Happy 5th of May amigos. Now before you start getting all crazy with your Coronas w/ lime or margaritas w/ Jose Cuervo, I need you to understand the culture behind this great Mexican holiday. We as Americans have bastardized this day into a drinking fest, sort of like St. Patrick's Day or Arbor Day but that is not what it is all about. This glorious day represents the blood, sweat, and pinatas the citizens of Mexico have endured over the years. Gather 'round children, let Senor Russito spin you a story of how Cinco de Mayo came to fruition. Actually Ill let Wikipedia give you some background and I will expound on it, mang.
"In 1861, Mexico ceased making interest payments to its main creditors. In response, in late 1861, France (and other European countries) attacked Mexico to try to force payment of this debt. France decided that it would try to take over and occupy Mexico. France was successful at first in its invasion; however, on May 5, 1862, at the city of Puebla, Mexican forces were able to defeat an attack by the larger French army. In the Battle of Puebla, the Mexicans were led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Although the Mexican army was victorious over the French at Puebla, the victory only delayed the French invasion of Mexico City; a year later, the French occupied Mexico. The French occupying forces placed Maximilian I on the throne of Mexico. The French, under U.S. pressure, eventually withdrew in 1866-1867. Maximilian was executed by President Benito Juarez, five years after the Battle of Puebla."
Now if you ask me thats pretty bad ass. Those idiot French thought they could be all bad ass in Mexico but that was certainly not the case. No surprise at the French surrender though. After talking to my dad's landscaper, I found out that this is like Mexico's version of our 4th of July, although it is made of lesser quality material in unsafe factory conditions. They usually light fireworks or shoot pistols into the air for no reason down in Mexico so its not entirely like our 4th of July, but it is important nonetheless. I went on an inner spiritual journey to determine what I appreciate most about Mexico. See cheap manual labor and delicious hand-picked fruit seems like a cop-out to me, so I tried to go even deeper. This one is for you Danny Trejo.
We'll start at the top and go clockwise around this masterpiece.
Hopefully everyone now has a bit more appreciation for Cinco de Mayo now. Wow...I just popped the stiching on my Docker's khakis from rereading my own list. Reader beware.