Ramon Renteria: How to tell if someone is from El Chuco

Jose Luis Torres collects memories that remind him of his past life in El Paso and Juarez. Full Story
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Chuco Naw

Whitney, TX

#1 Feb 7, 2010
Those memories just serve to reveal the age of an old fart, Ramon.
keep it clean

El Paso, TX

#2 Feb 7, 2010
i guess chuco naw thinks he's never going to become an old fart. if you're lucky you'll live to be an old fart. unless you're one of those stupid young guys that drives 50 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone. i just want to say to ramon renteria that i really enjoy his column. all the things he writes about are true and that is what most people don't like. don't give up ramon, keep writing your columns. i especially liked this one because it brought back a lot of memories. i went to la tech and i did browse at the popular but bought clothes at lerners. i remember the coney island and the tap, and some other good places downtown where my parents would take me. we would go to juarez to the k-4 and the bronco. no drug cartels killing people to take control of their territory. i remember when the bridge of the americas was just a little building. and i also remember drinking root beer floats at the a&w. good ole days. not like now. the bar where they filmed lone star mcquaid used to belong to my parents and my dad is also in that movie. i remember chuck norris and barbara what's her name walking downtown on san antonio street. yes, ramon you brought back a lot of good memories. don't let these young farts bring you down. i like your column. i know there's going to be a lot of comments anti-ramon renteria but you're just showing your ignorance.
keep it clean

El Paso, TX

#3 Feb 7, 2010
oops. that's lone wolf mcquaid. my dad still has his copy of the movie that was given to him.
hahaha

United States

#4 Feb 7, 2010
keep it clean wrote:
don't let these young farts bring you down. i like your column.
I bet you love his column.
John

El Paso, TX

#5 Feb 7, 2010
so lets see if I get this right ...
Your from El Chuco if you have been to (insert local establishment) and (insert spanglish) and (insert corny joke) and equals a column in a newspaper that serves a community of 700,000 dealing with massive corruption in El Paso county and one of the biggest stories in North America, the Mexico drug cartel wars?
Lobito

El Paso, TX

#6 Feb 7, 2010
Ramon, it is "Lone Wolf McQuade" not "Lone Wolf McCade"

Since: Aug 09

915er

#7 Feb 7, 2010
Ramon, Re-title this piece to "How to tell if an ol' timer is from El Chuco."

Let's get an updated version asap, vato loco.
curious

Carlsbad, NM

#8 Feb 7, 2010
i remember as a child when we went to el paso bus station in the 60,s, can somebody tell me if its still in the same place,if not where the building is located i want to go back and visit, im from new mexico.
I memmer

El Paso, TX

#9 Feb 7, 2010
You're from El Chuco if you remember going from El Paso to Juarez on a trolley car, seeing the Sun Kings play at Dudley Field, watching Coronado High School play La Bowie at the Sun Bowl in a bi-district game, having a malt shake at the Wigwam next to Ysleta High School, driving 15 hours on a two lane highway to get to San Antonio, going to bridal showers and weddings at the Continental Ballroom located way out on the Carlsbad Highway.
keith

Berkeley, CA

#10 Feb 7, 2010
There is no La in Bowie. Use the language right, or don't use it at all.
Chuco Naw

Whitney, TX

#11 Feb 7, 2010
keep it clean wrote:
i guess chuco naw thinks he's never going to become an old fart. if you're lucky you'll live to be an old fart. unless you're one of those stupid young guys that drives 50 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone. i just want to say to ramon renteria that i really enjoy his column. all the things he writes about are true and that is what most people don't like. don't give up ramon, keep writing your columns. i especially liked this one because it brought back a lot of memories. i went to la tech and i did browse at the popular but bought clothes at lerners. i remember the coney island and the tap, and some other good places downtown where my parents would take me. we would go to juarez to the k-4 and the bronco. no drug cartels killing people to take control of their territory. i remember when the bridge of the americas was just a little building. and i also remember drinking root beer floats at the a&w. good ole days. not like now. the bar where they filmed lone star mcquaid used to belong to my parents and my dad is also in that movie. i remember chuck norris and barbara what's her name walking downtown on san antonio street. yes, ramon you brought back a lot of good memories. don't let these young farts bring you down. i like your column. i know there's going to be a lot of comments anti-ramon renteria but you're just showing your ignorance.
Ok, so you're an old fart too.
Linda Higgs

Grenada, MS

#12 Feb 7, 2010
Yes I remember some of those too!
carlitos

United States

#13 Feb 7, 2010
hijo-de-su! i thought i was from el chuco, but this story proved me wrong. i only recall about a third of these things.
how about a story for those 40-something el chuco guys. like cruising at ascarate on sundays listening to the que-buenas oldies, riding low-rider bikes to the fox-plaza swap or fearing those crazy guys from el diablo.--those of you who dont know what el diablo is, that was a neighborhood just west of the coloseum.(no longer there)
Benjamin the Donkey

El Paso, TX

#14 Feb 7, 2010
This week’s column is a small improvement in that it is not completely inane, shallow and offensive to anyone with a brain. However it does very clearly show what a racist you and your kind are. People that attended other high Schools and had other activities (as well as those mentioned) had/have a big part of in this city and its culture. It is the prevalence of this kind of attitude that make an aging third generation El Paso bollio think that it is past time for Texas to cede El Paso county to either Mexico or New Mexico and be done with your nonsense
David Garcia

Hampton, VA

#15 Feb 7, 2010
keith wrote:
There is no La in Bowie. Use the language right, or don't use it at all.
Yes there is and he is using proper language pendejo.
David Garcia

Hampton, VA

#16 Feb 7, 2010
You are from El Chuco if you remember Bozo the Clown on Channel 9.

You are from El Chuco if you remember the Country Club bus stopping on Paisano near the smelter for women who just crossed the river.

You are from El Chuco if you remember the migra boarding the local bus and asking all the brown passengers their citizenship.

You are from El Chuco if you went to Juarez every Saturday to buy meat and get a 25 cent haircut and later walk to a local studio to pick up a photo a street photographer took of you.

You are from El Chuco if you bought your groceries from los Chinos, a grocery store at the corner of Paisano and El Paso street, who later delivered the groceries to your home.

You are from El Chuco if you remember eating at the Hollywood cafe on El Paso St.

You are from El Chuco if you remember seeing Cantinflas movies at the Colón.

You are from El Chuco if you remember going to the Ascarate drive-in and eating french fries with serano peppers.

You are from El Chuco if you remember walking to the firework stands on Doniphan to buy cuetes for 50 cents.

You are from El Chuco if you remember driving your Chevy to the Levy near Anapra.

You are definitely from El Chuco if you trained for the Golden Gloves by running up to cross atop Mt. Cristo Rey and back.

You are from El Chuco if you fished at the presón belonging to the cement company near ASARCO.

And you are from El Chuco if you ever represented your high school at the annual dance at the coliseo put on by La Jeff.

You are not from El Chuco if you think this should be in ingles.
David Garcia

Hampton, VA

#17 Feb 7, 2010
David Garcia wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes there is and he is using proper language pendejo.
Yes that was the time when not one single local TV personality was Latino, not one.
David Garcia

Hampton, VA

#18 Feb 7, 2010
John wrote:
so lets see if I get this right ...
Your from El Chuco if you have been to (insert local establishment) and (insert spanglish) and (insert corny joke) and equals a column in a newspaper that serves a community of 700,000 dealing with massive corruption in El Paso county and one of the biggest stories in North America, the Mexico drug cartel wars?
You are not from El Chuco, since this is a nostalgic column and not one of current affairs.
David Garcia

Hampton, VA

#19 Feb 7, 2010
Chuco Naw wrote:
Those memories just serve to reveal the age of an old fart, Ramon.
And you point is?
Chimichanga

United States

#20 Feb 7, 2010
keith wrote:
There is no La in Bowie. Use the language right, or don't use it at all.
You're wrong. It is La Bowie. I used to teach at La Jeff. That is how it is referred to. Although, its more like La Bwee, when pronounced.

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