Characters & Locations

Part 1

Argentina

(The First Time Though The Simulation)

1992 - 1994

((( This Page Is Under Construction )))

Just turning 20 years old Lloyd fell in love with a guy from Argentina who was visiting the United States for the first time. He was a friend of Lloyd's classmate in a college film production class in Los Angeles.

Within 6 months Lloyd saved up enough money for a plane ticket and had listened to months of Spanish Language learning audio tapes. Without fear or any concrete plan for what would happen next he was on a plane flying to Argentina which was his first time outside the USA.

The guy from Argentina was an actor and teacher of high school drama with a million friends and everyone loved him. He also acted in small theatrical productions and was always surrounded by crazy actors and artists. With him every weekend in Argentina there was something to do. Some rehearsal... or play... or dinner... or event.. or something... always something as Lloyd followed his boyfriend and tried to figure out how to understand everyone and be understood. The beginning was difficult because of the language and culture differences. His boyfriend's crazy Argentine friends became Lloyd's friends and that made Lloyd feel less crazy.

Upon arriving in Argentina one thing became immediately clear... no one... absolutely NO ONE could pronounce, read or write the name "LLOYD". In Argentina Spanish two L's sound like JA and a Y sounds like JA. JAOJAD looked and sounded like complete nonsense to everyone. So in an effort to be better understood "Lloyd" became the phonetic and easy to read/write/pronounce version "Loid". And that version stayed with him the rest of his life.

The South American experience lasted almost 3 years.


California

Early 90s

Loid & Leandro on the Left (We met in Los Angles with my Friends)


Argentina

Early 90s

Loid's First International Flight

Colectivo (Bus in Argentina)

First Night in Buenos Aires

A street in Buenos Aires

Carlos Gardel Impersonator singing Tango on the streets of Buenos Aires

Tango Dancers at a street market in Buenos Aires

Characters on a street of Buenos Aires

Child on a street of Buenos Aires

Cat in La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires

La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires

La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires

Tomb of Evita in La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

La Boca, Buenos Aires

Loid in La Boca, Buenos Aires

Loid's reflection in La Boca, Buenos Aires

Tango on the streets of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Abandoned Train Station in Rosario

A Black Cat on an abandoned Train Track in Rosario

A Black Cat on an abandoned Train Track in Rosario

Friend posing in an Abandoned Train Station in Rosario

Friends posing near an Abandoned Train Station in Rosario

A street in Rosario at night

Sinking Ship near Rosario

The final scene in Loid's boyfriend's play "El Gato Negro" (The Black Cat)

Cast and Crew of Loid's boyfriend's play "El Gato Negro" (The Black Cat)

Mis Amigos Son Unos Atorrantes (My Friends Are Whores)

Loid saying goodbye

Mi Amor Te Amare Por Siempre (My Love I will Love You Forever)


Flag of Argentina



The Deportation

of Loid’s Argentine boyfriend at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) destroyed their plans for a future together.

Loid went to the airport the day he was to arrive in Los Angeles thinking this would be the start the rest of their lives together. Loid's boyfriend never made it though the international arrivals gate. Instead Loid found out hours later that his boyfriend had been immediately deported back to Argentina. They didn't even have a chance to see each other or say anything at the airport. In shock and panic Loid arrive back at his apartment to find a message on his answering machine... the immigration police had allowed him one phone call. Loid's boyfriend had been deported and barred from entering the USA for 20 years for possessing a fake Social Security card he was hoping to use to get a job in Los Angeles. It was a different time in the early 90s. Back then the idea of living as an illegal alien in the United States was not as scary as it would become years later after 9/11.

Within a couple months Loid saved up enough money to travel back to Argentina. He was hoping they could make new plans together but too much had changed between them. The deportation negatively effected both of them and caused too much stress on their relationship. His boyfriend had become bitter with anger after all the dreams for a better life in the United States had been shattered.

6 months later Loid was on a plane flying back to Los Angeles heartbroken, defeated and alone.



You Will Return

I Know You Will

My Heart Against All Odds

Holds Still"