Me, Chuey, and John Bonham

“Don’t forget the thing about the window,” Rich tells me as we say goodbye at the Minneapolis airport. “It’s really hard to get the window back up again if it slides down. Right now there’s cardboard jammed down in there to keep it up.” “Oh yeah, the window…” I say unenthusiastically. Rich just got our van running again after several fallow years in the yard; when I land in Portland and pick the van up, it’ll be my first time […]

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GiraDora!

Vintage image of people washing clothes in river.

We could have used this back during those long afternoons we spent bent over rocks in the Rio Purificacion.

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El Codo: Learning Great Knots for Camping

Yes, knots and ropes are geeky. That is, they seem geeky until you need to learn how to stop tarps from flying off the roof of your car, how to prevent your campsite from flying down the beach, or how to make the perfect loop to hoist a solar shower bucket up onto a coconut palm. Animated Knots by Grog has great illustrated guides for knots that will solve all of the above situations. The site is organized by activity […]

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Snapshots from Mexico: Burros and Mascaras

A wall of Mexican clown masks

editor’s note: My “sainted mother” Tina Rosa just sent me the following pictures from Mexico. Makes me homesick for San Miguel…Oh to be startling a random burro…Though if I’m going to be wishing myself into any Mexican situation, I think I’d be eating a milanesa torta on my way up to the zocalo. Or, of course, swinging in a Tenacatita hammock.

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¡Obamanos!

The Obama Administration has instituted a policy that will make a deportation waiver and two-year work permit available to certain undocumented Americans ages 16-30 who are in school, have a high school or equivalent diploma, or have served in the military.  According to the Christian Science Monitor as many as 800,000 undocumented teenagers and young adults, who are in reality more Estadounidense than Mexicano, might be spared the fate of struggling to get by in an unfamiliar language and culture […]

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Noticias

Deportes – Mexico’s U23 men’s soccer team is going to the London Olympics! After beating Canada 3-1 in the semifinal round, Mexico beat Honduras 2-1 in a largely meaningless match, as both teams had already qualified. In going undefeated through the qualifiers, Mexico outscored opponents by an astounding 16-3. Inmigración – The Christian Science Monitor reports that illegal immigration to the United States has dropped to a “net zero” state. With the US economy struggling and tough new laws in […]

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Noticias

Deportes – Mexico beat Panama 1-0 in men’s U23 Olympic Soccer qualifiers. Undefeated in three Group B games, Mexico outscored opponents 11-1. Mexico faces Group A runner up, Canada, on Saturday. A victory on Sunday earns Mexico a ticket to London 2012. In unrelated sporting news, Mexico City is considering a bullfighting ban. Religion – The Latin American Herald Tribune reports that 640,000 people attended the mass given by Pope Benedict XVI in Silao, Guanajato.  Despite the enormous turnout, the […]

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Noticias

Religion – Pope Benedict visits Mexico at a time when the Church is struggling with scandal and an image problem in Mexico. Benedict is not nearly as popular as his predecessor, John Paul, who visited Latin America almost every year of his papacy. Benedict, in contrast, has only visited once before, a 2007 visit to Brazil. Deportes – I was hoping this would turn into a bizarre telenovela that could entertain me throughout the summer, but Jose Canseco’s time with […]

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News Round Up

by Rich Peterson Deportes – Mexico faces the United States in a qualifying match in women’s Olympic soccer in Vancouver, Canada.  Mexico and the U.S. are tied atop the Group B standings, but after scoring a ridiculous 27 goals in two recent games, the U.S. holds the tie-breaker.  Mexico handed the U.S. women’s team it’s first ever loss in a World Cup qualifier 14 months ago, and hope to make the road to London 2012 a little more rough for […]

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