Mexico Is in Mourning — Again — and Mexicans Have Come Together as One — As Always

September 19, 2017: The day Mexicans came together — again

On September 19, 1985, at around 7:19 a.m. a powerful earthquake struck Mexico City, toppling buildings and killing over 6,000 people in a matter of hours. I was 16, and had (almost miraculously) made it to 7:00 a.m. class for a biology partial exam. Needless to say, the exam never took place. The two-story building where my school was located began to shake pretty badly. We panicked. My teacher began to cry hysterically. We were directed to evacuate immediately and move to a nearby park where we huddled up shaking, crying, following news updates on a transistor radio; listening to nothing but the somber voice of the venerable Jacobo Zabludovsky.

Thirty-two years later, on the morning of September 19, 2017, as Mexicans remembered that very awful day, tragedy struck again: A 7.1-magnitud earthquake struck near Mexico City, toppling many buildings and killing dozens of people (including little children,) unleashing chaos in an already chaotic capital.

My entire family lives in Mexico City, where I was born and raised and which was badly hit on both occasions, and while they’re all safe and sound (thank god,) so many others have not been so fortunate: At press time, many people were still trapped under crumbling buildings, and many, many others were unaccounted for.

I’m writing this from San Francisco, where I’m spending the week for work and feeling pretty helpless for not being able to be there physically, helping out. But if this new Mexican tragedy serves any purpose, let it be a reminder that Mexicans are a people with a huge heart that, in moments like this will come together as one, regardless what the so-called leader of the free-world would want you to believe.

If Mexicans are good at something is to know how to go about when the going gets tough — and, boy we’ve had it tough, like, forever.

As Twitter would say: #FuerzaMéxico

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Mexican Independence Day is Around the Corner: Show Some Respect and Dress up Accordingly

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I don’t know about you, but I do take national holidays very seriously, especially when it comes to drinking and eating like there’s no tomorrow.

So, in celebration of my very recent double-citizenship bonanza, I am pulling all my U.S.-based resources to list the very best stuff you can buy on THIS SIDE of the border to wear on September 15 and feel as if you were on the OTHER side of the border.

Please note that some of this stuff is very likely Made in China and will not last another September 15th, but who the hell cares? Get them all now, and join me tomorrow in yelling: ¡Viva México, cabrones!

Now, on to the day’s relevant clothing…

The simply-awesome Mexico leggings –and green shoes:

Pobre águila, but OK

Pobre águila, but OK

The more subtle, millennial-oriented Mexican leggings:

Online Leggins

The Mexico-inspired Converse sneakers:

Ideal for when someone yells '¡Ahí viene la migra!'

Ideal for when someone yells ‘¡Ahí viene la migra!’

The Kobe Bryant Mexican Blanket Nike’s

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The Frida Kahlo-themed Converse… Ay!

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Mexican Independence: Too Many Fiestas, Too Little Time

I don’t know about you, but I do take national holidays very seriously, especially when it comes to drinking and eating like there’s no tomorrow.

So, in celebration of my relatively recent double-citizenship bonanza and the upcoming anniversary of Mexico’s Independence, this blogger will be pulling all her U.S.-based resources to list the very best stuff you can buy/do on THIS SIDE of the border so you feel as if you were on the OTHER side of the border.

Now… I’ll be posting some actual goodies later this week (I’m exhausted, you know?), but for now, I’d like to kick off this year’s festivities with the colorful invite (above) I just received from the Mexican Consulate in New York, which makes it clear our Ángel de la Independencia is as tall as the Empire State Building *and* the Freedom Tower themselves.

So there you go, suckers, ¡Viva México, cabrones!

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In Which Trump Talks about the Heroes of 7-Eleven

You can take the boy out of the boardroom, but you can’t take the boardroom out of the boy…

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Mexicans Engineer Giant Babies to Go Over Trump’s Wall

Make Mexicans Grandotes Again! #MMGA

The media might try to convince you that the above is the work of some obscure French artist protesting DACA and all. But according to my (very reliable) sources, this is actually part of an ongoing scientific Mexican experiment to breed giant babies that will go over Trump’s wall more easily.

See? We’ve been working on several alternatives for quite some time now…

Via: NPR

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And now… ‘Chiles en Nogada’ in a Box: Because Nothing Is Sacred Anymore

What the hell is this?

Move over, tamales en bolsita…

Mexican “food” corporation Dysal S.A. de C.V. — which caters to clients including Walmart and Costco, of course — has come up with this abomination: Ready-to-microwave chiles en nogada… in a box, which I’m sure will be soon available on Amazon.com and the like.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go hang myself.

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This Woman Protesting the End of DACA Is My Spirit Animal

Chancla Power on Display

Americans from all walks of life took to the streets Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 to protest Donald Trump’s cruelest decision to date: To kill DACA, a program implemented by the Obama administration that granted undocumented children protection from deportation as well as permits to be able to work legally in the US.

The decision sparked nationwide protests, including one outside the Trump Tower in the heart of New York City where dozens of protesters were arrested. Among the brave — and most hilarious — protesters was the woman above, who had a clear message for Donald Trump (or rather his Twitter handle.)

Photo via: @NYSYLC

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