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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
I have been in Brownsville for over three weeks except for a side trip to Austin to work and for a job interview. I love Brownsville and am enjoying learning more about my community. I caught up with my friends and have been doing some prelimanary research at the Brownsville Historical Association. I also saw some graffiti throw-ups and tags by t the names of Debt and Stoned. I don't know if I just didn't notice it on my last graffiti search, expect for a bad tag in a downtown alley of "Sandro Loco" with some snowflake stars surrounding it. Either way I am noticing this and maybe one day I will get the nerve to investigate this, but until I can deem it safe to not be gang related, for now it will just be observation on my part.
I still don't know what theme I will follow in my artwork concerning Brownsville. Frank is seriously considering to do a comic about Juan Cortina, the "infamous vandal" who led the Cortina raid in Brownsville back in the mid 1800's. I am sure Frank will fill you all in on the juicy details of this interesting history. The director of the Stillman House informed us that Brownsville is the 2nd most historic city in Texas, only after San Antonio. After doing so much research and reading I believe it!
I also saw this awesome documentary called The Last Zapatistas. This film traces some of the surving soilders who fought with Emiliano Zapata's revoluntionary forces in the Mexican Revolution. I totally recommend that you see this soon!
Okay, I am going to bed now. I am sleepy and have some things to get done before I leave again for Austin. I am so tired of Austin just because that's where school is and all. I am so ready to leave the student life and enter the workforce and return to my hometown. But this semester will be the most important one since I dropped teaching sequence and hopefully if the proposal goes through, will dedicate myself to this program. Buenas Noches!
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