Thoughts on Viernes…End of 2011 Edition

The End Is Near!

Wow! What a year 2011 has been, and I’m quite happy it will be over in just over a day. Don’t get me wrong; personally, I’ve had my own ups and downs, but I’m happy for others who have had a great year. After “retiring” from campaign work and the end of Stipeche 2010, I did a few odd political jobs (including a victory in New York), a lot of corporate communications jobs, and I even helped launch On top of that, I also re-started because, ultimately, it’s hard to abandon that first love.

No doubt, there were bumps along the 2011 Highway, but around the end of October, things started smoothing out. And the closer the end of the year got, the more clearer my purpose for 2012 became. Needless to say, the end of the year has been one where I’ve reflected on the past and re-committed to my goals, and it is one where I have re-connected with good people–and for the better.

So far, 2012 is looking like my year in so many ways. Will there be bumps and course corrections along the way? Sure! That’s what life is all about it. The key is not to lose hope and not to run away from the scary. At least, that’s the plan.

I wish you all an amazing 2012 filled with Democratic victories!

Cargas Launches Campaign

My friend, James Cargas, is off and running for Congressional District 7. He’s aiming for Tea Party darling Culberson, but he has to work his way through the Democratic Primary from now until April.

Unlike his filed opponent and the one that missed the first filing deadline, James offers public service and campaign experience that is unequaled.  As he told CD-7 precinct chairs in an e-mail today:

I know it will not be easy.  Very qualified and well-funded Democratic candidates have come up short in the past.  But, to paraphrase Wayne Gretzky, I plan to skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.

Yes, he’s the real deal in CD-7, and we need James to be one of our catalysts on the November ballot. You can follow the James Cargas Campaign on Twitter and on Facebook.

What? Not Anastacio?

This article caught my eye regarding baby names. Looks like Jose got knocked out as the #1 name. Does that mean more gringo Anglo babies??? No, Latinos are probably looking for more gringo-ized names. Good for them. Still, Anastacio is pretty cool name. And if you want to gringo-ize, you can always call him…well, you know.

And with that, Happy 2012! Thank you for being loyal readers. You don’t know how much I appreciate you!

Live Music Break

Here’s one of my recent faves from Raul Malo. The Rodney Crowell classic, “Til I Gain Control Again”

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