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The Tone of Mexico

In 2011 on January 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I always knew that Mexico would be one of the first places I would head to when I got my green card.

Why?

Because it was close-by, cheap and full of Mexicans.

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

I got into Nuevo Laredo, the town between the Mexico and Texan border, around four p.m on a Wednesday afternoon and immediately noticed the monumental changes between the two countries. Well for starters, everything was written in Spanish. People were sitting outside their brightly-colored broken homes with no clear motivation in their eyes and the town somehow just seemed at unease. Or maybe that uneasiness was coming from me.

We headed into the border station where we filled out our paperwork and showed our passports. I was confident that I could enter the country on my green card as I had been given the thumbs up at the Mexican consulate a few weeks prior. However, I was taken aback when the woman behind the counter told me that I would not be able to enter without a tourist visa. According to her, Pakistan was just one of those countries they could not let slide. Luckily, a few Thomas Jeffersons later, they were happy to let me swing on by.

As I finally begin to settle in, I felt like a little kid at Disney World. Everything seemed interesting, amazing and thrilling. I got so caught up in the hoopla that ten minutes after we crossed the border, I decided to take a picture of the Mexican military tanks driving next to us. There were at least five in total, each one carrying around 7-10 men with masks on their faces and AK-47s in their hands. Little did I know that I was committing a ‘terrorist act’ when the tanks surrounded our car on every possible side. We were told to get out of the car, questioned for our motives and our car, bags, notebooks and cameras were inspected. Thinking that this was the funniest shit ever, I stood there trying not to laugh the whole time. When the officer came over to ask me questions, I told him I didn’t speak Spanish and he left me alone wishing me a good rest of the trip. I tell this story because it set the tone for the rest of the trip:

crazy.

More to come later.

Happy fishing.

2010 in Review

In 2010 on January 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 14 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 21 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 14th with 88 views. The most popular post that day was Five Types of World Cup Fans.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, touch.facebook.com, twitter.com, alphainventions.com, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for stabbed in the back, stab, stab in the back, back stab, and stabbed.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Five Types of World Cup Fans June 2010
20 comments

2

My Story February 2010

3

What the Hell is a Blog? February 2010
7 comments

4

“Nigga, Please.” March 2010
9 comments

5

Happy Birthday to Me! May 2010
6 comments