The legend of Mahuana, the most famous indigent in Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

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TIJUANA – The woman arrives at the cathedral esplanade. She unfolds a faded quilt she brought in a a blue bag. Between here knees, she places a white synthetic leather bag, so new it still has the price tag. She put her arm through the handle, formed her hands like a pillow, and in a few minutes she was deeply asleep.

She is Mahuana and there are scores of stories about her life, as she has been homeless since the 1970’s. There are those who say her name is María Luisa Castro Valenzuela, and who would be in her 60’s, an that Mahuana (or Maguana) is a nickname for Marijuana.

There are those who say she was a normal woman, no so beautiful with a not so good body and that she worked as a nanny until she fell into alcoholism, which made her homeless, as so many other people in Tijuana.

However, the legend is very interesting

It is said that before falling into disgrace, she worked in the “Mi Ranchito Bar,” and was a dancer.

She was described as a dark woman with an exuberant hairstyle (like the Rarotonga comics), and that she danced like a Tongolese, wearing just some small coverlets on her breasts and intimate parts.

“She was famous, not just in Tijuana, but everywhere. There were people who came from afar just with the dream of seeing her dance or to dance a little with her,” said a resident of Tijuana.

It was the boom times for tourism, and the bar totally filled up when she danced.

“I was a kid and a I also felt attracted to see this woman that everybody talked about. I stood in front of the bar to see her when the curtain opened so adults could enter. And yes, she was very beautiful and a great dancer.”

The comes the sad part of the legend of Mahuana

“Sometimes she would get involved with some of the bar customers. One day some Asians came, and they invited her to go out with them. She accepted, as this paid a lot of money. It appears she was drugged and she remained high.

Since then, Mahuana walked the streets. Those who have seen her over the long term of almost four decades have seen here pregnant, and do not know where she went to give birth to her children.

Some people have complained she has yanked their hair as they passed by, or that she has thrown objects, but generally she moves around indifferently among the people who also repay her with the same indifference, just as they do the thousands of drug addicts who roam the streets of Tijuana, each in his own little world.

But Mahuana is the most popular of them all.

Yesterday, she slept on the ground in front of the cathedral, immune to the cold and the passage of time.


Another tourist bus attacked in Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

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Wednesday afternoon there was a report of damages to a tourist bus by still unidentified persons who threw rocks at the windows of the bus which was carrying visitors who were returning to the San Ysidro border crossing from Puerto Nuevo. The attack was near the intersection called “La Pera.”

Police did not detain those responsible, not withstanding that in recent days the mayor of Tijuana promised to redouble the security in the area and to send police escorts with the tourist buses, which continue to be objects of attacks. The last attack was last week in the same area.


TJAMIGOS the website about prostitutes in Tijuana

There is an internet forum run by an American resident of San Diego which is dedicated to those persons interested in crossing the border into Mexico to engage in prostitution. The forum has been around in one form or another for over a decade and has changed ownership several times.

The current ownership of TJAMIGOS is a company named  “TJA Enterprises,”  which is owned by Todd A. Flores. Mr. Flores is a 55-year old professional investment-pension consultant and has related companies called Complete Pension Services, Inc. and TAF Properties, all of which operate out of San Diego.

One of Fulano’s all-time great nemeses, Jihad Ezzeddine Salman, used to post on the website as ” Rodrigo,”  until he was mercifully banished for being terminally stupid. In fact, it was Jihad Salman who led Fulano to that website, as ” Rodrigo”  was boasting it was his web site, which it is not and never was.

TJAMIGOS is a members-only forum. The administrators try to make sure that none of the Tijuana prostitutes they patronize or talk about on the forum can get in to see what is being said about them.

On TJAMIGOS, Todd A. Flores posts as ” Zambooy.”