About

“About” is a work in progress…. I thought I’d just place a brief summary here and then update if anything of interest occurs.

My name is Mike and I’m a Fulbright (officially, that’s “Fulbright-García Robles”) Scholar in Mexico for 2008-2009.  My work as a CEPI Fellow (el Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos) at ITAM (el Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México), a private university south of the city center, focuses on the institutions in Mexico that are working on climate change, ideally with a transport leaning.  Ultimately, I’m hoping to look at various aspects of how a carbon tax might impact the aviation industry here in Mexico, but like most Fulbright work, intentions only lead one deeper into a maze of adventures and interesting experiences.

In the seven months I’ve been here, I’ve talked at length about (or despite) a purported assassination of a government official that was really an accident, presidential scandals foretold by anonymous blog comments, an outbreak of a “pandemic virus” that turned out to be not much more than a common seasonal flu (but, oh what a reaction!), and a strong earthquake that I didn’t feel.  This blog, then, is intended to be part-musing about these experiences and near-experiences here in Mexico City, part commentary about my research and things that interest me (i.e. transportation), and part public-forum for friends and family to be able to get updates on what I’m up to.  Given the strangeness that’s been going on, it probably shouldn’t surprise that I’m also on a quest to eat an obscenely large number of tacos in as many places as possible.

The first entry to the blog tells you a little more about why I’m writing, but I’d suggest exploring the links on the left-hand side since that’s where some of the good pictures (of tacos) and posts (about tacos) can be found.  

Of course, there’s more going on than just tacos, so please feel free to read and comment as you like.

 

— mikesnotes, México, D.F.

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4 Responses

  1. Hey Mike! I came across your blog when googling the escandon area and really enjoy your writing! As coincidence would have it I do belive we are neighbours, I live right next to the patriotismo metrostation. 🙂

    I hope you keep up your interesting blog! Best wishes, Unnur María from Iceland. 🙂

  2. Hi Mike…..I found you on line…I’m sorry for the long group email….
    Hi there,

    In an attempt to produce an evening called …

    The Night Square: a semi-literary experience for misfits in Mexico city,

    I have found you. My name is Joanne Solomon and I am a writer/performer type from New York, now living in DF. I tell my sorry anecdotes of calamity, heartbreak, and adventure with themoth.org in NYC and was a performer in De La Guarda, a long running off-broadway show in NYC/London/Sydney/Tel-Aviv and Argentina). Every Halloween I dress up as a pirate(although I look more like a hippie) and make fake potions with alka selzer for my neighbor’s kids, I teach ESL at New York University, and I’m bad at math.

    How have I come to contact you? I have either met you through a friend of a friend of a friend or, I found you on line googling “Mexico..English..Writer”. I am putting together a true or (crafted but true) story telling show here in Mexico on Thursday nights.

    The Idea…

    A quote or phrase is sent out in advance. For example, the next two Thursdays will be inspired by the following:

    For Thursday, February 26th, 2009:

    “It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.”

    Sally Kempton

    For: Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    “The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor;

    he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me.

    The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. ”

    George Bernard Shaw

    The idea is that four or five storytellers will tell true stories inspired by the quote. ( attempting to look off the page as much as possible) The stories are to be limited to 7 minutes each…roughly 800-900 words if typing. (Under if you can) In the future…each story will have ambient music (either live or tracked) that will be used as a device to set the mood and transition between readers. The stories can be funny, heartbreaking, inspiring, lighthearted, tragic…as long as they are true, have a beginning/middle/end, some kind of an arch, and are either inspired by the quote or connect to it in some way. Eventually, each storyteller will tell his/her story in front of a projection, (a photo, drawing, abstract work of art) adding another layer and enhancing the story.

    That’s it. I will begin next Thursday , February 26th, either in my Apartment in La Condesa from 8:30 to 10:30 or at a bar near my house depending on interest. . Next week will be very informal, a workshop of sorts. Please bring your poison of choice or soft drink (if you must). If you are interested in telling a story in the next two weeks or just want to come and listen, contact me at Joannesolomon@earthlink.net. No pressure, at all. Just a way to come together and enjoy the art of writing and story telling (and in the future, art and live music) Also, feel free to pass this along.

    I am in need of readers/tellers for the first meeting. Thanks!

    Joanne

  3. Mike – I was interested in your post re. climate change orgs in Mexico. I’ll be checking back. I know the folks at CEMDA (Gustavo et al) as well as several others working in this domain. I have to say however that it was the Mercado Merced photos that really lured me. I have a similar set on flickr. It’s an amazing place.

  4. Hi Evan,

    I’ll be posting more about the orgs. here, hopefully about once a week.
    Feel free to post any questions.

    Mike

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