He carefully covers himself in the tools of the night: The Patek Phillippe knock-off watch, 7 jeans-scored at Plato’s Closet with only a minor Kool-Aid stain, and Calvin Klein underwear-simple head nod to the O.G., Marky Mark. Grabbing the EZ curl bar, he knocks out at least 35 reps, but never over 58; crossing the sweat point yields another hour-long shower and primp session. Finally the shirt: a vintage 1998 Girbaud bought at a Kmart Blue Light Special. He is now ready to leave the suburbs and take on the city this Friday night.
While wearing gloves, the shirt is carefully removed from the dry cleaner bag slowly put on to avoid any unnatural wrinkles in the fabric. He turns up Tiesto in his room and practices his approach with a mannequin. The Point. The Wink. The Double Wink. The Point-Double Wink (this one is still in the experimental phase). If only that mannequin were a real woman like in that movie Mannequin Two: On the Move, he could work the club circuit strictly as a spectator and not a true player.
He grabs the keys to the Subaru Outback off the counter as his mom yells something inaudible at him. He drives out of the sub-division only leaving a baby seat on the floor of the garage as any proof that he was there.
With track housing behind him, his transformation into “Stinger” is complete. Now he is free.
Enter The Thunderdome (good-bye suburbs)
The crowd is starting to build at the door, but Stinger pushes through to the staff and slips the guy a twenty.
Once seated, Stinger leans back in his seat and lights up a clove cigarette. Several patrons give him a look of disgust, but he waves them off with a twist of his hand. A waitress walks over to him. He cuts her off before she can talk to him.
“Bottle of Grey Goose. Soda, cranberry and a large bowl of cherries,” Stinger says as he sharply looks away to avoid any follow up questions. The server rolls her eyes in agony as she backs away from the table.
The waitress returns with a middle age man. He calmly speaks as Stinger looks on, “We do not offer bottle service. This is Chili’s. However, we have a fine selection of island drinks. Would you like to start with an Awesome Blossom to go with a Presidente Margarita?”