People of Northeast Los Angeles: Jose Miranda

Llevo Cuarenta años aquí.  Pues, mientras no te metas en problemas no hay problemas. Y estamos bien. Si ya tenemos cuarenta años aquí es porque estamos bien. No hay ningun problema.

Bueno tengo cuarenta años de negociante, aquí de llantero así de que---pues si. Casi toda la gente nos conoce. Ya pues cuarenta años ya nos conocen aquí por "Mirandas."

Pues cada año hay mejoramiento para la ciudad.

Tengo dos hijos. No, nunca se ha sido dificil. Mientras estes junto con ellos, cada paso que dan, hay que estar sobre de ellos, detrás de ellos, detrás de ellos. Y todo marcha bien.  

Mientras no te metas en problemas no tienes problemas. Pues cuando andas de vicioso, drogadicto, sin oficio, pues yo pienso que hay vienen los problemas. Pero mientras te enfoques en tu trabajo no hay problemas.

Pues si, los mas importante es vivir agusto y es todo, tener la familia a gusto, y va bien todo bien. Cuando la familia no le pasa nada, todos estamos bien.


Translation:

I've been living here for 40 years. Well, if you're not looking for trouble you're not going to find it. We're fine here. If we've managed to stay for 40 years it's because we're doing fine. As a business owner, a tire man, after 40 years I've gotten to know a lot of people. Everyone knows us around here by "Mirandas."

Every year there have been improvements here.

I have two sons. I never found it too difficult raising them here. If you spend time with them, and are with them for every step they take, pushing them and pushing them, everything comes out fine.

Like I said if you're not looking for trouble you're not going to find it. If you're a junkie, a drug addict, without a job, well that's when I think you're going to have problems. But if you're focused on your job you won't have any problems.

The most important thing is to be happy and that's it, keep your family happy, and everything's going to to go well. When everything's good with the family we're all ok.


The above interview is transcribed and edited from the following interview:

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For the past twenty years, Chilean born Ricardo Palavecino has been developing his skills as a cinematographer working on documentaries, feature films, television shows, and commercials.
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