‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land, Not a Trumpette was stirring, not even a Trump. The country was in fear, but the Trump had no care, As he dreamt about the cash that would soon be there. The folks were fearful nestled in their beds, With visions of turmoil dancing around… Read More A Visit from Donald Trump
As some of you are aware, I have developed a life-style brand t-shirt around the “immigrants make America great” slogan in response to the dehumanizing of immigrants that arose during the most recent presidential elections. I appreciate the many comments letting me know how much you like the concept and the graphics. Some of you… Read More Immigrant Make America Great Black Friday Special
I was beyond dismayed when I heard Donald Trump state that Mexicans, like me, were “rapists” adding that although he supposed “some were good people,” the clear majority, according to him, were “thieves” and a danger to the United States. Since the time he uttered those words I have heard that he “didn’t really mean… Read More Countering the Dehumanizing of Immigrants Via a Lifestyle Brand
Like many of you, I paid my taxes yesterday. In addition to the taxes that I owed, I also paid a tax, or fine, however you want to look at it, for not having health insurance. The Affordable Health Act, or Obama Care is one of those government imposed requirements that are meant to cure… Read More The Arithmetic of the Affordable Health Care Act
As I made my way down the jet way on Monday, I stopped dead on my tracks. Right there, on the jet way wall was a simple message that epitomized El Paso’s identity crisis. Through the years, El Paso’s leadership has used Albuquerque, Austin, Santa Fe or the city du jour as the model for… Read More An El Paso Identity Crisis
I’ll keep today’s post short and to the point. I just want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support of my blog. It is because of readers, such as yourselves, that I keep blogging. I also want to thank those of you that continuously support and encourage me through your… Read More Best Wishes in 2016
Merry Christmas! Yes, Merry Christmas, although I know it is not the politically correct thing to say. I have been thinking about rights as envisioned by different constitutions and points of view lately. Much of it has to do with the threat of ISIS/ISIL and what it means to our futures. I am child of… Read More A Very Un-Politically Correct Merry Christmas
**Spoiler Alert** If you are planning on seeing the movie then stop reading now, I cannot comment about the movie without revealing some of the plot. Before you go, just know that obviously Peter Svarzbein nor the Cd. Juárez mayor had seen the movie before using it for political points. **Do not continue to read… Read More My Observations About the Sicario Movie
Apparently, I have a knack of upsetting many individuals that read my blog for many different reasons. Obviously, upsetting politicos is part of the blogging game. That comes with the territory. Upsetting readers is something a blogger does not like to do because it is the readers that keep the blog going. However, upsetting readers… Read More A Reader is Upset About My Grammar
A reader sent me an interesting comment this weekend about El Paso’s Domestic Partner’s issue. The reader, which asked to remain anonymous, pointed out that now that the US Supreme Court has ruled on the gay issue, the protected group that the El Paso domestic partners initiative catered to is no longer necessary. If you… Read More Revisiting El Paso’s Domestic Partners Issue
As some of you know, I have been working for myself since the early 90’s. When I started out, I thought it was simple to be in business for yourself. I used to believe that it only took honesty and hard work and everything would be smooth. I do not regret embarking on being self-employed… Read More Ten Things I Wish I Had Known About Business Before I Started
Last week I asked you who you wanted me to cartoon next. In the coming weeks I plan on cartooning others so that I can eventually have a complete set of those who are working together to tax you to death. The results of the poll that I put up on my blog last week,… Read More The Voters Have Spoken
I am currently working on various projects for my blog. Each of them requires significant research. All of this has to be squeezed in between my real job and family obligations. Truth be told, I am a little tired of the politics and wanted to take a break. I was going to write a quick… Read More Just a Little Humor for Today
My post on Ann Coulter’s comments about Mexican culture resulted in a firestorm of comments on my blog’s Facebook page. I expected that, because her words express such a hatred for Mexicans that they expose her racism. As I looked at the comments, I realized that there is some debate about how to define racism.… Read More The Face of Racism in America Today
No! Today is not Mexican Independence Day! It is not the day all Mexicans go out and party. Moreover, it is not an excuse to walk around in sombreros thinking you are being cute. Contrary to the marketing of the Corona beer marketing team, Cinco de Mayo is the recognition of how the Mexican people came… Read More Thank Corona Beer for Misguided Festivities
I received a request earlier this week from Lauren Toelle. She is looking for her birth mother and I agreed to profile her on my blog. Toelle was born in El Paso and is searching for any information that anyone may be able to offer her, regarding her birth mother. Lauren provided me with the… Read More Woman Seeks Birth Mother
One of the things I do not like about Orlando is that the food is mediocre, at best. Yes, I know that there are fancy restaurants in Orlando that few cities have. However, for a Mexican like me the food in Orlando just plain sucks. There is only so much Cuban or Puerto Rican food… Read More El Paso Company Ships Food to Expatriates
It may seem to most of you that I consistently complain about taxes. The fact is that taxes are necessary and offer many benefits to society. All of you are aware of the benefits of education, infrastructure and security offered by taxes. Of course, there is the abuse by many. However, there are also other… Read More The Benefits of Taxes
This morning Orlando held its first official gay marriage ceremonies. Although last week there was confusion when the US Supreme Court refused to extend a federal judge’s Florida gay marriage ban, Circuit Judge Timothy Shea ruled last week that the Orange County clerk could issue marriage licenses to gay couples starting today. Therefore, today, Florida… Read More Gay Rights – Times are Changing
Today, I just want to express to every one of you that takes the time to read my blog how much I appreciate you. The fact is that without readers, like yourself, there would be no reason for my blog. Whether you agree with me or not is immaterial. What is important is that your… Read More Merry Christmas
Here is some humor for Labor Day 2014. Enjoy!
The American countries are dominating the 2014 World Cup. For those indoctrinated in US schools, the Americas is the American continent from Canada down to the tip of Argentina and Chile. Of the sixteen countries that have advanced, eight are from the Americas, two are from Africa, Algeria and Nigeria and the rest (six) are… Read More Mexico and the US Advance to the Round of Sixteen
Yes, its true, Mexico is at the 2014 Winter Olympics being represented by a prince. Say what, a prince is representing Mexico at the Olympics? Many individuals underestimate Mexico based on erroneous notions driven by the mass media. The fact is that Mexico’s cultural heritage and identity is more complex then drug cartels, beaches and… Read More Mexico at the Winter Olympics, Say What?
In honor of the season I’m going to share with you what I like about El Paso. I realize that this may come as a shock to many of you but there are many things I like about El Paso. In fact, of all of the cities that I have lived in, El Paso ranks… Read More Merry Christmas!
As some of you know I am a dabble writer, a prose architect, who in my own mind is the next great author of our time, but in reality I am nothing more than a hacker sitting in front of my keyboard with spell check at the ready to correct my atrocious spelling and typing… Read More Tell Us a Story, a Challenge from Mashable and the Third Renaissance of Mankind
Earlier this month and because my favorite five-year old is fascinated with city busses, I decided to sample Orlando from a different perspective. Having spent time traversing Europe in the eighties and spending time in different cities in Mexico and the US, large and small, I am no stranger to public transportation. Sometimes public transportation… Read More Orlando via a City Bus
It is always interesting trying out new and unique places to eat. Food trucks have always been my favorite as they remind me of the Taquerias I grew up with in Mexico. Recently, Food Trucks have started to come unto their own as unique, often interesting food experiences fit for food connoisseurs everywhere. Today’s experience… Read More Lunch Food Truck: A lesson in today’s business evolution flux
No it wasn’t Mexican food. It was American eclectic food. We went to Yellow Dog Eats, an interesting take on food. The place is quaint and unique. It is definitely not some box-cutter franchise chain restaurant found in most corners of the world. According to the restaurant’s back-story, it used to be a country store… Read More Finally Some Spicy Food!
A restaurant’s name should fit the restaurant and in the case of Orlando’s, Gringos Locos it couldn’t have been more appropriate. Because it is “16 de septiembre”, Mexico’s Independence Day of celebration, I figured I’d continue my search for the best Mexican food restaurant in Orlando. I should have left well enough alone. I like… Read More Gringos Locos, the horror!
A wonderful thing about Orlando is that you are surrounded with outdoor activities as well as the weather to keep you busy for a lifetime. The proximity to the beaches should rank as one of the top five reasons to make Orlando your home. It is quickly becoming a tradition for my family to enjoy… Read More Bikinis, Sun and, oh so sad, the whales…
Please note: This is an observation of today’s event and no endorsement, for or against, the intent of the protestors is intended, nor should one be assumed. I do not have enough information to form an opinion on their grievance or proposed solution. I was enjoying my Cuban sandwich under a cloudy wonderful Orlando afternoon… Read More Chanting and Marching in Downtown Orlando; America Whimpers for Change
I was warned by many friends that one of the hardest things I would face in Orlando would be the weather. Apparently, Orlando is known more by its hot and humid weather rather than its amusement parks. Funny thing is that my friends were both right and wrong about this. They were right about the… Read More Adjusting to the climate in Orlando; it is cold!
On the business side, my experience has been lackluster at best. Although it is still too early to judge the business climate in Orlando my experience has been negative in terms of business to business service. As I am opening a new office for my company in Orlando I set out early on Monday morning… Read More Realty Irritations
My experience so far in Orlando has been mixed. On the personal side, it has been much better than I could have expected. People in Orlando have been friendly and helpful. I was welcomed officially into the city last Sunday with a dinner invitation by Crystal, Nick, Nina and Stephen. Crystal is a coworker and… Read More Tolls, transponders and great salsa!
One of the coolest things about Orlando is its proximity to cities of interest. For Thanksgiving Day, my family and I elected to explore Miami. Because of Miami’s proximity to Orlando and because it is such a large city we decided to focus our initial exploration to two specific points of interest leaving the rest… Read More South Beach for Thanksgiving
The issue of global warming has been bugging me for a while now so I thought I’d post some comments for discussion. There is no doubt that we, as humans, have left our mark on the earth, we are after all the species that has dominated so far. But, I cannot help to think that… Read More Comments on global warming
Sin patria, un producto de dos países, sin hogar que llame su propio. Déjeme les cuento la historia de uno que nació en un país y creció en otro. Siempre dividido entre dos patrias pero nunca miembro de uno o del otro porque para aceptar uno debe de abandonar el otro. La matriz del ser… Read More El de Sin Patria