Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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Though the town was mostly deserted of customers, the restaurants were open and ready for business in anticipation of the upcoming high season. I found a restaurant with a menu of Western dishes and a nice deck, so I decided to give it a shot. Upon entering, I'm presented with an array of a half-dozen teenage girls, all of which look extremely excited to have who is perhaps their very first customer. Each belts out a greeting of some sort in newly-acquired English, and then scampers off on some predetermined task as if the pieces are being set for some live-action board game. I slip off my sandals and am quickly escorted to a table and presented with the menu. Girl #2 comes immediately after with a glass of water, who is followed by girls #3 and #4 who set my placemat with plate and dinnerware. #5 comes a short while later and, given her more developed English, takes my order (I decide upon some kind of pasta with chicken, and some banana fritters for desert). This is delivered by no less than three separate girls, reminiscent of the placement of Malaysia tops in a gasing match, who vanish back into the kitchen. My dishes consumed, the table is cleared and tea refilled, and I'm left to my own bidding under the unbroken watch of my many guardian angels. Upon my exit I am again treated to a chorus of farewells, and then it's my turn to vanish into the night.

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