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Feb 08, 2008

"Aw, man. You got no class."

Cheech_and_chong_yellow_2 So to continue the theme of Mexicans and Chinese: Does anyone remember the Cheech & Chong quote (maybe from the Yellow Album?) where one of them (Cheech, I think) is talking about the philosophy of marijuana while Chong is smoking a joint?  The gist of Cheech's speech is, "The nice thing about weed is that everybody shares." But after Chong finishes off the joint all by himself, Cheech says sadly, "Aw, man. You got no class."

I mention this because somebody in my open-windows apartment complex has been smoking la cucaracha on and off for the last two hours.  But has anyone been knocking on doors with an offer to share?  Somebody around here is like school in the summertime: no class :-)

Also coming in through the windows: the yowls of multiple cats in heat. We don't hear that much in the US suburbs, where most all the cats are spayed.  It's a wild sound -- something new to me.  In fact, I wouldn't have even recognized it if K hadn't told me when she heard it over the phone.  (I had been assuming it was an exorcism.)  Hey waitaminnit -- do you think it's the cats who are smoking the weed?

Aki600 Oh and speaking of cats: last night, some new friends and I were talking with Aki*, Japanese guy who's lived his last 20 years in the US.  He adopted a neighbor's outdoor cat and built it a home to stay warm in the Arizona mountain winters.  Aki told us "I really enjoyed building the cat house."  Then we had to explain why we were snickering. 

Twenty years in the US and he hadn't heard that word before?  But I'm not too surprised. Aki is a clean living sort except for his cigarette habit.  "You know why I smoke?  I don't drink, I don't do drugs, I don't eat meat.  I don't watch TV.  I don't have a girlfriend.  If I didn't smoke, my life would really suck!"  Every day, Aki walks 15 to 20 miles.  He's built long and thin.  Kind of like a cigarette.


*yes, same name as the Mexican grocery store.

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