Six Months On: Smoke, Saints, and Saigon

August 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The dust and memories of Angkor Wat were still fresh in my mind as I woke up that morning just as the sun was rising.
It had been a tense night after a long trip into neighboring Cambodia. The butterflies had invited their friends and kept at me almost the whole night.
The sound of the alarm on my phone was a blessing because it meant that the time was now.  So I rose quickly, washed up, dressed, and hit the still fresh feeling streets when most people were just getting up.
I enjoyed the calm breezes that passed me and the dapple of the dewdrops as I made my way down one of the largest streets in the city.
Finally I saw the sign, "Phatty's" on the corner of Ton Duc Thang and Ton Duc Thanh.
I walked into the bar and even at 6:00 A.M, it was filled with sound, smoke, and a scarcity of Saints' fans.
I sought out the other faithful, here, in Saigon, literally halfway across the world from home in New Orleans.
We nervously watched as a son of Ne...

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