From the daily archives: Friday, September 2, 2011

Calexico, CA. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station arrested two smugglers on August 31 attempting to transport more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana across the U.S.-Mexico border approximately 20 miles west of Calexico.

Border Patrol agents operating a remote video surveillance system spotted a suspicious vehicle driving at a high rate of speed along the border at around 1 a.m. Agents in the area were notified and quickly responded as the vehicle began to travel northbound through the desert.

As the vehicle made its way across the desert, it became high-centered in the rough terrain, rendering it immobile. The driver and passenger abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee back into Mexico. Both subjects were apprehended by Border Patrol agents shortly after.

The vehicle was searched and found to contain several packages of marijuana valued at an estimated $815,000. The suspects were identified as Mexican males and were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and narcotics.


With the start of the school year, there’s always the plethora of falsehoods and other nonsense surrounding the phrase “back in my day…”
You’ll hear them when old people gather around a table at a diner or at any similar gathering.
“Why, back in my day, I never talked back to my parents and always did what I was told.”
This has always made me laugh, as “always doing what you’re told” and “never talking back” usually means that you’ve really never made a decision or thought for yourself.
Most parents I know don’t defer to other people when raising their own kids.  In fact, I know far too many more than willing to interject their own opinions on other families when asked or not.
Everyone has disagreements with their parents, even on the rare occasion.  And no, not everything your parents or elders had to say was in your best interests.  In fact, I would wager that they were often in their own interests.

The main problem with the above idea, however, is that it brings out the nostalgia filter in so many people.
“Things were better back in my day,” you’ll hear that old man or woman say.  “Things were simpler” or “things were better,” and so forth.
So, when your child is able to look something up instantly on an iPad or other tablet device within 30 seconds rather than having to travel to a library to find a book on the subject, that’s not better than the past?
When you can go anywhere you want and still be able to communicate with friends and family through vocal or text communications instead of having to be at home all day waiting for that phone call that might not come, that’s not better than in the past?
Also, when you get some sort of illness, do you go to the doctor and get some medicine or do you rely on some sort of quack therapy that “worked in the old country?”
There are plenty of other examples: Washing clothes now takes about an hour instead of an entire day.  Preparing dinner can take as little as 30 minutes to complete.
Driving to San Diego can take two hours instead of two days, water comes through a municipal faucet instead of having to be pumped from an underground well.  The list goes on.
The truth is, things are much better and easier today than ever before.  The only real complaint is that things that used to take all day to accomplish can be finished within minutes or hours and we have a high amount of leisure time to otherwise occupy.
In any event, I’d take today over

Whenever anyone asks what the first memory of school I have, I usually give a generic answer, like seeing the big blue pencils for the first time or meeting the other kids or something similar to that.
The truth is that my first school memory is a little more complicated and a lot more humorous than I cared to admit…
Almost 30 years ago, my mother took a naïve little boy to his first day of kindergarten.  It was an afternoon session, and the teacher taught the little boy several important rules, including “stay in lines” and “don’t speak unless spoken to.”
The other important rule he learned was “when the bell rings, get in line.”
The second day, that naïve little boy’s grandmother, who did not know about split schedules, took that naïve little boy to the morning session, where he wandered around the “big kid’s” play area until a bell rang.  He then got into the first line he saw and found himself in a third grade classroom moments later.
Ten minutes after that, the naïve little boy found himself in the company of his new, proper teacher, who then called his mother and informed her of what happened.
Needless to say, that night was the first time I ever heard my mother scream at grandma.  I’m still not sure of the definitions of some of the words Mom used, and I’ve spent a long time doing research!

In Conclusion, now that September has begun, let’s get out of the habit of complaining about the heat to everyone within earshot.  After all, the heat will hopefully only last for a little while longer.
Still, for those of you who have the compulsion to ramble…
Fear not, o’ great complainers of the Imperial Valley, for winter shall descend upon us and you shall be ignored once more when you cry “it’s too cold…”

Until Next Time…


By Patricia A. Aguilar
Students at San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus started new semester this week. While SDSU-IV students are adjusting to a new school schedule, Imperial Valley College students have already been at SDSU-IV for the past week.  SDSU is housing several English Second Language classes in the morning for IVC this semester, a reflection of the new partnership SDSU-IV has been building with IVC.
The blended group of students isn’t’ the only recent changes SDSU-IV is seeing; over the summer there has been extensive renovations to the campus’ newer buildings. The 7.2 earthquake that shook the valley nearly two years ago left many of SDSU-IV buildings with cracked walls. While the damage was not structural, the quake left its mark. The older buildings will be renovated as well, once FEMA funds are allocated to the University noted Business Director Irma Martinez.
SDSU-IV continues to house The Confucius Institute, and the Chinese Culture classes offered though the Institute will be open and free to the public. Professor Huihui ‘Wendy” Huang is both instructor and representative for the Confucius Institute and recently renewed her two year contract after a brief visit home this summer. Classes are separated into two sections; Beginners that runs from August 29th to October 19th and Advanced which starts on October 24th and ends on December 14th. Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm.  In addition to having classes open to the public, Professor Huang is also holding classes for Junior High and High School students, as well as SDSU-IV classes. For more information or to enroll, please call (760) 768-5505 or email
San Diego State University -IV is also looking forward to a visit from renowned author Victor Edmundo Villaseñor. Villaseñor will be promoting his autobiographical novel ‘Burro Genius’ in which he details his personal struggle and achievements with literacy and life. The event is part of a literacy outreach program that is an ongoing joint effort organized by SDSU-IV and KPBS. Villaseñor will be speaking to High School and College students who will have already read the book, and will have opportunity to interact and ask questions of the author. The event will take place on October 20th 2011, at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley, and will be open to the public with priority seating to students.  You can contact Norma. A. Aguilar at (760) 768-5637 or email at

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