Friday, May 18, 2007

Zorro I Am Not!

As most of you know, my first name is Todd. It is not a common name.

For most of my life, when introduced to someone, they will say one of three things.
1) Sorry, what was your name? or Could you say that again?
2) Tom?
3) Scott? ( I still don't understand that one!)

Well, it doesn't happen all the time about I would say about half.

Here in Mexico, for names that aren't the same, they have equivalents, and they are easy to figure out.

Fred = Frederico, John = Juan, Mark = Marcos

There is no equivalent for Todd.

Hmmm, what to do now. I have an idea!
I'll research the meaning of my name and find the Spanish word for that!
I found a website call where you can look up the meaning of your name.

The name Todd comes from the Middle English word Todde which means "Fox". The Spanish word for Fox is Zorro. Hmmm, time to go cape shopping? Maybe not.
I am not going to use it, at least not till the second half of the tequila bottle!

So after a bit of hunting and a little help from a gentleman in Eronga, I have decided on a new name for here in Mexico.
which is short for Teodoro, or in English, Theodore. It means "gift of god".
Please don't laugh.

It'll be a nice change, to tell you the truth, I've never met a Todd that wasn't a bit strange!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Dia de la Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross

Last week, on May 3rd, here in Mexico, was Dia de la Cruz or day of the holy cross.
It is a very big day if you are in the construction industry.

May third is the feast day for those in the construction trades.

The day before a cross is made and taken to the church to be blessed.

May 3rd is generally a big fiesta at the construction site, with much drinking, eating and music.
The next day you will notice all the workers moving a little slower!

Here is a link to a story on Mexconnect that will give you a little more information.

As for Cinco De Mayo, it is almost non existent here south of the border, unless you are in Puebla, where they celebrate a victory over the French.
Well, at the very least it's nothing like it is north of the border.

The cross is generally posted high on the job site.
Here is a picture of ours, with the crepe paper blowing in the wind!

Oh, by the way, I have just started a new construction project.
We have gone down to Vista Del Rey, the local health club, and joined up.
So now we are going to get fit and lose some weight.
I guess that makes it a renovation not a new construction project!


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