Josefina Vázquez Mota, the first woman to run for the Mexican presidency, is a long way behind in the polls. But she’s getting a boost from an unlikely quarter: the frontrunner himself. In a newspaper interview, Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party was unable to recall how much tortillas (which Mexicans eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) cost. Peña Nieto compounded his elitist sin by saying, by way of excuse, “I’m not the lady of the house.” Will the presidency turn on the tortilla?
This is what I read today as I searched for an article to use in my class after school. Really? I can tell you how much tortillas cost–as I buy them every other day. I can probably tell you the cost of a lot of things. It reminds me of the price of arugula in the D.C. area–and the president’s dismay (as well as the people’s when they realized how out of touch he was).
My time is now earning me some extra money! Hooray! I am going to be able to pay my school loans sometime soon! Tomorrow I have a tutoring job from 4:30-5:30 and 6:30-730. Whew! Let’s hope my bus is a bit quicker than it is today! It seemed like I was on there forever! The good news is I made friends with the driver, Beto.
Yesterday, I had to work too. The school had this festival, fair, carnival… I don’t really know what to call it.
This is what I do know:
1). There were a lot of people there. I walked around thinking, “Hmm… Hope I’m not ignoring my parents!”
2). There was a soccer game that I watched the whole time I was there. I was lucky–we were sitting there, and another teacher said, “We should get our picture taken with him!” I grabbed my camera, and we quickly posed with the goalie of the Jaguars. Afterwards, one of the male teachers asked if I knew him. Nope. I got some serious street-cred today with the boys in my class!!
3). I am pretty disappointed I didn’t win on the cake walk. I think the game was rigged. I was supposed to contribute a cake, but had the snots all weekend. I decided it would be better to refrain from cooking anything.
4). This is skill.