Rather than trying to tame wild stallions, fearless Costa Rican fisherman Chito preferred a playful wrestle in the water with his best pal Pocho - a deadly 17ft crocodile
. For several years, the 52-year-old daredevil drew gasps of amazement from onlookers by wading chest-deep into the water
, then whistling for his 980lb buddy - and giving him an affectionate hug. Crazy Chito said: "Poncho is my best friend. This is a very dangerous routine but we have a good relationship. He will look me in the eye and not attack me. It is too dangerous
for anyone else to come in the water. It is only ever the two of us.
Sadly Pocho died last October
, at the age of 50. But his fame lives on.
¡Ask a Mexican!
is a recurring feature in the Orange County (CA) Weekly (archives)
in which columnist Gustavo Arellano
tackles questions from pochos
alike, about politics, cultural differences, and stereotypes.
What started as a one-off joke
has become one of the alt weekly's more popular columns
(LA Times), complete with crude, foul-mouthed, politically incorrect ruminations on the origins of "the dirty Sanchez"
and random slaps at Guatemalans. Why do Mexican men always wear cowboy hats?
Because "[w]earing a sombrero here screams "POR FAVOR DEPORT ME." Why won't Mexicans tip?
Actually they tip better, and "leave a little extra for a job well done—which includes how caliente the chica is."