At night, when it is cool, neighborhood people congregate in front of the local mini market, sit outside on their balconies or front porches.

This group of men, on the corner, down from the LaPuerta Guesthouse, are watching an American basketball game on their street television this evening.  Some men are on their cell phones, others are talking about something other than the game, the rest are watching grown men in shorts running up and down a court tossing a ball into a basket.

Anything that gets people out of their house and visiting neighbors can’t be all bad.

Sports and competition are best indulged in in front of your television with only a little money riding on the outcome.

In the real world, there are winners and losers and people learn quickly which games they have the best chance of winning.




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