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

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Just thinkin'

A quick observation or two as I while away the hours waiting for Earl to arrive. A quick visit to El Norte, first torrential rains, then searing heat and now a hurricane? Was it something I, the Center of the Universe, said? Yes, I do know that you think you are the Center of the Universe, but you're not. It is meeeeeee!

First, mosquitos are very slow here. In Oaxaca, I don't even know I am bitten until the awful itch starts. They are more potent there and fast? I can hardly ever swat them while they are on me. I have to try and grab them while airborne. Here, molasses in January.

Second, a shoutout to Apple. I brought a dead battery back with me, took it to the Apple store on Boyleston and had a replacement in under a minute... free! Makes the whole trip worthwhile.

Third, I don't know how to say this, but there are lots of grotesquely fat people in this country. I never see anything even closely resembling this in Mexico. Oaxaqueños can be thick, full bodied, tortillas and tamales can do that, but I have been blown away by the gross obesity which seems fairly common here. Weird.

And I almost forgot, it was magical to be back here for the end of the War in Iraq. The celebrations have been inspiring. Oh, there weren't any? It started out with "Shock and Awe" and ended with "Aw, shucks."

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