I ran into Ernie G at Tu Ciudad's launch party for their latest issue "Hip Hot Now." He looked real concerned asking, "Are you still doing LatinoLA?" The question shocked me. I looked around, and besides the publisher Jaime Gamboa, Ernie G and my wife Linda, I didn't know any of the hundreds of Latinos hanging around drinking, talking, dancing, strutting. I never felt so out of it.
There's about 400 LatinoLA emails in my inboxes on two cranky computers, one that was in the shop for almost three weeks. There are quite a few articles from you kind contributors that I haven't had a chance to edit and post, and a number of calendar listings that need to be posted too. I probably won't be able to get to those until tomorrow. Sorry.
The company I work for held a client conference / company meeting which started on Monday and ended yesterday afternoon. Intense, busy and necessary.
The weekend before that, my son Cristofer and his family visited from El Paso. He wanted to say goodbye to our family before he heads over to Baghdad. My older son Michael is expected to come back from Mosul, where he has been stationed for more than a year. Our other kids are OK, my youngest daughter Alicia just starting high school. I can't help but worry.
I'm the chair of the board of the Mexican Cultural Institute, getting it back on its feet with the help of other members and some great volunteers. We're planning a blockbuster gallery show. Please give your support.
LatinoLA.com is nowhere where I thought it would be, seven years after it was first launched. Intended to be the first of a series of Latino community websites, we've had success and setbacks. But it has survived and I must continue to plan for its growth, and make it relevant to LA's Latino community once more. Patience, please.
Tonight, though, Linda and I will be going downtown, first to have dinner with two friends I've had since Kindergarten, my brother in law and his wife, and my cousin and her husband and then go to Disney Hall to hear the best band in the world, Los Lobos play a historic gig at the beautiful cathedral of sound.
I may be sitting in the rows behind the band (tix were expensive!) but the music will envelope me, speak to me, and allow me to get away from my problemas and challenges, at least for a few hours.
There, in the company of family, friends and contemporaries, I expect to be part of something great, and inspired to move forward.