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AUDIO CLIPS

THE AUDIO CLIPS ARE JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT CONVERSATIONS ARE LIKE AND THE TOPICS OF INTEREST. WHEN I HAVE VISITED FAMILIES IS DIFFICULT TO TURN THE MICROPHONE ON AND OFF ACCORDING TO THE STORIES OR CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE BEING SHARED. ONE THING FOR SURE THE LISTENER WILL LEARN UN POQUITO DE CONVERSACION TEJANA.

THE CLIPS IN THIS SECTION INCLUDE: MUSICA TEJANA DE SAN ANTONIO. MY WIFE AND I WENT TO “MI TIERRA” SHOPPING MALL AND WE FOUND IT TO BE A GOOD PLACE TO EAT, LISTEN TO MUSIC AND PEOPLE WATCH. TEJANOS ARE DEFINITELY UNIQUE …THEY DO EVERYTHING TEJANO-STYLE. I CAN’T DESCRIBE IT IN A FEW SENTENCES BUT MOST TEJANOS KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. YOU WILL ALSO DETECT SOME UNIQUE THINGS ABOUT THIS CULTURA “ANGLO” POR QUE ES PARTE DEL SUDOESTE U.S.A..

SUMMARY OF CLIPS: MUSIC GROUPS JAM IN SAN ANTONIO, MUSIC BY “LOS RANCHERITOS DE ASHERTON”, CONVERSACION CON OSBALDO AND MANUELA BUSTAMANTE, ALBERTO SHARING A BIT ABOUT THE “BUSTAMANTE AND SALINAS FAMILIES”…THE SHORT VERSIONS…AND SESSION AT WHAT USED TO BE THE “BUSTAMANTE GAS STATION AND CONVENIENCE STORE.” BALDO DE OWNER OPERATED THE STORE FOR MANY YEARS. PEOPLE MISSED HIS STORE AS IT WAS THE ONLY ONE-STOP-SHOPPING CENTER FOR THINGS SUCH AS: GAS, CIGARETTES, AN ICE SCREAM AND OF COURSE LET’S NOT FORGET THE “CERVEZA.” BALDO ALSO OFFERED LOW-TECH CREDIT WHICH MEANS THAT PEOPLE GOT WANT THEY WANTED AND THEY CAME TO PAY FOR IT WHEN FUNDS WERE AVAILABLE WHICH WAS USUALLY ON THE FIRST 5-10 DAYS OF THE MONTH. HAD I KNOWN THAT BALDO WAS GOING TO CLOSE THE STORE I WOULD HAVE RECORDED MORE EVENTS WHILE THEY WERE HAPPENING. WHO KNOWS THE VIDEO MAY HAVE MADE BALDO FAMOUS AND MIGUEL TOO.

ONE THING I DO REMEMBER WELL, BALDO BOUGHT ME A SODA AND AS WE BOTH VISITED AND APPRECIATING THE SURROUNDINGS. IT’S AN EXPERIENCE THAT I WILL FOR EVER REMEMBER. THEN WE TOOK A FEW PHOTOS. HIS STORE ALSO DOUBLED AS A RECYCLING CENTER A FANCY WORD FOR THE COLLECTION OF METAL, GLASS, AND CANS ETC. NO MACHINE TO COUNT BREAK OR REDUCES CANS TO A SHEET OF ALUMINUM; BALDO DID ALL THE PROCESSING BY HAND. I HOPE TO RETURN IN 2013 AND PRODUCE A STORY ABOUT THE STORES THAT ONE CAN FIND IN THIS 100 YEAR OLD …PUEBLO PINTORESCO..ASHERTON (IF YOU ARE NOT A RESIDENT) AND ASHINTO OR CHETO (IF YOU ARE PART OF THE FAMILY). “NICK NAMES PREVAIL IN THIS LITTLE TOWN AND WITHOUT ANY EXCEPTIONS.

soymiguel 12.7.2012

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