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Day 123: Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Balloons!

Uncle Julio’s (click to see our previous blog) was in full swing with Cinco de Mayo today May 5th.  Amy and I stopped by to have lunch and celebrate the closing on a challenging real estate transaction when we discovered a sea of balloons on the ceiling of the restaurant. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for, you guessed it, 5th of May and is celebrated in Mexico to commemorate the victory of the Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862.

In the mid 1800’s after the Mexican-American and Mexican Civil Wars, the Mexican economy was in deep debt.  Unable to repay them the Mexican government decided to suspend the payments.  Countries that loaned the country money were not happy, chief among them was France under the leadership of Napoleon III.  Seizing the opportunity to invade based on the delinquent payments, the French sought to establish a new empire in the Americas via Mexico.  The French landed a huge army on the shores of Mexico and drove the President and the government into hiding.  However, at the Battle of Puebla the Mexican army repelled the French, although outnumbered by two to one!  The largely symbolic victory was a classic David vs. Goliath military success story.

Photo Courtesy of Uncle Julio's

Winning a battle is reason enough to celebrate in Mexico and so the tradition of merriment on this date continues to this day.  So head out to Uncle Julio’s tonight (They’re open till 10:30 p.m.) and enjoy one of my Uncle Julio’s favorites – a frozen margarita layered with frozen Sangria – their signature drink called a Swirl.  Our Cinco de Mayo victory today was over a Goliath bank in the Americas, who despite their best, near nefarious, efforts and last minute surprises, could not derail our brave and intrepid clients in their quest for home ownership! ~Brian

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