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Travel to Mexico? by tucsonmike on 6 August 2006 8:32am
 
I am debating this, I don't know when. I mean, the border is an hour drive.

My physician, Dr. Salazar is trying to talk me into writing a historical novel I have been playing with about the Emperor Maximillian. I am debating taking time and traveling to Mexico City, Veracruz, etc. Shucks, any Palinite who wants to join me is welcome.

Don't know when I will do this. Until the election is settled now may NOT be the time.

 
Re: Travel to Mexico? by sighthound on 6 August 2006 7:50pm
 
Great topic. Mike - go for it!

I still have vivid memories of a visit to his palace in Chapultepec Park when I was 5. (I think it was the details of his execution that got to me - probably my first encounter with the icy cold savagery that is execution.)

The irony is that, despite being installed by the French as Emperor, he was a liberal and a democrat. He worked to stop horrific child labor practices, change land laws that made Mexican peasants serfs, tried to establish democratically-elected parts of the government, etc. So the Mexican conservatives absolutely hated him and the liberals couldn't support an Emperor so he ended up in front of a firing squad. (That great painting by Manet! I think it is in the National Gallery in London.) And then there's all those juicy background details like the possibility that he was Napoleon's illegitimate grandson. And Empress Carlotta's story was equally tragic even though she escaped being put in front of the firing squad.

Wish I could go with you to help with the research, Mike. It's been way too long since I've seen Mexico City and Vera Cruz. Although, you're right, I'd probably wait a bit to go. (On that same trip as a five-year-old, we found ourselves in the midst of a minor uprising in rural Mexico. It was scary but, back then in the 50's, there wasn't the resentment against Americans that exists in some quarters today so we were politely escorted out of harm's way by the army.)
 
Re: Travel to Mexico? by tucsonmike on 6 August 2006 8:34pm
 
Yes, there was an article in todays paper. The Mexican court ordered only a partial recount. They have until September 6th to either annul the election or start again.

It will have to wait for better timing I suspect.
 
Re: Travel to Mexico? by tucsonmike on 6 August 2006 8:37pm
 
On The Seashores of Old Mexico.

I first heard this song the week after I was arrested. At first I groaned. Now it is being added to my book LOL!

Lyrics for Song: The Seashores Of Old Mexico
Lyrics for Album: Somewhere Down in Texas
I left, out of Tucson, with no destination in mind.
I was runnin' from trouble and the jail-term the Judge had in mind.
And the border meant freedom, a new life, romance,
And that's why I thought I should go,
And start my life over on the seashores of old Mexico.

My first night in Juarez, lost all the money I had.
One bad senorita made use of one innocent lad.
But I must keep on runnin'; it's too late to turn back:
I'm wanted in Tucson, I'm told.
Yeah, an' things'll blow over on the seashores of old Mexico.

Two Mexican farmers en route to a town I can't say,
Let me ride on the back of a flatbed half-loaded with hay.
Down through Durango, Colima, Almiera,
Then in the Manzanillos,
Where I slept on the seashores of old Mexico.

After one long siesta, I came wide awake in the night.
I was startled by someone who shadowed the pale moonlight.
My new-found companion, one young senorita,
Who offered a broken hello,
To the gringo she found on the seashores of old Mexico.

She spoke of Sonora and swore that she'd never return,
For her Mexican husband, she really had no great concern.
'Cause she loved the gringo, my red hair and lingo:
That's all I needed to know.
Yeah, I found what I needed on the seashores of old Mexico.

Yeah, she loved the gringo, my red hair and lingo:
That's all I needed to know, ha, ha.
Yeah, I found what I needed on the seashores of old Mexico.

 



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