MEXICO Dispatch #2 (Christmas)

12/24/15

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     Today we sent Estrallita (1200', Grade 5.11a) after setting out at 7:00AM. We got to the base at 8:00AM and were back on the ground by 1:00PM. (Needless to say, we timed this better than our ascent of Dope Ninja earlier in the week). The climb was absolutely beautiful and Josh even freed most of the route with a single fall on the 20', 5.11a section.

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We then cleaned up and headed into town for Christmas Eve festivities, watched "It's A Wonderful Life" with our El Buho friends before playing some mean "orange ball," in which guys gather in a circle, throw an orange into the air, and juggle it a certain number of times before it is "catchable," after which you peg the snot out of someone until the fruit finally explodes, splitting its peel.

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After passing the time late into the evening, we watched the mad Mexican midnight fiesta that is Christmas Eve, where all sorts of fireworks explode in the distance. Mexico is sound. The firework of choice is the loudest available and the goal of a house PA system seems to be to blast your party tunes so brazenly that the neighborhood knows they're invited over. 

At 3:00AM we hitched back to the Pagoda for some well-needed rest. 

12/25/16

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     Today, after three full days of climbing, was a full rest day. We went into Monterrey to see the new Star Wars Movie, barely catching our bus back. Pretty unremarkable really; unless, of course, you consider that we spent our Christmas in the heart of Mexico, watching an American movie, unable to speak the language needed to understand how to get around in said city. 

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Corey McConnell

West Poetry, 6917 Aspen Wood Trail, Fort Worth, TX, 76132

I grew up in Fort Worth, TX attending Covenant Classical School. I was an academic early and went on to study Great Texts of the Western Tradition at Baylor University. It was in the midst of this course of study that I began writing poems and stories and music. As a voracious reader, I was eager to contribute something of my own to the world of letters. Professionally, I work in the Specialty Coffee Industry, while pursuing literature in my free time. My upcoming works include an epic poem title Among the Fog, a series of sonnets titled Season's Song, a free-verse narrative trilogy titled The Cowtown Oracle. I am concurrently at work translating the Psalter into plainsong English with a team of scholars and linguists seeking to capture the Hebrew Poetics (according to contemporary criticism) within English verse.