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Mexico City Journal: from the first few days [Jun. 3rd, 2009|10:37 am]
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Here are my pictures from the first few days.


Man, fine dining in the airplane.


You can't really tell, but there were not a lot of people on the plane. Almost everyone had an aisle to themselves. And I think I was the only gringo.






Fausto's dog, Felipe, who they call Chapo, because he looks like Chapo who was a drug lord.






A detail on one of the many old buildings in El Centro.


I love the differences in various countries walk signs.




We went to the bad part of town, called Tepito.




Santa Muerte. This is the infamous Saint Death that drug dealers, kidnappers, and those looking for luck or protection pray and make offerings to. She's also known as La Santísima Muerte (Most Holy Death) and Doña Sebastiana (Lady Sebastienne).

What you can't see is that she had a lit cigarette in her hand and on the table is a full glass of water? and a full mug of beer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Muerte


This was weird. Fausto thinks it's a statue of Judas. It looked sort of like Jesus, but with a horn on his head. Also: on his arm were upside crosses.

Again, in the bad part of town.






Actually, not many people were the masks anymore. The fear has died down, according to Fausto. People who encounter a lot of people still wear them, though.


I put this up for everyone who is worried about me getting swine flu. I uh, wear it, uh... all the time. Uh... yeah. Everywhere I go. In spirit, at least.



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[User Picture]From: olamina
2009-06-03 05:51 pm (UTC)

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cool. how much longer are you staying down there?
what are you up to most days?
[User Picture]From: uberdionysus
2009-06-08 06:25 am (UTC)

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Not sure how much longer I'm staying. On the weekdays we generally get to F's office around noon and work 'til around 7. Part of the time is spent playing Xbox, since work is slow right now (but not for me). And then half of the week we go to jujitsu/Thai kickboxing for an hour or two, and then we eat out, or F and his girlfriend and a few others will play dominoes or Texas hold em or some other game. Weekends are just fun.
[User Picture]From: olamina
2009-06-08 07:08 am (UTC)

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nice. sounds like a "let it ride" situation.
keep us posted!
[User Picture]From: xchimx
2009-06-03 05:54 pm (UTC)

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"Also: on his arm were upside crosses."

With the exception of Black Metal album covers, upside down crosses are a symbol for St. Peter in Christianity, because he was crucified upside down.
[User Picture]From: uberdionysus
2009-06-03 06:30 pm (UTC)

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Just looked it up. It's St. Jude, not Judas. Makes sense that he's a patron saint of the disadvantaged and desperate (and, of course, those caught up in the drug trade). And the horn on his head was a crude flame. Actually, I remember seeing I nice version of him here in Mexico and I noticed the similarities but forgot to check on them.

"St. Jude Thaddeus is invoked in desperate siuations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases. (The epithet is also commonly rendered as "patron saint of lost causes".) However, there is another reckoning to this epithet. Many Christians have mistakenly reckoned him as Judas Iscariot and thus avoided veneration. Therefore he was also called the "Forgotten Saint". Because veneration was avoided, only people in the most desperate circumstances would call upon him."
[User Picture]From: mengus
2009-06-03 11:30 pm (UTC)

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Awesome.
[User Picture]From: uberdionysus
2009-06-08 06:26 am (UTC)

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It is, dude. Really kick ass.
[User Picture]From: jakapak
2009-06-06 04:38 am (UTC)

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I don't know if they did it in New York, but in L.A. there were definitely people around wearing swine flu masks- I even saw one yesterday :/

Did you take advantage of the airline complimentary drinks?? Though by the look of your meal, it might have been too early..

I want to go to Mexico!!! Dammit.
[User Picture]From: uberdionysus
2009-06-08 06:26 am (UTC)

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No one is wearing masks here anymore, which is nice. And yeah, it was too early for a drink.

Come to Mexico!!