The Comadre Chronicles – Our First Weekend at 25th & C and “La Pipa”
More about my experiences on my own for the first time at Sac State back in the day…always funny and always something to learn! LOL
For about the first month or so, Nisie, Mary, and I would go home for the weekend. The first time that we spent the weekend at the apartment at 25th and C, it was a really quiet night. As it was late, we settled in for the night.
First, we hear a noise…and then we hear this creaking sound…it was slow at first and then it was faster and louder. I remember REALLY being freaked out but not wanting to show it in front of Nisie and Mary. Especially, since I was constantly teased about being from the “rancho” and afraid of everything. So here I am, trying not to show how nervous I am, and then Mary and Nisie start getting nervous. You can just imagine, we worked each other up into hysterics thinking,”omg! Someone is trying to break into our apartment!” “What should we do? Should we stay here? Should we go?”
Instead of calling the police, oh waaait! As I recall, we did not yet have a phone, so las tres tontas decide to risk their lives, leave the apartment, get into Nisie’s car, and make the drive in search of a telephone. Once we got to a phone, did we call the police? No, we called Jorge and Mario, our friends who lived a few blocks away.
Here come Jorge and Mario ‘to the rescue’ to check out the apartment to make sure that some loco has not invaded our space. But not before telling us, or as I recall, lecturing these 3 women to always be careful, not to be ”pendejas” and about always calling the POLICE first instead of them!
Turns out there was no random vato in our “spot”, it was the sound of the folks in the apartment next to us walking around! I don’t know about the girls, but I felt like a complete idiot from the rancho! I also felt extreme relief knowing that we were safe and that these guys were around! We also received a gift from Mario that night, a small steel pipe for protection; this pipe also had a name, which is so non-PC (politically correct) that I cannot tell you what it is … and you know what? That pipe has accompanied me on my many moves throughout the years and, thank God, I never had to use it.
Lesson learned? Call the police first in case of any emergency, real or imagined. Nothing wrong with keeping that “pipa” around just in case!