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Search for Nightlife: adrift in a sea of doubt

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Great Lakes Hot Tubs, 15 W. Hubbard: Kurt and Shari were bobbing in the Polynesian half-light and Kurt, pleased with the VIP suite, was flapping his hands in the water. Shari, meanwhile, felt compelled to think about Kurt's life when he wasn't with her: Why did he tell her he was wearing a tuxedo the night before? Where was he? Who was he with? Does he see lots of women or one other woman? Are her arms thin? Is she a famous bank vice president? Is she young? Are her ears small? Do all men adore her? Does he take her to the most glamorous places? Is she so beautiful that he would give up everything for her? Does he call only when the beautiful bank vice president with the thin arms is busy? Of course Shari would not let him know that she was thinking about anything but the Flashdance shower above the hot tub and she gave him a big, glamorous smile but then Kurt turned on the supercharger water jets and the sea got wild and dark like the Pacific Ocean and she wanted to throw up and Kurt yelled over the roar of the storm, "Calm down, life is fun," and he held her foot, for a minute.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Tom Bachtell.

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