Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Random Act Of Buying Tacos

I tweeted out this photo the other day.  I arrived at this spot Saturday morning after my original food-purchasing plan fell through.  What that means is that Taco Palenque had a long line at the drive-thru, so I went to Plan B: getting down for tacos at Raul's BBQ.

An old man was off to the side, selling tamales out of his rolling basket.

The photo above will go down, for now, as another meaningless moment in time.  In five years, however, its meaning, its significance will change.  Something will be different.    

Monday, November 28, 2016

As The Wind Goes

Earlier this month, Mayor Saenz and Mr. City Manager sent President-elect Trump a congratulatory letter.  Fawning was dished out in spades: Your visit to Laredo, Texas last year made a tremendous impact in our community.  End quote.  I don't know how Trump made Laredo great again, but our city leaders are desperately looking forward to working with Donald and his team.

When Mayor Saenz was asked in March who he would vote for, he hedged.  I can't read the mayor's mind; I can only look to his conservative hairdo to answers to the nagging voting question.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Will Watch For Results

Races of interest for me: Election 2016

City council, District 4

Allen Tijerina
Armando Cisneros
Alberto Torres Jr.
Eduardo Villa Jr.
Jose Guevara

City council, District 5

Nelly Vielma
Roque Vela Jr.

City council, District 7

George Altgelt
Juan Chavez

City council, District 8

Roberto Balli
James Newland

(polls close at 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It Once Took Place On A Thursday

Photo courtesy of LISD

Laredo's storied rivalry is getting a lot of attention as Martin and Nixon prepare to do battle on the football field once again.  To promote good sportsmanship, I suppose, coaches, football players, and cheerleaders from both schools were treated to breakfast at a reception hall next to La Posada Hotel yesterday.

The morning event is apparently known as the "Friendship Breakfast."  And the game itself is now billed as "The Hammer Bowl."  That title not only bestows a certain gravitas on the final game of the season; but the winner has the honor of receiving a blunt force object as a token for their victory.

I appreciate the fact that district officials are promoting goodwill between foes, but the cues that are being put in front of us have a more hostile character.

Photo courtesy of KGNS (Ryan Bailey)

The whole spectacle is being presented like it's a boxing main event.  I think it's all a bit over the top.
We had fun when it was our turn to go up against our crosstown rivals, but I don't remember it reaching this kind of fever pitch.  The most I recall from the 80s is having a bonfire the week of the game.  And then on the eve of the match, we would load up on a flat bed (semi truck) and parade through the neighborhood, making a lot of noise in the nearest barrio.

Now the game is going to be shown live on the CW channel.  It's all fine and good, but what does that do for the psyche of the Cigarroa student body.  The 3rd LISD high school is not even an afterthought this time of year.

Perhaps this extravaganza is appropriate for this day and age.  The pomp that has evolved in the last ten, fifteen years, however, has certainly made this more than what it actually is: just another game.  What will it look like ten years from now, though?

Stylized game aside, let's look back at some of this game's history.

Shirley Field became the official site of the rivalry game in the mid 1970s.

In the fall of 1988, the Martin/Nixon game coincided with the release of "Rattle and Hum" at a local movie theater.  (That one is a useless bit of trivia)  

In 1993, then-Superintendent Vidal Trevino cancelled the game.  (See photo for details; via La Pitahaya)

After that season, for safety's sake, games would take place on Saturday afternoons.

In June of 2008, the football schedule revealed that the Martin/Nixon game would be played on August 30, due to Nixon's designation as Class 4A.

In 2009, the event took place on a Thursday.  On a Thursday!

In November 2010, the game was played at the UISD Student Activity Complex.  The new Shirley Field was still not ready.

May the best team win.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

On This Day In November

November 1, 1823 Col. Santos Benavides born. Great great grandson of Tomas Sanchez. Colonel in Confederate Army. Member of Reform Club (Guaraches)
November 1, 2002 Laredo Bucks home debut.
November 1, 2017 Shortstop Carlos Correa proposes to Laredoan Daniella Rodriguez after Houston Astros win World Series. 
November 2, 2015 City council votes for feasibility study for convention center.
November 1984 Texas Monthly speaks of Laredo News in story “The Sheets of Laredo.”
November 4, 1986 Judith Zaffirini elected as TX state senator (online photo)
November 4, 2014 Councilman Jorge Vera recalled from office.
November 4, 2015 Councilman Esteban Rangel announces candidacy for commissioner.
November 5, 2003 Jerome Fletcher shoots LCC athlete Victor Cardona nine times at San Dario and Calton.
November 5, 1993 Martin vs Nixon football game cancelled by superintendent.
November 5, 2015 Cell phone ban ordinance goes into effect. (90 day grace period)
November 6, 1972 Alfonso Gomez Rejon is born. 
November 6, 2014 Exploding manhole covers downtown.
November 7, 2000 Dan Rather on election night: “Hotter than a Laredo parking lot.”
November 7, 2014 Luciano Duarte of Serenata Nocturna passed away.
November 8, 2016 United H.S. Band performs at UIL State Marching Competition in San Antonio.
November 9, 1918 David Barkley Cantu died (drowned in Meuse River, WWI).
November 10, 2018 U.S. troops arrive at border to set up Jersey concrete barriers, later install barbed concertina wire.  
November 10, 2021 Administrators inaugurate new vocational building at Nixon H.S. 
November 11, 1928 La Reynera Bakery opens.
November 11, 1912 Thomas C. Mann born in Laredo. US Diplomat. (Mann Rd.)
November 11, 1982 Bonfire (yearbook picture)
November 11, 1965 Bridge 2 not yet a reality. Bridge constructed until 1976 (photos in blog post: March 2, 2015)
November 12, 2008 Laredo National Bank logo coming down. (blog photo)
November 12, 1925 Mauricio "Wicho" Garcia was born. (Roli's Music Hall, Casa Blanca Convention Ctr?)
November 12, 2014 Pete Saenz sworn in as mayor. Raul Salinas bids farewell.
November 13, 2002 Tool performs 1st concert at Laredo Entertainment Center.
November 13, 1933 Estanislao "Tanis" Valdez born. CAA Daycare Director; Deputy Director of Laredo Community Development Agency
November 14, 2016 Chacon Creek bridge closed for repairs. 
November 15, 1983 Nixon HS Band wins 5A state marching competition.
November 15, 2021 City officials used flag of Chile during groundbreaking ceremony for Springfield Ave. expansion. 
November 18, 2014 City Manager Carlos Villarreal retirement started today.
November 18, 2018 Mercy Hospital owners signed agreement with Houston investors to turn the dilapidated building into the World Free Trade Plaza.
November 22, 1979 First Guajolote 10K Race.
November 23, 2011 Domino’s delivery driver Derek Trevino struck by drunk driver.  Taken to hospital, pronounced dead on the 24th

November 24, 2006 Joe Rubio Sr. released from jail due to poor health.
November 24, 2005 JB Alexander Band marched in the Macy's Parade in N.Y. 
November 26, 1976 Bridge 2 opened. Also known as the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge.
November 26, 1905 HEB store opened in Kerrville, TX. (Laredo store photo)
November 26, 2019 Officer and two people injured in shootout in north Laredo. More than 70 rounds were fired; shooter used AR-15 rifle.
November 27, 1937  Mike Jacaman Jr. is born. He and his wife Martha opened Mike's Western Wear on April 1, 1981.
November 27, 2017 At Commissioners Court meeting, Patricia Barrera officially resigns as County Tax Assessor. 
November 28, 2011 Laredo Lemurs officially added to the American Association for 2012 season.
November 28, 2011 City council voted for Garros Services, LLC to get refrigerated facilities contract.

November 28, 2012 City council badgers Occupy Laredo.