Friday, September 9, 2011

Blogger vs. Blogger - @Chicano_Soul  vs. @La_Cabronisa

      When I was first asked to participate in Blogger vs. Blogger an Angel appeared to me. (please bear w/ me) The Angel said, *strums on a  harp* "Art, you know the purpose of your blog is to Reflect and Release. "You can't seriously think about competing with @La_Cabronisa to see whose blog is "better". *poof* *queue devil* "HA!! Of course you can!! When was the last time you shied away from friendly competition!?" Well, what can I say? He's very convincing. I'm still typing so I guess we can add 1 to the Devil's win column.
       So here I am. I'm going to try to tell you a little bit about myself and I'll be covering 10 different fun topics. Please pay no attention to how many of them include food. That was a total accident. I swear. I was set up. Well no, not really. I do hope you enjoy reading this post but if you don't, just remember: The devil made me do it. :) Thank you for your time.

1. It might not be healthy but it sure is good!: I just had to post a picture of  some chicken tamales I usually grab on the way to work. I'm getting a transfer at work soon and I can honestly say the person I'll miss the most is the local Tamalera. Maybe I can get her a transfer too.
P.S. Luna Bars if you're reading this, "Tamales de pollo con chile verde" <--new flavor? Call me. ;)

2. Mi Familia: I chose to share a picture that was taken of my family at my wive's cousin's Quinceañera. My son, Anthony, was dancing so much he could barely keep his bow tie on. My wife, Anna, and daughter, Brianna, are as beautiful as ever. Both my kids came out in the Quinceanera. Luckily for everybody there they weren't paired up as partners. They love each other very much but they still are brother & sister.

3. My refrigerator's running: I wish my kids drank as much milk as I did when I was a kid. (Look in my fridge and a lot of times you'd think *It was lactose intolerant) If they drank as much as I used to, *I could complain that we needed a buy a cow or threaten them with powdered milk. To this day I still have no idea how my Grandma knew it was me holding the fridge's door handle? Everytime!! Weird. Was it wired to an alarm that led to her room? As soon as I cracked it open, "Who's there!?!?" Maybe I drank so much milk as a kid because we were always out and you always want what you can't have.*shrugs* These days "Almond Breeze" is a MUST in my fridge.

4. "Popo can't catch me!": I was planning on posting a picture of the silliest  set of wheels I could find.That was until my wife and I traded in our '07 Sentra this past weekend for *RIP Rod Roddy *... "A NEW CAR!!!" We live 60 miles from our jobs and kid's school so we needed a car with a fresh start (read: blank odometer). I called my dad that evening and could hear the pride in his voice. My family and I have been blessed. I'm thinking of changing my name to William De Vaughn because I'll always Be Thankful For What I've Got.

5. Qué Lindo!: My wife says I'm full of myself so I let her choose the picture I would submit. She declined so this is what I chose. My baby picture!! You can't go wrong with a baby pic, right? Please stop laughing. I can hear you. Interestingly enough, when my parents bought this picture package at Sears, they had no choice but to order the 8 x 10s. My ears wouldn't fit in their wallets. :( Also,  I had more hair on my head in that pic than in the next.

6. Pose for the camera: It took me a while to think of a silly pose. I was in the bathroom (where,I might add I do all my best thinking) when all of a sudden it hit me! No, not how to build the Flux Capacitor, but where the silliest poses come from. The bathroom!! I don't have a MySpace or 4 baby daddies but I do have a camera phone and a bathroom so I'm set.
P.S. I like to give an honorable mention to the pose every Chicana was doing in the 90's where she leaned to one side with both hands placed on one knee. That pose came in a close second.

7. My Guilty Pleasure: My guilty pleasure is definitely my cell phone. I'm on it too damn much. I started "playing" on Twitter and it just got out of hand. It was always, "Just one more tweet". I really need to put it down and pay attention to what's going on around me. My son is almost as tall as I am now. Having said that, if you're on Twitter, follow me @Chicano_Soul.What??  I'm just kidding. Don't follow me. I'm boring.
Just for the record. There are no penguins on my screensaver. Thank you. :)

8. Qué siga la fiesta!: If there's one thing I CAN NOT do without at a family party, it's got to be FLAN. Yes you read that right. Believe me I love listening/dancing to great music and I look forward to catching up with family but man oh man, just point me to the flan. Normally you'd look for the flan at the dessert table but not with my wife's family. Her grandma and her grandma's sisters must arrive with the Flan in their purses because after it's all gone they suddenly have space in those purses to hide the table's center pieces they steal on the way out. :)

9. Where is Art?: As embarrassing as it is I'm going to keep it real (and brief). I asked my wife, "Where's the first place you and the kids look for me when you can't find me around the house?" Well, she gave me one of those long "Are you serious!?" stares and said, "In the bathroom.Where else?". So I guess the rule of thumb in my house is, "If you hear the fan, the bathroom's where I am"

10.It's mine and I'll keep it if I want it: Man this topic was tough. I couldn't think of any one thing that was in the house that my whole family hated but I loved. The only thing I could think of was the scarf in this picture. It's a scarf from my alma mater, Roosevelt High School. My wife and I tease each other about the schools we went to. She went to an uppity rich school in Burbank,CA. and well I didn't. Never the less, I still have and will always have Rough Rider Pride. :)
P.S. Yes she did make fun of the poor snowman for wearing the scarf. I forgot to give him a mouth. Poor guy couldn't defend himself. :(

Well, there you have it. That's my submission for Blogger vs. Blogger. If you're still here, I want to thank you for reading it. I hope it made you laugh and cry and laugh some more. 

PLEASE check out  my competition, @La_Cabronisa's blog here--> La Cabrona. (you know just to be fair)(but you don't have to. ) :)  

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  1. jajaja aye amigo ke chistoso! I was gonna take a picture of my bathroom too... and well flan... omg i didnt read the Que lindo right... imma go fix that.. can i lol? I dont want people to think i looked like a boy with a mustace

  2. Art, first of all thank you for being a part of the first blogger vs. blogger challenge! You and La Cabronisa had me litterally LMAO with all these great pics and comments... The tamales are right on, and if we are confessing, well let's just say that's probably the same place my family would look for me too! EXCELENTE!!

  3. What a great post my friend! I loved all the photos.

  4. Beautiful family. Those tamals look good! Congrats on the new car! It's funny, (Re: the bathroom) I always joke with my dad and tell him, "Now I know why you spent so much time in the bathroom - it's the only place to read in peace!" Lol.

  5. Art - you're so incredibly blessed. Loved getting to know you better. Your family is so beautiful!

    The tamales made me hungry. I just made a batch the other day and they're all gone. I thought I wouldn't have another craving for at least a month. Ugh. Now I have to make more and it's so much work. Thanks a lot. LOL ;)

  6. Hello! Don't think we've met yet.... Had to check out your blog. I'm loving the Blogger vs. Blogger!
    It was great getting to know ya.
    OMG, those tamales look so delicious! Que bonita familia! I love Almond Breeze milk too! It is so freakin' good! The new car is very nice! What an adorable baby pic! oh and mmmmm Flan!
    You made me laugh, so I'll definitely be back!

  7. Hi Art!!! Stopping by from LATISM and loving your blog! This post was too funny. But you had me at tamales!!! :)

    Can't wait to read more of your blog. :)

  8. Bwa-ha-ha-haaaaaa!!! Love it! ...and you have to check out they must be related to you because I have laughed, and cried, and laughed some more.

  9. Tamales and William De Vaughn! Enough said.

  10. Hey Art... after reading this post... I felt compelled to help a fellow ROUGH RIDER to VICTORY!!!

    This post speaks CULTURA... and therefore it speaks CHICANISMO... Tamales... yummmy... Familia... our STRENGTH...

    In addition to being FUNNY... you have a SERIOUS side as well... Now I know why people enjoy ART!!!

    Great job... keep it up... Siempre Adelante...

  11. Tamales...great eye catcher!! Loved the blog. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more!


  12. Family, Tamales, and Flan are some of the things I enjoy as well, Art! Great post looking forward to reading more!

  13. hey checked it out, nice blog. now i know a little bit more about chu. If you hear the fan, the bathroom iswhere I am. priceless.
    @lilbitgarcia and @realesteban

  14. Dude I must've lol'd like 10 times ppl at Starbucks were looking at me like I was crrraaazzy lol. Awesome job!

  15. I pretty much knew all that stuff about you already. JK! I laughed, I cried, I asked what time it was. I hope you win. I'm biased!

  16. You had me at tamales de pollo =) Now I'm hungry dude! And it's 1 in the morning. LOL In all seriousness, very sweet and funny. Can def identify with the bathroom being like a sacred place for one self. Beautiful fam, bro ;)