???????????????????????????????The Mega supermercado offers a Tarjeta Naranja, a frequent-shopper card and I finally signed up for it last week. Somehow, with that piece of plastic in my hand, I felt another step beyond the United States.  Unlike any store in the United States, Mega wanted me to produce a piece of identity and I later received my first two pieces of email that were totally in Spanish.

As I was walking to Centro yesterday, L from the UU Fellowship offered me a ride.  After he dropped me off and I was walking towards Santa Julia, I passed D walking in the opposite direction on Ancha San Antonio, also from the Fellowship.  It’s becoming a small world.


The map shows the locations of the old apartment (A) and the new casita (C) – 31 vs. 16 minute walk to Centro (B).  Mega’s location is at the bottom of the map.

new map

Latest from the civil list

The latest civil list discussion which roamed far from its original posting is that a number of men offer car washes at Mega.  They are not affiliated with the store in any way and make use of the store’s water and parking lot. Some people feel it’s unfair of Mega to force the men to cease (and are considering a protest/demonstration), while others feel Mega is a business that is being taken advantage of and has a right to control the use of its property. The devolution of the discussion went to the looming welfare state and socialism taking hold in this country.

A recent trend among preschools here is to begin blasting music over loudspeakers at 8 a.m.  It was true in Santa Julia as well as here on Las Moras.  I suspect it’s early morning exercise; while I wish I could participate to get my juices flowing, it is somewhat of a nuisance.  I suspect it could be loud enough for those in the immediate vicinity of the speakers without involving the neighborhood. The practice began earlier this month.

Bits and pieces


According to a new Pew Research Center report, a record 40 percent of households now have a mother who is the sole or primary source of income for their families.

This figure includes two very different groups of women: 63 percent are single mothers and 37 percent are women who are married and have a higher income than their spouses. As Bryce Covert notes at Think Progress, the former group  is sitting pretty–at nearly $80,000 in 2011, their family income tends to be much higher than the national median. The single mothers, on the other hand, are earning just $23,000.

The Crunk Feminist Collective takes on Tyler Perry’s latest (Tyler Perry Hates Black Women: 5 Thoughts on The Haves and Have Nots), offered by Oprah’s network, OWN.  Oprah spawned Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, so should we be surprised? The Crunkies have insight into where all this comes from.

Song #3 (from Elvis Presley’s film Fun in Acapulco)

It looks like the King never left the sound stage.


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