A Night Out in Memphis, Tennessee
Hi! Now this is an email story, but it is also a mystery I want to figure out that I need some help with...
Saturday night we were staying in Memphis after Graceland. It was one of those random nights that turned out to be SO much fun, I will send the pictures so you can check out life in the South if you want. So we go out to dinner at this place that has great bbq- supposedly the best in the state- (now the bbq here is different, it is pulled
After getting some free beers from the bartender who was about 60 but was really into us because he wanted to be like Willie Brown, we headed out to Beale Street (which is basically like being in New Orleans at Mardi Gras minus Girls Gone Wild). It is a street with tons of bars, where u can drink in the street, etc... So we went to a few
really fun bars until we met this group of people. They were from South Beach (in Florida for those of u who don't know the happenin places in the country). There were 2 girls and 4 guys in the group. Most of them were Cuban and there was one guy who was a Brazillian fighter. They were in Memphis for a fight (that I think the Brazillian
guy was in).
The dynamics of their group was quite interesting. The one guy we met first was this guy named Zeke. We were at a bar with a bunch of college age kids so there group stuck out because they were not from Tennessee (which is easy to spot, just like us) and they were older and dressed nice. We started talking to them and when I found out they were Cuban, I got really excited. They also had a bunch of really good cigars and it turns out I had cigars with me also that I had bought in the DR and wanted to smoke (since u can smoke in bars here). They were
really nice and we smoked cigars, they bought us a bunch of drinks and put money into the tip jar for the dueling pianos everytime a song came on that we liked.
One of the girls in the group was there with her boyfriend, and was normal and cool- the other girl was there with what we thought was her boyfriend, but things got a little strange soon after. The other girl was dressed like a stripper and was sitting on this guy Stan's lap for awhile so I assumed they were together. When Stan started
hanging out with my friend Tara, then that girl just backed off, didn't seem to care, and it was really strange.
I thought they were really fun, so I asked one of the girls if they wanted to come with us to the club we were going to later- a place called "Raffers," that we heard about that was suppose to be "ghetto fabulous, and they only serve 40s there." Also, I heard that Raffers was in a bad neighborhood so I thought it would be better to
go with a group. She told me, "you will have to convince the guys. Ask Z, he's the Godfather." She told me that "the girls didn't make any decisions, it was up to the guys because its easier that way." It was as if she couldn't even tell them, "lets do this" as a suggestion.
Now, I didn't think much of it at the time, but it turned out to be a little strange, because Zeke decided he was in love with me, and since he was "in control," it actually turned out that I became in control of what we did for the night. Even though I never even kissed him, just the fact that he liked me was enough. So when I said I wanted to go to Raffers, the entire group went to Raffers.
Now, instead of taking a cab, they got us a Cinderella carriage. No joke. You have to look at the pictures. It was a horsedrawn carriage with a Cinderella ball to sit in. It was so much fun.
Raffers was AMAZING- one of the best clubs I have EVER been to. Its all smoky in there and they only serve 40s so that is what we drank for the rest of the night as we smoked our cigars. They had the BEST music ever!!!! Michael Jackson, Outkast, disco music, you name it, they played it! We danced all night until after 3am, when Raffer (the owner) decided he really liked our dance moves and invited us into the VIP room.
Now, this was no VIP room in Vegas, this was Raffers VIP, equipt with a pole and everything. So we got in the VIP room and they literally said to us, "there's the pole," like we were suppose to start stripping. Now, given that one of the members of the group looked like a stripper and probably was one, I wasn't surprized, it was just funny. But then we thought it was funny so we hung out in there for awhile and took some pictures.
The group we were with (I guess I should call them "the group") were also staying at the Marriott, so they took us back. We were all hanging out in his hotel room (guys and girls), sitting around. Then the stripper girl left (I guess it was her cue).
Then things got funny. Zeke was telling me how he knows he's not the kind of guy I usually go for (yeah, its true that I try to stay away from guys that remind me of sugar daddys, although he was only 30 and not too bad looking), but he knows me. Basically, he was telling me how he could give me the kind of life that he knows I want. (Sorry buddy but I'm in law school and can create my own life). It was strange, but funny because we were talking in Spanish and my Spanish needed some practice.
Then Stan, the guy that liked Tara started to ask her about what ethnicity she was. Then when she told him she was European, he asked her one of the best lines I have EVER heard- "are you looking to lighten or darken your family tree?" (I guess he was part white, part Brazillian, etc...).
All in all it was a really fun night and the group was harmless, its just I'm so curious about what they do. They said they do commercial real estate, and they are obviously loaded, but Stan and the other girls' boyfriend both said they work for Zeke. Stan also said he use to be a bodyguard and his job has taken him all over the world (but now I guess he said he does real estate). But also, in our conversation, Columbia came up a few times, although Zeke said he'd never been there. I just wonder what they do, maybe they just do real estate, but the "godfather" comment really threw me off. And the fact that the stripper type girl just left everytime Stan was talking to Tara after it seemed they were together.
The next day, Zeke called me to ask me if he could fly me and Tara to South Beach to hang out with him. Now its REALLY hard for me to turn down a free vacation, but we were not about to hook up with them (not even kiss) for a weekend in South Beach. That's just not my style, but it was tempting.
Also, the next day I went to a souvenir store in Nashville and bought a grab bag for 50 cents "(so I didn't know what I was buying) and it turned out to be a keychain that said "Miami Beach" on it (where South Beach is). Is that WIERD or what??? We are in Tennessee, not Florida. IT was like a message from God or something.
After reading this email (if u read it all) and looking at the pictures (if u did)- do any of u think that these guys are commercial real estate businessmen, or are they in the mafia or something? I'm just curious, I want to know!!! Any ideas?