I Never Had a Best Friend

 

That’s right. I never had a best friend. Don’t take this as a plea for help, or attention, or solicitation. I do not need anyone’s pity, nor am I taking applications for a best friend. I am just stating a fact: I simply never had ONE best friend.

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What’s in a Nombre?

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As a child, I always wanted a middle name. Anthony. Alex. David, maybe. Or even Jose. There was something mysterious or beautiful to me about having two first names (or rather a first name and a middle name). Alas, I always felt stuck with a name that sounded boring to me, that is… like the taste of an unsalted, stale cracker.

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Experiences in Threes

Are experiences divided in three?

Some time ago it occurred to me that experiences are generally divided in threes: the creator, the participant, and the viewer. This may seem simplistic, but at a basic function, most of us fit into one or more of these areas throughout our day… and definitely throughout our lifetime.

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Imaginative

Purple Moon source photobuket.com For his birthday, I gave my nephew a book I never read as a child, Harold and the Purple Crayon. Written by Crocket Johnson, the book is about,–and I love how Wikipedia describes it–“a curious four-year-old boy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it.”
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Misbehaving Curiosity

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“How could you say that, Luis!?” she yelled angrily down at me with a stern look that wrinkled the worry and shock onto her face. Up until that moment, I had always made my third-grade teacher very proud. (Or was she my fourth-grade teacher?) Gold stars. High grades. First to complete assignments. But not today.

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Online Career Test

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On January 21, 2003, I took an online career test… a long online career test. It was free; in the end you get a report summarizing your strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations for the types of jobs that would be a good fit. After answering all the questions, I got my report. It had incomplete blanks. There was the catch: to get the report in whole (without blank lines), you had to pay hard-earned money to download a complete report. It was $20 to get the full report; $30 to include the top 10 career choices; right on up to $130 that includes other perks and bonuses.

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The Sum of its Parts

New map of San Antonio (from thecityofsanantonio.com)

In an effort to understand where I am going, I must continue to explore my past. So every so often I will ramble, rant, and rave about my upbringing. Some of these are normally topics of conversation I have with friends and family. But I document them here so that I might re-read them on those rainy days and sleepless nights.

My growing up in San Antonio, Texas, gave me access to a good public school education, in my humble opinion. I was in the Gifted and Talented program, I was in the National Honor Society, but somehow I lacked the knowledge of something that I hold dear to my heart today.  It wasn’t until college that I realized how much I did not know about Mexican American people like me.

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