Saturday, August 12, 2006

Buenos Tardis, Senorita

We have a new Mexican bakery two blocks away, further proof that the Hispanic culture is growing in our traditional Eastern European community. Several Hispanic stores have popped up here and there in the city and you can bet there will be more.

Nice little place, this bakery, open two weeks and still growing. I had a card on which I wrote a few Spanish words I got from an Internet dictionary, just in case. But the owner's daughter was there and she is bilingual, so I was safe. Bought some conch ("shell") breads; five of them, actually. Next week, I will have to try something else.

Two or three other customers came in while I was there, all Anglos. That's good; it's not a segregated place, so to speak, and it should end up being a corner store where everybody will wander in at one time or another.

We've a problem in this area with the Hispanics moving in. There are a lot who are here without the legal right and that's causing difficulties. Not just for them, as they don't wear badges saying, "I'm illegal," but for anyone from South of the Border.

The locals aren't happy about all this immigration, these Hispanics. I'm about *this close* to writing a piece in the newspaper reminding people that we have an Irish pub, an Italian restaurant, a Welsh Presbyterian church, a famous Slovak parish, a Middle-Eastern restaurant, a Polish funeral home and probably more I haven't noticed.

These new people might give me a chance to learn a third language.


Blogger Reading Reader said...

In theory, this sounds really nice and charming and the absolute way to be...Come to Reading for some reality. Gang activity is very high in this group...They are not only killing each other, but innocent bystanders. Bilingual people speak Spanish when they find it a convenient way to get out of paying trouble or paying for something...This isn't all people, mind you, but many. Recently, a Spanish speaking group demanded that a longtime polling place be moved into the projects, to make it easier for them, although a greater number of folks in that ward did not live there. When this move was turned down, there was great outrage. Why? Because like a misbehaving child, this group did not get its way. They need to consider The Greater Good, not only Their Particular Desire.Domestic Violence also become a bigger issue than previously because of the machismo culture.

I just want to add an addendum from somebody of the frontline of the wave comin' your way...Let's identify legal vs. illegal with a good, incorrupt system. Let's give current "illegals" a chance to become citizens before they apply for social services...or as they are applying.
There are too many real criminals coming here...let's keep them out and let the good people in....

August 12, 2006 10:22 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

We're trying to be proactive here, based on what's been going on. How well it works ... ehhhh?

Local boroughs are setting up "no illegals" laws and some of them might pass the test. We're all hoping the legals will fit in, as this just isn't a big enough area for a subculture to take over.

The Hazleton law isn't all bad, just horribly misguided. The locals up here may have learned from it and, as they set up their own "ahead of the problem" laws, be able to divert the problem.

August 12, 2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger David Yonki said...

went to that bakery yesterday. used to frequent knelly's which the bakery is now. got a sack of cookies and delicacies. delicious. they need to fill up that fridge with cold sodas and sandwiches and it'll be hopping.
david yonki

August 13, 2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Oh, the irony! The irony!

When the Soup Kitchen was going to open, there was a lot of noise that it would lower the property values of Bennett, Jackson and Washington Streets. (As if that were possible...)

When the head of Catholic Social Services had an open meeting for the locals at the Soup Kitchen, Jack Knelly refused to attend and had all his people at a meeting in his market right across the street, curtains closed.

Well, Jack's market eventually shut down and now this nice Hispanic family has opened an equally nice bakery there.

Well, tough mierda, Jack.

August 13, 2006 3:34 PM  

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