October 11: Chicano satirists get locked up! The Puro Pedo Magazine staff got together in Oxnard at our usual meeting place in the area, Rusty’s Pizza. The restaurant was recently remodeled and now features several theme rooms, including the Alcatraz room.
Later, I’d use this picture to back up a friend’s joke. He told his family I’d just been released from prison after a 9 year stint.
October 12: I went home to watch Game 3 of the NLCS with my brother and sister. Adrian didn’t knock out after the game, he just hammed it up when I pointed the camera at him.
October 13: I’m usually late to Dodgers game and thus miss the national anthem. No biggie for me, since the national anthem makes me feel awkward. This time around, I was on time and got to hear Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, Cesar Rojas and Louie Pérez sing.
October 14: My mom sent me back to LA with yummy food she made after Sunday’s Dodger game: sopa de albóndigas (meatball soup) and a few gorditas.
October 15: Sunset over Downtown LA as seen from Dodger Stadium, Section 33, Row HH at 6:14 pm.
October 16: I like window seats, especially when I have long flights. It’s not that I need to lean against something for a nap. I rarely sleep in planes. Rather, staring out at the sky and land below makes me feel less trapped and antsy about the crowded plane.
October 17: On the train with DB.
October 18: Tianguis was one of 38 galleries, shops, cafés and restaurants hosting artists during Open Studio 2008 (October 18-19th). DB and I wandered around Pilsen checking out various galleries and snapping pictures of the murals decorating the 18th Street pink line station.
October 19: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán performed an excellent show at Symphony Center. I was impressed by them and gasped when they played some of my favorites (“El Cascabel,” “Hay Unos Ojos”). I was thoroughly impressed by their adaptation of “Huapangos” by Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo. I also loved the falsettos sung Arturo Vargas, one of the younger members of the group. Some in the lively crowd seemed disappointed that Mariachi Vargas didn’t play “Guadalajara.” I guess they weren’t satisfied with mere shout outs to Chivas fans.
October 20: I spent my last day in Chicago getting soaked in the rain while trying to find a Bears claw for the roommate. I finally found one at a shop on the Magnificent Mile, but first I stopped by the Legos store to admire the creations.