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

Friday, September 24, 2010

Feliz cumpleaños?

After this hiatus.... I return to Oaxaca and its my birfday.  Best comment of the day comes from our friend at Amate Books - "Think celsius!

Hey, I am only 15.5!!!

In truth, the trip to the north was depressing.  First, to repair all the damage to my house done by my tenants.  I may never rent again... well, I need a few months to recover.

Second, the US is really messed up.  Sure, there are many good things and people, but dios mio, at an institutional level, whether it be finance, government, religious, corporate, educational, ethical, media... name one that is functioning.  It is like swimming in a sewer.  Okay, maybe that is too harsh, but every time I return I notice great changes everywhere I look.  The systems are not functioning well, often blatantly corrupt and yet very few comment on the obvious.  And nothing gets done... except the rich get richer.

Of course, Mexico is screwed up.  We all know that.  And what's more, they counted on me to lead the revolution on the 16th and I bailed and what out of the country.  So I guess, it is all my fault once again.  What am I supposed to?  It is tough being the Center of the Universe (COTU).  I know, I know, you think you are, but that is only because I kindly let you think that.

Speaking up screwed up.  Mexican politics are soooo weird and corrupt. 
from the Latin American Herald Tribune

"A Mexican politician wanted since May 2009 on charges of colluding with drug traffickers was sworn-in Thursday as a member of the lower house of Congress..... The newly seated lawmaker, who is the half-brother of Michoacan Gov. Leonel Godoy, told reporters he entered Congress through “the main door,” apparently eluding the Federal Police said to be waiting to arrest him..... Julio Godoy, an attorney, said he would represent himself in the criminal case.... Though he now enjoys parliamentary immunity and cannot be arrested, the congressman said he would voluntarily appear before judicial authorities if asked."
You can't make this stuff up. It is like playing hide-and-seek.  Allie, allie, all home free.
¡Viva Mexico! Glad to be back.

1 comment:

La Cubanófila said...

Whoa! Pretty scary, and I'm not referring to our ages! (BTW, muy feliz cumpleaños, Crees.)