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Chapter 15. Mad Dog Mateo And Crazy South Africans
I have a tour the day after tomorrow. A British film crew is coming over to shoot a documentary that follows a commercial pilot. Five guys total, the pilot, the director, two cameras, and the sound guy. It should be interesting.
I have some work tomorrow. Shooting a new rugby team in San Diego. It’s supposed to rain. It should be interesting.
Interesting. That’s what my life aspires to be. I should travel more instead of just receiving travelers here. Spend 6 months in a different city for the rest of my life. Writing 1,000 words or more a day in my experience in that place.
Professional traveler. The dream job.
I’m stuck in Tijuana for now.
I can’t afford to travel now. Can’t afford much. Saving up to get a car. I haven’t owned a car since I moved to Tijuana. Now I need one.
A lot of interesting tours have happened.
One of the stories that I tell a lot is one that I barely recall.
Bachelor parties sort of mixed into one gigantic story.
Then there are other special events that are not bachelor parties.
That one boring tour I had with a beautiful Australian couple. They were vegan and they arrived in Tijuana before noon. That tour was forgettable. The couple was gorgeous (both models), but no personality. That tour was one of the tamest most boring tours.
I had different Aussies as well. Three friends that were friends of the wife of a great friend of mine. Yep. Friends of friends of friends.
The three of them were on the chubbier side. One was ginger with long hair and beard, the other had salt and pepper hair and was a comedian who Playboy retweeted often, and the other was a chubby bald DJ.
All of them were hilarious.
I stayed with them for a couple days. The first night in Hong Kong, the comedian and the DJ started fighting. Ginger ignored them and suddenly he had a beautiful girl on his lap. The girl told him he loved gingers. The guy didn’t believe her but did buy her a couple of drinks that night. Nothing happened.
Next night, a similar story. Went out for food, tacos, drinks, and more. And ended up again in Hong Kong. Comedian and DJ started arguing again, and suddenly the Ginger disappeared with the same girl he chatted the previous night.
We didn’t even notice.
Apparently, the girl recognized him from afar and they disappeared together.
That feels like it was many years ago. The guys loved Kokopelli tacos. They wanted to open a franchise in Melbourne because they swore it would be a total hit.
They promised to come back.
I haven’t seen my friend or his wife in a couple years. I’ve been planning to visit them. It’s only LA. But I am stuck in Tijuana.
The story I tell a lot it’s the one with the South Africans.
South Africans have broken the record of alcohol and food consumed in two days.
I forgot how they contacted me, but I remember when we met.
They booked Hotel Ticuan for the night. I met them in the lobby. Two best friends in their mid-40s. Both plenty rich, one fucker had a house and business in Malta. Both had their own businesses in South Africa. Both married with children.
And every year, they take two weeks and party the fuck out in Vegas. They just spend thousands of dollars partying. Just the two of them. Their two weeks of fuck everything, we are just going to do whatever the fuck we want.
That year, they found me and Tijuana.
They loved that I knew who Die Antwoord. And that I obviously knew District 9. I fucking love that movie.
I lived in LA when they install them fake benches announcing District 9. They didn’t look like movie posters. Just said that aliens aren’t allowed to sit on the bus benches, humans only. They were awesome.
We got beers in the lobby’s bar. Three each to be exact. In less than 20 minutes. Before 4 pm.
We got the check. $9 dollars in total.
They thought it was $9 per beer.
Nope. I informed them that beers are a dollar each in Ticuan. The hotel is owned by the same owners that have multiple bars and hotels. Beers are less than a dollar at most of their establishments.
South Africans started laughing. They couldn’t believe such a nice hotel would be selling beers for a fucking dollar.
They dropped a $20 and we left the hotel.
Tour was typical. Food. Craft beers. Drinks. And then strip clubs.
Before going to the best strip clubs, they requested a shitty one. Just as a warm-up.
And I knew exactly where.
El Zorro Bar. “Well… cum… to Tijuana! Exxxotic girls!!!”
That’s what the cheap sign on the front of that shit bar reads. It’s next to one of my all-time favorite bars here. Nelson Bar. You’ll find me there constantly. Or maybe not by the time you read this. Probably not.
Who the fuck is reading this?
Maybe once I’m dead.
We went to Nelson before going to El Zorro.
And here is something I found out about myself. Don Julio tequila makes me black the fuck out.
That’s why I say I don’t really remember what happened… Just little flashes… of debauchery.
We took two shots of Don Julio each. Again, guys were rich, so they were just throwing money with no regard. They were used to Vegas. Tijuana was nothing.
I woke up the next morning to find my wallet, my phone, and a crisp $100 bill on my desk. The very same desk I’m typing this crap right now. I barely had a memory of what happened the previous night.
I seriously checked my butthole.
Why would I have an extra $100?
Nope. Butthole was safe.
Checked my Uber history. Saw that I got an Uber before FUCKING midnight from Hotel Ticuan to my house.
I didn’t even fucking lasted till midnight.
I called the guys asking them if they were alright and confessing I had no idea what happened the previous night…
I was so fucking hungover and confused.
They told me not to worry, that I was a great host.
I told them I was going to cure my hangover at Telefonica Gastro Park, the trendy food truck location that opened in Tijuana in 2015 and has grown since. Featured in the New York Times and shit.
Before it was huge. But still pretty popular.
Especially for a Saturday at around noon.
They met me there.
And yes. I’m listening to Die Antwoord while I’m writing this crap.
Mad Dog Mateo!
That’s the nickname they gave me.
Mad fucking Dog Mateo.
Pachangas Matt and Mad Dog Mateo.
Those days are behind me… I think.
Saturday morning. Well… morning for hungover people. Brunch time.
South Africans order food from a lot of food trucks. And then we hit the bar. Too early for craft beer. So we got caguamones.
Shots of fucking mezcal.
We stayed there eating and drinking for three hours. Wasted before 3 pm.
Those guys could fucking drink.
We were being obnoxious and they were telling me all that we did the previous night… at a family-friendly place.
All three at some point had two girls on top of us. I can’t even imagine how much money we spent.
It was way before 3 pm and I saw them spend around $200 on drinks and food….
The waitress would bring us shots of mezcal, they would pound it, and ask for the next round before the waitress was even done serving them. We finished a bottle and a half from that bar that day.
Drunk and obnoxious telling stories of prostitutes, strippers, and debauchery surrounded by families. At least it was all in some weird English that I’m hoping not that many people could understand. But we were still fucking loud and drunk very fucking early.
By 5pm, one of the guys requested cocaine. So here I go to call my guy. Obviously, he took hours to get to me. But there. $50 worth of cocaine. That’s shit tons of cocaine.
Oh fuck. I haven’t even explained how I met my coke dealer.
It was at a poker game with my weed dealer.
I was winning. He provided coke. He got irritated when I was clearing the table. The bets weren’t much money. So I let him win a couple times. Then he became my contact for cocaine. And he has the best cocaine I ever had.
Disclaimer… haven’t seen this dude in years.
The Korean tacos were still around back then. We had some of that shit.
And then… they wanted to go back to El Zorro.
We virtually repeated the previous night.
I told them that Don Julio was probably the reason I blacked out.
So we had Don Julio shots again.
I became friends with the manager of that shit strip club that night. He told me that he has never seen that much money spent in his shitty club. And that they keep bringing me girls or drinks and I kept just saying no with my hand. One older woman stayed on my lap for the most time.
The South Africans were doing drugs, whores, and drinking like crazy.
Keep in mind this shitty strip club only has five or six girls working at the time. The place is a shithole. The private rooms are little improvised cubicles. The wall where the shitty tiny stage is located has broken mirrors in a horrible fashion. Like they tried to do something creative but executed horribly.
It’s a shit strip club. But it’s also anarchy.
The beers are cheap for a place with naked women.
The women are cheap. And you can see the battle-scars. And one of them is obviously a transsexual.
But that’s what they loved.
They loved how nitty-gritty it fucking was.
They also loved Hong Kong and Adelitas. But they said it didn’t feel real. And they were too big. Too many girls.
At shitty El Zorro, it was as if they owned the place. And for the hours that we were there, we basically did own the place. That place can’t be worth much.
Those two nights those fuckers probably spend over a thousand dollars each.
And I got paid $300 for two nights of partying with crazy South Africans.
I blacked out both nights.
Now when I walked by El Zorro, the manager likes to tease me with what happened that night.
I am pretty sure I recognize the older prostitute that I had in my lap most of the time. I am pretty sure she doesn’t recognize or remember me. I still see her from time to time on my way to Nelson.
Can you imagine the stories that a 40-year-old prostitute can tell?
I don’t really want to know.
I live too close to all the debauchery.
And I’m obviously desensitized to all that shit.
Like most of the people that come on a tour with me, they promised to come back. They said they had forgotten about Vegas after experiencing Tijuana.
I haven’t heard back from them since those two crazy wild nights.
I wouldn’t mind going full Mad Dog Mateo again. As long as I’m getting paid for it…
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