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

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I am sure variations of this poster exist in most countries.  Elect this pig so we can continue to screw you or sumpin' like that.

It is interesting watching the politics here and in El Norte, the whole world for that matter.  I try to imagine what it would be like in Boston or LA if a union took over and essentially closed down the center of commerce.  Seeing as though the US dresses police in full military riot garb, heavily armed, even for grandmothers protesting, I don't think it would go too well.  The fact that the police in the States have adopted this as standard operating procedure is scary.

Maybe they learned it from their Mexican counterparts, although in truth, we all know that the US does everything bigger, better and scarier.  They make the police here look less scary, even though they are carrying big guns and are pretty frightening.  The police here don't have that attitude that the cops in El Norte have.  I mean, you can talk to these guys... some of them.

At any rate, things are happening here.  The teacher's sit-in continues.  People are not happy about it.

I think this Facebook post from the amazing woodcarver from Arrazola, Claudio Ojeda Morales, says it all.
Ulises ruin, los maestros, la appo, en el 2006 trajeron delincuentes de todos los rincones del estado,y de la república,les gusto Oaxaca y se quedaron,y ahora siguen desgraciando a oax, el zócalo es un nido de víboras, pobres turistas, pobre pueblo, pobre ciudad.

Ulises ruined everything, (with) the teachers, APPO, in 2006 they brought in delinquents from all the corners of the state and the country. They had a taste of Oaxaca and they liked it and left.  Now, they are back continue disgracing Oaxaca.  The zocalo is a nest of vipers.  Poor tourists, poor town, poor city.
They have not forgotten Ulises, the previous governor.  Many want him in jail or worse.  Yeah, they don't forget here, unlike in El Norte, which if I read the news correctly, it seems as if the Bush years never happened.  No one remembers anything.  They all get to write books and cash in.  Uh, I am not naive enough to realize that that kind of also stuff goes on here, only here it is an art  form.  Maybe the politicians, just like the police are learning from their Mexican counterparts.

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