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Taking the Plunge

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America loves a monolithic enemy. What united a disparate and fledgling colony better than big bad daddy Britain? When were we more American than when we were facing off against Russia? Since the Cold War ended (it’s been sooo boring, right?) the focus on The Middle East and Islam has been a fairly successful stand-in. [...]

16Mar2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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In Defense of The Tourist

Perhaps I am feeling too charitable, too unironic, too patriotic today but I am going to come out and opine that American citizens, if they are able to take a hard-earned vacation, should absolutely wear ugly shorts, get horribly sunburnt, and enjoy fruity cocktails by the pool. Maybe I am playing the devil’s advocate or [...]

13Mar2009 | | 11 comments | Continued
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Time Passes

The expat is self-involved, due to the nature of his adventure. Life back home is mundane, the same, but here we are out exploring, peering over the edge, rounding the cape to seek new horizons. We are consumed with what we are encountering for the first time, navigating, processing and becoming engaged in unfamiliar surroundings. [...]

11Mar2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Sunday at the Marina with Malcolms

8Mar2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Call Off “The Hounds of Zaroff” We Just Want To Play!

The blogosphere is abuzz with voices across Mexico defending their adopted country. I couldn’t agree more with the chorus of sanity. Don’t let the fear mongers get you down. And though I don’t know what will happen tomorrow I can say for today that the United States of Mexico has not failed, narco-banditos are not [...]

4Mar2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Bad Expat: Tortillas de Maiz, No Me Gusta.

Clinton, Connecticut is not the Mexican food capitol of the United States. I know, right?! Until I was 19 I was sure that all the best taco shells came in an Old El Paso box from Stop n Shop and were stuffed full of ground beef, shredded mozarella, Pace picante sauce and black olives. Hmm-mmm, [...]

28Feb2009 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Authentic Ah-Beets in Mehico

As you all undoubtedly know by now we spent some pretty formative years in New Haven, Connecticut, home of Yale University, gun crimes, and phenomenal pizza. Our standards are ridiculously high. For us the matter of pizza has been a vexing question since our arrival on these tortilla shores. I am pleased to report that [...]

18Feb2009 | | 6 comments | Continued
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After 9 months and 12 days in utero I decided to bail on the whole womb situation and make my glorious entrance into the world. After 17 years in Clinton, I finally escaped the horrible oppression of the Connecticut shoreline. After two years at college in Boston I slouched back home. After 4 years in [...]

18Feb2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Stop the banging, it’s Valentines Day!

Instead of going to Trotter’s or La Recova for dinner on Saturday night we decided our Valentine’s budget would be better spent spending the night at a hotel in Merida. For the price of a good meal with wine and all the trimmings we got a great night’s sleep far from the dust and dogs [...]

17Feb2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Should Jillian be the world’s policeman? In a word, Yes.

This house maintains that America should be the world’s policeman. This was the motion that we argued when the British came to debate. Funny what happens to the youth of a once-mighty empire. They become effete, ineffectual, intellectual and smug. I adored them! They won the debate, but then, I went to college with 90% [...]

4Feb2009 | | 7 comments | Continued
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Bad Expat: Be Here Now, You Unappreciative Jerkoff

There is an unspoken maxim in the world of expatriates that if you don’t feel Mexico in your bones, blood, mind, spirit, fingernails and toes every single precious second you are some kind of a xenophobic asshole. I will confess that sometimes this place leaves me cold. Oh well. I’ll wear my scarlet X. So [...]

27Jan2009 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Not to Get All Queerbones About it or Whatever…

Regardless of what you think of California’s passing of Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment banning all state-sanctioned civil marriage agreements between two people whose only crime was that they happened to be of the same gender (for our take on this argument, see this post), what has become crystal clear in the last few days, [...]

12Nov2008 | | 5 comments | Continued