CABO SAN LUCAS – A stage actor of no notoriety (he works in regional theater) was insulted under palapa twelve at the popular Club Cascadas in Cabo San Lucas. Witnesses to the indignity said it ruined their blended margaritas.
“I could barely taste the lime after that. I had to go buy sunglasses from a beach merchant to clear my head.”
Multiple reports of the incident have been pieced together from corroborating accounts of the trauma. Here are the facts: The unknown stage actor relayed a story about a recent project he’d been involved in that also involved a well known TV and film actor. In his excitement, the unknown actor misused the word “contingency,” when he should have said “contingent.” The listener let the unknown actor finish his story, and without any other comment, corrected the unknown actor’s use of vocabulary.
One earwitness said, “That’s the kind of thing strangers don’t do. It had to be a family thing. I don’t think they should bring their family conflict down here to Mexico. There are already cartels.”
Another commented, “It offended the actor, but he should learn English more proper.”
The listener, with a perfect vocabulary, then proceeded to talk about himself.
“He was an insurance agent. We all fell asleep listening to his snoozer stories.”
Other vacationers ducking out of the cold winter months of the US to find solace on the warm beaches of Mexico were unaware of tumult under the nearby palapa. The vendors trundling up and down the beach also had no idea of the family rift. They continued to sell their wares and their drugs. And Americans continued to buy them.
It is unknown whether the unknown actor has any upcoming prominent roles to brag about. Or if he will ever be known.
Or if he has a dictionary.
Dan Plighter is a cultural phenomenon, writing about cultural phenomenononon.