Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Suri De Pacas ... (listening to Breakestra II Song #6)

Simon … from Tabitha hasta Xochitl … sanTana RAZA has rolled over the baby-name turf … simon … mi vecino had a nino a year ago and named him Willard …. Willard? … simon … after her boss … she works blue collar, ese … according to la vecina, her jefe is cool gente … she was born in a pueblo en Mexico … she and her beautiful sister, raised by a single ama … they crossed over … lived in one apartment after another in Gardena and other places like that … within 5 years, she was married … her hermana tambien … together, the foursome bought a sanTana casita … shortly after, a loco blogista became their vecino ... they’re living the stable CONSUMER DREAM … of hard work, homeownership and fiestas cuando pueden … they’re good, hard working gente … ondale …

And her beautiful hermana tambien had a nino three years ago … and another non-Latino nombre …

Eses, mis vecinos are sanTana ... fast fooding it ... buying in pinche bulk ... not carpooling ... gente using nombres from other culturas or customs … call it assimilate, mainstreaming ... a form of diversity … cultural competency … cross cultura … ETCETERA … go for it … no problema aqui … it's so god damn common aqui en the golden ciudad … within a couple of generations, we’ve gone from returning RC bottles for deposit to buying 2-liter plastic ... from Josefina hasta Yesica to Amanda … or something like that …

Ondale … years ago,cuando fue nino … my homegirl dreamed of the day she had 10 kids … simon … 10 kids and maybe more … pero sabes que … it had nothing to do with sending the ninos to work for fidea … it was not about generating income or improving nuestra historical material mood … nor about being irresponsible … chale … instead it was all about loving names for her ninos-to-be … simon … it was about being a proud Chicana ama, which she is hoy … tambien, it was really just a conversation piece … and our comrada had us cracking up as we, sixth graders, sipped our whiskey filled 7-11 slurpees and smoked nuestra ranflas we swiped from Shopper’s Rancho aqui on Main and Bishop/Cubbon … simon … thereafter, we sat in the lunch tables at LATHROP ... played veinte uno, dominos ETC hasta cuando … unfortunately toasted ... and used fifty dollar bills as “coasters” … this was a pinche Monday PM ... puro payasos …

What was a trip was that nuestra sanTana comrada idealized certain names … certain high-frequency CHICANO names … Cynthia … Lisa … Mathew ... Mona … Joseph … Noel … Brenda … Robert … Johnny … Alex … Paul … Lydia … Esmirna … Mike … Danny … Eric … ETCETERA … typical Chicano names from ayer, que no …

Other names were absent … simon, nombres like Tiffany, Tabitha … Dillan … Mitch … Xochitl … Cuauhtemoc … Esperanzo … Ernesto … Jose … Irony … Sue … Rosario … Amanda … Betsy … Wynona … ETC … I don’t know why … but I guess it was comfort in calling your own ninos …

BUTT anyways homes … I know a Mathew who has an Amanda … a Lydia who has an Andriene … an Esmirna who has a Xochitl … and so on … all en sanTana, where we grow in numbers … yet our high-frequency Chicano/a names might be fumbling all the way to the bank …

Pues … don’t know about ustedes … but this sanTana blogista is a Tomas vato … as in Tomas Rivera … I’m also an Amil homie as in Cabral …

5 Comments:

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous occasional reader said...

Hey give the little mocosos whatever aMeRiCaN name you want...the Spanish speaking grandparents will only butcher it or give your child an apodo or re-name them for you.

As long as my gente avoid the backassward/assbackward gabacho custom circumcising their boys...I am cool with f****ed up names in English.

 
At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Cholito Happy Belated 420 Day!!!

 
At 7:57 AM, Anonymous your brotha from anotha motha said...

what about the chinitos that change their names when they come to america, they pick the most common names, la mary, susie, lisa,ect....

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Barrio Marlon Brando said...

I love the nombre "Elena" tambien ... also "Salas" has a pinche suave sound ... Japanese names are also firme and whetting ... Tanaka ... Kubota ... ETC ...

Simon ... so when I become an illegal en Francia, Italia or Greece or somewhere with a strict wetback policy ... I won't take on a name from that country ... chale, but will rather become "CHATO" ... I can't wait ...

 
At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Malinche said...

Who cares what name you are 'given'?! How many of you are ever called by your name anyhow?! Sheesh, in my casa, I was always called "la prieta" (or mija) and never by my given name. Hmm...yeah, I like el nombre de "salas" as well...nice palindrome ;D

 

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