Loco Gringo

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The setting for this story is Ixtapa, Mexico on one of our infrequent vacations. I was told to be very careful of the treacherous undertow but daredevil that I am, I paid no heed to this.

My wife, Gloria, was having a difficult time keeping pace with me as I strode defiantly, deeper and deeper into the ocean. I say “strode” because swimming is not my best sport.

I noticed a group of youths from the area eyeing me carefully, as a wave hit me in the chest, flipped me over in a 180 degree flop and dragged me out to sea. Defiantly, I dug my heels in the sand and fought the power of the undertow, but it flipped me up in the air again and began dragging me out to sea.

Gloria was standing there with her mouth open in shock, and the kids were laughing at the show I was putting on. One pointed at me and said, “Loco Gringo,” and even though I don’t understand a word of Spanish, I understood perfectly.

The pockets of my bathing suit had been turned inside out and dollar bills were floating all over the water. I dove for my room card, which had vanished beneath the surface of the water. The kids, being kids, all dove for the bills.

I managed to salvage my room card and half of the loose bills I had in my pocket. The kids were just shaking their head at what had just happened. I made it to the shore and told Gloria never to go in the water… It’s dangerous.

About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

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