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Living the American Dream Chronicles

I remember the day I was told I was coming to “America.” Being a gullible and imaginative kid in Mexico, everything I heard about el norte just seemed magical like Disneyland. At one point, I really thought ice cream fell from the sky and I wrote about it here.
Now that I’m all grown up and in the smack center of the hustle and bustle of a demanding career, I’ve noticed that I’ve become a victim of first world problems. What are first world problems you ask? Well, for starters, complaining that my iPhone 5 screen broke. Trust me, I’ve already slapped myself a few times – one slap for breaking it and another two slaps for complaining about it. [...] Continue Reading…

April 23, 2013   1 Comment

How Not To Hit On Someone On LinkedIn

For those of you on LinkedIn, you know that it is a professional site to professionally engage and connect with other professionals professionally. If you don’t and instead choose to fall out of the rules and expectations of said website, someone like me may publish such behavior. Especially if such behavior caused you to hit on my wife!
The following message was found in my wife’s LinkedIn inbox:
Hello..
I know this is very unprofessional but i just had to send you this message. I noticed your profile on LinkedIn and you sparked an interest to me. If you have a chance, look at my profile and let me know if you would like to continue communicating.I am interested in finding [...] Continue Reading…

April 22, 2013   2 Comments

Adios Wisdom Teeth!

I grew up without health insurance for most of my 28 years of life. That means that I literally walked illnesses off and was probably responsible for getting other students sick at school. I did not know this at the time, but being the optimist that I am, I’m pretty sure I boosted/diversified their defense and immune system because none of them died. Since I did not kill them, science would argue that I only made them stronger. Booya! Even while sick, rarely did I feel terrible because plain and simply, I just got used to lacking medical treatment. This, however, does not explain my high pain tolerance. My mom’s ganchos (hangers) breaking across my back as punishment for [...] Continue Reading…

April 19, 2013   No Comments

The Evolution of Payazaro

Some people in this life spend a lot of time and effort trying to differentiate themselves from the rest. I was blessed and fortunate to inherit a beautiful and complex Latin American heritage, culture, life, family and story that has made it easy to be different in the US. It has colored and shaped my personality throughout time. If there’s one thing I learned is that you can’t take yourself too seriously. An individualistic path and lifestyle can easily set us up to forget that we have more in common than differences setting us apart. No matter what you say, your pedos may smell like roses, but they’re still pedos.
I started this blog in 2009 after moving to Mexico [...] Continue Reading…

April 19, 2013   1 Comment

Weekend Stop in Canada

I’ve always wanted to go to Canada and given that I live just outside of Seattle, that puts me at about 2.5-3 hours from the Canadian border. I don’t know where the American/Canadian beef stems from, but I hear the jibber-jabber every now and  then. I don’t really consider the beef between the two countries as racist as many would conclude when it’s between Americans and Mexicans. After all, at the end of the day, it’s not like Canadians are whiter than Americans. I’ve seen very pasty white people before, but in order to throw me off you gotta be translucent or look like the main character from the movie Powder. But I get it, to each their own…
On [...] Continue Reading…

February 27, 2013   2 Comments

Contemplating Depressing Scenarios

Lets be honest, life can be pretty cruel. But that’s the beauty of it, it doesn’t have to be. I’m always intrigued by how other people deal with challenges and rough moments in their life especially when they come in a series of events back-to-back-to-back-to-back…
Today, more people lost their job than I can count with both hands. I didn’t know them all, I don’t know why it had to be them and not others or even me. What I do know is that every single one of them will react differently to the situation. I play different scenarios in my head of how each of them will deal with their new state of unemployment and that’s where my continual [...] Continue Reading…

January 28, 2013   No Comments

Volunteering

If it’s been a while since you last volunteered, you better get on it. If you can’t remember the last time you volunteered, please slap yourself now. I’ve given myself plenty of slaps not just because I’m a masochist, but because it had been over a year since I formally volunteered. We all have something to offer, you just have to connect your skills with a program that needs them. I recently started volunteering with an organization called Washington C.A.S.H. that equips low-income entrepreneurs with the right knowledge to get their small business going or improve it if it’s already up and running. I jumped on board with the program that runs in Spanish and am loving it.
Whenever I [...] Continue Reading…

January 26, 2013   No Comments

Protecting the Youth One Hamster at a Time

I’ve seen weird ads throughout my life but this one caught my attention. First of all, is that a hamster or a gerbil? Even more important, why is it so cute? So is this ad saying that it’s OK for a gerbil/hamster to chew if he is: a) 18 years of age, and b) has an ID?

 

January 20, 2013   1 Comment

Kids and Coffee

I’ve always loved the smell of coffee. It’s warm and it’s aroma makes my nose hairs wiggle with joy. I never drink it though. I was trying to remember when my coffee abstinence began and it must have been when I was kid, not tall enough to be seen at the dinner table, but short enough to sneak up and take a good ol’ sip of the “adult beverage.” The after-effect? You could have put a crack addict next to me and we could have passed for twins. I was already hyperactive without it, but you add caffeine to the picture and you got yourself a mini-rave in a tiny body. That’s not the reason I quit. The real [...] Continue Reading…

January 19, 2013   1 Comment

Portland Timbers Funny Poster Board

I’m continuing to comb through my photos and videos and I keep finding gems. Not too long ago I was at a Seattle Sounders soccer game. Our main rival the Portland Timbers was the visiting team. There’s nothing I like more than clever trash talking. Clever granola eating Seattleite, I give you thumbs up!

January 17, 2013   No Comments

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