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Taxi Chats about mickeyteesone

(Imagine below conversation in Spanish)

Me: We’re going to this address, which is located just off street x which is near street y. Perhaps we can take street z? Also, I have a map if you want to see it?  [I offer, trying to avoid replica of prior experience of driving around indefinitely & asking people on the street to get to this little-known address, despite me knowing EXACTLY where it is & having a map depicting it & taxi driver not believing me but instead random stranger, who confirms my instructions.]

Taxi driver: your Spanish is very good

Me: No, it’s not, but thank you

Taxi Driver: I’ve never learned any English. I was only educated through 6th grade. I didn’t like school.

Me: I understand that feeling.

Taxi Driver: But I can understand you. Sometimes, there will be a group of 3 women on the side of the street & they yell “Taxiiii” [in gringo accent] at me. I slow down, but then I can tell they do not speak any Spanish & I don’t speak any English. So I don’t pick them up, because we won’t be able to communicate. It doesn’t work.

Me: For me, it depends on the person and the topic.

Taxi Driver: See, you said “depends on the topic”, but here we would say “depends on topic”, but I can understand you.

Me: Yes, there are many things I don’t know in Spanish.

Taxi Driver: For instance, what does “mickeyteesone” mean in English?

Me: Huh? Mickeyteesone? Uh, I don’t know…

Taxi Driver: Yes, mickeyteesone. Once, I had someone in my taxi & we were talking about boxing and the boxer mickeyteesone and his problems with women. They had a book about boxing & I said something about mickeyteesone & they told me “No, it’s ‘Mike Tyson‘.” But how was I to know? I have only read his name in newspapers & magazines & that is how we say it here.

Me: Ohhhh…. MIKE TYSON. Yes, that is how we say it. He does have problems with women.

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3 Comments on “Taxi Chats about mickeyteesone”

  1. #1 Joy
    on Mar 11th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    “Me: We’re going to this address, which is located just off street x which is near street y. Perhaps we can take street z? Also, I have a map if you want to see it? [I offer, trying to avoid replica of prior experience of driving around indefinitely & asking people on the street to get to this little-known address, despite me knowing EXACTLY where it is & having a map depicting it & taxi driver not believing me but instead random stranger, who confirms my instructions.]“

    Oh my god, this sums up the totality of nearly every taxi experience I’ve had in Mexico City with 100% accuracy. Bravo, Julie, bravo!

  2. #2 Mike J
    on Mar 11th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    mickeyteesone also has problems with men’s ears.

  3. #3 Michael Wolf
    on Mar 12th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    If you know where you’re going, just tell the driver when and where to turn: “Aquí a la derecha… me bajo allí pasando la gasolinería.”

    But maybe it’s a confidence-in-directions-giving thing: like dogs, taxi drivers react differently to instructions given in a firm yet gentle voice. Of course, it was hard to give firm instructions before I’d lost my gringo accent!

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