A Couple of Upcoming Projects

Hi everyone! We finally made it to Friday and almost Saturday now!
Those of you who have followed my blog for a few months may remember a couple of writing projects I’ve wanted to complete.
One of them is an interview with my good friend, Felix Chavez. Felix is a sports reporter at the daily newspaper here, The El Paso Times. He’s interviewed some major athletes such as boxers Oscar de la Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., star college athletes and many others.
He has many years of experience as a reporter. Felix eventually plans on writing a book about his experience. I met Felix back in 2004 at a small community newspaper in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He of course was a sports reporter. I was an education reporter. I hated the beat and didn’t last very long there. I lasted about three months working there. I hated attending school board meetings and speaking with arrogant school board members. I especially disliked interviewing the cocky superintendent at the time. He eventually got busted for doing bad things with money. I forget what he did but it wasn’t good. He was eventually fired from Las Cruces Public Schools.
The second writing project I’m working on is about heroin abuse in El Paso. Why? Because I lost a cousin to a heroin overdose back in March. She was only in her late 20s. I still haven’t had the courage to ask her mother or other relatives details about her life and death. Based on what I’ve heard, she had just gotten out of a halfway house one week before her death. I heard she went to go shoot up with ‘friends.’ She was so high, she fell, hit her head and passed out. Her ‘friends’ freaked out and didn’t take her to the hospital until it was too late. Luckily, she didn’t last too long suffering from the head injury. She was on life support for about two days before her mother decided to let her go. Her father was a drug addict for several years. He spent years in prison for drug possession and other crimes. He and his daughter died the same way. I’ve spent months doing research on the drug trade here in the Borderland. Please stay tuned for these two posts.
I’ll of course continue posting about whatever is going on in life, along with current events. Until next time everyone!

18 comments

  1. I look away too. Doesn’t hurt, no big deal, but I look away. Next month they are going to re-start draining pints at a time to help lower the excess iron in my blood. I’m not looking forward to that.

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  2. I get blood drawn at least monthly, so I don’t fear them, but I would never inject myself with any drug for recreation. The people I’ve lost to addiction weren’t needle users either. One drug that has killed more than one person I knew well is totally legal too.

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