I googled ‘Dollar to Peso’, and it read 14.07. That means that one dollar fetches 14.07 pesos. I still had a thousand pesos left from my last trip to the ATM, but the exchange rate was this best I had ever seen. Rocky and I hopped a Collectivo. There was a female Boxer already aboard. During the ten minute drive, Rocky thoroughly spit shined her left ear out. Everybody aboard giggled. We then went into the air conditioned bank. 100 eyeball turned on the gringo with the unique dog. I’m guessing it was Rocky’s first time in a bank. He seemed to enjoy the AC. I had to take the Little Man because of his separation anxiety. No telling what he is capable of doing if left alone. He’s a good boy. He’s brilliant with numbers too. Here are some numbers to crunch. Aqui en Puerto, five authentic tacos and an ice cold beer will set you back 40 pesos. At 14 pesos to the doll hair, Rocky asks that you do your own math and call your travel agent.
he slid his queen’s pawn forward two spaces and nodded when i mirrored the move. he moved his c-pawn up two, offering the sacrifice. i declined the Queen’s Gambit and moved my king’s pawn forward a space. i decided to spring my queen from the back row on my sixth move, which seemed to surprise The Man. he frowned, and scratched the stubble along his upper lip with his thumbnail. i chose that move because i thought it was a good one, but also because it might appear to be a bad one. neither of us yet had any sense of our opponent’s skill, and if he believed i was a poor player, i could lure him into committing a critical mistake. he murmured something in German and moved his kingside knight. a reasonable response, but not the one i had feared. if he had taken my pawn, he would have kept the initiative, forcing me to respond to his aggression. instead he played defensively, and i took advantage by moving my bishop into his territory.
There was a knock on my opened door. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was the Hula Hoop girl. I’ve seen her down on the beach quite a bit with her dog and her variety of hula hoops. She performs this extra super slow motion hula hoop action that takes front and center. Actually, the dude with the beanie that juggles the yellow soccer ball while remaining seated in the sand steals the show when he is around. And of course nobody can hold a stick to Yoga Antonio when he gets fired up. But the Hula Girl is pretty amazing in her own right. She wears a thong bikini. She measures in at about five feet small. She is probably in her early 20‘s. Her gigantic ass and hips allow her to work the hula hoop extra devilishly. So there she is at my door. Before I let her coax me into whatever it was she was going to try and coax me into, I said, “Aren’t you the giant assed hula hoop lady?” She smiled and did a slow motion hula hoop motion right at my door.(without a hula hoop) I said, “You ARE the bubble butted hula hooper.” I told her that I really admire her work and her courage and her passion and all the junk she packs in the back. She blushed. She told me her name was Carla, but that her friends call her Nanda. Perfect segue for me to tell her that my name was Ben G. but my friends call me Wig.
I had no choice but to build a barricade for Rocky. He watched me piecemeal it together. I used sharp metal objects. Re-Bar. I used cactus. I used sideways ladders, glass, chains, rope, bamboo, and precariously balanced heavy furniture. I wondered what he was thinking. It was my very first time attempting to quarantine this breed of animal. I have built numerous barricades for dogs in the past. I’m a bit of a specialist. If you build a barricade for a lap dog, they will jump straight up in the air, over and over until they get a whiff of what is on the other side. If the ground provides, they may try to dig under the trap. They may also try to scratch the barricade down, risking their little teeny lives in the process. Pretty easy doings. Labs and retrievers will whine, bark, and do a little pacing during their initial time behind bars. There is no question that they will try to prop their front legs up and over the barricade and stand as erect as is possible. If part of the barricade gets loose and/or moves, it is likely to spook them into remission. Leave them with their Bippie(s) and you have no worries. Australian Shepherds will sit in the opposite corner as it is being built, and understand exactly what is going on. With one eye open, they will also pay close attention to how it is being constructed. If they determine ahead of time that their length of time behind the barricade is set to be longer than they care to tolerate, they are likely to wait until the Alpha is away and pick apart the barrier like a game of Jenga.
Rocky, the 40 lb Staffordshire Bull Terrier took an entirely different approach. I left the little fucker alone for one measly hour. When I got back to the hotel, not only was Rocky MIA, I couldn’t even find half of the items used to make up his booby trap. We’re gonna need a bigger
I like to swap the word Veterinarian for Vegetarian when the time is right. The time is always right with kids. You can just tell them you don’t eat meat because you are a Veterinarian. It usually dawns on them that something sounded fishy, but it’s a pretty clean play on words. I also like to interchange the words Telemarketer and Telemarker. This one is more for the adults in the room, and if it is played right, timed perfectly, and spoken with conviction, I can even get an adult or two to double take on me. That is because I prefer back country snowboarding to telemarketing. Or those fucking Telemarkers! Always calling me, trying to sell me something!! My favorite word swap of them all is the one I use on real special occasions only. That would be Milano and Mulatto. Been doing it since 1996, because as everybody knows, Derek Jeter is the greatest Milano to every play the game of baseball. If I play this one right, perhaps I say it as I am leaving the room, it usually turns out to be one of the better feather ruffling, shock value(esque) devices that I put in motion. Sometimes it’s even the Jeter part that does the ruffling. Many more times than not, somebody corrects me immediately by saying, “You mean Mulatto.” Anyway you slice it, #2 for the Yankees plays the game pretty sweet.
I was introduced to this young lady at the Monday hot spot in all of Puerto Escondido. Cabo Blanco would be the place. Great food. Great dancing. Party usually starts around 11:30pm. Probably why I’ve never been to a Monday party at Cabo Blanco. Needless, it’s the only place to be, and it’s a great night out. A new friend of mine named Emilio introduced us. We drank Mojitos. The music was loud. We barely spoke. I believe her name was Maggie. I forget what I told her my name was. There were a bunch of other dudes fancying her attention. Like I cared. Anyway, two weeks later I see her running the beach with a soccer ball. She was wearing a tight pair of Roxy shorts with a skimpy lime green tank top. On the back it read Favre w/ a big #4. She looked pretty damned good. From what I could tell, she looked like a player with a bit of skill too. I approached her and began stupid small talk. She was maybe 27 y/o at the most. Her toes were painted black. She sported a couple of tattoos. She had a nose ring. I was hoping that I would be given a chance to tell her why I was living in Puerto Escondido, but she would have to ask. This is not information I give out too readily. And then it hit. “So why are you down here in Puerto Escondido?”, she said. “So I can prepare myself to play soccer in The States,” I said. No Really. Seriously. I don’t get it. Well that’s because it is sort of complicated. Are you a paid player? It depends on your definition of paid. Well what is yours? My ROI is the better indicator. It’s value added. I think you are full of shit. Frustrated with my ambiguity, she pushed the ball with pace towards my folded hands. It was my moment to win or lose. Instinctively I dropped my hands, softened the ball off my chest, juggled it from my left quad to my right quad, and knuckled it hard with the Left towards the vacant lifeguard tower.
I gave a shout that I was down below. I was certain that I would get asked up and offered a green juice. If I ever needed a green juice, it was now. It was 8:45am. It was raining. I had shivered under a wet wool blanket all night. “Be down in 15 minutes Big Guy,” the voice yelled. No Juice. I set all my stuff down in the back of the truck, and walked over to a massive grass area overlooking the Pacific Ocean that reminded me of the spread in Hawaii that James Caan took Sara Jessica Parker to in Honeymoon in Vegas. The bugs began bugging me. I paced around the crab grass. I couldn’t get The Who’s Behind Blue Eyes out of my head. After about five minutes or so, I spotted a mid-sized Rottweiller lying down about 50 yards away from where I was standing. Apparently it was running decoy for the 140lb dog that spooked the piss out of me when it appeared out of the shrubs. This Mother Fucker came within 10 feet of me and stood there. It had a teaspoon of snot in each eye. Dual side slobber. It was also pulling a six foot wood fence plank that was attached to the giant eye ring that was attached to a heavy duty steel chain, which was attached to his choke collar. Not the type of thing you see on 41st Ave. I froze and looked the other way. I’ve been in a few real life Cujo moments over the years. This was gonna be another one. I knew the routine.