- "Okay, let me tell you a story. It was '96. I'd been up here 42 days. Every time I passed over Texas, I'd look down, knowing the second Mrs Kowalsky was looking up, thinking ofme. Six weeks I'm blowing kisses to that woman. Then we land at Edwards and I find out she'd run off with a lawyer before I was off the launch pad, so I packed my car and I headed to..."
- ―Kowalski beginning his Tijuana story
Kowalski's Tijuana Story was one of many he told Mission Control to pass the time during spacewalks.
Matt Kowalski just finished his first spacewalk in 1996, where he claims to have coughed up everything but his kidneys. He laments that every night he would look down at Texas and know his wife was looking up at him. However when he landed at Edwards Air Force Base, he found that she had left him for a lawyer and took his 1974 GTQ. Kowalski then heads to Tijuana, Mexico to unwind and presumably has some interesting and fun times.
However, Mission Control cut him off, claiming that they had heard the story before several times.