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September 25, 2008

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Michael Brent


Back in the early 80’s I used to go down to Baja to fish with my father.
On one trip we were in Loretto and took a cab downtown with a couple to what we were told was a great lobster restaurant. Now Loretto, the town, not
the fishing resort, was an extremely shabby place and indeed looked like a well organized dump.
The cab dropped us off about 3 blocks from the place( I dont know why) and we had to walk thru
a kind of shantytown to get there. Anyone who has been to Mexico knows the drill.
Kids, dogs and chickens everywhere with old woman lurking in the doorways.
Anyway this woman with us starts talking real loud about how this place is a shithole and these people are really a mess. She’s getting louder and louder and the locals are giving us the stink-eye and her husband cant shut her up and my fathers convinced she’s going to get us killed.
Anyway we got to the restaurant and back but that was the first time in my life I have ever understood what it was to be an Ugly American.

jeffrey McMahon

Michael, that precarious scenario would make a great opening scene to a Coen Brothers movie.

I'll buy your memoir or fictional treatment of that scene expanded into a larger theme.

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