Mexico

     This topic of this podcast is Mexico. Robert Delgadillo is an avid fisherman who travels to the nation often. His many experiences in country are how he’s able to convey a true account of what Mexico has to offer.

     The information that many Americans have received about our southern neighbor may have been distorted. Many media and propaganda networks have given Mexico a bad reputation. Of course the country isn’t without its problems but it’s not necessarily the horrible place that some make it out to be.

Hollywood Farmers’ Market: A Place for All

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     With the epicenter of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market being Ivar and Selma Avenues in the heart of Hollywood, Calif., this is a hustling and bustling place on Sundays. The market hours are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. whether the weather is rain or shine.

     Louise Conrad, a customer and routine vendor, stresses the importance of this particular market. “If the market were no more, many of us here would be in a bad way.” she exclaims. “And the great service it provides for so many different people. The Farmers’ Market provides so much for so many. People from all walks of life come to my market because it’s a great place to be. Some even come here to meet and have fun. Some bring bongo drums and play. I even saw the guy from the Foo Fighters. We always have celebrities come here. They like it.”

     Conrad explains that much of the food sold at the market is organic, meaning that the farmers follow strict guidelines to grow the food items being sold. For meat to be considered organic, it must come from an animal that: 1-has been raised in conditions that give it time to act as it does in nature. 2- has been fed 100 percent organic feed and forage. and 3- has not been given any antibiotics or hormones.

     While seeking one’s way through the hoard of people at the market, all of a sudden, “This place rocks!”  is yelled in the crowd. Laughter ensues and it’s obvious that the majority of the consumers feel the same sentiment.

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is a beneficial entity for the environment, the economy, the farmers themselves as well as the customers. Even the animals are treated better. Not only are there grocery items sold at the market though. Plants, handmade arts and crafts, prepared dishes such as burgers, tacos, Korean BBQ, etc. are also available. Hours can be spent at this farmers’ market without even experiencing everything. There are many items that may be purchased at the market, which can’t be found in any store.

     For more information about the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, please visit this webpage: http://www.seela.org/hollywood-farmers-market/.

Gone Fishin’

Robert Delgadillo, aboard a fishing vessel in the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, rides to the next location to fish for yellowtail in April 2013. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

Robert Delgadillo, aboard a fishing vessel in the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, rides to the next location to fish for yellowtail in April 2013. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

     Robert Delgadillo is a fisherman, born and raised in San Diego, Calif. He’s 33 years old and has been fishing since he was just six. As a child, his father took him fishing. Every time his family went camping, their poles went along. It was the thrill, excitement and the fascination that he liked. Those are the aspects that sold him on fishing.

     Although Delgadillo definitely enjoys freshwater fishing, his favorite is saltwater kayak fishing. He’s had some sketchy moments out there on white-capped waves, one being a solo mission that got pretty rough. He got caught up in a rip current and was almost flipped over due to an enormous swell. He finally made it back in but was forced to stay out there until things died down. He did have the necessary safety equipment just in case the situation got beyond his control. A fellow fisherman of Delgadillo stated, “Rob’s dedicated. He’ll drive anywhere and fish all day and night for the big catch!” –George Ortiz

     In Delgadillo’s opinion, the single most important issue facing the fishing industry today is overfishing.  Humans have always relied on fishing for food as a natural resource. Now, our sources have been depleted. He believes that the Marine Life Protection Act is a step in the right direction. “You can only take from the ocean. You can never truly give back. You can try and give back but really you’re always taking from the ocean”-Rob Delgadillo. One of the biggest pieces of advice that he would like to give to other fishermen is not to catch undersized fish and only take what you need.

     Only after observing Delgadillo, firsthand, at Lake Gregory, about 1.5 hours east of Los Angeles, was I able to truly understand how he copes with failure. “Man, there aint no fish in this lake!” That’s what he says, with a big smile on his face, when they aren’t biting. Evidently, it works because everyone gets skunked sometimes and he’s still fishing. In fact, he prescribes to his own theory of, “You can’t catch anything if your line isn’t in the water.” Basically, he’s saying that you can be out there all day but if you don’t drop a hook or a net, you’re not fishing.

     Delgadillo’s philosophy actually applies to many aspects of life. It’s difficult to catch anything if one doesn’t put himself out there. In fact, his father is concerned with him hooking another type of fish. He’d like to know when his son is going to find someone to settle down with.

     Whereas the bait may be different, if Delgadillo does indeed hook himself a winner and decides to have children, he says he’d tell his kids, “Go for it!” if their passions included becoming fishermen.

Robert Delgadillo commands a fishing boat back to shore on the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico in April 2013 to pack up the catch. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

Robert Delgadillo commands a fishing boat back to shore on the Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico in April 2013 to pack up the catch. (Photo by: Lazaro Quilon/fisherman)

     Whether for his future children or not, Delgadillo’s advice for those who wish to begin fishing for a career is to study every aspect of your craft. He stresses taking classes and always utilizing safety practices. A great help to him when starting out and a source he still uses for excellent information is Bloody Decks, http://www.bdoutdoors.com . This website is what turned him on to saltwater fishing. Delgadillo is one of the many fishermen on this forum. He is also an excellent teacher. He showed me the ropes and I’m not the only one. “He helped get me into fresh water trout fishing, now I’m hooked!” –George Ortiz