I did not initially like the "Ask a Mexican" column. I got tired twenty-plus years ago at the typical shots taken at we white, American, working-class guys. Even so, it has been an eye-opener. I speak Mexican, spent a lot of time in Mexico, yet reading the column has been an ongoing education. It also seems that as the readership and reach of "Ask a Mexican" has grown, the columnist seems to have settled down to an easier civility, as opposed to the race-baiting asshole he once worked hard to be. So, to you and yours my friend, a prosperous New Year and my thanks for the weekly bit of enlightenment.