Monday, October 10, 2016
But sometimes the long road back home is just one blog post away. Let me go get my keyboard again.
Friday, May 6, 2016
For years at every #carne asada, before and after every Dallas Cowboys game, El Rancherito Meat Market was my go to place for carne, beer, and chips. I first started shopping there around 1992, but by then it was already 15 years old.
Located in one of Laredo's best neighborhoods, #santobaby, El Rancherito was a southside institution for thousands of people that depended on them Sunday after carne asada Sunday. They were located across the street from another, now defunct, venerable southside landmark, The Movie Palace. These two stores were my go to places for cigs and R Rated fun. Now they are both gone, up in smoke.
I was unaware of Rancherito's demise until I drove by just last week. I stopped to pay my respects and to bid adieu to the neighborhood store of my youth. This Sunday, when I splash open my can of Schlitz and poke my ribs on the grill, I'll get smoke in my eyes and tear up for that store that is no more.
You will be missed.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
|Whatever happened to....? The Unicorn was a good place..with "fluent English".|
Saturday, January 2, 2016
At first, I set it aside, not thinking much of it, other than dismissing it as a Renacimiento 74' clone. I'd never heard of them and I'd figured they must be from somewhere in Mexico, but then I took a close look at the 8 track cover art and, to my surprise, I realized this particular grupo hailed from good old Laredo, TX. After that initial surprise, I googled them and found some interesting facts on this forgotten local band. This particular 8 track is from 1983 for the CAM-Mex record label. I must say I kinda dig the sound, and I'm thinking of writing to their fan club. Maybe someone responds. Check out some of their videos below. Let me know of any info, memories you have of the grupo from back in the day.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
That is why when I finally had an afternoon off from work, several weeks ago, I jumped at the chance to once again cruise the crazy streets of Downtown Laredo, where drug deals, rancherismo-dancing, prostitution, panhandlers and cheap, electronic knockoffs keep my blogging back for more.
Perfect afternoons away from the work are a rarity for me, so I decided to unwind by sipping on a Ziggy-sixer and stumbling down the streets of my beloved hometown. Below you will find of few of the things I encountered on this particular occasion.
|Who says we have no culture in Laredo? Modern art is everywhere.|
|Downtown, they take their patriotic duties very seriously. Shops get closed for God and Country.|
|I was surprised at the amount of shops closed on this particular day. Is it El Guapo's birthday or something?|
|You can stand in the middle of the street on Salinas Ave at 4:30pm and not worry about a thing.|
(except maybe the meter maids) #LackOfParking