what you see and hear
December 16, 2017 7:58am CST
a man and a woman were chatting with the newspaper seller. as i received the newspapers, paid, and waited for my change, i heard them talking about their daily schedule - that turns out to be for betting and gambling. they all seem to treat it as their "me" time and will go to their "vice of choice" regularly. but i also get the feeling that they have family members that are overrelying on them, and this is their chance to have a bit of money for themselves. later, while at the money remittance center, a father and child came in. i blinked at how big the toddler was. i heard that he was only 2 yrs. old, but he looks like a sumo wrestler. no neck. huge thighs. the parents aren't even that tall.
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families usually help each other here, but sometimes you also need to save some for yourself and maybe for them, betting and gambling is their way to earn a bit. there were much lesser fast food, junk food and street food when my siblings and i were growing up.
i can sense a defiant tone in their voices, like they want to be able to at least enjoy their own money, and not give everything to their family. i was concerned when i saw the child, but then we don't know the whole story, so let's just hope for the best.