“Are you saying... ” the spark was losing. I felt its pain.
“Then it’s his turn,” I said as I saw the tiny spark finally give up and snuff itself out. “All the kids downtown are doing it. It’s the next thing.”
“Oh, I get it,” he replied, with a knowing smile. “So you want one of those?”
“That depends,” I replied. “Will you be my best friend?”
After a long pause, he nervously dipped his head ever so slightly. An approximation of a nod.
“Outstanding,” I exclaimed, slapping the bar. “First one’s on me.”
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Dan Dunn, in conversation with Time magazine’s Joel Stein, discusses and signs his latest book, American Wino: A Tale of Reds, Whites and One Man’s Blues, on April 14th at 7 pm at Book Soup. Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram.