Thereafter Nolan struck up further conversation, and they chatted about how lawyers fill the bar after hours and all hang out at the place. That deals were made there and all sorts of other interesting things. The lawyer lit a cigarette, and Nolan laughed and commented about how there was a sign directly behind the man stating that patrons aren’t allowed to smoke. The jaded and straight-talking lawyer then bluntly stated that he hated the smoking ban and had fought against it. He took his time stating this, pointedly blowing smoke rings as he talked.
From there the discussion shifted to the police as related to bars, and Nolan told the lawyer about how in College Station the police hang out like vultures around the strip of establishments where the university students drink, in order to arrest or ticket them when they leave the bar for public drunkenness or any number of other things even if they are just quietly walking. The lawyer then railed against this, too, saying that kids need to be kids and so long as they aren’t hurting anyone they should be left alone. He then began a tale of his own, but this was interrupted by the tour guide telling us that it was time to move on to the next place. We took our leave.
Nolan’s succinct comment was, “He’s a solid bro.”