Celebrating Mexico’s Bicentennial and Centenial (Celebrado el Bicentenario y Centenario).


Tonight, September 15th 2010, Mexico will start celebrating its two hundred anniversary of independence.  Mexicans around the world will celebrate all the historical events that leaded the creation of the independent Republic of Mexico, officially named United Mexican States. Mexicans will also celebrate November 20th 2010, the centennial of the Revolution. But, does this beaten country really have something to celebrate?  Let’s review some important facts in the History of Mexico that lead me to this question.

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I Thought I Saw a (wild) Pussy Cat !!


Gravel road entrance on the right side of highway leaded the way to the most fantastic experience ever lived by our family.  USA flag was waving; like giving a welcome to all visitors with the small summer breeze. A big sign announcing the “Wild” sanctuary gave my kids a sneak peak of what was waiting for them ahead.  Wooden bridge surrounded by trees and plants was the walking pathway to the visitor’s center.  Hospitality could be defined as the act of being hospitable, especially on a relationship between a “visitor” and “host’. The experienced we had went well beyond this definition.  As soon as we opened the visitor’s center door, a group of volunteers and staff gave us the warmest welcome ever. A brief introduction about the center, its role in preservation, and refuge center for big cats and other wild animals was explained by couple of senior citizens.   One of them immediately engage in a nice conversation with Dylan comparing his New Zealand hat and Dylan’s Colombian made “sombrero.”

Cedar Cove entrance

Cedar Cove entrance

Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary is located twenty two miles south from where we live (Lenexa, KS), and approximately 3 miles east of Louisburg, KS on Highway 68.  Is important to mention this center is not really a park, although center has events where sometimes they encourage picnics and concessions are available. I wouldn’t even consider it as a zoo, but I can understand some people arguing this. Staff emphasized the center is a preserve for tigers and a refuge for big cats. Lately they have opened their doors to other species which were abandoned, neglected or simple their owners were no longer able to take care of them.  The center offers to each visitor or group of visitors a personal guided tour. This is something exceptional; all the staff we saw was so friendly and always showing a big smile.  The guides were willing to spend all the necessary time explaining every single detail about their animals, answering every questions adults and kids might have about the species, habitats, diet, play time, etc.

Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger

As soon as we walked to the ‘back yard” we saw all animals right there. Siberian and Bengal tigers are the firsts catching everybody’s attention.  Two of them were born at the center, a mix of Siberian and Bengal species, but definitely “Kimar” the white Siberian tiger is the one standing out from all others.  Almost across from tiger’s area, to the right side of the back yard are the Lions: Tonka, an eleven months male lion and “Shanta,” a female lion cub with only five months.  Next to Lions area are seen a Serval and a Caracal. Tigers and Lions area is divided by another wooded bridge that take us to the Leopard, Cougar, Bob cats, and Coati area.

Kimar, white Siberian

Kimar, white Siberian

Tonka and Shanta

Tonka and Shanta

Walking back through the visitor’s center and turning right is a big fence; this is the wolves’ area.  Three magnificent wolves live here. JB is the leader of the small pack, a gray and black wolf with a black strip on the face that goes from nose to middle of eyes. We could see lot of affection from the wolves for the staff (as do all of the animals), they came close to the fence to be pet, but guide keep reminded us that they were still wild. Special time was given to kids explaining the difference between captive wolves’ behavior and what people really experience in the wild if trying to approach these animals.

Wolves Area

Wolves Area

This was definitely the best time spent with kids. No other place in Kansas (at least that I know) gives the opportunity to be this close of the wild animals, especially when it comes to big cats. The experience lived by Dylan and Jimena this weekend will be memorable for years, the experience I lived in the center along my family is already the best. We know we will keep going to that place more times, but most importantly is spreading the word about the existence of this center.  Besides, who would’ve imagine seen” Wild, Wild” Bengal and Siberian tigers, African Lions, Leopards, Coatis and wolves; all together in America’s heartland?

Tom the Bob Cat

Tom the Bob Cat

Chronicles of a Defeat Foretold?


2010 Soccer world cup is on. This is the most watched sport event in the whole world.  The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not contested due to WWII . The current format of the championship involves 32 national teams playing for over a month in a host country, this year been South Africa.

During all the World cup tournaments held so far; only seven nations have won the FIFA World Cup Trophy.  Brazil (the only team to have played in every tournament), with a record of five, followed closely by Italy (current champion, but already eliminated in this 2010 edition) with four titles. Germany with three titles, Uruguay and Argentina with two, England and France (already ashamedly eliminated in this 2010 edition) one each.

*** Special note ** In this 2010 edition, France was drawn into Group A along with Uruguay, South Africa (host country) and Mexico.  Mexico played the second game against France, defeating those 2-0. Sparking a huge soap dram within the French team, a player was expelled from the team and the whole world saw how the French fought each other forgetting the reason why they were in the tournament. I have a special taste in this victory over France because a French coworker was making fun of me and the Mexican team for over a month prior to this match; remanding me about France already holding a Champion title and a sub-Champion title, and questioning if Mexico even had a soccer team. My only answer to him was “Remember Cinco de Mayo.”  Touché!!

This story is deceptively simple. Brazil has participated in 19 tournaments, Germany 16, Italy 16, Argentina 14 and Mexico 13. YES, my fellow Mexicans have played in 13 of the 19 World Cup tournaments but never been able to win it, in fact, Mexico’s best progression was reaching the quarter finals in 1970 and 1986, years the tournament was held in Aztec soil.

In the Germany 2006 tournament Mexico advanced to second round playing against Argentina. Mexico score first in the 5th minute with a goal by Rafael Marquez (who happens to play for the best soccer team in the world: Barcelona). Four minutes latter Argentina score. After ninety minutes played, both teams were still tight, forcing game into overtime.  In the very last minute of the overtime, and when all fans (in the stadium, in Mexico, in Argentina, and in the whole world) were already expecting to see the penalties shutout, Maxi Rodriguez score a volley that gave victory to Argentina.

South Africa 2010 edition brings all these memories because Mexico has advanced to second round, and because Mexico has to face its nightmare again. That’s right, Mexico vs Argentina June 27th at 13:00 CDT. Could Mexico defeat Argentina? YES, we can (we?), by far, this is the BEST team Mexico has ever sent to a world cup. Eight of the eleven players in the field play in Europe, within the most competitive soccer teams in the world, Javier Aguirre (coach) comes from competing in Spain “La Liga” and Europe in  the Euro cup with Atletico de Madrid. Argentina in the other hand has ten of the eleven players in the field playing in the same Europe leagues, among them, the best player in the world: Lionel Messi, but also their defense is extremely slow. So, what’s the advantage for Mexico? SPEED, DYNAMISM, and the HEART to defeat their nightmare! Romantic? Yes, Realistic? No so much. Why? Coach Aguirre has been stubborn in letting striker Guille Franco (an Argentinean nationalized Mexican) in the field.

Franco has been carrying an injure for the last 2 years, and the only thing he’s been doing in all games is to dive every time he feels touched and yield at the referee for not buying his drama. In fact, I read in twitter that Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent him flowers, because thanks to him, Calderon is no longer the most hated Mexican!! (yeah, is just a joke). I personally think we should UN-Nationalized Guille Franco, get a big load of “Jalapeno papers” and shove them in his “you know” to see if we forced him “FEEL” the true colors of the Mexican Flag!

Born and raised in Mexico, makes me really want, wish, desire, my national team to defeat Argentina. But reality is different. Mexicans are now used to false dreams when it comes to the national team playing important games. I want to be wrong, I want the “guys” to advance all the way to the final game and bring hope and happiness to a country dying in need for these. A country so beaten by corruption, drug lords, financial crisis, unemployment, and a passive society, whose all dreams are now, beat in a soccer match. I don’t want to hear, see or read  “they play like never before, but loose like always do”  as we heard, see and read every time the national team is defeated.   VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!!

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