Make Yourself at Home

CAMAC is “a Latinex community on campus,” and they have just invited me to give a dinner party for some yet-to-be-named members of their community.  This is part of a program they call Mi Casa Es Su Casa, which are the words with which a large-handed hidalgo might welcome guests to his gracious hacienda.  They mean, of course, “my house is your house” or (more loosely) “make yourself at home.”

It seems to me that the CAMAC program might be more accurately described as Su Casa Es Mi Casa, since CAMAC proposes to draw up the guest list while I go and shop for the grub.

After preparing a “home-cooked meal,” I will also be asked to “facilitate conversation among the students,” which I can only take to mean that I will be asked to overcome their natural shyness with lashings of strong drink.  In this task of loosening tongues, I will have the help of “CAMAC staff and student leaders [who] are chosen to assist with the facilitation of discussions at the host’s home” (and also to assist, I must suppose, with consumption of the host’s grub).

The artwork that accompanied the invitation shows what I believe is meant to be my house, soon to be their house.  This is indicated by the string of banderas bearing Mexican motifs.  CAMAC stands for Committee for Awareness of Mexican American Culture, and Mexican American Culture will be hard to ignore when banderas are fluttering over my rooftree and “Mi Casa Es Su Casa” is echoing down my halls.

11 thoughts on “Make Yourself at Home

  1. One could cook up a big pot of Menudo and invite them for… Sunday morning before church. My mother in law taught me how to make delicious menudo, but alas, none of my nieces know how… they all buy theirs.

    The plus side is that unlike some cultures, in Mexican American culture it is not at all rude to ask attendees to pay for the party, or contribute to the cost of whatever favor you are doing for them. So, it would be odd but not inappropriate to appreciate the people who invited you to host, by in turn inviting them to be sponsors, (sort of less-committed padrinos/madrinas) of the meal, and give them a shopping list or ask them for a specific amount of money for you to shop with.

    On a serious note, if one decided to use this as a dead-earnest opening, one could further reciprocate by inviting them all to attend church with you, perhaps a service dedicated to the communion of the saints.

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    • The organization is simply an environment in which social groups compete for resources, members and power. Seeing it in this way is sociopathic, but one can do this without becoming a sociopath. The sociopath sees every social project as a more or less congenial opportunity to advance his own project, so he plays “on a team” but always “for” himself (or some other team). When you look at the world with the eyes of a sociopath (i.e. take the “red pill”), you see that the official “teams” are really “playing fields” where other “teams” are competing in other “games”.

  3. “Latinex” sounds like a polymer. I imagine that they use it to make stretch-pants for women at Chinese microfiber factories. And perhaps men’s neckties with complicated paisley patterns — like the ones that I favor. I have also seen it written as “Latinx,” which sounds like nothing at all. X = delete. After which there is nothing.

    “Identity,” like every “woke” term, is an absolute lie. The prevailing “identity” destroys actual identity. All rent-seekers are alike.

  4. We have a growing population who agitate for “free college.” And we have colleges agitating for the Committee for Awareness of Mexican American Culture – along with the obligatory “staff and student leaders.” Can you imagine how atrocious it will all be when any consideration of fiscal responsibility is removed? I foresee a nuclear arms race – and its attendant mutually assured destruction – among the many and ever expanding Committee-tribes.

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