Years ago, I was a newbie to this Los Angeles life. I was taking it all in every way that I could. I was always at an event. I was always game to hit the road and see the surrounding cities.
Once my friends brother came to town. He had brought a friend along and wanted to show him a good time. So we all went to Tijuana, Mexico. It’s just across the border from San Diego. We figured it would make a great day trip. It was quite the adventure! There’s a stark difference in life from California to Tijuana.
There were toddlers selling Chiclets gum, and people all over trying to sell you whatever they thought you might buy. The toddlers on the street was something I could not get used to. The other thing that we noticed was the music. No, it wasn’t music you might expect to hear in one of Mexico’s popular cities. Well, I take that back. There was a little salsa and maybe Nortec style music could be heard on the streets, but not for long. The music we heard as we walked by different establishments had a distinct sound. We noticed that whenever we approached, they changed the music. It would go from whatever they were playing, to hip hop – instantly!
Everyone that saw us, formed their hand into a “W” and shouted Westside! We are all, “Um, what is really going on here?” At one point the music switched up to Tupac’s California Love and people got all excited and started dancing like they were in a rap video. This was their way of appealing to us so that we would come into their stores and shop. While there, we stopped to get something to eat. As soon as we walked into the restaurant, you could practically hear the record scratch as the music changed to Aretha Franklin’s Natural Woman. Seriously! If nothing else, you have to give them props for trying to cater to their guests even if they were going about it a pretty odd way. They get an “A” for effort, right? Maybe.
Then, me being the tall chocolate girl I am, I got a unique greeting. As I walked by people shouted out “What’s up Lisa Leslie?” While I think she’s pretty. I don’t think I look like the former WNBA star at all but um, OK.
Do you have any weird vacation stories? Ever been to Tijuana? Do YOU look like Lisa Leslie?????
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