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

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Success.... well, not really. More like half of success.  Sucks.  Forgive my cynicism and feeling a little down, but this whole planton thing.... well, it sucks.

I keep going in to check out the action, but really how many shots of tents and tarps can one take?  All the streets surrounding the zocalo are filled with teachers camping out and vendors selling everything from food to clothes, dvd's, trinkets, hammocks, miracle cures, you name it.  There are ropes and strings holding up the tarps and tents and of course, everything is at neck or lower level.  At one point in the zocalo I could not get through the cat's cradle of ropes, so I just retreated.
Yesterday it was marches and there was a counter demonstration and march against the teachers and their marches.  Yes, it is getting ugly and as I said yesterday, it smells bad, too.  However, there has been some progress.
Today, it was shut down the important offices, banks and shopping centers.  We are talkin' the vital services for the city like the major Coke and Pepsi distributors.

So it is hard to do business.  Hey, it is hard to even get to the business to do business.  You can't get there from here.  It is not helping the tourists cafes, that's for sure.
Of course, it could be worse.  You might need to carry bricks by hand through the maze because the truck has to park ten blocks away.  Fourteen bricks!!! 
Unbelievable how strong and steady these workers are.  I bet I would have a hard time with six bricks and I know these bricks.  I have used them a lot.  Fourteen??  For ten blocks??  Dodging ropes???  Now that is success.  Insane, but success.
Nice Orange County Choppers shirt.

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