Oficialmente ya estoy a dieta. No por que me pusieran (sea el doc o la novia) sino porque no me siento muy bien y creo que el peso exceso es lo que tiene que ver mucho con mi estado. Cuando me gradué de la high school estaba mas o menos bien de peso pero cuando empeze la universidad y empecé a vivir a solas me domino la comida de la calle. O me daba huevo o no tenia tiempo con la tarea. Antes jugaba baloncesto o cascarillas de fútbol y en la U. casi nada de eso. Así es que subí de peso y ahora…pues ahora ya es hora de regresar a lo que era antes. Otra cosa superficial que ahora me molesta y no por culpa mía son mis orejas. Ya van quien sabe cuantos niños/niñas que me preguntan que si que me paso en las orejas. A que escuincles tan fijados! Como les decia voy hacer lo opuesto a lo que hico el loco de Supersize Me.
The Detroit Pistons went down 2 games to 1 today, losing to the Miami Heat by who knows how much. It is frustrating to see Rip Hamilton miss shot after shot that he normally makes. Even more frustrating than that is that everyone was missing their free throws damnit! Anyhow, I am confident that they will come out strong game four.
Has anyone listened to the single Camisa Negra by Juanes? I can’t get that song out of my head. It sort of sounds like a rehash of one of his previous songs but I like it.
Game One goes to the Detroit Pistons 90-81. Sheed had a great game hitting several 3’s and making key defensive plays while Chauncey and Rip continue to be the most underrated guards in the NBA. Damn, I have to say that Chauncey Billups has ice water in his veins…he is always up for the challenge in the fourth quarter. The guy never tires of making clutch shots.
Game Two is on Wednesday. This series already has many similarities to last year’s Lakers series. Hopefully it’ll have the same outcome. No offense Laker fans but I am glad that they didn’t make the playoffs. Que bonito enfada Jellybean Jr.
On May 10 I took off to Jalisco again para pasarme allá las fiestas patronales del rancho. I had gotten back to the states on the 30th of April and I really should have just stayed put but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend more time with family and friends. I previously came back for several reasons 1) la noviecita 2) work related stuff 3) the Coachella Music Festival. I got to say that the second half of my visit was fun times. The fiesta is 9 days (novenario) of tribute to the local patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. The main day of the fiesta is May 15. Anyhow throughout those nine days there is plenty of music, food and drinks. I have to say that I am lucky to be from the great state of Jalisco. Jalisco is the state that has given us Vicente Fernandez and Maná, but more importantly it has helped us alter our state of mind with a drink that is derived from the maguey plant. Not that I am a borracho but everyday we contemplated what brand and what style of tequila we would get ourselves intoxicated with. Shall we drink tequila Reposado? Blanco? Añejo? What brand? 7 Leguas? Cazadores? Herradura? Cabrito? Centenario? Good times. Good times.
The fiesta is also the best excuse for the people that reside in the U.S. to make the trip back to their town. One of the reasons that I love the fiesta is that during the fiesta, the ranch resembles its old self. You get to see people that you haven’t seen in years. You meet for the first time the children of friends that you grew up with. It is essentially a town reunion. The last day of the fiesta is a day of much celebration but also of sadness because it signals the end of this yearly reunion and its time to go back to the states, for many including me.
During my visit, which overall was about a month, not everything was great. I came back with many criticisms of the ranch. It is disheartening to see suck a lack of town leadership and initiative. The plaza is falling apart and the jardin that once flourished is now non-existent. There is trash all over the town. One of the main entrances to the town is now doubling as a makeshift trash dump where one can see the “magic of plastic.”
Since many fathers, which are the heads of the household, leave to the U.S. for parts of the year to work there also seems to be a disintegration of the family. There seems to less respect towards the town elders by the town youth. When I was young you never cursed in the presence of an elder, much less curse at them, and this time around I saw this many times. Some of the adolescent girls miran alguien que viene de dinero y luego luego se van con ellos sin importarles las reglas de la familia, y mucho menos las de la religión. Claro que esto de “irse juida” es algo que siempre a ocurrido y va ocurrir pero ya es como la norma y para mi eso esta muy mal.
There is also a growing dependency on U.S. Dollars. It is getting to the point where there are youths that drop out of school and just bum it and live off the money that their relatives send. Some argue that there are no opportunities in Mexico and this is not true. There are less opportunities but there are ways to making a life in Mexico that don’t require you coming to the U.S. Interestingly, it seems that some of the younger women have taken it upon themselves to change the status quo. More and more girls from the ranch are finishing their schooling and become teachers, nurses, accountants, and even doctors. These licensiadas will unfortunately make much less money than in the U.S. but they can still live comfortably in Mexico. It impresses me when I hear of people from the ranch bettering their lives through education. There just needs to be more of it.
Beck’s new album esta chingón! It’s a much happier Beck from his last album Sea Change where he was a tad bit suicidal.
Tonight El Tri is going to be in, out of all places, Tulare. I am definitely there. I have yet to see them en persona but I here that their live act esta chingón. “Que viva el rocanrol!”
Can you believe it? Major Mexican bands are hitting the touring circuit and they are making stops in Central Cali. Tonight, of course, El Tri …in July Jaguares, Café Tacvba and Kinky…All I need is some Maná and Molotov and maybe a Rage Against the Machine reunion tour and I am set for the year.
Anyone want to recommend me a band that they think rocks? Please refrain from recommending me any bands que se dedican a tocar música asociada con El Pasito Duranguense que esa música ya me tiene hasta tu sabes donde.
Yo no puedo vivir sino en mi propia tierra; no puedo vivir sin poner los pies, las manos y el oído en ella, sin sentir la circulación de sus aguas y de sus sombras, sin sentir como mis raíces buscan en su légamo las substancias maternas.
After spending a few weeks in Mexico I cannot help but feel as though many memories were taken from me. I feel as though I should have more recollections of this land but I do not. How would things have been if we would have stayed in Mexico? Would I have received a college education? Would I be working the lands? I cannot help but feel sadness and disillusionment at what could have been, for better or worse. El México Que Se Nos Fue. I am not alone. I cannot be. I look around the ejido El Gobernador and I see a town that is abandoned. There are many empty houses and homes that were never even completed. The plaza is crumbling and in need of repair but nothing will be done. I have yet to hear a paisano tell me that they left Mexico because they wanted to. It is always economic (and sometimes political) reasons for their departure.
At night I walk to the plaza hoping that there will be young people but there isn’t. An entire segment of the population is missing. Seventeen to thirty-year olds are nowhere to be found. They have all left in search of the opportunities that the mal gobierno does not afford them in their own country. They have all gone off to el norte to work in a foreign country that desperately needs them but despises them.
Y mientras tanto a México se la lleva la chingada pero aun así sigue siendo mi primera patria.
I am off on an impromptu trip accompanying the family. Can you say road trip? That is right we will be driving to Jalisco, Mexico. I will be sure to take plenty of pictures! Wish me luck raza!