Dear Readers: So your presidential candidate lost (congratulations; McBama! Our condolences, O’Cain. Damn early deadlines . . . ), and you can’t bear the thought of living under his reign for the next cuatro years. Fear not: The other side of America’s bullshit sandwich will save you! The Mexican hereby turns this column over to his Canadian fans—but first, a comment about my two-weeks-old column explaining Mexico’s love for Clamato:
It was a true moment of bookending the United States with Mexico and Canada when I read that Mexicans enjoy Clamato the way Canadians do. The True North Strong and Free has a favored drink (the Caesar) made with Clamato. It is similar to a Bloody Mary, but way, way better—and spicy, to boot! So don’t wonder so much that Mexicans love Clamato, but instead wonder why Americans do not love it as much as both of their neighbors. —Quebecois Cutie
Gracias, Hoser, for your comment. Now, on to la question:
Dear Mexican: Here in Canada, we have a huge problem with illegals coming up from the south, mainly to escape Bush or for our free health care. The solution is inspired by the same damned Yankees that we need to keep out: build a big wall. Problem is, we could never get enough people to build a wall like that. Do you think we can get some Mexicans to help us build this wall? Please make sure there are some single hotties in the group—I would love to have a Mexican novio. —Canadian Gringita
Dear Hoser: Por supuesto. And with your generous offer, I think Mexicans can finally get over their hatred of the proposed U.S.-Mexico border muro. Let’s wall those gabachos in, compañeros. Let’s deny them our cheap labor and chalupas and Canada’s affordable medicine. You betcha gabachos would make more incursions across both of our fences than a Sidney Crosby–shot hockey puck past a goalie.
There was a sports controversy in Australia—cricket authorities banned the Mexican Wave (what Americans call “the Wave”) because apparently people would get hit by objects flying out of people’s hands. I know the Wave first received international notice during the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, but Wikipedia says it might have been created in Vancouver for a marketing campaign for a soccer team called the Whitecaps. So, wouldn’t it be called the Canadian Wave? —Confused and Nasally Congested
Dear Aussie: Finally, the Mexican has found a dumber race than Guatemalans! Relying on Wikipedia for your information is like relying on a Mexican to handle immigration policy. No one knows the true origins of the Wave, except that Mexico didn’t create the crowd-stretcher—the earliest reference I could find for it in the Nexis database was a June 1, 1986, Toronto Star dispatch from that year’s World Cup calling the Mexican Wave an “odious North American import.” As to why the English-speaking world except the United States refers to this sporting phenomenon as the Mexican Wave . . . do I really have to answer that pregunta?