Due to the fact that I've had a lot of indexing to do and feel guilty writing a blog post when I should be working (though work hasn't stopped me from a lot of other stuff) I haven't posted for awhile. But you should check out Jim's blog at this link. It is really an interesting post.
Also we have a foster dog now. According to my neighbors, some boys in the Colonia stole it and then tired of caring for it and kicked it out. It had been wandering around for awhile getting sadder and sadder and finally turned up on our end of our street where my neighbors Tere and Doña Victoria and I commiserated over its terribly sad condition. And since no one else was going to do anything, we started to feed it. And then I got advice and worm medicine for it from the vet and now it is putting on some weight. Jim named it Giacometti and in fact it looks JUST like Giacometti's sculpture of a dog:
This is the sculpture not the dog.
Jim has posted a portrait of the dog Giacometti as opposed to Giacometti's dog here on flickr:
Giacometti has been putting on some weight and is perkier. He has a nice disposition. BUT his second name is Notourdog. He is an Afghan hound and looks like he's the real thing, a raza, not a mezcla as they say here. So we may either be able to find his original owner or a good new home for him. Our other neighbors are not to thrilled with him hanging out here as he kind of detracts from the respectability of the neighborhood. So now we are letting him in our yard. Since the vet said he shouldn't be bathed or have flea medicine for at least two weeks -- his skin was in really sad shape -- he is NOT allowed in the house. But there have been some incidents in which he's been kicked and so on so he gets to come in the yard for safety. He likes hanging out with the neighbors' dogs on the street, though, so that's what he does during the day.