CONTEST The weirdest thing happened to me while on Vacation… WINNER CEDRIC NORRIS!!

I guess when I judged this contest I used the criteria of weird as what hasn't happened to me.  Strangely Ced's story is the only one that I haven't experienced personally.  It's in time of reflection like this I'm glad I no longer do drugs...

Post the strangest thing that happened to you while on vacation here, non cigar related.  Contest ends July 31st.  Prize is a 4 Pack of Corojo's and a Camacho ashtray.

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Comment by Clay, Everybody's Favorite on August 3, 2012 at 12:00pm

Brian,  Well, it was Los Angeles and they were from 18th Street.  Besides you always win.

Comment by Brian D. on August 3, 2012 at 11:24am

Clay, you've had a run in with a carload of Miami Marielitos too?

Comment by Billy on August 1, 2012 at 1:48am


Last time we were in Vegas we were walking in front of the Bellagio and there was a guy dressed as Spider Man.  We had already been partying and I thought our boys would love a picture of their Dad with Spidey.  I asked him if I could get my picture with him and he said sure!  My wife steps back to take the picture and he grabs me in a headlock like he was catching a bad guy.  Well, Spidey smelled like he had smoked about 50 cartons of cigarettes and like he swore off showering and deodorant about 10 years ago.  He was also telling me that he keeps all the visitors to Vegas safe and that he watches for little kids that fall into the water in front of the Bellagio.  WTF? In the end, our boys thought the picture was awesome and I couldn't get the smell of the guy out of my nose for hours. 


My wife and I decided to take a trip to Argentina (pre-kids).  We didn't have hotel reservations or anything - we just brought our packs.  We flew into Buenos Aires and headed to an arts district called San Telmo.  We were tired from the 13+ hour trip and we wanted a beer and some food.  We hit up a little cafe and ordered a couple of beers.  About 2 minutes after we sat down, a guy came and started talking to my wife - asking her if she wanted a cigarette.  At the same time, a guy came and started asking me if I had a light.  Next thing we know some guy jumped up from behind us and was whistling and yelling that we had been robbed!  We look down and my wife had a shoulder bag that she put on the ground and it was gone.  We jumped up and started running up the street after someone that we thought was the thief.  All the while, people were whistling and yelling in Argentinian Spanish.  It was like something from out of a movie - my wife and I were trying to keep track of each other and we didn't know what was going on.  I saw a police officer and ran up to him and did my best to explain what happened (I know some Spanish).  At about the same time a guy came up with a woman and he was explaining that she was an accomplice to the two guys that were talking with my wife and I.  As I'm still trying to talk to the police officer, another person comes up and says that they found my wife's bag under a car on the street!  Sure enough, everything was there - the thieves must have gotten spooked by the guy at the cafe that called them out and they ditched the bag.  In the end, we got the heck out of that area and went to a little bar and ordered a bottle of wine to chill out.  It was all surreal and is a story I will never forget!

Comment by Bobby on July 31, 2012 at 3:25am

In '97 some friends and I went to New Orleans from Alabama for New Years; my buddy drove a Jeep Cherokee and we all rode with him. We parked by the French Market area.  Around 3 in the morning we were going back to the Jeep when we saw a guy slumped over the steering wheel and the vehicle still running.  We joked and just wrote him off as some drunk guy.  When got back to the vehicle, the passenger side windows had been shattered and someone had broken into the jeep. We called the police and when they arrived the officer asked if we thought anyone had seen anything to which we told him about the guy slumped over in his car.  The officer told us to get into our vehicle and follow him out.  When the officer approached the car with the "drunk" man inside he pulled out his long flashlight and tapped on the window.  When the man didn't respond the officer shined his light into the vehicle.  Just then he pulls out his radio, makes a call,and proceeds to our vehicle.  Apparently the drunk guy was dead the officer gave us directions to the police station to give a statement.

Comment by Cedric Norris on July 30, 2012 at 3:47pm

The weirdest thing that happend to me while I was on vacation in San Juan Puerto Rico last year was that I was at the Bacardi factory having so much fun that the San Juan Police Department escorted me away. I was driven around which seemed like an eternity until I was dropped of in this seedy neighborhood. As I was wondering around I came accross what I thought was a fast food restaurant call "Frenchy's". I thought I was back in Houston at the well known Cajun establishment. But when I entered all of the employees/subcontractors were nude and there was a stripper pole inside. When one of the workers approached me I asked for a "Wing Dinner" with a side order of fries. She led me in the back where there was a bedroom. I asked her how much would my dinner be and she stated $250.00. I stated thats rather expensive for a "Wing Dinner" and all I had was $10.00. The next thing I knew was the manager came out of nowhere and escorted me to the front door. But to my surprise I was meet by the same police officers that led me out of the Barcadi Factory and they tried to take me away. But the women who tried to service me took me away and drove to The Intercontinental Hotel were I was staying, bought me something to eat, and I fell asleep. When I woke up in the morning the "Wing Dinner" I had ordered was waiting for me along with the woman that help me. I sayed thank you..Is there anything I can do for you? She stated of course..$250.00 for the dinner and the desert I had. I told her I only had $10.00 plus a bottle of Bacadi. She took the money and the drink and gave me an I.O.U. for $200.00 for the remaing balance then left. I wish this experience would happen to me back in Houston.

Comment by Brian D. on July 30, 2012 at 2:22pm

Had a carload of folks that Castro threw out of Cuba during the Carter Administration try to car jack me, down in Miami Beach. Somehow I was able to smile when showing them the .45 on my hip. That seemed to freak them out and they left me there all alone.


Told the first cops I saw what had happened including a giving them a license plate number on the Marielitos' car. They were extremely disinterested in doing anything about it, didn't run the plate or anything. Then again they said nothing about me having the gun.

Comment by Dan on July 30, 2012 at 11:30am
The weirdest thing I have happened to me non cigar related., hmmm, I have drove trucks for awhile so I was use to driving a big truck and checking tires and etc. so when my dad asked me to drive his big bus and for us to go on a vacation with them to Canada I thought sure. We loaded up and took off, keep in mind my dad has had hardly any issues with his bus in the few years he has owned it. We left on a Monday and about 4 hours in we stop and look at all the tires, they all look practically brand new. So we fuel up and head off, me driving now. We get about 3 more hours up the road and the front left steer tire blows takes us across three lanes into a 5 foot cement wall in GEorgia, here is the weird part, we hit the wall in the front it skips about three quarters of the bus and the hits back on the wall, and all scraps the rims on my moms jeep that we were towing, didn't do any other damage to the jeep, we were for sure the jeep had been wiped out before we walked back there. The other weird part was the by it hitting the front and back it missed the slide out, so we were able to continue on our trip. Has to be the wierdest driving experience I have had while on vacation. Everyone was ok thanks to Giod watching over us.
Comment by Duane Holmes on July 25, 2012 at 4:07pm

In May of 1982 my friend Gary and I had vacation at the same time so we decided to take the wives to the World's Fair in Knoxville,Tn. After getting bored we took a road trip over to The Jack Daniels Distillery. Gary's car had ignition trouble just outside of Lynchburg so we pulled off the side of the road. While working on the car an old Chevy pulled up behind us and a out climbed a man wearing bib-overalls ( yeah I know, I also wore them back then too and still do), a tattered suit coat, and a large straw hat. He walked up to the car, stuck his head under the hood, and without saying hello or  asking if we needed help said  " Do you know the Lord?". Gary, without looking up answered "Yeah man! I saw him last night after I did a hit of acid.". The good ole boy said "Good." walked back to his car and drove away. We stood about 10 minutes looking at each other laughing and trying to figure out WTF just happened. To end the story, yes we found the wire that had shorted out, got the car going, and went on our way. That has to be about the weirdest thing I can remember happening on a vacation.

Comment by Clay, Everybody's Favorite on July 25, 2012 at 2:01pm

My weirdest thing's are usually running into an old friend in a completely different state or country.

Comment by Jimbob, Derelict on July 25, 2012 at 1:44pm

"non-cigar related" ?  So I guess herfing in Philly with Clay, Sandi, and Karl is out.. and my "Hurricane Herf" with Loomis and MMK is out..

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