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Just some potpourri about this and that

1. I've had my passport (my key to the world) for a long time, because I try to travel quite a bit. Before June 2 of this year, you could drive into J-Town, (Juarez, Mx.) and drive back just by saying "American" at customs. As of June 2, 2009, you MUST have a passport to re-enter the States. If you don't have your passport, you're stuck in Mexico FOREVER!

I make sure my passport, along with cash, is in a plastic baggy which I keep pinned inside my bra with a safety pin. This is just a precaution on my part, should I get mugged. I've been driving into Juarez an awful lot this year, but after having to wait in long line for up to 2, sometimes 3 hours, I've started parking my car in a parking lot located close to the border on the American side, then walking across. I've recently started riding my bicycle to get over there, making it much faster to travel throughout the city to take pictures. I have quite a collection now which I'll post, little by little, here soon, along with some of the pics I took on my recent trip to Nicaragua, and Washington, D.C.

You'll never guess what these adorable, and delicious pastries are called in Spanish! :o)

The pastries are called Pedos de Monja (Farts of a Nun). Seriously!

2. Men are COWARDS!

Men are cowards; at least the men who live in my neighborhood.

I live of the west side of this city, in what is called the upper valley, which is considered a tranquil and extremely nice place to live. The houses are a bit more expensive here, since most of our wealthy live here. I am among the very few who is dirt poor, but I was lucky, thanks to VA, where I didn't have to leave a down payment. My house is an extremely modest old home with 1 1/4 acre. All the houses around here have the same big properties; some have much more.

This weekend, I started to do some thorough yard cleaning, so I grabbed a rubber band, pulled my hair into a ponytail, put on my most favorite OLD, cool, and colorless dress, then put on some socks, and very old tennis shoes. I grabbed a broom, when I suddenly heard the loudest ear piercing music coming from a boom box I had ever heard in my life. I walked to the front of my yard to see where the hell the noise was coming from, as did many of my neighbors.

The noise was coming from this house down the block that had very recently been bought. We all stood there with frowns on our faces for the longest time, but not one MAN went out there to tell those people they were causing noise pollution. Not one!! I saw a girl of about 17 sitting on the curb in front of the house and I yelled at her to come, but she ignored me, so I went to her. I didn't realize I still had the broom in my hands when I reached her. I saw a bunch of very expensive SUV’s, and some motorcycles parked inside their property. There were a bunch of men outside drinking beer eying me with curiosity. I’m sure I looked like a witch because of the way I was dressed, and because of the broom! I was as sweet as could be to the girl on the curb, and told her I welcomed them as our new neighbors, and that they could listen to their music all they wanted, but I didn’t want to hear it, and to please turn the volume WAAAAY down, because this was a peaceful neighborhood, and we all wanted it to stay that way. I told her that I was sure that since they had just moved in, they’d really hate to see the POLICE dropping in on them ALL the time. As I turned around to start walking back home, I saw her run to the men. Suddenly, the music STOPPED completely, and has not been heard since. I’m sure the mention of POLICE, and not my broom, is what made the big difference! I’m positive they’ve dubbed me the “Witch with the Broom” of the neighborhood, and if they have, I could give a pin the tail on the donkey’s ass!

I've just now decided to share a few Nicaragua pics. I'll be posting many more.


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( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 8th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Way to go Girl. Next time Pack Heat, bet they pay attention to that also. grin...
Jul. 8th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
pack heat...
Firearms are prohibited in MX. You do NOT ever take a firearm there, because if you do, and the cops find it, you will spend the rest of your life in prison. Since only the hardcore criminals own guns, over 200 murders are committed each and ever month, and the numbers continue to rise at an alarming rate. The good citizens are at the mercy of the criminal.

I carry my keys in my hand at all times while there. They are the perfect weapon for gourging out an entire eyeball. heh heh
Jul. 8th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Wonder if they're the relatives of drug smugglers who are sending their family to the U.S. to be safe.
Jul. 8th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I will soon make a Friends Only post on the topic.
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
I think your comment about "men are cowards" is kinda b.s honestly.

Given you state this house was full of men and it was surrounded by several SUVs and motorcycles, having a single guy walk up to a house and try to tell another group of men to "STFU" could be tantamount to getting your ass beaten seriously. The fact they are all sitting around drinking adds to the possibility of getting even angrier over nothing.

Jul. 8th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I suppose you're right, but couldn't they have all gotten together and approached them?
Jul. 8th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I think the fact you SHAMED them worked the best. The likelihood of them approaching a single woman WITH A BROOM (love that picture) seems to work best. Kinda like being approached by their mom and scolded.

You make the house sounds like its a household of dealers or thugs. Frankly thats kinda scary.
Jul. 8th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
You need to come here...

Jul. 8th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I really do. You make me smile.
Jul. 8th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
You make me smile too :D

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Jul. 8th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
They do. This is why I keep the small change in my pockets. :o)
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Jul. 15th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
Not to worry, ever-so-often, when I'm feeling a little naughty, I show a little cleveage! :o)
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
One of my friends is going to have surgery (stomach stapled) in Juarez because it's only 1/3 of the price that it would be in the U.S. I don't know which is more dangerous, the surgery in Mexico or just getting there. He's 500 punds!
Jul. 8th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
They have some really good doctors there, but the city is seriously dangerous, and getting worse. I hope everything will turn out super for him!
Jul. 8th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ai, Buja Linda!

Jul. 9th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Jul. 9th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)

And I just notice I misspelled Bruja! Diosa!

Jul. 15th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Not to worry! I am totally impressed that you know Spanish!
Jul. 9th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
It seems like the bra would be the 1st place they looked if someone wnated to rip off your passport.
Jul. 9th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
It would be much safer for him to just grab my purse and run, otherwise, he would find himself seriously maimed for life. The Army teaches well.
Jul. 9th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
This is true
Jul. 12th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Nice pics..I'm going to Costa Rica in about 6 weeks for a couple of weeks of vacation with the wife..can't wait!
Also, you handled the new neighbors really well, it had to be the broom that scared them..:)
Jul. 15th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked them. I'll be posting some really nice ones of Nicaragua.

Don't forget to take your camera when you go to Costa Rica, and I hope you'll share them in your LJ. If you do, PLEASE let me know here, so I can go see them.

My greatest regret is, that when I went to Brazil a few years ago, I wasn't into the taking pictures thing, and what really breakes my heart is, only having snapshots from a cheap old camera I had when I was stationed in Korea!

You and your wife have the best fun ever!!
Jul. 12th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
Cowards? Nah... Lazy? Yes... :P

Jul. 15th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Nah! Not lazy. Cowards! :o)
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