My weekend was pretty nice. Had some really good Latino-style hot dogs made by my mom at my brother's place on the 4th of July. The History Channel kept showing their fascinating programs on the American Revolution, and the struggles faced by the brave men and women who not only put words to paper, but actually had to go out and fight in the battlefield to defeat the British. As it is often said these days, real leaders like those from the past just do not exist anymore. We went to a residential zone in Burbank nearest to this place so we could catch the fireworks show for free! My crazy airline stewardess cousin had just arrived to L.A. from working and showed up to my brother's place late Friday night. Lots of babbling and reminiscing about the family. Saturday, some more of the same, as we all went to El Torito for dinner. I love the food there. It's not authentic Mexican food at all, but it works for me damnit!
Did you guys hear of that humble Colombian woman and the other hostages freed last week from their guerrilla captives? What a remarkable story! Ingrid Betancourt was born in Colombia, a country she adores with all her heart, but has strong ties to France, where she spent lots of her childhood. Watching European television online last week was pretty facinating, because they devoted complete coverage to this harrowing story. She (once a senator/candidate for the presidency of her nation) and other hostages were in captivity by the Colombian FARC rebels for about six and half years! Can you bloody imagine that length of time being held hostage? How does one survive or not go insane?! Our remarkable and competent American media devoted very little attention to this story, and only mentioned how three Americans were finally released and back home in Texas or something. I was kind of upset at that; does a story of this magnitude only matter when Americans are involved? The French government had spent considerable effort in trying to get her liberated and her French children were ecstatic at their mother's release. Good news like this is rare to hear in our negative world, but it certainly was wonderful to have happen to this seemingly gentle and strong woman.
My beloved Loren Soth and I can't get enough of this silly show as of late. And the host is kinda cute too: