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14 March 2011 @ 10:19 pm
If you've yet to donate for Japan relief efforts let me suggest donating to 'Brigada de Rescate Topos Tlaltelolco, A.C'. They're a private non-profit search and rescue organization that formed after the Mexican '85 earthquake, an 8.1 on the Richter on a city not prepared for such devastation. A group of civilians looking for their loved ones decided to work as a group in coordinated search and rescue and ended up being known as TOPOS, which means gophers in Spanish, because they'd dig in and crawl underneath all the rubble. They became an official organization in February 1986 and frankly, they'be helped out at many major disasters since then, including Indonesia in '04 and Haiti this last year.

These people are not regularly funded by any government. At most, they end up getting plane tickets to the disaster area from the Mexican government. They can only travel to a disaster area after they've secured private financing for transportation, food/water, safety equipment needed for the job, rescue equipment, and first-aid/emergency aid equipment. They don't earn a living from their work. They're all volunteers.

They were waiting for a connecting flight at Oakland to head back to Mexico from New Zealand when the earthquake happened and are now in need of money to help out in Japan.

They don't ask for money year round, only when they're needed.

If you want your money to be put to use right away then please donate to them.

You can do so by donating via PayPal to:
26 November 2010 @ 10:46 pm
So my sister is apparently blaming me for my parents not going to Las Vegas with her for thanksgiving, and for calling her up and yelling at her, when she's the one who called me, twice, to 1)mock my being upset over not being told she'd planned a family trip to Vegas until the night before we're supposed to leave and 2) goad me into fighting with her so she can tell my parents I'm being an unreasonable brat, but whatever. She's a few hundred miles away actually spending time with her kid and I'm making sure I don't fail my classes.

So I spent today shopping with my parents. Ended up buying a really soft Chris Madden blanket at 50% and a cute, sporty rain jacket. Missed out on buying a laptop because I left my wallet back at Davis and thus, didn't have my card on me. Mom and dad bought some stuff too, but OMG. The people browsing and shopping weren't bad, but the LINES. THE FREAKING LINES!!! It felt like a freaking con. (Hina, I had the urge to yell at people to clear the aisles). After lunch, more walking/browsing/shopping, we scoped out stuff to buy tomorrow morning (my parents are insane for wanting to keep going, but kinda smart for planning ahead on the 2-day sale items), and then got ice cream. Then my dad and I spent some bonding time together, dropped mom off at home, and spent a good hour-and-a-half car shopping for mom. We didn't end up buying anything, but cars and soccer are the two things my dad and I can always bond over (well, that and politics, but that's kinda depressing right now). Ironically, mom and I always bond over soccer players' legs. *shrug*

Anyway, I have a schedule of 1 term-paper page written, and 50 Sterne pages read, each day for the next week, plus scene prep for drama class, so off I go.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
12 November 2010 @ 11:30 pm
A little wanring before you continue; there are 'bad' words in Spanish, bad spelling of Spanish words since my comp doesn't do a good job of making accents easy for me to find, and a discussion about race, or rather, the portrayal of Mexicans in novels.

You have been warned.Collapse )

Tomorrow you get a rant on why not putting much forethought when writing a 'fantasy kidnap' scene between two characters, who are lovers, can make the author look like an insensitive bitch.
Current Mood: A little tired und worn out, and a little frustrated and annoyed
14 September 2010 @ 07:59 pm
My life has been stagnant for so long I feel strange finally being able to move on. It's not fear or excitement exactly, and yeah, I am feel both things, but its just weird knowing I can finally start creating the life I want for myself. Maybe what I'm feeling is relief that I am moving on. That I wont be stuck in this "cow town," as Jeremy Renner so aptly put it, (seriously, my elementary school shared real estate with a cow farm). Up until this morning I've had this nagging fear in the back of my mind that something would happening making "The Davis Plan" fall apart for me. It's why I've held off buying anything for my apartment, just in case I wouldn't need it.

I'm still not sure what the hell I'm going to do with my life after school, not because I don't know what I'd love to do, but because I don't think I can make the type of career I would want in that field.
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Current Location: Kitchen
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
05 September 2010 @ 11:40 pm
Saw Machete with my sister today. It was freaking great. Funny. Bloody. And just classic Rodriguez. Although, I really do think you have to be Mexican to fully understand when/how the movie pays homage to Mexican films of the past. Otherwise, you're gonna end up being an asshole offended about the movies reverse racism, like this guy http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/50656473.html#cutid1. And you know, he may have a point but seeing as how this guy only deals with reverse racism through a movie he has an option of seeing and not every day and in situations he can't avoid, then he can shut up and deal with it.

Machete isn't going to win any oscars, but it does bring to light a Mexican film and pop culture that is rapidly vanishing, due in part to the Americanization of the Mexican film industry and due in part to the Americanization of the younger Mexican-American generations refusing to watch movies in Spanish for fear of being associated with first generation Mexican immigrants. It may not seem like that would be a problem, specially if you only notice Mexican culture through protests and parades, but it happens more often than it should.
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Current Mood: cynicalcynical
Current Music: The Glades
04 August 2010 @ 09:18 pm
So my dad comes in from tending the fruit trees behind our house I look up at him, see his hair and this is the result:

Me: Dad, you have a flower in your hair.
Mom: Does that mean your coming out?
Dad:* Leaves kitchen*
*Me: *stares at mom*
Mom: Well, he just turned 60. Maybe he got tired of living a lie. It's been known to happen.

I freaking love my mom.
Current Mood: rushedrushed
02 July 2010 @ 09:04 pm
I think Ghana and Brazil losing is affecting my dad and I more than Mexico losing. This could be because we never really held any high expectations for Mexico. But Brazil has always held a special place in my dad's futbol heart. He always talks about Pele and the Brazil of Mexico '70, and the surprise of 'el Maracanazo.' I've always liked Ghana's style and I just really want to see an African team reach, at least, the semi-finals, and I figured this would be a great time for that to happen. Either way, my dad, who couldn't watch the game live this morning, refuses to even watch the recaps on any of the news shows, and I just keep shut up, and changing the channel, whenever anyone says 'Uruguay!Uruguay!Uruguay!'

It's not been a good World Cup for dad and I.

On the plus side, my nephew started rooting for those 'Orange Guys' during a pre-cup game against Mexico and got excited when he found out they one. One the other hand, we still haven't told him the US is no longer in the running. *shrugs*
11 June 2010 @ 08:39 am
Is it wrong for my mom to announce we're no longer Mexican? At least for the next days?
11 June 2010 @ 06:40 am
And so begins a month of waking up ridiculously early to watch soccer.

Unfortunately, im expecting Mexico to not play well. Hopefully they'll prove me wrong, but I swear at least 3 names on the team had to have performed some sort of sexual favors for Aguirre or the FMF board, 'cause I dont' see any other reason why they'd be on the team.