Happy Birthday, Steve Rogers

Steve Rogers 1938-1999

Happy Birthday to our lost compadre, Steve Rogers. Steve would have been 74 today. Steve was a serious student of Mexican cooking and culture, and his knowledge of Mexico’s highway system rivaled that of the toughest pro trucker. I remember him best in the driver’s seat, tapping his meaty fingers on the steering wheel in tune to a classic country tune as we blazed across the high deserts of Mexico in a rattletrap van. He could  fix your camper (temporarily) with a coat hanger and create a six course meal out of the dregs of your cooler. He was irascibly funny, pleasantly depraved, and deeply kind. We miss him.

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  1. Steve & Jo says:

    Happy Birthday compadre Steve, we miss you. Steve & Jo at the Okefenokee

  2. Julie von Erffa says:

    Of course I remember Steve. He was one of my best friends. I learned so much from him Love to all of you.

  3. Lorena says:

    Thank you Churpa. What a wonderful description: “He was irascibly funny, pleasantly depraved, and deeply kind”. And a true friend.

  4. Cree McCree says:

    Raising a glass to the “irascibly funny, pleasantly depraved, and deeply kind” Steve! He was all that and more. Happy birthday, Mr. Rogers!

  5. -El Codo- says:

    Eternally plying byways and highways in the sky. Searching for the ultimate mercado de abastos. Fingers drumming on the steering wheel to an accordion rich ranchera tune. I am convinced of it.

  6. -El Codo- says:

    In honor of Steve’s birthday I strive for the banda to play…

    si quieres ir a lazar
    a las mulas de moreno
    si no quieres ir a pie
    ensilla la huajolota

    que te parece fine fine fine
    very good very good very good,
    very very very very goooood

    me le subi por el sincho
    me le fui por el tambojo
    al llegar al cojinsillo
    me encontre con el tubero

    que te parece fine fine fine
    very good very good very good,
    very very very very goooood

    yo tengo mi carabina
    cargada de chicharrones
    con que le tiro a los patos
    corazon por que estas triste

    que te parece fine fine fine
    very good very good very good,
    very very very very goooood

    en una tinaja de agua
    al mojero me encontre
    dandole agua a su machete
    y afilando su caballo

    que te parece fine fine fine
    very good very good very good,
    very very very very goooood

    al pasar por tu ventana
    me tirates con un limon
    si yo te tiro con otro
    que necesidad ay de eso

    que te parece fine fine fine
    very good very good very good,
    very very very very goooood

    en la punta de aquel cerro
    tengo una chiva amarrada
    si la chiva se soltara
    que chingazo se daria

    que te parece fine fine fine
    very good very good very good,
    very very very very goooood

    si tu quieres disfrutar
    de las mulas de moreno
    llevatelas pal arroyo
    pa que no te mire naiden

    que te parece fine fine fine
    very good very good very good,
    very very very very goooood

    ya con esta me despido
    del rancho de San Francisco
    hasta el año en ivero
    nadando por el desierto

    que te parece fine fine fine
    very good very good very good,
    very very very very goooood