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Friday, May 28, 2010


Think that I will just have a little fun with this blog site just because I can! After all, that is the name of the place. Have not posted to this place in ages. Could it be that I was very comfortable with where I am at. Hell I don’t know but a lot has happened since my last post. The world seems to be revolving backwards. Any gains that the human race has made has to gone to hell in a what? Oh yes, handbasket.

Q From Brian Walker: Can you please tell me anything about the origin of the phrase going to hell in a handbasket?

A This is a weird one. It’s a fairly common American expression, known for much of the twentieth century. But it’s one about which almost no information exists, at least in the two dozen or so reference books I’ve consulted. William and Mary Morris, in their Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, confess to the same difficulty. A handbasket is just a basket to be carried in the hand (my thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary for that gem of definition). The Dictionary of American Regional English records to go to heaven in a handbasket rather earlier than the alternative, which doesn’t appear in print until the 1940s (Walt Quader tells me that Burton Stevenson included a citation in his Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims and Familiar Phrases from Bayard Kendrick’s The Odor of Violets, published in 1941). But DARE quotes a related expression from 1714: “A committee brought in something about Piscataqua. Govr said he would give his head in a Handbasket as soon as he would pass it”, which suggests that it, or at least phrases like it, have been around in the spoken language for a long time. For example, there’s an even older expression, to go to heaven in a wheelbarrow, recorded as early as 1629, which also meant “to go to hell”. I can only assume that the alliteration of the hs has had a lot to do with the success of the various phrases, and that perhaps handbasket suggests something easily and speedily done.

We may never know but I think that you get the essence of the phrase.  In other words things are just not going that well. Perhaps God is playing tricks with us. Maybe he always has but this time it is way to cruel. But what the heck, he owns the football!

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Barrio Pictures

May 26, 2010

This is where I live and here are some vatos del barrio aqui en Patzuaro. December 12th Cannon Camera 047

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Practicing Spanish In A Patzcuaro Taxi Cab

May 23, 2010

A few days ago I called for a taxi cab to take me to a friend’s house. I got in the cab and the driver started to drive into town. Or at least it appeared that is where he was heading. The shortest route is down to the libramiento Zaragoza. But this is not unusual as cab drivers here don’t take the quickest smoothest route! They prefer to use narrow bumpy streets instead! It is not that they want to get a higher fare. That’s just what they do! In other words I was being taken for a ride literally.

I was not worried, and did not try to suggest which way to go. This was a good opportunity to practice my Spanish. If you don’t use it you’ll lose it! The conversation went like this’. “the weather, well yes it is a lot hotter not at all typical of what it used to be. Town is changing to fast with the new stores and the libramiento (the main drag). And the traffic light cause so many problems. The old system of speed bumps worked so much better and there were far less traffic accidents!” And all the time I am agreeing or contributing to the conversation.

We have gone half way into town and doubled back to my destination. I have to ask, but no this has nothing to do with where we’re going, but if he is from Patzcuaro. No he tells me I am originally from DF, “de efe”. This is Mexico City or more generally Distrito Federal. Smile comes to my face as I think chilango ? So I ask the cabbie about the word as applied to people from Mexico City. He says it is used incorrectly as it applies to people from Provencia that settled in Mexico City. I am sure that he has heard it before as applied to people that tend to call rude, overbearing,demanding, and obnoxious! Many people from Patzcuaro tend to call them chilangos. I am sure it is unfair as there are lots of folks from DF who are not at all like that! The cabbie knew that I was half joking and half ask for clarification. He did not appear to feel insulted.

Getting closer to my destination, we are still heavily involved in conversation. He gave me his take on how Juarez got to be the way that it is. He suggested that in the Sixties the twin plant industries attracted thousands to the border and many stayed on the border thus contributing to the problems found there. My take was a bit different but for the sake of brevity I will not include it here.

Arriving at my friend’s house, we still had not finished our conversation! Told the cab driver how much I enjoyed the conversation and that I was a little sad to see it end. Likewise he told me it had been a pleasure. So I paid the fare, he did not overcharge me, and I was glad to practice my Spanish. I do not get the opportunity very often. Gracias Señor!

Felling Alienated

April 26, 2010

I am bit afraid now to go back home to the USA. Although I was born in the US and grew up there I just don’t feel that it is home anymore. Why is that you might ask. Well I feel closer now to my Mexican heritage that to the gringo one. I am likely to be stopped when I cross the border because I may look foreign. Now what does that mean you might ask?

Orgullo Purepecha

September 22, 2009


Attached is a like to Purepecha Yahoo group where you will find a lot more information on your culture and much more. You may need to join this group to post comments and get other information.  I  hope that this helps in your quest. Thanks for commenting on my FREE HOLE ERO blog.


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US astronaut says legalize undocumented Mexicans

September 14, 2009

US astronaut says legalize undocumented Mexicans


Way to go Astro Jose!

FILE - In this May 2004 file photo, Jose M. Hernandez, one of six mission AP – FILE – In this May 2004 file photo, Jose M. Hernandez, one of six mission specialist candidates in NASA’s …

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Writer Julie Watson, Associated Press Writer 43 mins ago

MEXICO CITY – Spaceman Jose Hernandez said Monday the United States needs to legalize its undocumented immigrants — a rare, public stand for a U.S. astronaut on a political, hot-button issue.

Mexicans have hung on every word of NASA’s first astronaut to tweet in Spanish — as Astro_Jose — since the son of migrants embarked on his two week, 5.7-million-mile mission to the international space station that ended Friday.

And they’re still listening to him now that he is back on Earth.

During a telephone interview with Mexico’s Televisa network, Hernandez pushed for U.S. immigration reform — a key issue for Mexico that has been stalled in Washington amid fierce debate.

“The American economy needs them,” said Hernandez, 47, a California native who toiled in the cucumber, sugar beet and tomato fields alongside his Mexican-born parents. “I believe it’s only fair to find a way to legalize them and give them an opportunity to work openly, so they can also retire in a traditional U.S. system.”

NASA spokesman James Hartsfield told The Associated Press that Hernandez was expressing his personal views, “not representing NASA, the astronaut office or any NASA organization in his responses.”

Hernandez said he wished all world leaders and politicians could see the Earth as he has, “so they could see our world, that really we are one, that we should work together.”

“What surprised me is when I saw the world as one. There were no borders. You couldn’t distinguish between the United States and Mexico,” he told Televisa.

Hernandez’s success shows why Mexican migrants have risked their lives to cross the U.S. border illegally to work their way out of poverty.

Millions in Mexico watched Hernandez’s mission daily on Televisa, as well as following it on Twitter, where his dispatches appeared in English and Spanish. Hernandez also danced salsa, munched burritos and discussed Mexico’s World Cup aspirations while floating in space aboard the shuttle Discovery.

Past NASA space missions barely got a mention on Mexican newscasts.

Hernandez’s trip into orbit came at a time when the American dream for Mexicans and their families is fading. Deportations of illegal immigrants are at record levels, while tightened border security and the recession have caused a historic drop in the number of migrants heading north.

The rookie astronaut was one of two Mexican-Americans aboard, marking the first time two Hispanics have flown in space together. Astronaut Danny Olivas was making his second space flight. Rodolfo Neri Vela, a scientist, was the first Mexican citizen to make it to space, flying aboard the shuttle Atlantis in 1985.

Hernandez learned English at age 12, and applied for 12 straight years to become an astronaut before getting picked in 2004.

President Felipe Calderon has invited him to dinner at the presidential residence to talk about a future Mexican space agency. Hernandez’s parents are from Calderon’s home state of Michoacan, which has one of Mexico’s largest populations of migrants in the United States.

The Michoacan town of Ticuitaco, meanwhile, wants to build a science museum in his name to inspire others to follow in Hernandez’s footsteps.

“Jose Hernandez sets an example for our youth,” said the town’s mayor, Ricardo Guzman.


AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn in Houston contributed to this report.


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Conservation of Patzcuaro should be part of the political agenda

September 6, 2009

La conservación de Pátzcuaro debe ser parte de la agenda política: Adrián Iturbide


Conservacion de Patzcuaro

Above is a link to a very interesting and informative article about Enrigue Luft and the historic conservation of Patzcuaro. Because the article is in Spanish I would like to provide a brief summary as follows.

Last Friday tribute was given to Enrigue Luft for his effort to preserve the history and culture of Patzcuaro. It is noted that the city has been designated a prime tourist center been highly published as such the Pueblo Magico ads but the federal government. Those that really love Patzcuaro and its history have come to realize how trying to push the city into becoming a more modern city have hurt more than helped it destroying what it really should be. It should hold true to it’s history of old churches and a people that value it’s culture and traditions.

Enrique’s has realized in Patzcuaro the important work of restoration, conservation, and promotion of the rich culture and architecture of the city. And that is why he was honored.

He did not have kind words for what has become of the city and so we are admonished that the  conservation of Patzcuaro should part of the political agenda. There is so much more in this article that we should take note of, such as the criticism of the governments Pueblo Magic program but is you are interested please go to the actual article why does a great job of telling it like it is!

And if you don’t read Spanish maybe I can help translate a bit.

El homenaje que el pasado viernes se le rindió a Enrique Luft no pudo sustraerse de los conflictos que actualmente enfrenta la ciudad de Pátzcuaro, que ha sido posicionada como uno de los principales destinos de turismo cultural en la entidad, pero eso mismo ha provocado que el desarrollo urbano, en busca de su vocación turística, haya perdido parte de su imagen arquitectónica tradicional. Al respecto, Adrián Iturbide manifestó que la conservación de Pátzcuaro debe ser parte de la agenda política, mientras que el secretario de Cultura, Jaime Hernández Díaz, advirtió que mientras a nivel constitucional no se otorgue facultades a los estados y municipios para gestionar su patrimonio histórico, poco se podrá avanzar en la conservación del mismo.

Enrique Luft ha realizado en Pátzcuaro una importante labor de restauración, conservación y promoción de la riqueza cultural y arquitectónica de Pátzcuaro, razón por la que el homenaje que se le rindió, desembocó ineludiblemente en una reflexión sobre los problemas urbanos que enfrenta Pátzcuaro desde hace unas décadas, pero dicha reflexión se presenta con mayor urgencia en la coyuntura del aniversario 475 de su fundación como ciudad que se celebrará durante todo septiembre.

“Una autoridad municipal en los años 70, pretendiendo modernizar la ciudad, quitó los empedrados de las calles, otra podó los árboles de la plaza Don Vasco y otro derrumbó la capilla de Santa Catarina del siglo XVI para poner locales comerciales. ¿Cómo pasó todo esto?”, abrió la reflexión Adrián Iturbide, quien ha formado parte del consejo de Adopte una Obra de Arte.

Adrián Iturbide hizo un recuento de la forma en que la imagen urbana y arquitectónica de Pátzcuaro ha cambiado, sobre todo porque las casas habitación cambiaron su vocación por un uso comercial, tal como lo exige la vocación turística que se le ha dado a la ciudad. Frente a estas transformaciones vertió una serie de propuestas: e_SDLqcuidar la zona de monumentos, recuperar los empedrados y conservar los tejados; los ciudadanos deben involucrarse con su ciudad. El INAH está maniatado por su sindicato corrupto, además ha habido funcionarios venales que entregan el patrimonio. Debe restablecerse o refundarse si se quiere, la junta de conservación y participar en un plan de desarrollo que vincule realmente a los ciudadanos; no más proyectos de despachos que sólo sirven para obtener recursos federales y estatales; es necesario que Pátzcuaro no sea sólo un lugar turístico, pues éste es un concepto equivoco; debe ser un lugar donde se viva con calidad, donde la gente disfrute su Centro Histórico; es urgente que se cree un recinto ferial que permita mover los carromatos y juegos que destruyen la calidad de vida de los moradores; que se vayan los borrachos y que dejen a la ciudad en paz; la conservación de Pátzcuaro debe ser parte de la agenda política. Es imprescindible normar el comercio ambulante, y poner a funcionar los horribles edificios que con dinero federal de Pueblos Mágicos se quedaron a medias”.

Consideró que el mejor homenaje que se le puede ofrecer a Enrique Luft e_SDLqes decirnos que queremos cuidar a Patzcuaro y evitar que sea sólo el recuerdo de una foto amarillenta”.

Jaime Hernández Díaz retomó el tema y manifestó: e_SDLqcon mucha frecuencia las divisiones y conflictos que tienen que ver con puntos de vista generan un mundo de intolerancia y poco reconocimiento a los que contribuyen para la preservación del patrimonio. Eso nos hace olvidar figuras señeras y por eso es acertado hacer este reconocimiento a Enrique Luft”.

El secretario de Cultura reconoció que en los proyectos de desarrollo urbano muchas veces no se ha tomado en cuenta a todos los sectores de la población en Pátzcuaro, pero también advirtió que el tema de la conservación patrimonial es muy complejo, puesto que toca a diversos rubros del desarrollo social.

e_SDLqLas ciudades no son museos, son entes vivos y a veces quisiéramos que conservaran las circunstancias de hace 100 años y eso es muy difícil. No hemos desarrollado políticas que permitan lograr ese crecimiento para armonizar con los aspectos que tienen que ver con su riqueza arquitectónica, con su diseño y su traza. Ése es el problema”, expresó Jaime Hernández.

Agregó que desde que Enrique Luft eligió vivir en Pátzcuaro, la ciudad tiene alma, pero también lamentó que e_SDLqnuestro país ha carecido de instituciones sólidas que permitan consolidar el trabajo de los que han trabajado por la conservación. Nuestras instituciones de cultura y universidades descuidamos durante mucho tiempo esos aspectos que tienen que ver con la preservación del patrimonio”.

e_SDLqLas ciudades seguirán perdiendo su sentido que aún conservan, el patrimonio sigue siendo facultad sólo de la federación. Los ciudadanos tienen que tener instituciones apropiadas y tener facultades para que no se desencanten de las juntas de preservación, pero mientras eso no se concrete en legislación, no vamos a lograr conservar porque no se deja a las poblaciones locales usufructuar su patrimonio, conservarlo y preservarlo”.