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Every year, after we do all our promotional shows across the Western U.S., I like to compile some of the funny questions and comments I heard during the past three months. Folks approach our booth to talk and ask us questions and we literally see and speak to hundreds of anglers and hunters at each show over the 4- or 5-day period. Over the years, there have been some doozies…
“What’s the best day of the week to catch a blue marlin?”
“How come everyone in Mexico speaks Spanish?”
“It’s called ‘Baja California’ but I can’t find Baja on a map of California!”
Stuff like that.
Sometimes we roll our eyes. Sometimes we have to ask them to repeat the question because we can’t believe what we just heard!
Sometimes, it’s awfully hard to choke back a laugh or be a wise-guy (more my nature) and fire back a quick smart-aleck response…especially after talking to hundreds of persons at each show and hearing so many questions over and over!
But, we’re professionals! Ha!
And we have to remind ourselves that these are truly and honestly sincere and generally intelligent folk. I’m just as guilty of not having my brain and mouth in synch. You be the judge! Sometimes, there’s just NO answer to some of these questions and comments!
Almost every conversation starts up with someone walking up to our counter and firing the opening line…
“Where you out’ve?” (even tho’ the words LA PAZ MEXICO are plastered all over the booth! )
And then it starts…
“Is that near Cancun?”
“Is that near Tijuana? I took a picture there once with a donkey painted up like a zebra!”
And this little exchange…
“You don’t look Mexican. Did you learn your English from missionaries?”
(“Sir, I’m actually from Hawaii,” I responded)
“Really? Are you selling fishing trips in Hawaii?”
“Do they speak Spanish in Hawaii?”
“So, in Hawaii, did you learn English from the missionaries?”
“Hey, do you know my friend in Cabo San Lucas? His name is Jose. He’s short like you with black hair and mustache. Everyone knows Jose!” (I’m sure he’s in my rolodex!)
“So, is fishing any good where you’re at?” (Nope…that’s why I’m selling fishing trips at a FISHING show and there’s pictures of FISH all over my booth!)
“I knew a guy once that got Montezuma’s revenge from drinking the water in Mexico. Will that happen to me? What will happen if I get Montezuma’s?”
“When do the salmon run in Baja? I hear you get some good ones and they’re not like the salmon in Alaska!” (I guess not!)
“I was told Mexican ranchers raise little goats so they can get cheese and breed with them and have babies. Is that true?” (Can you repeat that one more time again, sir?)
“Can my wife walk across the border to Loreto to go shopping?” (Oh sure…if she can walk about 500 miles!)
“I heard you can’t drive an American car to Mexico because American speedometers show miles-per-hour and in Mexico they don’t have miles…only kilometers. Mexican cars have kilometers on their dashboards. So, Mexican cars cannot be driven in the U.S. either.” (Someone has been eating the brownies with the little green flecks in them again!)
“My wife doesn’t like the sun…can she stay in the room the whole time?”
“Can I scuba dive without air tanks?”
“How deep is ‘deep sea’ fishing?”
“I’ve never fished in the ocean before. What happens when the fish pulls me outtta the boat? Will sharks eat me? I watch “Shark Week” all the time on TV and I know what happens to people who get in the ocean.”
“I was in prison once and can’t get a passport. Will they still let me come fishing where you’re at?” (They might let you out of the U.S., but you’re gonna have a big problem trying to get back in!”)
“Last time we were in Mexico it was really windy! What can you do about the wind?” (Well, let me just wave my magic wand over the earth and sky for you!)
“Are you positive you’re not selling fishing trips to Hawaii?
By the time you read this, I’ll be home in La Paz! Thanks to everyone who came out to say hi to us over the last three months.
readers are EVERYWHERE! There’s no such thing as a dumb question. But…You never know when you may end up as part of a story!
Posted By Sally On 04/05/2012 At 9:16 AM
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