Information and learning
When you have a camera and the police is beating people up, they regret they did it. The camera is like another gun. The problem is that it can work also as a shelter for kids to have violent fights because they feel safe. The bigger the camera, the more the respect or fear that people feel. It all depends on what people think about the object.
Do you use the internet?
No, I do not really use the internet.
Not even the one at the library?
No, I only look at news and documentaries. I do not use the internet for chatting, or uploading pictures or give out information to anybody.
What about a cellphone?
Yes, I have a cell phone. Mostly, I use it to talk to my mom.
Does it have internet?
Yes, it has internet.
What do you use it for?
This is a picture that has Obama and somebody who is clapping for him. Also, there is someone who is not paying attention to him. Personally, I think it is very difficult to be the president. Nonetheless, he is doing it. I admire him more than any other previous U.S. president. I also admired Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He was a very good president. After his term, he left the country very rich. Then came George Bush, and he spent all the money and transferred all his problems to this guy, Obama.
This is the central library, but I also call it “the office” because for a lot of people, that’s everyone’s office. That is where we went to see the football game of the Seahawks. This is the entrance of the library.
Esta es la biblioteca central, pero la llamo también “la oficina” porque para muchos es la oficina de toda mi gente. Aquí nos fuimos a ver los partidos de fútbol de los Seahawks. Ésta es la entrada de la biblioteca.
Why am I here? It’s because at my age in Mexico it’s a lot more difficult to find a job because there is a lot of youth. And here even if you are over 60 and you’re retired and they don’t have a full time job, maybe you can still work. And in Mexico if you go to look for a job and one is younger than me, the other person is the one who is going to get the job. I’m okay here, it’s not that I want to stay but I’m okay. I would like to learn some more technology or learn some skill so that if I go there I’m not just depending on anybody.
Ramón This cartoon shows homeless people who live on the street but they are not as poor as they are supposed to be. They have their laptop, they write on their tablets. And here it says “Save our Jobs” but this is really about Steve Jobs, not about work. I don’t have any money but I like technology and they also like technology. I know how to use technology, even if you don’t understand it all, and it’s a really good tool. You don’t really need to know what is behind it. Just use it like any other tool…
We went to a very nice workshop to learn how to do pruning. This was a very nice workshop. First they gave us the theory, how the tree is a live being and you should not hurt the tree, how trees are important in this world. Then they taught us how to prune. At the end they gave us a certificate. It was at the university but as members of Casa Latina we didn’t have to pay.
At the library you can just look at books and if you like one, you can read it and if not, you can just leave it there and you don’t have to buy it. There are many many themes that you can explore! I like Pablo Neruda. I like to listen to his poems. I go to the library any day I have a chance. If I don’t find work here at Casa Latina, I can go and spend all day at the library and improve myself. I can fill in all the knowledge that I’m missing and also it is a safe place to go hang out even if I have nothing to do.