The mounted police ensured that the multitude dispersed orderly. The Irishman, two Indians and the Malay walked up a noisy street. A liquor store and the group heeded the Irishman’s wisdom. Andrew Jackson was traded for a bottle of Jack Daniels. The faster step silently acknowledged the urgency. “23rd floor”, came the indifferent announcement on a long journey up the hotel elevator. The television’s nonsense was muted while generous measures of whiskey were added to Coca-Cola. The group played along with the game show, unaware.
The television was tuned to cartoons.