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The skinny on your week

by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, May 1 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    You'll find a stupidly under-priced Rolls-Royce for sale on Craigslist. Snap it up! This week: Let a friend drag you to swing dance lessons.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    A friend will buy you frosted animal crackers — with the sprinkles — for your birthday. This week: Catch a city council meeting.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Our grandparents came from Mexico. The entire next generation spoke Spanish. However, in my generation, pretty much none of us do. One cousin's daughter does because the cousin married a fluently bilingual spouse. Most white people I know have long ago lost both, generally, awareness of what their actual ethnic roots are and the original language their people came to America with, when it wasn't English. Heck, British English can be pretty confusing. What me and my cousins, and most of our kids know of Spanish is what we learn in Spanish classes.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 24 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    Score! A coworker will knit you an amigurumi aardvark for your birthday. This week: Hit up the library for some fresh reads.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F2
    After a dream involving talking furniture, you'll want to throw out most of your home furnishings. This week: Start a custom soap-making company on Etsy.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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    Special Italian Edition

    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I like reading your articles — they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious and even a little provocative and antagonizing at times. One thing I find a little antagonizing is the use of the term "Latino" as a synonym only for "Hispanic"; certainly yours is not the only forum in which these two terms are used interchangeably. I've noticed that you tend to favor "Hispanic" quite a bit more than "Latino"; thank you, for that. While I may sound racist by making that remark, I am actually trying to raise cultural awareness and combat racism.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 17 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    Your imagination is fertile and wild. This week: Give birth to some thought puppies but be sure to have them spayed or neutered.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F1
    Your daily schedule is affected by trends, fashions, peer or family pressures and rebel rousing. This week: Yikes! This is definitely an accident-prone week.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F5
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Even though throughout the years since I came to the U.S. 20 years ago I have seen it happening with less frequency, the use by Mexicans of the expression ¿Mande? (command me) has always struck me. I personally see it as a symbolic legacy of submission probably originating from the times of the Spanish conquistadores. Are you aware of any other meaning? What is interesting to me is that I've heard this expression coming more often from the so-called pochos than from Mexican immigrants.

    — Che Argentina

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 10 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F4
    A thoughtful friend will buy you fire dancing lessons for your birthday. This week: Hop in a pedal boat at Watson Park.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F3
    Friends may tease you for hoarding Cadbury Creme eggs, but you'll have the last laugh (and a stash of creme eggs) come this winter. This week: Go granular or go home.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F5
    A mysterious person will send you a My Little Pony filled with glitter and red heart candies. This week: Treat yourself to a new pet Guinea Pig.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F1
    Damn! Saturn just went into retrograde. Have fun doing your taxes. This week: Go for a couple of bike rides at night.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F3
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    Special César Chávez Edición

    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, April 3 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I'm a second-generation Orange County-raised pocho. Both sides of my family have been civil rights activists since the 1940s. My mother's family took part in the landmark case Mendez, et al vs. Westminster, et al. in 1946. My father was a Chicano activist in the 1960s and 1970s. From the time I was a child, I had met various figures like Reies López Tijerina, César Chávez, Bert Corona and Emigdio Vasquez. In 1975 my dad took me and my older brother to a demonstration where we marched to the federal buildings in Santa Ana. As an adult, after graduating with a B.S.

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F3
    You will overhear a riveting conversation about abortion and Super Mario Brothers. This week: Make friends with a pastry school dropout.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    A girl wearing Buddy Holly glasses will buy you an order of onion rings Tuesday. This week: Skip along the Arkansas Riverwalk.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F2
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, February 20 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: Do you agree with gente that think you can't be vegetarian if you're Mexican 'cause meat is an essential part of our diet? I've heard this argument three times within the last 24 hours from two blogs and The Today Show this morning. I think it's babosadas. Like, my parents growing up in Zacatecas only had meat on Friday when the pollero came knockin', or other rare occurrences.

    — Cuaresma Chica

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    by Don Winsor | Friday, February 14 | Posted in Amuse
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, February 13 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I know an 18-year old getting deported from the United States. He has been here since he was five years old. His entire family is here and undocumented. He grew up in juvenile halls and did a felony as soon as he turned 18. Will he be deported for sure or will the immigration judge give him a break since his entire family is here?

    — Deportations are for Dummies

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    Don't forget to treat your Pisces friends to birthday drinks and sushi. They may return the favor when your birthday comes along. This week: Sing out the pain at karaoke.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    You'll get more support than you anticipate when you wear Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie makeup. This week: Take a road trip to Dunkin' Donuts.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I would be most interested in hearing your point of view regarding our raza always voting for someone with a Latino last name, without even considering if the vato/vata is qualified for a particular office. Often I hear comments like, "If he is Latino it makes up for all the years of injustice." But don't you think that our Mexican forefathers and recent immigrant friends left our native countries because Latino politicians have been unable to govern without corruption?

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    The skinny on your week

    by Diviner Mme Zanzibird | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Amuse
  • Aries: (March 21 — April 19)
    Week rating: F2
    Don't forget to treat your Pisces friends to birthday drinks and sushi. They may return the favor when your birthday comes along. This week: Sing out the pain at karaoke.
  • Taurus: (April 20 — May 20)
    Week rating: F5
    You'll get more support than you anticipate when you wear Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie makeup. This week: Take a road trip to Dunkin' Donuts.
  • Gemini: (May 21 — June 21)
    Week rating: F4
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    by Gustavo Arellano | Thursday, March 14 | Posted in Amuse

    Dear Mexican: I would be most interested in hearing your point of view regarding our raza always voting for someone with a Latino last name, without even considering if the vato/vata is qualified for a particular office. Often I hear comments like, "If he is Latino it makes up for all the years of injustice." But don't you think that our Mexican forefathers and recent immigrant friends left our native countries because Latino politicians have been unable to govern without corruption?

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