Saturday, October 31, 2009
I got a good number of Trick-or-Treaters come by my house to get candy. The cool temperature, the mild haze in the air, and the full moon made it all the more perfect.
This is probably the only occasion where I get to meet people who live in the neighborhood.
I got back home just a little over an hour ago. I went over into Nuevo Laredo to visit my dentist. Things are pretty honky dory except for the armed soldiers roaming the streets.
The left side of my face is still numb. I didn't have any pain prior to the visit but the dentist had to perform a root canal. Looks like I'm getting a crown for Christmas.
Next time I go I might stop in to get a haircut at one of the barber shops near Bridge 1. I think they charge $5 for a regular cut. Beautiful day to be out.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Washington, DC – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today released this statement following the House introduction of the new health care reform plan:
“I am more encouraged by the new House health care reform bill introduced today. We need a health reform plan that extends health insurance coverage to the one in three uninsured Americans in my district in a responsible, cost-effective way. Beginning today, I will thoroughly evaluate this bill to determine if it is a health care reform plan I can ultimately support.
“Since serving in the Texas State Legislature, I’ve been a long-time advocate for health care reform, and I will continue to ensure the concerns of my constituents are reflected in the final bill. Most importantly, I want to make sure we can provide quality, affordable health care for all while not increasing America’s national deficit. All Americans have a stake in the future of our health care system and I encourage everyone to go online and read the entire bill, which I have already begun to do.”Sure we may have health care reform on our minds but that doesn't mean other things have gone away.
Nevertheless, players are returning to the field before their bodies are fully healed.
What matters most is the vicarious thrill dad and mom get from their sons and
daughters showing fearlessness and the absorption of agony
Two local quarterbacks saw their share of injuries: Former Cigarroa QB Carlos Cruz tore both of his ACLs in back-to-back seasons, and Alexander QB Jerry Lopez also tore an ACL but continued playing in order to improve on his stellar passing stats. Surely young players possess some notion of invincibility but parents' and coaches' influence must factor in to one's decision to return to play.
Whether signs of head injuries are being spotted by local coaches and staff is unknown. Weekend news reports just bring us scores and highlights. We have no idea about the athletes who are suffering through bouts of unexplained headaches, or dizziness. Still, the game goes on and parents will be there to cheer their children on. But to what end?
Currently, parents of Trautmann Middle School football players are complaining that not everybody is getting a chance to play and the debate is playing out in the pages of the LMT editorial section. One parent wrote in today contending that the coach is only playing his "first-stringers" so as to ensure a victory. Focus is being directed at the players warming the bench during the game's entirety. But what of the wear-and-tear being forced on the better players? Alas, that is just collateral damage to those bent on winning.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
M. Night Shyamalan could shoot a movie about ghosts in the downtown area. Or the Coen brothers could film some wacky caper on our streets.
If anyone's listening, come check out our town.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Cigarroa H.S. alum Sergio Benitez:
Benitez attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass.
He is pursuing a double major in electrical engineering and computer science.
Also from Cigarroa, Juan Olvera:
He is in the U.S. Army, stationed at Killeen. He was also accepted at the
University of Texas at Austin. Olvera plans to atend classes part time
while stationed at Killeen.
(Quotes via the LMT)
South Laredo: kicking ass.
Monday, October 26, 2009
It's late and I'm tired. I'm emotionally and physically spent. Perhaps it has something to do with watching back-to-back NFL games yesterday. It's always tricky at the end of the week. I always plan things for the weekend but things have a habit of getting in the way.
Monday rolls around and I think of all the movies that I haven't watched, all the games that I should've played at the park with my son, and the friends that I should've called. I don't even make the time to buy myself a new shirt.
But it rained today and I can let out a sigh of relief because my plants will be OK, at least for another week, no thanks to my procrastination. And with the new week, I expect to hear some earth-shattering news of something that happened in the world, but instead, I hear about some schmuck in New Mexico who wants his employees to speak English around him.
The same stories and faces are presented to me in the news and I start thinking how this town we call Laredo offers me little except the grueling monotony that should be reserved for those in jumpsuits and shackles. It's a 'quiet desperation', as Pink Floyd puts it, that I have to endure. It's all made worse with over-achieving drivers, and under-achieving media outlets. My sanity on the verge of cracking as I hit that ever-present crack in the road. But I keep my proverbial chin up and appreciate the fact that I have my health. But for how long?
Another serving of whole grains please.
This place has come a long way in the last twenty years but all we have to show for it is an Olive Garden, a neighboring city that we don't visit as much as we used to, and a public that doesn't know what a blog is.
My next gripe is just around the bend. And waiting for me will be my next gray hair. This hell that is Laredo will have to put up with me just a while longer.
I would like to suggest that the City of Laredo consider having all residents
roll their trash cans to one side of the street on pickup day.
His rationale is that this practice would lessen the wear-and-tear of the city vehicles and would take less resources to run.
I can see myself getting behind this idea but the public might view this as a nuisance. But maybe not; we already go through the trouble of sorting our recyclables into blue plastic bags.
Jimmy Carter once suggested to the public to put on a sweater and turn down our thermostats to conserve energy.
Would a local politician ask us to go the extra mile, be it with sweaters or trash cans?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I was able to see the entire 2 hour+ concert without any major problems (there was some picture breakage on the last song).
I wonder what the next live concert on YouTube will be...hmmm.
Cowboys and Steelers win today. Good times in Laredo.
Bordertown Blues doubts that downtown Laredo is haunted. The Heritage Museum staff would disagree with that assessment. And they'll show you, for the low price of $5.
Pictured is La Llorona, and a model of El Chupacabra. Photos posted nearby include blurry add-ons of supposed spirits that linger at different historic landmarks.
"That's not the intention of the district to threaten," he said. "It's just to ensure fairness to the district's taxpayers."
A friend recently told me that the new United High School has reached near capacity and that it won't be too long before they resort to using portables. Residency checks will placate those who pay UISD taxes but it might also help with the challenge of overcrowding.
Quote via the LMT; written by Nick Georgiou.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I still love this show. I especially LOVE the theme song performed by Austin's own Explosions in the Sky. Can't hear it enough.
New season starts this Wednesday, October 28...that is if you have DirecTV. The rest have to wait for next summer on NBC.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Ann: Some of the blogs we've received....
Gato Bonito wrote......
Tim: Chime in on our blogs......
One lady "chimes in" using the pseudonym "Homeless Woman." That's insensitive if you ask me.
She was accused of abusing her power as principal by allowing theThat's nice, because if it's one thing we don't have enough of it's scandal. We here at LaSanbe welcome Ms. Theret; She's got a hard road to hoe.
scandalous behavior of five of the school's cheerleaders, one of whom was her
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Senator Zaffirini Announces Funding for Jim Hogg County Improvements
(AUSTIN) — Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, announced today (Thursday) that Jim Hogg County will receive a $138,097 Supplemental Disaster Recovery Fund Grant from the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TxCDBG). The grant will allow the county to replace the lighting systems at both the Little League and Men's Softball Fields at the Jim Hogg County Park, which were damaged last year by Hurricane Dolly.
"The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) was established to administer these funds and to provide this critical recovery support to local communities," Senator Zaffirini said. "I am delighted that Jim Hogg County will benefit from new lighting at its softball fields, thereby greatly improving recreational opportunities and quality of life."
TxCDBG is administered by TDRA for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Hey, here's an example of dithering:
the Bush White House under-resourced our military efforts, shifted attention to
Iraq, and failed to bring to justice the masterminds of September 11
two adult men rang the bell of the establishment Wednesday afternoon, pretending
to be customers
Rang the bell? What kind of place is this? No place inspires confidence if you have to ring a bell to get in.
It's amazing how someone's patriotism would be questioned whenever the subject of Iraq came up. As soon as anybody would bring up the human and financial toll of the invasion, they would be shot down with questions like, "don't you want America to win?" All along the question should've been, don't you want the Iraqis to win?
We personalized the war with only one set of people in mind. We made this about us when we should've been thinking of the Iraqis and their future. It was George W., after all, who thought that all people were entitled to democracy (after the WMD claims didn't pan out). Well, now our self-centered attitude is showing again.
T. Boone Pickens thinks we're entitled to the area's oil reserves because of the sacrifice this country has made. I'm sure it doesn't work that way especially when we destroyed the crap out of that country. Besides, oil rights weren't the reason we went to Iraq in the first place (nudge, nudge....wink, wink).
This invasion can't end soon enough. We need to get out of there with humility in tow.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Come participate in inspirational sessions such as, "We're MexiCANS, Not MexiCANTS!" Mr. Berler will present his fan-favorite speech concerning barometric pressure and it's effect on mood.
Not convinced just yet? Here's a testimonial from a former attendee:
My life had no direction, but when I sat in on the "Get
Rich" presentation, I was suddenly energized. They said, if life
hands you lemons, turn those lemons into a profitable 'corn in a cup'
business. Today, I have my own snack shack right between Mr. Penguin's
Treats, and the Tropikal Sno. And I owe it all to LaSanbe's seminar.
I recommend it to everyone.
There you have it folks. Proven success. You too can turn your life around by attending this Fall's conference at La Fonda Motel. Tickets are $19.99 (Bring your own chair).
We're not sure what Ms. Flores will touch on but her photogenic smile and bright red wardrobe will dazzle just the same.
So come on down and get motivated. Your new life awaits.
And now I read this. Que padre. I wish Citibank (and Sears) an unexpected demise.
Deputies found 55-year-old Juan Abrego flushing drugs in the bathroom,Hi-tech mobile homes. Nice.
according to a news release. Officials also found a police scanner and
four surveillance cameras placed on the mobile home to monitor activity on the
Law enforcement officials were able to "intercept the contraband from the drainage pipes" but only after they drew straws to see who would be the one to fish out the drugs. A lot of giggling was reported at the scene, and Sheriff Martin Cuellar was heard saying, 'It's good to be sheriff,' reveling at the fact that he was excluded from the selection process.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
He comes with promises of improved tourism and the chance to host winter X Games. And of course the public would be able to use the facility just as soon as they would be able to afford the thousand-dollar gear it takes to enjoy such recreation.
In between the presentation, our city manager chimes in by doing his best to speak too closely to the microphone and spitting all over the audio equipment (see video). And there's the obligatory shot of the mayor voicing his approval, saying that this could be good for the city. But my favorite moment is when KGNS decides to provide us with their own push poll wherein they ask the public: would you want a snow park, or a water park?
We know what the public is going to say, yet they continue with their little water park cheerleading. OK, we get it -- KGNS wants a water park.
At this point it seems like City Council is biting off more than it can chew. I mean really, we don't even have a decent skate park in a city that is know for its love of concrete. Show me that you can host the Warped Tour or the urban X Games and then we can talk.
Monday, October 19, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Henry Cuellar on Tuesday will participate in a press conference announcing that Laredo Stepping Stone will be the local non-profit agency that will oversee the mobile home project partnership together with the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC). The TFC has a surplus of mobile homes used to house Hurricane Ike evacuees and is currently working with local government agencies or non-profit organizations who are interested in acquiring the mobile homes. In this case, Laredo Stepping Stone will acquire mobile homes from TMC and will screen applications to determine who is eligible to reside in a mobile home. The project started out as an initiative between Congressman Cuellar working with TFC in looking for organizations who were interested in acquiring the mobile homes.
COME LEARN MORE ON HOW THE LAREDO STEPPING STONE PROJECT WILL IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS FOR RESIDENTS IN WEBB COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAREDO.
Event: Mobile Home Project Announcement
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Time: 9:45 a.m. CST (sharp)
Location: Blas Castañeda Park (Northeast Hillside Recreation Center)
320 Wyoming at McPherson RoadLaredo, TX
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was back with his team in yesterday's defeat of the Cleveland Browns. After missing 4 games due to a knee injury in the season opener, Polamalu was back to help the Steel Curtain.
It was a little scary to see that his first major play back was an interception which made him land on his healing knee. He was in obvious pain, but luckily was able to stay in the game!
Admittedly, Pittsburgh needs a lot of improvement in many areas especially hanging on in the end through those tight finishes. At least now things are looking sunny yellow gold again. Welcome back Troy! Love ya Steelers!
I'll stay towards the back of the pack (that won't be hard), and then pull a Marie Osmond and fall gracefully to the floor. Someone will take a picture of me being attended to by EMS personnel and the headline in the paper will read: "man dies jogging down Sta. Maria."
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Yesterday I went down to the park between the old Riverdrive Mall and the Rio Grande to wait for the boaters to come in all the way from the Columbia Bridge. I left at around 1:30 p.m. and they still hadn't shown up.
Luckily the LMT provides us with some video. The big wooden spools pictured were used for a Parkour demonstration. I would've joined in but I wasn't wearing my headband.
According to my band parent source, all local bands got a 1 yesterday in Alice, Texas.
In another story, former hospital CEO Abe Martinez is facing his own investigation stemming from allegations of extortion. KLDO reported the story this week.
Laredo Medical Center is not offering more comment after saying that it acted appropriately by reporting this matter to the proper authorities. They're going to be in the spotlight as well.
Stories have been circulating on the street about the people involved and how it all played out. We won't get more details until somebody actually takes the stand in court. But it makes me wonder why we haven't heard anything from either the Laredo Times or Pro8news (KGNS).
Saturday, October 17, 2009
In today's episode, we take a look at four employees of the local bridge system who were caught looking into someone else's computer and classified files.
Laredo police said the workers, who were employed as cashiers at the World Trade Bridge, accessed a supervisor's computer and viewed confidential and restricted personnel files.
That's courtesy of the LMT as reported by Nick Georgiou.
Of course, there are many more cases like this one. Can you name one? Tune in again next week when we'll look at more people behaving badly.
Friday, October 16, 2009
El Santo vs. Las Lobas starts at 8:00 p.m. tonight. For more info. call 727-0977.
If the weather holds up, I'm making it out there. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles -- all the better to channel my inner Tom Servo from Mystery Science Theater.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
She blames the clinic's director for her infection after a gluteal procedure.
Here's a tip, why don't you blame your lazy ass for not doing lunges and squats like the rest of us? And while we're at it, we can bring in your shallowness into this.
The life of a cougar must be hard, but before you go around blaming anyone for your cosmetic surgery mishaps, perhaps you should do what you know best and look in the mirror and blame that person.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tonight the band rocks Houston's Reliant Stadium. Here are Bono and The Edge having some fun at Johnson Space Center.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Our cuddlesome mayor appears in a new ad campaign that promotes reading. That's good. But the book he's holding is entitled, The FBI!!!
It's just another attempt on his part to remind us that he was once an FBI agent. As if that's the only high point of his life.
And yeah, let's try to promote reading to local kids by holding a text that goes through policy and procedure. That'll work. Forget Poe, Steinbeck, or Miller; I want to know about the intricacies concerning jurisdiction.
Parkey promised the town's brass that his team would take care ofWhat does this have to do with Laredo.
everything. The project would generate 150 solid jobs.
Webb County commissioner, David Cortez, was convicted of funneling the bribes to
"several" county commissioners.
Corplan was in the middle of all that wheeling and dealing. That's Corplan, as in James Parkey's Corplan.
"If we see a good number of people coming over from Mexico shopping and
staying in town, then that would be a good indication of how the holidays will
Once on board, you'll be taken on a tour that features our storied campuses. Come discover the rich tradition of Laredo's oldest schools. Why, the district is a favorite with superintendents. We know; we've had 30 in the last five years.
But don't take our word for it; Reserve your spot today. The extra head room will let you keep your hat on so your scalp won't get cold in the chilly 68 degree Laredo conditions. (hot cocoa and a concha are extra)
Call now and get a 10 percent discount. (Discount requires some heavy lifting and envelope sorting. It is a mail truck after all)
LISD: we'll be waiting.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Now, this song is one that never gets old, at least for me. When I hear it for the 10 millionth time on the radio, or t.v. commercial, or played during the intro to some do-or-die playoff game (can work for any sport), it feels just as brand new as it did back in 1981. Its debut was timed perfectly as I was getting ready to make the transition from grade school to junior high. The soundtrack of my life was falling into place.
Soon I was to let go of old acquaintances, and surroundings for a whole new world on another part of town. Mystery was now upon me, much like the song's opening sequence: the creeping effect of a drum machine loop punctuated with a sustaining guitar chord. Keyboards entered to settle the unease.
My years at Christen Middle School were ones of discovery. Sure there were a couple of embarrassing moments in there, but for the most part a happy era. There I met new people, learned to play an instrument, and got to appreciate a brand new media outlet called MTV. His video for the song was one of the first aired on the all-music network.
In it Collins is featured throughout the production. There's a face-only close-up, dark lighting, and low budget -- very common in the early days of MTV. Production was low, and effects limited, much like my wardrobe at the time. The song's tension grows slightly with the lyrics leading us to the eventual climax, all while the guitar echoes in the background. It's the Stairway To Heaven for the Jeans West generation.
Farewell bell bottom jeans. And farewell John Bonham. Your skills have served us well but the thundering drum fill gets a makeover and a new anthem is born. Music, as with my own life, is on its way to rebirth. The faces will not look the same but the air drumming spirit will live on.
On the other side of Collins' classic drum fill we hear a funky bass groove that locks in the tempo along with the snare backbeat. The singer's signature percussive sound is evident in the subsequent fills. The intensity levels off as the song fades away. It ends somewhat as it began.
The song possesses an ominous and tense quality, perfect for my teenage years. The lyrics don't offer an uplifting message. Our only consolation is being slapped into awareness by descending drum tones and the writer's emotional release at the end.
It's a song born of minimalism that crashes with catharsis. The song's appeal easily made the crossover into television and other music genres. It lives on with the same vengeance as other arena favorites.
It's staying power aside, I'm thankful it was there to see me along the way. It has truly been one small pleasure in my life. But the future remains and the song will reside in my iPod. We'll keep meeting each other, possibly another million times, until the day my physical release comes.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Ms. Saylor was forbidden to dry her laundry outside because many people viewed it as an eyesore, not unlike storing junk cars in driveways, and a marker of poverty that lowers property values
Really?! By the way, Ms. Saylor lives in a trailer park. A TRAILER PARK! and she's getting some heat from neighbors. I have my own laundry lines but they're tucked away in the backyard.
Opponents say the laws lifting bans erode local property rights
Property rights, as in my property, for me to do as I please (within reason of course).
It's unbelievable that laundry lines could spark so much controversy.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The failure to quickly solve the case had frustrated many Laredoans, including la jefa, who lives nearby where the murder took place.
See full story here.
Friday, October 9, 2009
The program Killer Corridos airs each afternoon on Radio Papalote in Edinburg, Texas, about 20 miles north of the Rio Grande. It's one of the stations along the U.S. side of the border that broadcasts prohibited corridos deep into Mexico. It's the flip side of the famous border blasters that thrived in Mexican border towns from the 1930s through the '80s. High-powered transmitters broadcast preachers, hucksters and rock 'n' roll into the American heartland.
Disc jockey Jose Jaime Zavala says it's dicey playing certain types of corridos — for example, those that mention the name of a cartel or a particular trafficker. A rival cartel might take offense.
Looks like the stands at Shirley Field are finally getting torn down. On the home side press box I noticed that the windows have been taken out.
And on the visitor's side, the concrete foundation and metal seating is starting to disappear. Welders are busy removing the iron fixtures . Could this place be ready for the start of the 2010 season?
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Washington, DC – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) today announced that a costly border fence amendment authored by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has been dropped from the FY2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. Congressman Cuellar and other border lawmakers urged House leadership to block the proposal which called for 700 miles of pedestrian border fencing.
“When the Government Accountability Office tells you this would cost Americans $6.5 billion, I say those dollars are better invested into supporting the manpower and resources at Customs and Border Patrol and local law enforcement,” said Congressman Cuellar. “The DeMint amendment represented an unproductive and inefficient border security strategy. We need to invest and secure our border and our land ports without being tied down to an amendment that is out of touch with border needs.”
DeMint’s amendment would have required at least 300 miles of new pedestrian barrier fencing to be completed along the border by December 31, 2010. Last year, the Government Accountability Office estimated that each mile of border fencing would cost $7 million to construct.
In July and again in October, Congressman Cuellar spearheaded a letter with the support of other border lawmakers from Texas, Arizona and California. Lawmakers referred to DeMint’s amendment as “wasteful spending” which would come at “enormous taxpayer expense.”
“Today, I join other border congressmen in commending House leadership for striking this amendment; they’ve decided to increase the funding for CBP and ICE, investing over $15 billion into securing our border through manpower and technology at the federal, state and local levels,” said Cuellar. “This is the kind of flexibility we need at a time when we’re adapting to the evolving threats along the border. We have to secure our border with a sensible, effective strategy.”
Border lawmakers who have been working to remove this provision since July include Representatives Henry Cuellar, Silvestre Reyes, Ruben Hinojosa, Solomon Ortiz, Bob Filner, Raul Grijalva, Gabrielle Giffords and Susan Davis.
“I want to thank all my border colleagues for their efforts, in particular Congressman Ciro Rodriguez, in removing the DeMint amendment from the final homeland security bill,” said Cuellar. “As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Committee, Rodriguez provided a crucial voice for the border and carried our concerns to the conference.”
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
LaSanbe would like to speak out against the use of chain link products. Together we can stand up and protect the flamingo population.
One day they can roam free and not worry about getting caught in our nets.
Join PFFAUD (Protecting Flamingoes From An Unnecessary Death) now, and make a difference.
If we save just one flamingo, we still have a long way to go.
“This unprecedented measure will set a new standard for transparency now and in the future as Congress considers legislation similar to the scale of health care reform,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Americans want to see the final bill before we vote.”
Last week, Congressman Cuellar co-sponsored H. Res. 554 which requires that all non-emergency legislation and conference reports be made available to the general public via the internet for 72 hours before being voted on by the House. Cuellar supports reforming the health care system to ensure the uninsured and insured have access to quality, affordable health care.
Since July, the current House proposed version of health care reform, H.R. 3200 America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, has been available to the public online at the website of the Legislative Information System of the U.S. Congress, www.congress.gov.
Recently, the Speaker of the House indicated that she will allow 72 hours for review before any final version of health care reform is voted on by the House.“Millions of Americans are watching and waiting and have a right to know what health care reform can do for them,” said Congressman Cuellar. “As Congress proceeds on health care reform, this measure will help inform Americans through the final hour.”
Councilman Mike Garza thinks the area doesn't have the space needed to build a convention center and parking facilities. And at this time, it wouldn't be a priority.
The project would cost somewhere between $50-$90 million. That would include the purchase of private property to make way for the facility.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I was there to see some mascots dance, and I wasn't disappointed. Check it out.
Garza criticized the implication that rail traffic brings economic development,
asking the council how many "million-dollar houses" will be placed by the rail
Passage from LMT, written by Zach Lindsey.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I mean, they really don't contribute much (city council). They're a bunch of drunks (JPs). And overall they are just nuisances (waterline breaks, potholes).
They really need to get real jobs (Louis Bruni). And someone needs to help them with their choice of clothes (Louis Bruni again/urban cowboys). I mean, they're going to have to realize that they're not wanted (Mayor Salinas).
If we start giving them tickets, they'll learn a lesson (use it as toilet paper). And in the end, we'll take back the beautiful streets of Laredo (shithole). For this is a wonderful city to raise a family (quick, run to the north!). Laredo: come see what we're about (hypocritical Christians).
**Our cuddly mayor admires a good head of hair. He knows a good thing when he sees it.
**Astronaut, and son of Mexican immigrants, Jose Hernandez calls for immigration reform and a rethinking of our priorities.
we shouldn't spend so much time going out with friends drinking beer and
watching telenovelas, and should spend more time with our families and
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The owners, who are actually from Mexico, have prime real estate for their establishment.
And if there is any truth to the restaurant's name, those must be some pretty frickin' good tacos.
So I made a stop at the HEB on Guadalupe to pay some bills for my mother and it's the usual scene at the place: there's a line at the Customer Service office and kids are running amok. I try to block everything out to no avail.
Then I make my way to the produce section to pick up some high-fiber snacks. No problem, but the area is a bit crowded. I head out towards the check-out line and there are two ladies in front of me. Awesome, I think; it shouldn't take long.
Then out of nowhere this lady (red blouse) comes in and asks the person (with ponytail) in front of us if she can cut in. I guess she figured that she would be allowed because she only had four candy apples with her. Anyway, the lady let her in, but she quickly glanced back at us, pausing for a moment and wondering if she did the right thing. Inside, I'm thinking, THAT SHIT AIN'T RIGHT!!!
She let her cut in line to avoid appearing rude, and I can understand that. But the candy apple lady should've asked all of us if she could cut in. She made eye contact with me, but so what, she was on her way out with her sweet apples. Todo lo que le falto es preguntarme, "How you like dem apples?"
I chilled out, Zen-like, as if I was Phil Jackson. I start thinking back to all the moments that lead to this point, and try to convince myself that I should stop coming to this bloody store.
As I exited the place, I saw a man wearing a Romo jersey, with his child in his lap, playing with a motorized scooter. I smiled, trying to forget what just happened. Then I thought to myself, what the fuck is a grown man doing playing with a scooter at HEB?!!!
THIS IS NOT A FUCKIN' PLAYGROUND!!! (see "kids are running amok" above)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Anyway, while each band is getting ready and warming up, the announcer plugs some organizations and then goes into some shout-outs. The crowd picked up on the sappy comments and responded with sarcasm. Take a look.
Friday, October 2, 2009
I really like going to barber shops, but it's like going to the doctor's office with these guys. Yeah, their work is meticulous and you leave satisfied with the resulting do, but the wait time and the surroundings leave something to be desired.
There's no hint of modernity at these places, at least not in the ones in Laredo. The age of our barbers has a lot to do with it. The seating really does a number on your rear, especially when you're there for nearly two hours.
Nevertheless, these gentlemen will probably last another ten to fifteen more years, and then, that's it for the art of barbering in our fair city.
It's Ropa Usada and a Big Truck
~Ropa Usada~ by the bale
Date: 2009-09-30, 11:32AM CDT
No rips, tears, or heavy wear are in the bales.
We get approx 240 bales per month and are looking for buyers.
Please call Jared with any questions
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