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3:30

For the last few weeks I’ve been waking up each morning at exactly 3:30. I know this because I instinctively reach over to hit the backlight button on my alarm clock and see how far I am from dawn. My … Continue reading

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What It’s Like

We went to visit a factory a few weeks back.  One of those “get to know the neighborhood” things. Juarez’s factories, or “maquilas,” are the economic engine of the city.  We walked down to the production floor.  Long assembly lines, … Continue reading

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Middle Ground

So I’m out walking the dog last night when all of sudden four police cars come booming down the road, surround the guardhouse of the gated community I’m walking past and ten guys with guns hop out to go talk … Continue reading

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Smile and Nod

When someone says something to me in passing in Spanish and I don’t catch it the first time I ask them to repeat it.  If I don’t get it the second time I try and forestall the inevitable transformation into … Continue reading

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In the Right Light

If all you had to go on were the media images you’d think all of Ciudad Juarez was lit with the jaundiced yellow glow of streetlamps.  Every picture I see of the city in the news, and every effort to … Continue reading

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Roommate

Before coming to Ciudad Juarez I had spent over five years in DC living with roommates.  I’d liked that well enough but I was pretty excited to have a place all to myself.  It turns out though that all to … Continue reading

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A Question of Speed

So, I’m having an excellent time here in Juarez, meeting wonderfully friendly people and getting a decent tan. I’m even rather enjoying driving in Mexico. Is the style a bit aggressive? Are the rules rather open to interpretation? You bet. … Continue reading

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