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

Monday, April 9, 2012

¡Viva Faustino!

 One of my favorite drives goes through the heart of mezcal land.  I take it whenever I get a chance.
Years ago I did a photo shoot of Ron Cooper and tagged along as he visited one of his suppliers, Faustino, in Chichicapa.  I have returned several times to watch Faustino and his son work their magic of turning agave, maguey, into mezcal.  He makes a potent brew, anywhere between 98 and 110 proof, but for different villages, like Teotitlan del Valle, he makes one that is a mere 76 proof.  He does have a few clients who like it in the 150 range.  At any rate, it was great to see him yesterday and even though I do not drink, I still managed to buy ten liters of his "Gota de Chichicapa," gota meaning "a drop."
Faustino even has his own special bottle now.  How cool is that?
Faustino and family.
 Seeing as though mezcal goes for anywhere from $30 to $120 a liter in the States, I took advantage of buying from the source at $4.50 a liter.  I know my friends who are connoisseurs of mezcal and regularly stop by are going to enjoy every gota.

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