THE TENNIS TOURNAMENT....
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
This was my first “Calcutta”, and I really had no idea
of what to expect. Being the good sport that I am, I decided "what
the hell, it’s only twenty pesos to enter (about $6 US) and it’s a
social event and should be fun."
The way it worked, is that we had forty-six entries. Then at a local
bar during happy hour, the better players’ names were placed in one hat
and the rest in another. Each of the twenty-three teams were decided by
drawing one name from each hat. My partner’s name was Chabello, who was
not present, and whom I’d never met, nor seen play!
BILLY AND TEAM OWNER, JACKIE, ACCEPTING HER
PROCEEDS FROM RUBEN
Once the teams were selected, and a few margaritas later, the teams
were auctioned off starting at 30 pesos, and with one team going for as
much as 140 pesos. All total, 1300 pesos were collected for the 23 teams
entered, with the “owners” of the winning team collecting 40%, second
place 25%, 1st place consolation round 25% and second place 10%.
A few margaritas more and a lot of jaw-boning by excited
participants, it was time to go home and mentally prepare.
Remember, I said I’ve never met my partner, so it’s set up for me
to play with Chabello at 7:00 a.m. the next morning; of course this
arrangement is all done in Spanish. So I show up at 7:00 a.m. expecting to
“workout” with my new friend, and a couple of other Mexicans whom I’ve
We play one set and Chabello and I win 6-2. So I say that’s enough as
we have our first match scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and I want to rest my
legs and be fresh. “Wait, wait,” say the Mexicans, “you can’t
leave -- it’s two out of three sets!” I try to explain but they tell
me this IS the tournament!! Well, I get completely revved up and Chabello
and I win the next set 6-0.....Mexico, you gotta love it!
Many similar events happened with the other ten matches
scheduled for that day; Mexicans showing up late and teams and times being
all rearranged. The organizer of the tournament is about to throw up her
hands in frustration, especially after her team, one of the favorites, was
knocked out in the first round, by a “dark horse”, none other than our
housemate Paul Terhorst and his new “ringer” partner, Les.
NACHO-IAN-BILLY-CHABELLO - THE FINALISTS
The second day goes quite well as all teams must play two matches and
by the end of this evening everyone is tired and ready for day number
The elimination has reduced the number of teams to four, and my first
match, the semi-finals, is scheduled against Paul and Les. Chabello and I
win this match convincingly, setting the stage for the finals at 5:00
Arrangements are made with Chabello to meet at the courts at 4:30 so
that we can warm up and discuss strategy.......“We’re Going to the
I arrive to find all of the courts full, with the
consolation finals being played on the “stadium court” and most of the
spectators very happy with the free margaritas they’ve been sampling
throughout the afternoon. All of a sudden everyone is my coach telling me,
all in Spanish, how I need to play the finals.
Finally, now about 5:30 p.m., we get started, warming up and beginning
the finals match. Aida, the twenty-eight year old queen of the courts and
tennis Pro’s daughter, decides she will referee our match. With a
margarita in one hand and a cigarette in the other, an obvious bad call
forces us to retire her and she is replaced by Ruben and two other of his
BILLY & MR. JOE FONTAINE
With the crowd reacting to every great point and every blender full of
margaritas, the match gets played out with Chabello and I losing 3-6, 5-7.
We all shake hands, with our heads held high, to a job well done.
The sky is growing darker and Stetson hat, boot scootin’ Bob Seville
starts strumming his amplified six string. We all get “Wasted Away in
Margaritaville” as the Mexicans sing their heartbreaking ballads
underneath the shining stars.
What a tournament it has been here in Chapala.
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on
topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of
information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com,
they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since
1991. They wrote the popular books, The
Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your
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