Wednesday morning I checked out of my hotel at 8:30 am. I took my luggage to the lobby. While I waited
for Isaac. I spoke to the concierge and front desk about my trip here and how it was. They asked if I had away to the airport
and I told them that Isaac was picking me up and about his background on Chico and the Man.
Isaac arrived at my hotel at 9:45. 15 minutes earlier then expected. Isaac carried my luggage and feared
he was going to throw his back out knowing how heavy it was. Isaac loaded my suit case, over night bag, and backpack that
I put the bear in the back seat of his car.
On our way to the restaurant we drove by the Air force base and seen long lines of planes.
Isaac drove to the restaurant that was near the airport. I reminded Isaac that I was going to pay for
our breakfast since he has been so generous to me all the time I was here.
Isaac and I arrived at the restaurant and mentioned that how all the places he took me were so crowed
all because they were popular. We found a table. Isaac ordered breakfast and I ordered a lunch.
Isaac spoke of Jimmy Komack and how Isaac fooled him thinking he was 22 when he was really 31. Isaac
said that he was always getting himself in trouble because of how he spoke out.
Isaac spoke of Freddie being a lady’s man and could have anyone he wanted because of his popularity.
I asked Isaac about being on the set of Chico was there a time that the cast and or crew would break
out in laughter. Isaac replied "Yes, Jack and Freddie would pull practical jokes on each other. One of them he mentioned involved
Jack at the cash register and the shot glass he used. One time it was not inside of the drawer.
Isaac mentioned about his settling down and didn’t want to live the bachelor life. He dated a
girl who was 25 and in love with him. Isaac felt differently and told her he was old enough to be her father.
I asked him how he and his wife Renee met. Isaac said he met her in a Mall in Phoenix.
Isaac seen her and had that spark as he put it. He unformed me that he used his quick wit to get her
attention. Isaac told that he normally doesn’t give out his number but he gave it to her and said " I’ll give
you two weeks to call me. If you don’t, ok". Renee called him back on the 14th day. Isaac told me that a
lot of people stopped writing to him after he got married. I mentioned to Isaac that he broke my heart when I found out that
he was getting married. I got over it though. Isaac replied, “Your already married.”
We finished our meal.
Isaac drove me to the airport . Arriving by my airline Isaac pulled over to the curb. Isaac helped
me get my luggage out of his car.
I gave him a card with a hand written message inside.
Isaac smiled and said thank you. He asked me if I had fun and what was my favorite part of the trip.
I told him the mountains when actually it was everything we did together. We spoke of how the time went by quickly while I
I hugged Isaac goodbye and told him “ You’re the sweetest guy I’ve ever known”
Isaac got into his car as he had to get out of the area due to incoming traffic. We both waved to each
other good bye.
Isaac was the sweetest guy throughout my trip here in Tucson, Arizona. Mando as I like to call him
is and will always be a dear friend of mine. This is a moment in my life that will last forever. I am forever grateful for
Thank you Mando for sharing such great memories for Chico and the Man.
P.S. Thank you for being a great tour guide!!!