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Ken Bortman, 57

On women, old-man beers and good behavior


Thomas Street and Winchester Avenue

What’s up? I’m pretending to be well behaved.

Why do you have to pretend? Are you up to no good? Not necessarily. As events unfold, I filter them through my moral code and decide what to do. I try to be ethical. [Laughs]

You have a strict moral code? I think so.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Broke up with my fiancée in the mid-’80s.

Dig the beer hat. Thank you. It goes with my outfit.

You’re a big brew fan? I drink to forget, but I don’t forget to drink.

Your motto? I say it every now and then.

Do you— Whatever the question, “beer” is the answer.

Okay, well, what’s your beer of choice? Pabst Blue Ribbon. The most inexpensive on draft!

You don’t drink to taste. At my age, you have to drink the old-man beers, lagers. They don’t upset you in the bathroom later. [Laughs] Those fancy beers have exotic ingredients that don’t agree with me.

Did you grow up in Chicago? I grew up in the suburbs, then came to live in the city.

What drew you here? More women! [Laughs] Out in the suburbs and the country, they’re working at the convenient stores and they won’t give you the time of day. I’m looking for a woman that likes me as much as I like her for possible long-term relationship.

Sounds like a personal ad. I’ve never placed one.

Online dating? Never tried that, either. I’m computer illiterate. Enough, enough. Let’s get back to beer.

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