Abracadabra! UV's Open Again!
The bar/club officially opened last night and, of course, I went. The night was clear, the music was great, and the boys were cute.
I love UV - it attracts a more mature, less club-kid crowd than Acid or X-OM. Plus, the space is beautiful, with nice lighting, a stone courtyard, and a staff that puts the bouncers as Club Acid to shame.
A funny thing happened there, though:
Two days ago, I was running very late and took a taxi from Unesco to Gemmayzeh instead fo the normal service-bouncing game. The driver drove me down by the Corniche - the long route to Gemmayze - which frustrated me plenty. But, we ended up talking.
The driver, who was probably around 27, very thin, and of average attractiveness, asked normal small talk questions, including if I had a girlfriend. I said no. He said, "I don't think you like girls."
Now, I don't tell strangers I'm gay, especially random taxi drivers, for personal safety purposes and because I always end up having my ear talked off, whether the person I tell be pro- or anti-gay. So I professed my love for girls, saying I just hadn't found the right one.
The taxi driver loved girls, too. He told me all about them, especially how much they cost. "You shouldn't wait to get a girl; you can get one now! Every girl has a price. You see that girl?" he said, pointing to a young woman in a sleeveless shirt about to cross the street. "I could get her for $100." She crossed the street, and the driver noticed her untoned rear end. "Ehh, $80-$90."
He told me all about the girls who used his cabs: Muslim girls in the hijab from Shiah who hid the hijab in their purse to party downtown; girls who prostituted themselves at the finest hotels for $400 a pop; girls who did it in Hamra hotels for much much less; foreign girls who love Arab men; old ladies who proposition him during drives - everything.
He said some days, he would work from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., earn about 80,000 lira, and go find a girl. "I pay 50,000 for a hotel, 100,000 for a girl, and get whatever I want," he said proudly.
I said I'd look into finding a girl.
You know what? Last night I saw him dancing with a guy on the dance floor at UV. The lengths people go to in order to hide their sexuality.