Soon after we have beers in front of us, two gentlemen across the bar—Michael and Bello—compliment Kristy’s unique hair. They are very friendly, and both have magnificent smiles. They ask where we hail from and what we are up to in Sin City. We begin to tell them about our road trip, speaking loudly across the bar, and the servers and bartenders glance over in our direction, listening.
“Yeah, it’s a crazy and fun idea. Our smartphones are turned off, and we’re relying on paper maps to navigate five states and one foreign country. It’s a break from smart technology, mainly social media. We’re only allowed to text our mothers every few days and check my business email once in the morning.”
One of the bartenders walks over and puts her elbows on the bar. She has a dazed look in her eye. She almost chokes, “You’re doing what?” She introduces herself as Laura, and wants to know all about it.
“How is it going so far? I would love to do something like that. Kudos to you both. What a great idea! That is awesome!” rapid fire from Laura.
Britteny, another bartender, hears Laura and asks, “What’s she talking about? What are you guys up to?”
I feel like we’re on a journey to find a buried treasure. There is curiosity from every direction—a buzz in the air. Excitement! People crowd in around us, asking for details. Michael is now standing behind us, peppering us with questions. We’re a little embarrassed, aware that our crazy social experiment was possibly more of a whim than a major commitment; but we’re a little proud, too.
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