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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Of Hugo Chavez and Chorizo

Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday. This is not a political post and I am not mocking his death either. I just want to put that out there.

But we were watching NPR news and the talking heads were having a comprehensive conversation on the death of Chavez. One of the topics they were talking about was Chavismo.

For all you who may not know what Chavismo is, Wikipedia has this definition: Chavismo is the name given to the left-wing political ideology based on the ideas, programs and government style associated with the late president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez.[1] Chavista is a term to describe strong supporters of Chavez, which is closely associated with support for Chavismo.

So they are going on and on and then Tom turns to me and says (paraphrased): What does chorizo have to do with Chavez?

Maybe it was disrespectful to the dead but I started laughing my head off. Chorizo, for those who might not know, is a sausage.

I said: No honey, it's Chavismo not chorizo. Ay dios mio! 

Tom then says no, I heard chorizo.

I say, in between laughing, no they are talking about Chavismo and that is something different than chorizo. I then try to explain what Chavismo is. Tom looks perplexed but then realizes I am right, as usual.

It was the chancleta/chuleta conversation all over again.

Sometimes it's fun living with a gringo who knows just enough Spanish. I also have to apologize publicly for making fun of my hubby's Spanish or I will be in big trouble.


1 comment:

  1. Oh you should hear what goes on inside my head when I listen to my Venezuelan husband talk to his family on the phone!

    There's a whole conspiracy theory saying he's really been dead for a while but they didn't want to call elections until they had time to let people have more time to get used to Maduro. I was in Venezuela when the supposed coup happened. What a different life I would lead if he had not taken back power. What a different world it would be.

    Chavez facts: He rewrote the constitution of his country when he became President. He also changed the flag. He did a lot of things I used to think could never happen here. Now I think maybe they could. And I think we have to be careful here to maintain a great big middle class or what happened in Venezuela could happen here. Except our government has no oil money to hand out, so we would all be super-screwed.

    p.s. Sorry I said "Super screwed" on your blog.

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