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When I saw the horror on my host's face, matched only by the ashen face of my interpreter. "No, this is not America," said my interpreter, snatching it from my hands and lighting it.
Thus you were set at a decided disadvantage to your opponent.
I was. Even though he pretended to stare out the window, he knew the humiliation I felt. So he goes out and beats me on the front side 2 up.
Of course. And did the nine-hole lunch and bath affect your timing on the back nine?
Horribly. For one thing, it is a bit disconcerting at a Japanese bath to have a woman handing you a towel as you get out. So, naturally, I hit my first shot out of bounds on the 10th tee. By the 13th tee, I was three holes down on the back-nine bet alone.
Deep shame was yours.
Yes, but then I thought of the adage: "Even a thousand-mile journey begins with a single step."
In that you took strength?
I did. I won the next three holes by parring two of them while he made three straight 6s.
Even monkeys fall from trees.