Tag Archives: 2021

Holiday Reminder: COVID-19 Is Not Done With Us

With the local COVID-19 color code at Orange and test positivity holding steady in the single digits, folks seem to be getting too damn comfy. Maskless mass events continue as if this thing is done with us. As we near the holidays, half the country is seeing an uptick in positivity and in hospitalizations. Bottom line: The pandemic is not over.

Here in Texas, 28 hospitals were out of ICU beds and staffing is still affected by the pandemic–no matter what the numbers tells us. People, especially the unvaccinated, are getting sick. We’re still singing the same tune:

The vast majority of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and ICUs are unvaccinated. Doctors say mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing are the best ways to slow down the hospital numbers in the short term, and that monoclonal antibody therapies for people with COVID-19 symptoms can keep them out of the hospital in many cases. They also say the only way to permanently slow down the spike in hospitalizations is to vaccinate a majority of the state.

Texas Tribune

Although the numbers and the worry are low for breakthrough cases, those who live with autoimmune disorders and other comorbidities still live in danger if they are not careful–masked, hands washed, etc.–and insist on hanging out with the unvaccinated. And breakthrough cases are a lot more common than folks think and the Feds and Greg Abbott are sucking at keeping an accurate count. This is why it’s important to get a booster or a third vaccine (if immunocompromised with doctor’s advice) before Thanksgiving gatherings.

The Thanksgiving holidays will be a test for those gathering. The responsible thing is to ensure your guests are vaccinated to protect the rest of your household. Also, distance and hand-washing help!

Tacho’s Sabado Playlist

As long as new music is released, my playlist will continue to grow, as will yours. Congrats to El Plan on the Tejano Latin Grammy they won. Still think La Fiebre and/or Ram Herrera should have won since they had original material, but I don’t make the Latin Grammy rules. I think they’re still made by the Estefans or something. Anyway…

South Texas Homies – Por Fin Decidi – STH dropped a new single which will be on their new album. If you want to know what kind of music STH plays, think of the original sound of the Hometown Boys. And we do need more acordeon-based conjuntos.

Mike Torres, Jr. Presents Trio Meets Tejano – Diganle (f/ Johnny Hernandez) – I had heard that my friends at NextGen Latinx Records were cooking up this album of trio-based tunes featuring classic songs performed by the original artists. This rendition of the Johnny Hernandez (y La Familia) classic in trio format blew my mind. Check out the whole album on YouTube, which features Ram Herrera, the late Jessy Serrata, and even Johnny’s brother, Joe.

Gabriel Zavala – Yo Te Adoro – Zavala is one of my favorite producers because he’s innovative, creative, and willing to take his productions to the next level. This cumbia is fire and #1 on Tejano Gold Countdown.

Early Voting Has Begun – Oct 18 – 29, 2021

Early Voting around Harris County has begun and will run through October 29, 2021. You can vote early at any location in Harris County. You can find your sample ballot by clicking here.

On the ballot are eight (8) state propositions and you may also have local school and college board trustee races on your ballot, so, your sample ballot is the best way to find out what’s up.

My ballot will look like this:

State Propositions (Ballotpedia Explains The Propositions)

Prop 1 – Adds pro rodeo foundations to list authorized to hold raffles. (FOR)

Prop 2 – Allows counties to issue bonds to finance redevelopment of towns and cities. (FOR)

Prop 3 – Forbids local government from prohibiting or limiting religious services (when something like COVID-19 or some sort of disaster occurs and the decision is made for the protection of residents). (AGAINST) (Explanation)

Prop 4 – Changes the eligibility requirements for judges to run for office. (FOR)

Prop 5 – Extends State Commission on Judicial Conduct’s power over judicial candidates. (FOR)

Prop 6 – Allows group home residents to name an essential caregiver with visiting rights. (FOR)

Prop 7 – Allows surviving spouses, 55 or older, of disabled persons a limit on school district property taxes. (FOR)

Prop 8 – Allows surviving spouse of military member killed in action to a property tax exemption. (FOR)

ALIEF ISD

Position 4 – Debby Pepper (Endorsed by TSTA)

Position 5 – Randal Stewart

Position 6 – Ronald Franklin (Endorsed by TSTA)

Position 7 – Damon Barone (Endorsed by TSTA)

Bond Prop A – FOR (Bond Descriptions)

Bond Prop B – FOR

Bond Prop C – FOR

Bond Prop D – FOR


While I do not reside in Houston ISD, I do have some favorites.

District I – Elizabeth Santos

District V – Sue Deigaard

District VI – Holly Flynn Vilaseca

District VII – Anne Sung

And, while I await the outcome of whatever is going on with my own HCC trustee, my favorites for whom I am not able to vote are:

HCC District 3 – Adriana Tamez

HCC District 8 – Eva Loredo

Get your voting done early. Otherwise, you can vote on November 2.