Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo, Aye-Aye-Aye

From the land that has brought us narco-drug wars, the whatever-you-want-to-call-it flu and maracas, today is a Mexican national holiday that is also celebrated with great enthusiasm in the U.S. - Cinco de Mayo.  

Here in the good 'ol U.S.A., today is all about the red, white and green. Every restaurant, bar, and retail store is decorated with little Mexican flags, each offering some kind of Mexican special plus the employees will wear traditional Mexican costumes to commemorate the occasion.

Why? Because the Mexican army kicked the shit out of the French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Not that this day has anything to do with heritage and pride, it's how much salsa and chips can you wash down with how many margaritas, aye-aye-aye. 

Being in Arizona, living so close to the Mexican border, gives me a different perspective, I guess. We all speak Spanglish, we'd rather have tortillas over bread and we just love a Mariachi band, especially after the 4th shot of tequila. In short, everyday is Cinco de Mayo! 


  1. Ha!

    We will be watching Nacho Libre while eating nachos to celebrate.

  2. will celebrate by watching speedy gonzalez

  3. I will be consuming copious amounts of Corona. Though I do miss the time I spend living in Mexico when I drank copious amounts of Pacifico - one of the greatest beers I've ever had.

  4. I'd rather have a burrito than a hamburger any day - and do! I'll cook up a big ole pot o beans, have some beer and toot to celebrate - hmmmmmm, and this is different than any other day here?

  5. @ Quirky - I love anything nacho, sounds like fun!

    @ JD - Arriba, arriba, andele!!!

    @ freetheunicorns - When I lived in Mexico, I preferred Bohemia. Nothing like getting buzzed before heading into the Plaza de Toros.

    @ suZen - Atta, girl! Sounds like a day here at the ranch.

  6. Cinco de Mayo every day - do I smell a Groundhog Day sequel? Or maybe a prequel, those are pretty cool too.

  7. Come on. Like St. Patrick's Day...it is purely an excuse to drink and party.

    That's not a bad thing, mind you.

  8. I just finished a Macho combo burrito from Del Taco AND French fries thus respecting the entire "Mexican army kicking the shit out of French forces" dynamic that is really what Cinco de Mayo is all about.

    Kinda like having Hot dogs and crumpets on the Fourth of July.

  9. Making tacos but calling them burritos. Cinco De Mayo is almost like St. Patrick's day, in these parts. Just another reason to get really wasted.

  10. I made nachos this week but not on purpose, I had no idea. My excuse, as always, is that I'm in Canada.

    Nd if it happens to be a Monday, then I have two excuses. But alas, it is Tuesday.

    I am dimly aware of Cinco De Mayo now, so - have a happy one! Drink a few Coronas for me!

  11. Happy Cinco de Mayo!


  12. Ah, Cheech and Chong movies. Going to the drive-in when I was a kid and trashed all to hell. Fond memories. Mmmmm.

    Anyway, I'm bettin' you do have a different perspective. I have one too, but I don't wanna cause a riot. I'm... uh... respectable, after all.


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