The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco de Mayo - Oh?.... meh

I know that yesterday was Star Wars day - May the Fourth be with you - but today, Cinco de Mayo, is a much bigger deal in El Norte than it is here.  It isn't even a holiday.

In the U.S. it is another opportunity for everyone to party and for every business to cash in.  So go crazy and enjoy it.  I am sure there are margaritas and tacos being sold everywhere.  I am just imagining that Dunkin' Donuts morning burrito... mmmm. 

We are getting closer to every day being a sponsored event, kinda like David Foster Wallace wrote about in Infinite Jest.

But I digress... Cinco de Mayo, here in Oaxaca, is basically a non-event.  I am sure, just to the north, in Puebla, there is something going on, as on this day in 1862, the Mexican army celebrated a victory over French forces, but in most of Mexico, it is just another day.

I guess it is like St. Patrick's day when everyone is Irish.  So on Cinco de Mayo everyone is Mexican.  I bet that is making some heads explode on the right.  Relax and enjoy that margarita or just a straight up shot of mezcal.  As for the food, there ain't nothin' like the real thing, but have a taco for me.  Party on, Garth.... I mean, Juan. ¿Dónde está la fiesta?

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