Carlos Prado

Carlos Prado

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07/25/2022

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Hola,Carlos here! I am a native of El Paso, Texas, still living here. Irvin High School 1974 grad. El Paso Community College grad, 1984, Graphic Design degree. Professional graphic designer for 38 years. Got within 20 hours of UTEP bachelor's degree in graphic design. Became self employed in December...

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    08/5/2022 08:11 PM

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    Just created this logo for a fellow musician buddy of mine. They, like my bandmates in Rampage, are all in our mid 60's now, but we're still out playing hard rock tunes until 1:00am and getting home at 3:am. Late, late nights for sure. But when you've been living this life of a musical vampire for a long time, well, That's who we are. THAT'S WHAT WE DO!

    After these last few gigs that Rampage has played, I do find myself having a much harder time these days to recuperate from a late evening and rising early. By that I mean that I usually hit the sack at around 3:30 or 4:00am and wake up at around 6:30 or 7:00am. But lately, I've been rolling out of bed at around 8:30 or 9:00am.

    So, retirement from playing very LOUD rock 'n Roll, and waking up when the roosters start their roll call, is actually starting to look pretty good! I never thought I would say that, but here I am!


    08/2/2022 04:50 PM

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    This upcoming weekend, I was supposed to play with a friend of mine for a veterans gig at Harley Davidson. Unfortunately, my buddy was attacked at his store early Saturday morning (night time actually), after midnight by thugs...two white guys and one black guy, about my height of 6 feet tall. My buddy isn't tall at all. They jumped him from behind and tried to rob him. And, of course, 3 against 1, and the one is small in stature... who the hell do you think won? They beat my buddy to a pulp. I asked him if he at least got in a few good punches. He said yes, he had to, he was fighting for his life. But, as he said, "once they got me on the ground, I didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of doing anything. They beat me, kicked me, stomped on my ribs, my face, everywhere they could inflict pain. Good thing is, since I keep my wallet in my front pocket, they could not get to it. So in essence, they beat me for nothing!"

    They could have killed him, but thank God, he is alive and healing. He has a broken nose, and his left eye socket is broken, and bruised ribs, two black eyes. 3 against 1...coward sob's!

    I told my buddy to get himself a gun because these fools didn't hesitate to hurt him badly! But, my buddy being the kind fella he is, said to me, "I think I would rather let them beat me up then to have to live the rest of my life klnow I killed somebody. I certainly do not have the same sentiment. My wife asked what I would do, and of course i told her, "If I were in his place, if I had a store, and somebody tried to jump me and I had a concealed weapons permit, i would not hesitate to shoot them all. She shook her head and said she didn't think I would do something like that, until I told her, "would you rather be a widow? Because that is exactly what could happen. My buddy thinks they were homeless assholes who live in the desert in that area.

    When I was self-employed, and had my office on the corner of Montana and Dallas Steets, a short guy walk into my office when I was in my dark room,and he rifled through my desk looking for stuff to steal. I hear the noise, and looked out and see this guy going through my desk. I grabbed a knife and walked out and said, "Get the the hell out of here. He just looked at me and kept going through my desk. Again, I said, "get the hell out of here before I carve you into mince meat!" With all the balls in the world, he looks at me and says, "I heard you the first time!" Looked at the knife in my hands, and that I was bigger than he, and calmly just walked right out the front door as if he was just cruising by! Things can change in the blink of an eye had that fool decided to challenge me. And yes, I would not have hesitated to stab him to defend myself. I could see his eyes were glassy as if he ws stoned out of his mind. He didn't smell like beer or booze, but he was high as a kite. Thank God he walked out!


    07/26/2022 08:30 PM

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    Last night's rainstorm on the westside of El Paso, paled in comparison to what we had last year, or the storms that used to pound Northeast El Paso.As a kid growing up in Northeast, the rains taht would hit would invariably washout Sunrise St., which ran next to our hous. I think my dad said that at one time, Sunrise St. was an arroyo. Which made sense once you saw how fast and deep the waters ran after a serious rainstorm. Good thing is, we lived on the high grounds making it all the easier for the water to rush down Sunrise street and down to the Dyer Street areas and below, flooding the homeowners terribly.Then the ponding area would teem with tadpoles and then frogs all over the place. At night, you could hear them croaking loudly. The rains would come down so hard, that huge boulders would tumble down sunrise and then build up at the intersection of Sunrise and Gateway South, (or Jupiter as it used to be called). Sometimes, people would try to cross it but since there were boulders and dirt that had been washed down the streets, their cars would get stuck in the rushing water, dirt and boulders.The next day, the city would send out crews and equiment to pull all the dirt and boulders and fill up the huge holes that the raging waters had gouged out of Sunrise Street, At times, heavy rain would hit and the street department would refill the street, only to have to come back the next day to do the same thing again...and sometimes for 3 or 4 days in a row. It was fun watching the heavy equipment rebuild the street again, and again and again!This year, we have not had much rain to speak of. and last night's 15 minute downpour fell into that category. Still, it was better knowing we had a nice little downpour and that is what turns your lawn in a nice thick and rich carpet of green instead of brown, and dry and in some places...dead.It was all over in about 15 minutes though the streets had trash all over since the garbage cans were all tipped over due to the intrense windstorms that accompanied the raians. Thirty minutes later, and streets littered with garbage, you couldn't tell that a wind and rainstorm had mashed on through.But, as my dad used to say, if you don't like weather here in El Paso, wait about 5 minutes! Ha! Said and done!


    07/25/2022 03:48 PM

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    So I created a t-shirt graphic for my band Rampage. The keyboard player and I are in our mid 60's now, so I thought this logo would work on some t-shirts for us! Let me know what you think!!!


 

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