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Chapter 14. Pachangas Matt, Drugs, Rumble Fest, Donkey Show, Bands, and Party.
A blog post about my life 2 years ago show me that I was very sick in February, I was broke, and my life sucked. That blog post also contained pictures of Mila Kunis that I took 10 years ago.
But two years ago, I was a party animal.
I’m sort of a professional alcoholic now. I don’t really drink in moderation but it’s really hard to get me drunk.
My roommate said he never saw me drunk. My ex-girlfriend saw me real drunk probably twice, but she also said she never saw me drunk.
Besides that… I drink, I get tired. I go to bed.
I don’t know how other alcoholics can do it. I’m not capable of drinking and staying awake. At some point, I’m just done.
Pachangas Matt lasted a bit until dawn.
Drug infused Danger Dave lasted for days. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
And in Tijuana, cocaine is usually not the purest…
Chad was fueled by caguamas back then. He could last until noon or later just drinking caguamas and talking to everyone. His Spanish improved after three or more caguamas.
Spanglish ruled supreme.
I often had to drag Chad back to the apartment or leave him behind because I was fucking going to bed.
The sun rising felt like an indication that it was bedtime.
Some bars never close in Tijuana.
I haven’t been in any past midnight in a while.
It used to be an every night thing.
$100 a week is all you need to live off caguamas and street tacos.
Making US dollars and living in Mexico can be very cheap.
Rent was $340 a month (split into two). Expenses were minimal. That’s a couple days of work. Or just one. It depends.
There’s a lot of time to be spent drinking caguamas. It was a full year of doing it. I still do it now.
The average caguama in a dive bar goes for $2-4, they are $2 in the store, so bars virtually sell caguamas for the same price.
I don’t want to do the math, but that’s a lot of caguamas a week for just $100.
Tacos are just $1.
You get it.
Your money is worth a lot more.
That’s why thousands of people do it. Cross the border, work for a couple of days a week, live in Tijuana like a king.
Two workdays, five rest days. Caguamas and tacos.
After many caguamas as the three amigos, we came up with the idea of Fist Fest.
That was wrong.
Fist Fest turns out to be a festival of men fisting each other.
That wasn’t it.
Yep. Just googled it. Still is that shit.
“Fist Fest® is most likely the longest running men’s fisting weekend in the world. Established in 1997,Fist Fest® came under our stewardship in 2011. We are thrilled to be able to continue and grow this event. We currently produce four annual weekends.”
Let the rumble fest shit begin.
Rumble Fest was the attempt of an impossible idea. The perfect and cheapest music festival uniting Baja California and California under one abandoned factory. 28 bands. Live art. Cheap beer. Lots of drugs.
And people fucking didn’t even pay.
We lost a lot of money that night.
A lot of money for our standards. I lost close to $1,000.
There was more money lost.
Hah. I just realized I’m wearing the rumble fest t-shirt.
I spent $300+ on t-shirts that didn’t sell.
By the end of the festival, I was begging people to buy one so I can recoup some money.
It was the most stupidest fucking thing I have ever attempted.
That shit snowballed out of control quickly.
We had the idea in early March and started printing the first posters when we found the location of an abandoned factory owned by a gym that Danger Dave frequented. The gym became partners. That’s why the name of the festival had to have something aggressive. Like fist.
Except not that.
Tijuana Rumble Fest.
Shit tons of bands.
More than half drop from the first poster. Second poster. More bands from LA. More Hype. New graphic designer who I never paid. Sorry, Zuko.
100 Fucking ONCES.
That was one of the things I cared about the most. That band fucking ruled. Too bad they are not together anymore.
And my band.
Or Donkey Show.
Pretending to be a rockstar playing shitty math rock for bands from LA that are barely known.
100 Onces got big for a bit. Not big big. Just big in the math-rock circles.
Music. I miss it.
Before Rumble Fest.
Three months of previous shows. Getting drunk as fuck. Cocaine seemed to be everywhere.
Never liked that drug until the year of the Rumble Fest.
There was also a lot of acid…
And a lot of ecstasy.
And there might have been some meth.
I haven’t done any drugs for more than 2 years ago.
You only YOLO once.