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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Manic Monday - Club


So many clubs - so little time! Okay, settle in on one aspect of the word "club" and go for it...

1965 - Dateline, Tijuana
One of the things that came to mind was a rite of passage for kids in Southern California. You had to make a trip over the border to TJ (Tijuana) and act like a stupid American teen, wanting to avoid the Tijuana Jail (Kingston Trio). There were four of us: me, my husband and another couple. The other girl was in America on a visa from Belgium and we were all 18 years old. And terribly stupid!

Liquor and cigarettes cost nothing compared to prices in the states, so the idea was to get as many cartons of smokes and bottles of booze back across the border. But first? You just have to stop in a nightclub... We picked one that didn't look too seedy and sat down, ordered drinks. Then the show began. I've never moved so fast in my life, getting out of there, followed closely on my heels by my Belgian friend!

I will not even begin to tell you what we saw but it was more than enough for us to split! The guys took a little more time leaving the establishment but we managed to "smuggle" several cartoons of cigarettes and some booze back home.

These are things one never tells their mother because then, she'd wonder what else you'd been up to!

WORD OF CAUTION: Stay out of nightclubs in Tijuana, especially today. Heads are rolling down there - literally.

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10 comments:

Stine said...

Woo hoo - I don't think I told my folks anything about what I was up to at 18...
Sounds like a fun trip!

Alice said...

Great post. Things I've heard about Mexican bars come floating to my mind, and I wonder if what you saw had anything to do with a woman... and perhaps a donkey. YUCK! I always felt it was the wisest thing to say nothing to Mom & Dad than I had to when I was growing up. Come to think of it, I still feel that way, haha. There is still oh so much about my life that Mom would disapprove of.

Alice at I Was Born2Cree8

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

sarge and i went to one of those many (many) years ago! he yelled "put it back on" and we ran out the door!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Mags said...

Yikes! Sounds like you had *quite* the adventure dear Gracie...glad you got out safely!

Ivanhoe said...

Hmmmm... Now I wonder what you saw :o)
Never been to Mexico, but I guess Tijuana is off of my list now...

Desert Songbird said...

I've gone to Mexico once since we moved out west in 1990. I have no desire to return, EVER, for the reason you just mentioned!

Mo said...

I went to Tiajuana and marveled at the street vendors, but never had the guts to go into a club --- not to mention the fact that I was with my Gram!
happy manic monday!
~mo

Gayle said...

The memories of our youth are sometimes best forgotten! :)

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Yikes. I've not left anything in Mexico. It's one place I don't want to visit again. What they hay...Mexico is already here. Just saying. Have a great day sweetie. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

bv said...

Wow, this was the best one I've read today! It's so interesting, leaves you wondering and also tosses a great caveat!

Nce that you can look back and laugh!!! Happy MM!