Living el Alto: Not waiting in vain | The Manhattan Times

By Gloria Pazmiño

I scheduled an interview over coffee the other day. It went something like this:

Me: how’s 11 a.m? I’ll see you there.

Subject: yes that’s perfect, see you at 11, looking forward to it.

I entered the coffee shop, found a sunny spot before all this rain started coming down, ordered an octane-high caffeine fix, and waited.

And I waited. And I waited on to coffee number two. If I carried Bailey’s in a flask, this is where I would’ve put it to good use. My subject was late, so I recaffeinated and waited.

Yes. My subject was Latino, and this begged the question: Is there really such a thing as Latino time? Call it what you want – Dominican time, Puerto Rican time, Colombian time – are we always late?

Now before you start throwing stereotype and stigma arrows my way, know that as a Latina myself, I often suffer from the time bug. By often, I mean it’s chronic. And Living el Alto has only perpetuated my condition. As I slide into the culture and absorb its characteristics, I realize that maybe things are just a little bit slower in Northern Manhattan, and that’s not such a bad thing. Perhaps we should call it Alto time.

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  • Art By Dj Boy
    May 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

    haha, this is too funny.
    but I think its a Latino and Black thing, because I know a lot of people from both sides that are super snail-like when it comes to time

  • Randy Susana
    May 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm


    Great article!

    Por mas que quiero no admitirlo tengo que decir que tu articulo es totalmente cierto. I’m known in my family to always be late. As much as I try I am never early. My mom even tells me she believes I will be late to my own funeral (que dios lo prolonge lo mas possible). But I do have to say at times it’s not even me. It’s like this BAD LUCK us Hispanic man have to always be late even when we don’t want to. All I can do is try!!! Lol

    By the way – I hope your subject showed up!! And if he did I hope you billed him for the extra caffeine boost you had…..Please don’t stop writing such enjoyable stories…..I always look forward reading them!

    Randy Susana