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Who doesn’t like a good milestone like 100 blog posts?

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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:
  • 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!!


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  3. Kim says:

    Jules – congrats on 100 posts! I have three questions/comments. How can this movie you describe possibly be worse than the Beverely Hills dog takes Mexico movie? How did I miss the post about naked mexican women with sombreros? And, you are going to be in the US for 10 days???? We need to discuss your upcoming trip to Boston (the one you are planning in early Nov)… you remember, right?!?

  4. Tori says:

    WooHoo!!! Thanks for the shout out!!! And congrats on the 100 entries. I think I have read each of them. Very insightful and entertaining. I am moving to Cancun at the end of October, and while my experiences will be very different then yours in DF, I will continue to read, learn and laugh.

  5. American Mommy in Mexico says:

    Know what you mean ! The “enjoying comments” can take on addictive qualities …

  6. Shawna says:

    Love the blog. My husband is from and currently living in Hidalgo (a great place for silver shopping…Real del Monte). I may be joining him in the near future in Pachuca or DF, so your insights of a Midwesterner in Mexico is very helpful in my preparation (I am originally from Oklahoma). Your observations are so hilarious and so very true!!! Keep up the great work!

  7. Joy says:

    Thanks for the shout-out — I feel famous!

  8. Joan says:

    Congratulations on your milestone! I am new to your blog and I hope you have at least another 100 posts in you.

    For suggested topics, I love love love your Random Facts I Learned in Mexico City and would love to see a spin-off of this like, Hard to Find in Mexico, Easy to find in Mexico. I’ll start.

    Hard: change
    Easy: candy

    Keep the blogs coming!

  9. Emily says:

    As an earlier Midwesterner in Mexico, I so wish you were there when I was there. At the time there was a lack of blogs about what I was going through. Anyway, I like to live vicariously through you now.

    I would like to see your take on the many uses of pig skin – chicharon, cueritos and footballs. A post complete with your wonderful photos, of course!

    I am always excited when you have a new post. Keep it up!
    A friend in the Midwest,

  10. Great site…keep up the good work.

  11. Linnea says:

    Congrats! I happened upon your blog a while ago by chance and drop in every now and then. I’ve spent some time in Mexico and throughly enjoy your colorful stories about your various encounters in and around Mexico City. Looking forward to the next 100 posts! Greeting from sunny California…

  12. Jody says:

    I have had a blast reading your work since finding out about your blog several months ago. I read every post in the archives! What fun! I lived in México for several years, as a younger person, and continue to spend time there every year. Your observations resonate right on my heart/funny bone–without fail. Too bad you’ll be leaving there someday. I would love to keep living there vicariously through you.

  13. Ed Campbell says:

    I am newly transplanted here in Morelia, Michoacan. Can you help me connect with other Americans in the area?

  14. Chris says:

    Always a good, funny and informative read. I will be up in the big city from the beautiful Oaxaca just south of you very soon. You and David Lida are my main sources of info – that’s pretty good company.

  15. Emily says:

    Ed, try the Yahoo groups MoreliaConnect and Michoacan_net. Those are the most organized online resources for people in Michoacan. I lived there for two years and may be able to point you to a resource or two. emilyandsergio@yahoo.com

  16. Lesley says:

    Thanks the love Julie! Looking forward to connecting with you at the end of the month, when we’re both done with our various travels. :-)

  17. Julie says:

    Kim/Tori/Shawna/Bill/Linnea– thanks for the positive feedback! It helps keep me going :)

    Joan/Emily- thanks for the ideas! I will try to incorporate them!!

    Jody– hope you make it back down for a visit 😉

    Ed– sounds like Emily has the best tips on folks in Michoacan; I would also tip you off to Jennifer at http://staringatstrangers.typepad.com/

    Chris- thanks for the compliment; holler if I can be of any assistance during your visit! I’m delinquent on a Oaxaca post, but loved the city & the drive down there from DF

  18. This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

    A definite great read…:)


  19. Rolando Ricardez says:

    I am a Mexican living in NYC and your blog is so good it just made me want to start my own blog about my life in the big apple.

    Picture number 30 of 43 on your Touribus gallery is a Monument called Hemiciclo a Juarez, a monument dedicated to Benito Juarez. Benito Juárez was the first full-blooded indigenous national to serve as President of Mexico. For resisting the French occupation, overthrowing the Empire, and restoring the Republic, as well as for his efforts to modernize the country, Juárez is often regarded as Mexico’s greatest and most beloved leader.

    Congrats on the blog.


    PS. I am definitely doing the cantina-crawl in December. I’m from Monterrey so it’s really been a while since I last visited Mexico City.

  20. Amanda says:

    Heloooo Julie!

    Thanks for including me on your blog! You are inspiring me to keep it up, despite my negative attitude of late … I suppose we´re in the business of advertising Mexico! Un abrazo, AmanAda 😉

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