TBHP: Tell me about where you grew up . F: I grew up in a small city in Central Mexico; I had a peaceful and happy childhood, my parents were always looking after us. I never had any worries as a little kid, until my teenage kid. That's when the country got really deeply affected by the cartels and violence.
I still remember as a 10 year old child when they assasinated Cardinal Posadas, when they killed Ruiz Massieu. I felt robbed of my innocence. I never knew any violence or anything until I saw that video on TV, when Colosio was assasinated. By seeing the footage of his assasination, it made me realize that I was not living on a safe country anymore. Apart from that I had a very happy childhood.
TBHP: What was the worst thing you did as a kid? F: I drowned a canary, my mom's canary.
TBHP: What? Why did you do that?! F: I don't know! For some reason I just grabbed it in my hand and put it on the water to see how long it could go to see if it wasn't moving anymore.
Wait... You're not going to include that in the interview, will you?!
(TBHP Note: Yes, we did...)
TBHP: Did you like school? F: As a kid I always loved school, even as an adult. I loved being in the classroom, getting to take notes and trying to organize and get everything that teachers/professors were explaining.
TBHP: Can you tell me about one of the happiest moments in your life? F: When I got hired to be an elementary school educator. The first time I crossed the border with a visa entitling me to work in the United States, May 29 2007. My friend Andrew was in the car with me, I came with my car full of stuff. Start a new life, being independent.
TBHP: What about one of the most difficult moments in your life? F: When my labor certification applications were rejected. I was running out of time with my H1B and for one reason or another they just kept making mistakes with labor application/certification. Putting things on jeopardy, delayed process for applying to residency.
TBHP: How would you describe yourself to someone who has never met you. F: I like to listen to people, go places, spend time in good company.
TBHP: If you could go back in time 15-20 years, what advice would you give to yourself? F: Don't rush too much into things, think about what you are doing and... don't rush!