Tuesday, December 06, 2005
these are a few of my favorite things

Here's a few of my favorite things from this week:

1. The school is putting on a Christmas performance. I am in charge of the Third Grade dance. And what era do they put me with? No other than the 80s which is of course my favorite music and costume era. It's like they sensed my deep-rooted passion for the 80s. So, naturally, I choose "Video Killed the Radio Star" for the kids to dance to. I've never seen such a beautiful sight as I do when I watch twenty Mexican third graders sing the "Oh, Oh!" part of "Video Killed the Radio Star" complete with air guitar and air drums.

2. The music teacher made me record "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "You better watch out, you better not cry..." completely solo for the music classes. Only in Mexico would I attempt such a vulnerable task. Today, I sat through classes listening to myself sing these two Christmas carols. I almost felt like I was insulting Christmas.

3. I was walking my normal walk to school a few days ago when I hear, "Hey, was up?" I'm not used to hearing English speakers (much less slang) so I did a quick double take and then kept walking.
"Hello?! Was goin on?" I hear an impatient voice yell. I turn to meet a man of about 40 walking his son to school. Come to find out he's from El Paso. I was a little intimidated by his rough accent, but we kept talking none-the-less. Apparently, he travels back to Texas every three months so he can "collect his social security, and stay in Mexico."
"Yeah, I make about $650 a month just on social." He proudly announced
"Hold on," I say, "You are making MORE than me every month just from social security." (and I have a freaking degree)
To say the least, I was a little perturbed. I know, I know, I chose to come here and make nothing, but still, what's going on with our government that people can collect social security and then live in a foreign country for practically nothing? I guess it's really not that bad of an idea...