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Baby Midwesterner!

Wow, a lot has happened since I last posted… Primarily, a new arrival to the Midwesterner family!¬† Please welcome Paige.

Lucha baby!

While it gives me heartburn that Paige will not actually be a Midwesterner, we know she will be one in heart & spirit. ūüėȬ† And we’re already getting her acclimated to the spirit of Mexico as well.

Hat tip to Dos Borreguitas for the cutest onesie!

Are you a Mexico fan? Tell us about it & win $500!

Have you ever been sitting at your computer, paging through this blog, and thought to yourself, “You know, Julie is not the only one with stories to tell about Mexico…. I too have lots of witty/touching/inspiring/riveting things to share about this country! When will I be given the chance to share my stories about Mexico??”

My friends, this time is now!¬† The Mexico Today program that I’m a part of recently launched the Mexico Today Social Magazine on Facebook.¬† This is a pretty slick online publication that will profile stories & submissions from a variety of Mexico bloggers & influences, including me + my 23 Mexico Today Ambassador pals. The content will be community-driven from folks who are fans of Mexico, and the goal is for the Social Mag to have fresh, dynamic content for readers interested in Mexico’s culture, economy, environment, food, etc.¬† Right now we’re in “gather content” mode, and then in November, you’ll be able to see the second phase with the contributions all prettied-up into an online magazine.

So how does this impact you? We want your Mexico stories!¬† Tell us about that time you had the best cup of esquites from that street food stand in Puerto Vallarta. Tell us about your amazing destination wedding that you pulled off for 100 of your dearest family & friends on the white sand beaches of Tulum.¬† Tell us about your trip through Copper Canyon on the only passenger train left in Mexico & meeting the Tarahumara Indians profiled in that book,”Born to Run.”¬† Tell us about that time you had one too many shots of lighter-fluid-grade tequila at Se√Īor Frogs…er, wait. On second thought, that is one Mexico story that we might pass on. ūüėȬ† But ALL THE REST of those stories– those we want.

And the best part? You might win $500 for sharing your Mexi-insights online! Each month, they’ll be drawing 10 winners, which makes me feel like you actually have a chance at some $$$.¬† (And those are dollars, not pesos people!)

If you had an experience like this in Mexico, don't you think it's only fair to share it with someone else?? :)

Here’s all you need to do:

  • Go to the Mexico Today facebook page at www.facebook.com/MexicoToday, and click on the link on the left that says Social Magazine.¬† Or get to the mag directly at this link.
  • Click on the green box that says “Submit your story or link for the launch!”
    • Don’t get freaked out by the ol’ Facebook “this app needs to access your info/settings” warning– we promise not to e-stalk you.
  • If you have a blog, great- you can just submit the link to what you’ve written.
  • No blog? No worries! Just scroll a bit farther down the submission form under the “Write Your Story” heading. Here, you can type in any anecdotes you’d like to share!
    • If you are a friend of mine, this will probably be either a) how visiting Julie & John is Mexico City was totally the best trip you’ve ever taken in your life, or b) how you have this friend who is constantly talking/writing about how great Mexico is so you’ve decided to plan a trip there just to get her to shut up.
    • If you aren’t a friend of mine, you should have more latitude in your topic selections. ūüėČ
  • That’s it– thanks for sharing your Mexi-story with the world. Now just sit back, relax, and keep your fingers crossed that $500 gift card will soon be winging its way towards you!

If you’re curious to see what others have been submitting for the Mexico Today Social Magazine, check out this great summary from fellow ambassador Laura.¬† Also, you can review the legalese on the Facebook page, but you have to be a legal US/Canadian (but not Quebec) resident in order to win, and not living in my house….sorry, John.

Looking forward to see what gems y’all have to share, so keep me posted if this inspires you to send anything in!¬† If you win, I will be happy to serve as a consultant on what Mexican-themed food & goods to spend that money on– free of charge, in exchange for just one tamale. :)

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work in creating content as a Contributor for the México Today Program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared in my blog are completely my own.

Mexico Today!

My friends & family can confirm that I rarely pass up the chance to promote all-things-Mexico. Whether it be travel, food, drink, people, glassware, professional wrestling– you name it and I can probably spend an hour of your time raving about it. (Well, maybe everything except the chapulines. While I have sampled the crispy critters, I will admit to being lukewarm regarding grasshoppers from a culinary perspective…) :)

I had considerable success with my personal “Come visit us in Mexico City! Now!” campaign during our two years living there (I think we had ~25 visitors from the US?).¬† I may have toned down the constant peer pressure *slightly* since I am no longer there to be visited, but I still leap at the chance to “talk Mexico” when given the slightest opportunity! One of my new coworkers mentioned that her family originally hailed from Guadalajara, and I think I broke into a brief hymn of praise for Karne Garibaldi & its carne en su jugo.

I was beginning to fear that my Mexico fangirl tendencies might not have a proper outlet back here in the US… But then I received an email out of the blue from the PR firm who’s working with Marca Pais – Imagen de M√©xico to help them promote business & tourism in Mexico:
“I‚Äôm writing today on behalf of the Mexico Tourism Board‚Äôs Marca Pa√≠s ‚Äď Imagen de M√©xico initiative, to invite you to join the Mexico Today program.¬†The program will empower writers like you to share Mexico‚Äôs true stories with the people who need to hear them the most.¬† We thought that your love for travel and Mexico made you a perfect fit for the topics that we‚Äôd like to discuss on Mexico Today.”

Needless to say, this seemed like a good fit & well in-line with what I’ve been writing about on this blog for the last nearly 3 years! The M√©xico Today program will be kicking off this weekend in Oaxaca, so I am thrilled to be flying down to meet all the other folks who will also be a part of it. Several of them include longtime blog friends that I’m excited to finally meet in person- Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide, Canuck in Cancun, Countdown to Mexico, Mexico Cooks, Stay Adventurous– plus many more Mexi-fans that have a variety of interesting backgrounds.

Check out the México Today page at http://www.facebook.com/MexicoToday & let me know what you think. There will be hot action streaming from Twitter as well, and the official website is still a work in progress but can be found at http://mexicotoday.org.

In interest of full disclosure, I will be paid for the content I produce, but it will still be my opinions/thoughts/witty repartee that you’ve come to know & love (or at least tolerate)! I’m pretty excited about the program, because I think they are coming at it from the right angle: we all know that Mexico has its challenges these days, and the goal is not to hide or trivialize those issues. Instead, we hope to offer another perspective– one from folks who have actually lived, worked, and traveled on the ground in Mexico. Then you can be the judge!

Who better to promote Mexico than a girl who goes all the way to China to get her photo taken with an accented e that's as tall as she is?

I’m sure I’ll have more details after this weekend, so look forward to tales from Oaxaca plus me raving about being in the epicenter of mezcal, mole, and my favorite Mexican cheese. :)

The Burros are Back!!

Some things are so important to alert my readers to that I have to emerge from my 2-month blog hibernation to do so.  Any guesses what could possibly make that exclusive priority list? The Feria Nacional del Burro, of course!!

For any readers who had the misfortune of missing my live coverage from the National Donkey Fair 2010, rest assured that you can review both the emotional buildup to the event and the actual event here. Even though I knew it was unlikely that I would be able to attend Otumba’s premier annual tourist draw this year, I have been trying to monitor the innerwebs for further details to share with my many friends in Mexico City who will surely be dying to go. I was almost sidetracked from this quest by starting a new job (yipee!), but it appears I uncovered this year’s DonkeyFest just in time!!

You can review the full agenda for the 2011 Feria Nacional del Burro here. My instinct says that the day to go is this Sunday, May 1st, as that is the day of both the carnival & the burro races, as well as some burro polo. Sunday is the last day of the festival, and I have to say, all the other festival days seem heavy on bands/dance troupes and light on DONKEYS DRESSED LIKE AN AMERICAN TOURIST.  So choose your day wisely. Furthermore, do not dally or foolishly sleep in on SundayРthe good events (i.e. the burro polo) start at 10AM, and it will take you around an hour to get to Otumba from Mexico City.

The website http://otumbariam.wordpress.com/¬†appears to be the source of info for this year’s gathering (and they are also twittering up a storm). While it is not as witty as their now-defunct website from the 2010 event, I am going to give the Feria Nacional del Burro organizers the benefit of the doubt– surely they’ve chosen to invest their hilarity/sarcasm in donkey costumes rather than html coders. The below poster with a donkey in a frame also bodes well:

How could this event possibly disappoint you??

If you’re uncertain on how to get to Otumba, check out the ever-reliable Google Maps, or hire a taxi– Otumba is just a bit past the pyramids (a.k.a. Teotihuacan). I reckon you could negotiate a <$1000-peso rate for a taxi for the day. Once you arrive in town, just follow the braying & the clip-clopping of delicate hooves.

While I wither away this weekend¬†in the donkey-less capital of Mexico’s northern neighbor, I am going to be relying on my faithful readers in DF to allow me to live vicariously through you. Please, report back on how the Feria has grown to be bigger & better than ever. Get your photo taken on a brahma bull. Purchase an inordinate amount of burro-themed crap. Adorn yourself in burro ears. I will be awaiting word. :)

1st Taco & Mariachi Festival in Plaza Garibaldi!

Alert to any Chilangos and/or Mexico City visitors during the week of September 3-12, 2010: two of my favorite things (tacos & mariachis) are being celebrated in yet another Mexican festival!!  (Lest anyone forget how successful the LAST festival was that I recommended, please feel free to revisit my Burro Festival recap.)

Another brilliant mascot!! A sombrero-wearing, guitar-playing taco who's just waiting to be dipped in the roja or verde salsas at his sides.

I am hoping this is the first in a series of awesome Mexican-themed events to occur in DF in the run-up to the Bicentennial excitement this September. To be fair, if I was planning this event (at which CANIRAC anticipates 100,000 attendees), I might have started inviting taco vendors prior to 10 days ago… But I did learn when I was coordinating events at TI that excessive advance notice just doesn’t sit well ’round these parts (or at least may not be as effective as you might think when trying to get people to attend something), so I’m counting this as “cultural differences”. :)¬† Perhaps the 2-weeks notice is right on track for the taco vendors!

Regardless, I know for sure that the mariachis will be amped up & ready to go, so any “artistic events, cultural events, Mexican snack sales & many more surprises” will just be frosting on the cake!! Mark it on your calendar, people. Not sure where Plaza Garibaldi is? Check the map here. And for anyone of the opinion that Plaza Garibaldi is a den of iniquity & thieves, I beg you to give it a chance– you might have as much fun as these folks did. :)

Mao and Me

What, did you think I *wasn’t* going to get a photo of me in an ironic t-shirt in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing? It seems a bit unrealistic, don’t you think? ūüėČ

I assume his spirit felt honored by his likeness on my shirt.

Thanks once again to Threadless.com & the Communist Party.

Here I am looming over the massive Forbidden City from Jingshan Park, just to the north. Apparently my photographer has not mastered the concept of "Do not position person directly in front of relevant objects in photo"

Note the dour, gray, smoggy sky in photo above… Never though I would be missing the clear blue skies of Mexico City, but Mexico’s air quality is looking pretty good right now!!

Hello from China!

Despite what you may think, a lot has happened since BurroFest ’10. First off, I am DONE WITH MY LAST FINAL EXAM EVER!! This past Friday & Saturday (May 8-9) brought about the last weekend of my 2-year, bi-weekly MBA program, with 3 long-awaited final exams. I still owe y’all a snapshot of what an average weekend was like at my Thunderbird/ITESM program, but for now you’ll have to live with this image:

Campus Santa Fe's Global MBA Class of 2010, posing like the rockstars that we are.

On Saturday evening, a few of my ambitious classmates coordinated a fantastic fiesta at a party room somewhere in Santa Fe, which brought together students from all 3 campuses in Mexico City. I will admit to being a bit skeptical of how much fun I was going to have talking in Spanish for several hours after taking two exams on Saturday & running on minimal sleep…(since exhausted + Spanish chatter = even more exhausted) BUT, I am happy to say, I was wrong & the party was a wild success!!

I mean, how could a party with drinks like these *NOT* be a success??

There was a DJ, loads of drinks, tacos de guisados, dancing, karaoke, AND mariachis– what could go wrong?? One of many highlights included the opportunity to sing Celos with a select group of my female cohorts. ūüėČ One of the lowlights was being pressured to sing El Rey after the official karaoke portion of the evening had ended (read as: without lyrics displayed on the wall) and realizing how few words I actually know when put under the gun.

After a brief recovery/packing period, I was off to the airport Tuesday morning at the crack of dawn to finally make my trek to China!! (Recall last year’s swine flu debacle & fallout.) I spent merely 8,000 hours on two flights with my knees jammed into someone’s seat-back, trying to prevent any further reclining into my lap. The monotony was broken up briefly on the SFO->PEK flight by spotting fellow passenger Tony Hawk, and discovering that the girl next to me is doing a masters in statistics at the University of NEBRASKA!! (Hi Jinglei!) What are the odds?? :)

What?!??! NO! This is NOT the first place I went, or a place I intend to go. After all, I have to save up all my Mexican cravings for when I get to Shanghai (ask me later about the agenda for our MBA interim...) :

My first day and a half in Beijing have been excellent, liberally sprinkled with eating amazing food. I’m sure you could have guessed that the first place I went is shown in the picture at right. I’ll be here through Sunday AM, when I head to Shanghai to meet up with the MBA crew for the actual week-long¬† interim. Then, off to Hong Kong from the 22nd -> 27th to round out my whirlwind tour of China’s biggest cities. (Would have loved to stay longer, but graduation week in Arizona beckons beginning May 30th!)

Tomorrow I am off on the requisite Great Wall tour, so I must head to bed to ward off the ever-lurking jet lag. But first, I’d like to share with you a few of the lessons I’ve learned in the brief period of time I’ve been here.

  1. If a taxi driver runs into a biker while gaping at you from his car, the best course of action is to walk away quickly as soon as you observe that the biker is not injured.
  2. In normal parts of town, Chinese people are either a) not as fascinated by my height/hair color as Mexicans are, or b) just as fascinated as Mexicans but since I can’t understand anything, I don’t realize they’re all calling me “shorty”/”chaparrita” behind my back.
  3. Lesson 2 does not apply at tourist sites.
  4. At tourist sites, if you allow one bold, daring Chinese person to take a photo with you, this action is the equivalent of ringing a “come to prayer” bell for all the meek Chinese tourists nearby who have secretly been dying for a photo with you. As soon as Photo #1 ensues, you will be instantly surrounded a zillion petite Chinese women and their cameras.
  5. The Beijing subway system is the one of the first subways I’ve been on where it is actually obvious what station you’re approaching/at.

    Love this lite-up Beijing subway map. The light turns green to signify which station you're going towards.

  6. Each time you see a wet puddle in your path, ask yourself the following questions: Did it rain recently? Was someone using a garden hose nearby? Is there a plausible sanitary source for that wet puddle? If the answer to all of those is “no”, you are probably encountering a spot where a mother just made her 3-year-old child pull down his pants and squat on the middle of a sidewalk in a major tourist site. Consider avoiding it.
  7. Despite Spanish being the only foreign language you know, responding to all Chinese queries in Spanish is really not effective. Even less effective than responding in English. Try to wean yourself from claro, ba√Īo, si and gracias, even though your pronunciation of their Mandarin equivalents sounds like a cat vomiting.
  8. Obsessively researching restaurants online & in free local expat mags is totally worth it when you end up eating meals like these:

These "Bridge Spicy Spare Ribs" from Karaiya Spice House were amazing. I was slightly embarassed when this massive plate was plopped down in front of me...

The embarrassment slipped away after I realized you could pick the meat off the bone with chopsticks. Soooo tasty...

Speaking of slight embarrassment, here's a shot of the mountain of food at my very first meal in Beijing (at Dali Courtyard). When they said a set menu of 8 courses, I thought they'd all be wee little dishes of 2-3 bites each. Instead, they were like 20 bites each. This was taken right before I gave up because I was stuffed. :)

9. Apparently all countries have something like the Panini World Cup Sticker Album. Instead of soccer players, though, they may just have emperors/dignitaries of ancient China. (the venue stickers still hold, though.)

I wonder if MBA students trade these stickers in China??

10. That whole thing about “China blocking Facebook” is in fact true. And Twitter. And several blogs I enjoy. So this will be the lone venue for riveting Julie-updates for the next couple weeks. ūüėȬ† Frank/Joy/Leah– FYI that your blogs appear to not meet Party standards. Lesley– you seem to be in the clear; good job on your support for communism. :)

More to come soon! Zai jian!

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The Mexican winter of 2010

Our friends & family up north (like my parents currently experiencing -29F/-34C windchills in Grand Island, Nebraska) are sure to appreciate the latest weather developments from Mexico City. I was slightly amused tonight (Thursday) reading tense articles on www.reforma.com about the impending weather doom expected to hit the city ASAP.

Apparently Mexico City is expecting RECORD BREAKING low temps this weekend, the likes of which have not been seen since 1886. (DF is really focused on breaking records these days.) It sounds much more dramatic in Celsius: 4C in the city and down to -5C in higher areas. (a.k.a. 39F and 23F for those of us who are Celsius-illiterate)

Late this evening, the Secretary of Public Education announced after much debate that schools would NOT be suspended tomorrow (Friday).¬†The subhead on that news article was “Piden a padres de familia que manden a sus hijos a la escuela, pero bien abrigados”— “They ask that parents send their kids to school, but well wrapped up.” (I think the article is subscription-access only on Reforma, but here’s the link just in case it works.)

That line was my¬†second favorite¬†only to the quotes in the¬†article regarding¬†how the Government of DF declared a “maximum alert” due to the drop in temperature & expected freezing rain/sleet. The Secretary of Civil Protection did a nice job of working in some commentary regarding climate change, for any skeptics out there:

“‘Por el cambio clim√°tico, existe la posibilidad de un fen√≥meno meteorol√≥gico in√©dito, dentro de lo que cabe, incluso una nevada en el centro de la Ciudad’, dijo Brizuela.”

“Due to climate change, the possibility exists of an unprecedented meteorological phenomenon, all things considered, includes snowfall in the center of the city.”¬† *

But the one John most enjoyed, after telling me about a few winters he spent running outdoors in sub-zero-fahrenheit temperatures in Minnesota & Iowa, was:

“Si la temperatura es por debajo de los 5 grados, se tiene que evitar hacer ejercicio al aire libre, ya que puede haber un enfriamiento, y si se tiene un cuadro de infecci√≥n respiratoria, no se debe salir a la calle, pues no s√≥lo estar√° en riesgo su salud, sino la de otras personas, adem√°s de evitar automedicarse.”

If the temperature is below 5C, you have to avoid exercising in the open air, since you could have a cold, and if you have any respiratory infection characteristics, you should not go out to the street; not only will you risk your health but that of other persons, besides avoiding self-medicating.”¬† *

To be clear, I don’t mean to trivialize the valid risks of freezing weather in a city where most homes do not have heaters & plenty of people do not have homes, period. And given the standard day-to-day traffic in Mexico City + my experiences driving in cities that only get freezing precip a few times a year (talking about you, Dallas), I can’t even fathom what new circle of hell would be unleashed on the roads of DF during sleeting rain.

But despite all of that, I will admit to being just slightly bemused since this response to a weather forecast tops even that of Dallas for wussiness. (Rest assured that when the city is in frozen lockdown this weekend, I will post an apology for my smugness.)

* crappy, vague Spanish translations courtesy me

And now for something completely different…

Many thanks to any regular readers out there who have been patient with my month-long absence!! I assure you postings should return to some modicum of regularity moving forward. This month has been a hectic one, diving back into my 3rd semester of my MBA program (virtually HALFWAY DONE!!!) as well as surviving 2 major events that I coordinated at work– D√≠as de Tecnolog√≠a,¬†day-long technical training events for ~380 Texas Instruments fans in Mexico City and Guadalajara. We were also honored with a visit from friend Emily who thus far wins the “longest distance traveled” award¬†from John & Julie’s B&B, as she currently resides in Germany.

My pal Paul Westbrook at the TI booth during my first Mexico tradeshow, MexEEdev.

My pal Paul Westbrook at the TI booth during my first Mexico tradeshow, MexEEdev.

Anyway, the biggest news in my life right now is that this week marks the end of my employment with Texas Instruments, the company I have worked for since the summer of 1998. I started as an intern for 3 summers in Houston, joined their sales training program in Dallas after college, spent 4 years in technical sales in Boston, and another 2 in the Washington DC area. I thought that would be the end of it when we headed down to Mexico City last year, but conveniently someone had just left the Marketing/University Programs position for TI Mexico. 

Yes, I am a dork, but yes, this is my favorite TI demo: an LCD powered off of grapes.

Yes, I am a dork, but yes, this is my favorite TI demo: an LCD powered off of grapes.

And so it came about that last fall I joined a great team of 7 guys located in 4 cities across Mexico, with a patient boss who was willing to take a risk that I might be able to learn Spanish faster than someone new could learn the 8 zillion acronyms & intricacies of TI! :) Though I certainly still have¬†room to grow on the Spanish, I will say that I have progressed from feeling a flash terror whenever the phone in my office would ring, to being able to have a 3-hour long meeting in Spanish¬†at a university discussing how they might use TI products in their engineering curriculum. (I will admit to getting a bit lost during a biomedical lab tour though…)

A workshop I coordinated in Mexico City, taught by our star trainer extraordinaire, Ken Schachter.

A workshop I coordinated in Mexico City, taught by our star trainer extraordinaire, Ken Schachter.

The experience working for TI in another country and another language has been both fun & challenging, enlightening & frustrating, all mixed together. At this point, however, John & I have about one more year left in Mexico. After much debate, I decided that this is my best (and probably only!) chance to take a break, enjoy Mexico, and figure out what it is that I want to do when I grow up.  The fact that this MBA is coming out of my own pocket is inspiring me to actually take some time & try to get something out of it, vs. the panicked reading/homework-doing/paper-writing the night before class every other week to date.

Here's lunchtime at our Día de Tecnología 2 weeks ago in DF... Let's play Where's Waldo... Can you spot me???

Here's lunchtime at our Día de Tecnología 2 weeks ago in DF... Let's play Where's Waldo... Can you spot me???

I’m really interested in starting my own business, and while I don’t know yet what that might be, I DO know that I need some time to really investigate it. TI has been a fantastic place to work & I truly hope to stay in contact with the many amazing people I’ve met there.¬†After 11 years there, however, I am ready for a change! I feel amazingly lucky to have this opportunity to hit the reset button, not to mention a husband who’s totally supportive (as long as he sees an uptick in tasty dinners prepared by yours truly, which I suppose is only fair). ūüėČ

Me with Clementina, one of the good friends I met in this role, and her esteemed colleagues from CINVESTAV!

Me with Clementina, one of the good friends I met in this role, and her esteemed colleagues from CINVESTAV!

So anyway, expect the occasional brainstorming / introspection / call-for-ideas as I begin this year-long odyssey here in Mexico City. Please feel free to offer¬†any proactive¬†hot tips & insights!! I have so many things I want to do/work on, I am certain that next summer will be here way before I expect it… For those of you who know me, it is time to make a new Excel spreadsheet!!!

In the trendy bright-green shirts, you'll find the proud TI Mexico sales team, accompanied by some other TIers who visited for the Tech Day events 2 wks ago.

In the trendy bright-green shirts, you'll find the proud TI Mexico sales team, accompanied by some other TIers who visited for the Tech Day events 2 wks ago.

And for those of you who are like “what happened to the ‘Mexico’ part of your Mexico blog?”, here is a smattering of the posts I am delinquent on:

  • John’s trip to a luxury house in Ixtapa (while I had MBA class, boo)
  • DF activities for when the parents visit!
  • More Lucha Libre trips!!
  • Views from the top of the Torre Mayor in downtown DF
  • BFF Kim visits from Boston!
  • San Miguel de Allende
  • Guanajuato (go now!)
  • Anniversary trip to Huatulco, on the Oaxacan coast
  • Karaoke night out at Escaparate in Polanco
  • Julie finally goes to the pyramids (Teotihuacan)
  • How to become a luchador: an interview with El Matador
  • Navigating the Mexico City airport

So yes, more to come, honest! Thanks for sticking with me during my month of near-radio silence, and cheers to John for filling in with his Yaxchilan posts. Off to get some sleep in preparation for my waning hours as a TIer…. ūüėČ

And here is the metaphorical mountain I am ready to climb to figure out my new career path!! Please be ready with bottles of water along the way... ;)

And here is the metaphorical mountain I am ready to climb to figure out my new career path!! Please be ready with bottles of water along the way... ;)

Important world news from Mexico City’s finest, Publimetro

A new¬†interruption from my wedding-reminiscing… I came across this pressing news article from Mexico City’s esteemed (??) free daily newspaper, Publimetro, on Friday. It was excellent fodder for a wee chat with my taxi driver as we sat in standstill traffic due to the stupid route he chose. He simply could not believe that they were making bras just for men in Japan, because there are so many bras already out there and so many pretty women to wear them.

Hey people, a free 32-page daily newspaper is not going to fill ITSELF with relevant articles...

Hey people, a free 32-page daily newspaper is not going to fill ITSELF with relevant articles...

For any non-Spanish-readers, my loose translation summary is basically: “Bras for men, a success”. Some Japanese company called WishRoom is selling 1,000 man-bras (bro? manssiere, fellow Seinfeld fans?)¬†a month. To be clear, these aren’t bras for, ahem, larger men. Rather, these bras are apparently most popular with the 30-40-year-old executives subset, who like to wear them under their suits because¬†the bras help them feel¬†secure & relaxed. The man-bras cost about $30 USD and all come in cup size A. Apparently they have been flying off the shelves.¬† Check out the website for brilliant advertising that includes a hot shirtless man who I’m pretty sure wouldn’t be caught dead in a manssiere, simply photoshopped behind various images of manssieres.

The other best part about this screen shot from Publimetro’s online version of the paper is the article in the upper left-hand corner entitled “Girl with Three Legs Born in Peru”. This is¬†followed by the lower left-hand corner scoop of “Cambodian bids with fake money in protest” about a man who tried to buy Pol Pot’s sandals with $790k in counterfeit bills¬†in protest against the Khmer Rouge regime.

Never a slow news day for the Publimetro, folks.
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