Concerned Gabacho Living in Mexico
Dear Gabacho: Don’t limit your goodwill to Spanish refugees from the Franco regime. Last year, the Spanish government said anyone who could prove that their ancestors were Sephardic Jews cast out during the Inquisition could apply for Spanish citizenship. (Conveniently left out, of course, were descendants of the Moors, because, you know, Muslims.) Becoming a member of the European Union might sound appealing to gabachos looking to backpack for a year, but a mass migration to Al-Andalus ain’t happening for Mexicans, who should only give a shit about Spain if it wins the FIFA World Cup or when a Mexican soccer player gets to ride the bench for Real Madrid or FC Barcelona.
Public-health announcement: Dr. Ron Romero, a dentist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, let the Mexican know at the annual Servicios de la Raza gala in Denver that not only did dentists appreciate my discussing their profession in February (in a column about why so many Mexican children have silver teeth), but also asked if I could pass along the following public-health announcement.
Dr. Romero says that childhood caries (the disease that makes babies’ teeth rot and is colloquially known as “baby-bottle” tooth decay) is a communicable disease and can be transmitted by simply feeding kids from the same spoon or letting them share a glass. He also wants ustedes to know that childhood caries are easily preventable: Dentists can apply a simple wash that will put little ones in the clear for a while. Consider your request done, Dr. Romero. Now, think you can fit a diamond in my front tooth, à la Lenny on The Simpsons?