post. I don’t expect you to like my blog, but I really appreciate comments and new ideas. Please don’t hesitate if you want to talk. Feedback means a lot to me, and I guess to every writer too.

In each post you will know a little bit more about me and my work.

As soon as possible, I’ll be back,

Orlando Braga Jr