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, December 9, 2011


Sometimes construction jobs seem to happen very quickly.  Where there was once a field is now a building.  On the other hand certain building projects can take years.  These are often people's homes. As the money comes in, the construction continues in stops and starts. 
While I was in El Norte it seems like a lot got finished.  There is a huge new Walmart in the city.  I mean, huge.  A new Autozone, a few other franchises and this, a new Bodega Aurrera on the street from Etla to Tres Reyes. 
I wonder what it all means to the vendors, the stores and the nearby market.  The market is one of the best things about living where I do. What sort of change will this all bring?

It reminded me of this sign I saw in the market in Zimatlan. 
That market was graced with this beautiful statue.  Here decorated for El Dia del los Muertos.
Walmart or Aurrera ain't gonna have anything like that.
The Waltons or Walmart are/is very big in Mexico with hundreds of stores.  Just in Oaxaca, there is the new huge one that is only a kilometer from Sam's Club.  There are Bodega Aurreras and Super Aurreras all over the area.
Wal-Mart operates over 1,410[1] retail outlets in Mexico including restaurants and supermarkets, under the names Walmart, Superama, Suburbia, VIPS, Sam's Club and Bodega Aurrerá. The company is now Mexico's largest private sector employer.
Incidentally, "Aurrera" in Basque means “Come on.”
Read the history and the state of the Walton Empire in Mexico here and here.

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