We went for a little walk around downtown at night so Bode could get a better sense of what this city is about. It’s one of those places that continuously appears in movies and now video games, so he thinks he has an idea of what it’s like. It’s supposed to be AMAZING. Of course, being here is something completely different. Up close, you’re more aware of the thin veil of sadness and desperation that permeates every forced smile.
Bode saddled up to some sort of a street daiquiri/margarita bar and asked if they had anything non-alcoholic. “Oh honey, you’re so sweet!”
That was a ‘no.’
Bode: Dad, what’s a Gentleman’s Club?
Me: Err… Umm… Well, it’s a like a bar, but there are girls who get paid to… uh…
Bode: Oh, so it’s just a strip joint!
I forgot who I was talking to.
Bode thought it was all very cool. Lot’s of blinking lights, action and sound. People like that stuff.