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Ridgewood / East Williamsburg [Jul. 30th, 2008|11:27 am]
Daniel
[mood |awakeawake]

Gentrification is being happening in my 'hood for at last five years... and I have being part of it for the past three. At my building, I've seen how slowly the families that have been in the area for generations have been replaced by young, single, professional, more affluent tenants.

This is Ridgewood / East Williamsburg now. I can only wonder what it will be like in 5 more years.




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Ridgewood, NY 11385... [Jun. 2nd, 2008|04:17 pm]
Daniel


So true... I'm from Central America after all.

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Memorial Day 2008 - NY 11385 ... [May. 29th, 2008|03:41 pm]
Daniel
It is the first time I get to see a Memorial Day Parade and I loved it. Such a humble display of patriotism and Americana feeling that I just loved it.



Here are some pics from the parade that started on my block, in Ridgewood, Queens - NY 11385.Collapse )
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back to Guatemala, part 3 of 3... [May. 27th, 2008|01:58 pm]
Daniel
[mood |awakeawake]

Guatemala is a Catholic country. Regardless of one's denomination, we observe lots of things that can be seen as religious but are so interlaced with everyday life that have become part of the culture. One of these is the veneration of the Black Christ in the Eastern city of Esquipulas. It is common to find images or replicas of the Black Christ at homes.

The veneration for the Black Christ has grown since it was sculpted more than 400 years ago to other countries like Mexico and the rest of Central America. As Guatemalans like myself migrate to other countries, we bring this veneration with us. As a result, for the past 3 years, there has been a mass in honor of the Black Christ at Saint Patrick Cathedral in NYC with building full to its capacity.

Since I knew I could go back to Guatemala, I told my cousin he had to take me to Esquipulas. Even though I don't practice faithfully, I do have respect for the Black Christ, and thought that the least I could do was to pay him a visit.


I made the road trip with my cousin Marvin, Julio and my uncle Che. This pic is when we entered the city of Esquipulas. The white basilica houses the Black Christ. The Christ is the main attraction in town. When John Paul II visited Guatemala in 1997, it was to come here and venerate the Black Christ.

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Bush begs... and gets nuttin' [May. 16th, 2008|01:23 pm]
Daniel
[mood |amusedamused]

Bush begged for oil to the Saudi Arabia prince and got no for an answer.

How about encouraging his fellow American citizens to use less oil?
How about investing more into renewable energy sources?



Bush, you gotta think harder!


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/17/world/middleeast/17prexy.html?hp

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back to Guatemala... (part 2 of 3) [May. 9th, 2008|09:28 am]
Daniel
[mood |awakeawake]

A must-visit place in Guatemala is the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, known for the old architecture, magnificent churches, catholicism, and now days also for the Spanish schools.

I remember when I was a kid, family friends who lived abroad and visited would take us for a day trip to Antigua. As I grew older, I found my way to Antigua with the Boy Scouts in order to climb the volcano that's right next to the city, or with friends just to bar hop.

This time it was family time... so we went there for a day trip.



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back to Guatemala... (part 1 of 3) [Apr. 17th, 2008|11:23 pm]
Daniel
[mood |awakeawake]

After almost nine years, I went back to Guatemala... the country I was born in.



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i like it... [Feb. 1st, 2008|12:19 pm]
Daniel
I like www.perezhilton.com a lot. I find it entertaining. lol

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green holiday card... [Jan. 2nd, 2008|10:53 am]
Daniel
[mood |optimisticoptimistic]

I might have mentioned in an earlier post about my green holiday cards this year. I made them out of post-consumer materials. Every card was different as the graphic changed.


As the one that imageit received from me.


Happy 2008 to all!

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Christmas as a TAMALE.. [Dec. 22nd, 2007|08:36 pm]
Daniel
[mood |naughtynaughty]

So.... this holiday season I decided to be green... so my cards were made with post-consumer materials. I think they came out nice... anyone who got one should send me a pic of it (Jay?) so I can re-post it here.

I didn't get a Christmas tree this year. I not only have no space but I also wanted to do something different. So... I wrapped my bike with the lights I had for the tree. I killed two birds with one shot. Yes!

Tomorrow I'm having a get together... and you are all welcome to come... ...so here's the invite.Collapse )

Christmas parties this year... a lot. As a matter of fact, I think I have had more than previous years. I've been partying non-stop since last Saturday.

Saturday was the German reunion/rooftop party. It was nice that it coincided with some snow fall. Germans are drama when drunk... one got a ticket at the train station for littering, which he was not doing, but.. I guess the cop thought he was rowdy and deserved a ticket.

Sunday it was at my dad's... we had a sort of small party between the two of us as we decorated his Christmas tree.

Monday it was a get together with PK classmates... oh.. they are always fun.

Tuesday it was the 20something christmas party bobertz's meeting at G Lounge.

Wednesday I went to see Bobby do the talent competion at Therapy. He was invited by Peppermint the night before to do the contest. And the contest was great... but a big drag queen ruled... I don't know what the crowd saw in her... Any takes, Bobby?

Thursday it was Tim's housewarming party.... which was nice... however; it was interesting to attend a housewarming thrown by two 18 y/o and one 23 y/o (tim). It's just a different vibe. I must say that most of the guest were above 23. I met the guy who does the weather forecast on Channel 7 (WABC). He was very good looking.

Friday it was my job's Christmas party... and OMG... it was worth waiting for it... (last year we didn't have one)

We went to this high-end Mexican restaurant calle Pampano. All they serve for drinks is Tequila. I couldn't resist to have a few Don-Julio-tequila Margaritas. I had ceviche as well.. and it was like heaven... Oh.. so good! It's been like ten years since I had ceviche.

We had a Secret Santa at work.. I got a $25 Best Buy card. I don't know what to do with it. ... Speaking of gift cards... I've accumulated a few since my b'day. I have $120 to go to Express and $50 to Old Navy. I've received through the mail holiday cards from Gene, Paolo, and Gary.

Care Bear got me an autographed calendar of Amanda Lepore... oh.. how much I love that tranny!!!

But all I wished this season was I could feed everybody a tamale... uhm... they are delicious... with some guacamole and some sour cream... yay!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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