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Entrenched in a booth behind the bar, a young couple sat clinging to each other and furiously locking lips every time the hockey game took a commercial break.
"Duffy's sponsors Dolphins and Panthers party buses," explained John. "People park here and pay to go to the game. That way, they can drink and not have to worry; we send chaperones to watch out for them."
"Can I chaperone one of the buses?" I asked.
2885 S. Federal Highway
Delray Beach, FL 33483
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Region: Delray Beach
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"If you worked here," countered John. "Plus, chaperones don't get to drink."
"Screw that, then," I said.
Since basically the only female athlete featured in the scores of photos upon the walls was Anna Kournikova (not really renowned for her tennis prowess), I decided to chat up the other pretty blond in the room. Cristina was petite with bright-red nails. Her companion, Rob, was dark-complexioned and thick.
"I came over to talk to her because I like pretty girls," I explained to Rob.
"Then why'd you pick her?" he asked, earning him a punch in the arm from Cristina.
"Earlier he said I didn't photograph well," she complained.
"I did not! I just said you look better in person!" Rob cried.
Cristina and I exchanged a glance.
"That's kind of a backhanded compliment," I said.
"Women," huffed Rob.
"I just moved here from Chicago," Cristina told me. "There are bars like this all over the place there."
"Big, warehouse-type sports bars?" I asked.
"Yeah," she said. "But honestly? In Chicago, the people are nicer."
"Welcome to South Florida," I said.
When I returned to my spot at the bar, the seat next to mine had been occupied by a gray-haired man in a black leather jacket. He wore several chains, looked like he'd just hopped off a motorcycle, and introduced himself as Captain Jeff. Jeff told me his gig was acting as VP of a nonprofit that aims to give funerals to military vets whose families can't afford it.
"I come in here about three times a week," he said of Duffy's, giving me a steely eye. "I love it here. This is a good place."
I didn't argue. I typically don't with dudes in leather jackets.