It’s late, and he’s drinking gin.“Now look at the guys.“ Another sweep with the glass. “Guys like them, to get a girl like one of these in the States, they’ve gotta have three things. “All these guys,“ he says, “they’ve probably got one of those things. But I guarantee you, none of them have all three.“When you’re not drunk and the place is almost empty, this is what it looks like: There are tables just inside the door to the right, three rows of them between the windows fronting the street and the wooden rail that keeps people from tumbling off the raised platform that holds the main bar, which is huge, two peninsulas poking out in the shape of an upside-down U.
There are TVs bolted to the walls and tuned to sports channels, because this is ostensibly a sports bar, and there are fish—stuffed fish, carved fish, and sculpted fish—mounted above the liquor shelves and dangling from the ceiling, because the “World Famous“ Blue Marlin is also ostensibly a fisherman’s bar, even though it’s hours away from any place where you might actually catch a fish.
While Brent and 49 other Lowcountry spellers kept mostly stoic expressions at the microphone, parents peered anxiously between spread fingers or bit their lips as they stared through smartphone screens, recording the moment of truth round after round.
Brent's mother Dhenia and older sister Patricia were so nervous, they waited out in the lobby. It all came down to Brent and Auggie Mastrion, a Moultrie Middle sixth-grader whose mother Michelle Jones seemed just as surprised as Brent's parents that he had made it so far.
Wait a little while—say, five o’clock—when the sun’s still clawing through the rain clouds over San José and before the streets are lousy with beggars and peddlers. There are a few and the biggest Asian kid you’ve ever seen, but the rest of the men here are gringos.
There are young guys in tank tops and old guys wearing socks in their sandals and a whole mess of graying middle-aged guys in polos and floral-print shirts.
But during the initial stages of getting-to-know each other, your availability can determine your fate.
Seven girls sit on stools in the back corner, smoking cigarettes and looking bored.
Six more are off the to the left, just beyond the casino, in the lobby of the Hotel Del Rey. Not much to choose from this early—not for them, not for the men.
"I suspect that it will ramp up slowly," said Jan van Tol, a retired U. Navy captain and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington. S.-Chinese competition in the South China Sea." Van Tol noted the Antonio Bautista Air Base on Palawan is very close to the Spratly Islands where China has made its controversial territorial claims. activity in the Philippines may include Marine Corps units rotating through the country like the ongoing mission in Darwin, Australia.
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