Views From Row Z

A rank amateur experiences the made-for-V.T. Games

Yes, the Man in the Stands had seen the 2,400 doves, the 1,500 people dancing the Flower Crown Dance, the 846 performers in masks, the one Burmese flag bearer and all the rest of the made-for-TV pageantry beamed, so it was said, to three in every five of the people in this world. But all of this was a world away from the simple reality of sitting in a $5 seat on a rainy day, in a half-deserted stadium, wrestling with a box of Curry Noodles (the box won in the opening round). Beside him, three local zanies were wearing doll...

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