Well kids, today marks the inauspicious milestone of the 100th blog post here at www.midwesternerinmexico.com. I am celebrating it with a wild Saturday night alone on my couch here in Mexico City, recovering from 3 final exams in one weekend & drinking a bottle of Chianti while watching possibly the dumbest movie known to man, “A Sound of Thunder”, also known as El Sonido del Trueno here on Cablevisión. For those not familiar with this timeless classic, it recounts the story of a business that sends people back in time to kill dinosaurs for sport. But then they screw up evolution by accidentally bringing a butterfly back to the present, so crazed plants and monkey-dinosaurs start taking over the world. (Ah how cliche, the old “butterfly flaps its wings” argument…) Anyway, I digress.
After exhausting my brain space on stimulating MBA topics like Competing through Strategy, Profit Planning, and Fundamentals of Managerial Finance, I am not fit to bring anything particularly exciting to my regular blog readers… But since “existence of end-user interest” never prevented any other blogger from generating new content, I will follow suit.
Two quick topics:
- REQUESTS: Are there any requests out there for Mexico-related topics that y’all would like to see in a subsequent blog post? As I’ve mentioned before, I am already delinquent on about 20 posts, but obviously reader requests rise to the top of the heap. 😉 (Reference recent über-popular Mexico City Airport post requested by reader Tori!) If anything leaps to mind, please give me a holler. For anyone who’s emailed me recently to no response, I promise to get more responsive… I will be back in the Midwest for 10 days as of this Monday, so I will have no excuse. Requests, feedback, comments, criticisms, please send them my way!
- BLOG BENEFITS THAT I DIDN’T REALIZE: As I’ve told several of you, I originally started this blog to serve as a venue for updates to my family & friends to demonstrate that I’d not been gunned down by drug lords. Besides accomplishing that goal (knock on wood), I have been pleasantly surprised by the following benefits (in no particular order…)–
- New Blog Friends in Mexico City: Given the innerweb’s reputation for facilitating weirdo-on-weirdo conections, the possibility of discovering fun, normal friends in DF via a blog didn’t even really cross my mind. Luckily the innerweb’s reach has expanded as of late, and I would like to highlight a few of my recent acquaintances that I’ve had the fortune to meet in person:
- Joy, http://joyvictory.wordpress.com/, journalist & About.com editor extraordinaire; master of Mexico beaches & owner of Guatemalan-blanket-loving-dog Charlie
- Lesley, http://lesleytellez.wordpress.com/, cooking inspiration & journalist; tester of all suspect taco ingredients & star at hungover bread-baking
- Alice, http://wagamamawonderings.blogspot.com/, teacher & tenacious explorer of local employment opps; queen of ethnic cooking & expert of street-food stands far and wide
- Melissa, http://livingonrefrieddreams.blogspot.com/, tattooist & sex-shop owner; mother of cutest kids ever & happy to support an adult beverage get-together during your random Guadalajara trip
- David, http://davidlida.com/?page_id=4, author & DF expert; man-about-town & capturer of many a witty vignette regarding Mexico City life
- Amanada, http://culturvista.wordpress.com/ expert world-traveler & global consultant; stellar party-thrower & fellow Polanco-dweller
- Jesica, http://www.more-mexico.com.mx, MX citizen & tour guide extraordinaire; roof-deck owner & explorer of DF known & unknown
- Joy, http://chilangabacha.wordpress.com/, travel journalist & resident chilangabacha; master of Twitter & braver of MX/US futból matches
- Ruth, http://ruthincondechi.blogspot.com/, chef & general culinary expert; leader of Condesa slow-food movement and woman-about-town
- Commenters! Who knew the excitement that could be generated by total strangers taking the time to write 2 sentences indicating they’ve enjoyed the random blather that you’ve shared with the world? Every time I joyfully read a comment or email, I remind myself to stop silently stalking other blogs & start posting comments.
- Viewing Stats of What People Searched for on Google that Caused them to end up at my Blog: this is a constant source of amusement for me. After getting over my initial fascination that people were actually ending up at my blog via Google, I then began spending more time thinking “how disappointed/confused/annoyed did the person feel who ended up at my blog after searching for…”
- reverse mullet
- are there more pigs than people in iowa?
- panda hunting
- high cut leotard
- americans in overseas prisons
- bubble butt micro shorts
- chihuahua kicked across room and video
- do mexican prisons have toilets?
- i had bacon last night, could i have pig flu?
- is it bad to eat hot dogs while swine flu?
- naked mexican women with sombreros
- owl mannequins
- what am I going to do with my life quiz
- where can i get a mario kart drivers license?
While I realize that this post will likely simply lure in more searchers-in-vain, but at least they will find a post explicitly stating as much. 😉
Anyway, a much-deserved thanks to all of you who have followed this site & offered support over the last year+! I am excited to be entering our 2nd year here in Mexico City, and hope to see more of you down here to take advantage of all that DF has to offer!!