Despite living in Houston for 13(!) years now, i've only been to Mexico for all of a single afternoon during Spring Break in college, so this should be interesting. For awhile, i've been thinking about taking an intro to Spanish class so that i don't need to tell our non-English speaking PP clients "Uno momento, por favor" and then call for assistance. Or when bilingual help is unavailable, attempt to deathscort the clients using pantomime and an occasional well-placed use of "muy loco."
Aside from that, my Spanish consists of menu items, a few phrases from the first season of South Park ("No me toquen los huevos," "Chupe mi chi chis," and "Mi verga es fea y morena"), and phrases picked up from protestors ("Casa de Muerte"). My upcoming Mexico trip should get me off my ass to go take a class so that my Spanish might get as good as my French: "Bon jour, mademoiselle. Vous êtes très jolie. Il y'a un poisson dans votre bibliothèque."
In other news, Salon.com has some interesting Katrina-based material up. I enjoyed Joe Conason's latest article on criticizing Shrub and patriotism. I choose to be amused by this entry in The War Room as any other response i might have would get me in legal trouble:
But where do we send money to off Hugo Chavez?ETA: Due to complaints, Operation Blessing was later removed from FEMA's list.
Want to help victims of Hurricane Katrina? The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests several organizations to which you might send money. The first is the Red Cross, the world's best known disaster relief organization. The second is America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger relief organization. And the third is Operation Blessing.
That would be the nonprofit relief organization founded in 1978 by television evangelist, assassination advocate and historical revisionist Pat Robertson. According to his Web site, Robertson launched Operation Blessing in order "to relieve human suffering, combat hunger, deprivation and physical affliction with the provision of food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life -- all in the name and compassion of Jesus Christ."