By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
DEAR MEXICAN: Why can't the United States and Mexico agree on one name for the Rio Bravo/Grande river? And I don't understand why the Americans lo dice in español?
DEAR WABETTE: The Mexican is a Californian by the grace of God, so he doesn't dare tread the intellectual waters of the Lone Star State unless absolutely necessary—recently, he declared Dallas as more influential in the course of Mexican food in this country than Houston and got holy hell from Houstonians while folks in El Paso and San Antonio snickered! Gotta love those locos. . . . Anyhoo, I forwarded the question to Joshua S. Treviño, vice president of communications for the Texas Public Policy Foundation and one of the few conservative Mexis who doesn't give the Mexican Montezuma's Revenge. "This question is near and dear to my heart," Joshua writes. "Though the Mexican who usually answers your queries was born and bred in sunny Orange County, California, my family is from the Texas-Mexico borderland along the Rio Grande. My Treviño grandfather would swim in the river between his childhood home of Roma, Texas, and Ciudad Aleman, Mexico, on the opposite bank. Thankfully, he married a Laredo gal and lived the rest of his life in Texas — else my Treviños might have ended up like the most (in)famous Treviños today: senior enforcers in the Los Zetas narco-cartel.
"That's right, I wrote 'Rio Grande' above," Treviño continues. "That's what we call it here en los Estados Unidos—and it's just as proper to call it Rio Bravo del Norte when you're in Mexico. The dual name stems from colonial-era confusion about whether the upper and lower courses of the river were connected. In 1840, Mexican revolutionaries established the short-lived República del Rio Grande; the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the U.S.-Mexican War refers to the river demarcating the new boundary as 'the Rio Grande, otherwise called Rio Bravo del Norte.' In time, Anglo settlers in Texas adopted one, and Mexicans — perhaps inspired by the connotations of bravo en español signifying 'wild' or 'turbulent,' which aptly describe the region— adopted the other. Rest assured, this is the source of absolutely no confusion here. As for why we Americans say Rio Grande in Spanish, that must remain a mystery, unsolvable until we discern why we say California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, San Antonio, Los Angeles and San Francisco en español tambien."
Gracias, Joshua! The next breakfast taco at Torchy's in Austin is on me.
DEAR MEXICAN: What's up with the trucks full of mattresses and other junk headed south on the 5 and 405? Mexicans get a bad rap for being lowly laborers, but I think they're secretly engineers. It's the only explanation for the ridiculous loads they fit into their 1995 Chevrolet Dually pickups. Where the heck are they going, and what are they doing with all of our junk—taking it to TJ? Driving the old gas hogs they are, how can they make any money? I have asked other Mexicans I work with, but they said they don't know. . . . They might not really be Mexican.
A Confused White Commuter From South County
DEAR GABACHO: Of course we're engineers! How else can you explain how we stuff 13 kids, four uncles, the abuelita and a hell of a lot of clothes in a truck for a trip to Mexico? Or how we stuff ourselves into car engines when we sneak back into the United States?
DEAR MEXICAN: What's up with the trucks full of mattresses and other junk .... I am from GDL and since I arrived to this country 34 years ago I noticed that White people don't bother to push down, break down,stomp or compress yard waste to make more room in a truck, They just load branches and fill a truck in a jiffy. Also when using leaf blowers on cities sidewalks they don't think about spraying water so no create any dust. About how can they fit so much stuff in a truck they learned from the russian Matryoshka doll or fitting smaller objects into any cavity available. Also we know how to tie ropes , something that white people get frozen just by the thought of doing it.It's interesting that most of the White people admit this about knots.
Re: Wabette....Who cares what it's called? It simply ain't deep enough and could use a bunch of Pihranas (sp?) and, Alligators.
"... only ... rude questions?"?
It's easy to find many exceptions, it's only necessary to find a single instance to prove your premise wrong, vis: Apr 5 2012 see question from "Looking for More Than a Combo Plate".
Beware speaking in absolutes, it pretty much guarantees that you are in error.
Hmmm, I never get a response when I give an explicit response to these guys (trolls). Anyone have a clue why?