MEXICO’S FUNNYMAN: Hispanically Speaking news outlet reports that Mexico is celebrating and observing the 100 years of “Cantinflas”. It reports that Charlie Chaplin once said that his Mexican counterpart, Cantinflas, was the funniest comedian alive.
FORTINO MARIO Alfonso Moreno Reyes [1911-1993] professionally known as “Cantinflas” was the eldest child of Pedro Moreno Esquivel, a mail carrier, and María de la Soledad Reyes Guizar. The Michoacán couple had eight children. After unsuccessfully taking stabs at boxing, and bullfighting it was the voice of Mario Moreno, his clever speech, that ridiculously funny mustache, his humble demeanor, enormous heart, quick wit, rope belt, silly hat, which created Cantinflas. Moreno died at the age of 81 on April 20, 1993.
CANTINFLAS’ the “tramp” character, or “peladito” became an icon and the voice of the so many unprivileged Mexicans. As a comedian, stage and film charactor his image, both in cartoons and photos, are immortalized in 50 different films. Today, in celebration of his hundredth birthday, México has turned everywhere 100% Cantinflas; in many ways Cantinflas is México.
INCLUDING, Mexico City’s metro, a system that moves some 6 million people every day, is playing audio clips of Cantinflas convoluted dialogue, the comedian’s most recognizable trait.
“CANTINFLEAR,” is the art of speaking a stream of words, without actually saying anything at all; a verb actually recognized by the Royal Academy of Spanish Language a year before the actor’s death, and defined as “speaking in a random way, incongruently and not saying anything.” Cantinflas was honored with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
GOOGLE Cantinflas’s bio to learn more about his life and watch clips on YouTube to be “Cantinfleando”. To observe a hundred years of Cantinflas.
As Mexicanos, we pay homage to a great Mexican entertainer, Cantinflas!
OUTRAGEOUS: Parking a car in a downtown Chicago parking lot is insane. What I mean by “insane” is the ridiculous high cost of parking your car in a lot. Two weeks ago I drove to City Hall on business, parked my car at the Theater Parking Lot [self-park] on Dearborn St. & Randolph St. and paid $24.00 for 1 hour and 8 minutes! Another time, I paid as high as $32 to park in a Chicago parking lot. If you drive to downtown Chicago you have no choice but to park in a lot.
THERE ARE several cheaper lots outside of the loop area, but you would have to walk several blocks to get to your destination and to be in the central business area. I believe Chicago businesses are losing business because of the high cost of parking. Chicagoans would rather go shopping in the suburbs just for the free parking in the malls.
Mayor Emanuel must think “outside-of-the-box” on how to provide “free” parking, or lower the cost of parking on special days, for Chicagoans and suburbanites who want to shop downtown. Free parking would generate an increase of business for Chicago. Yes, public transportation is a good option, but some of us need our cars to go elsewhere.
DOG & CAT VACCINATION: The City of Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control [ACC] is hosting a Low Cost Vaccine Clinic for pets of residents of Chicago. Starting at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon Saturday, August 20, 2011 to Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 2741 S. Western Ave., Chicago.
VACCINE CLINIC RULES:
- An appointment is required. Please call 312/747-1406.
- Only open to City of Chicago Residents.
- ALL Dogs MUST be on leash or in a carrier.
- ALL Cats MUST be in a carrier.
- If your pet requires a muzzle during vaccinations or around other animals, you MUST have exact change [ACC payment machine does not provide change.] ACC accepts credit/debit cards and personal checks.
DA2PPL…………….$7 each vaccination.
FVRCP……………...$7 each vaccination.
Rabies…………….…$15 each vaccination.
Dog License….……..$5 neutered dog. Un-neutered $50.
SUGGESTION: If it’s impossible to make an appointment using the 312/747-1406 phone number, call 311. Or, you might have to visit the Animal Care office, 2741 S. Western Ave. in person to make your appointment.
BUSINESS OF THE WEEK: Today, I would like to introduce you to a relatively new business in Little Village called “WOW! Internet Café” located at 2700 S. Ridgeway Ave. Phone: 773/823-7280. The owners are Sergio Morfin and Jose Rodriguez. “WOW doesn’t stand for anything, it’s just a name,” said Jose Rodriguez.
THE “WOW Internet Café has been in business three years and provides the following services: Internet Service $3 per hour for students doing homework; computer repair, build and repair laptops, paying of utilities bills, jumping jacks, rentals of tables, tents and chairs, pre-pay cellular service, dish network/satellite retailers, fax and copy services.
WOW ALSO RENTS out six new different “jumpers” as the Jumping Jacks are called. The Spaceship, Castle, Patriot Castle, Princess Castle, Doll Party and Sports Arena. The jumpers are available for Block Parties, private party, birthday parties, and fiestas and for all occasions at a reasonable cost which includes delivery and pick-up. Se Habla Espanol. “Ofrecemos mesas, stillas y carpas y mucho mas,” said Morfin. WOW’s hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Check them out.
MOVIE REVIEW: The movie “Captain America” starts out slow and boring for the first half of the movie. But there’s a lot of action in the second half. Captain America is about a young weakling who is transformed into a muscular strongman and he becomes a hero by rescuing and saving the lives of American soldiers with his famous life saving shield. I give it ½ star.