Nicki gave himself away when he gave me change ... "fef-tee ate (58) cents."
The Des Moines Menace, the soccer equivalent of a single-A baseball team, is owned by the Kum & Go (actual name) regional convenience store chain baesd in West Des Moines. Menace players get basically zero pay. I think they get some room and board stipend or something.
So, when you see random heavily accented 20-somethings working in a Kum & Go store hereabouts, it's a pretty good bet they play for the Menace.
Me: You play for the Menace?
Nicki: Yes, number 14.
Me: Were are you from?
Nicki: Las Vegas. (Pretty sure he attends and plays soccer for UNLV.)
Me: OMG, the ultimate American experience, Las Vegas. I'm trying to picture a Scot in Las Vegas.
Nicki: Please don't.
Me: Do they like Las Vegas?
Nicki: Ab-so-lutely luv it.
Me: Ever heard of Dario Franchitti? He's from Scotland.
Nicki: (Thinking for a second.) No, I don't think so.
Me: He won the Indy 500 a few years ago.
Nicki: I didn't know anyone from Scotland won the Indy 500. I'll have to look him up.
No love for Dario from his countryman! That's cold, man. There are 5 million people living in Scotland, which sits astride England (Austin Power's voice: "Oh behaaaaaave!") in the United Kingdom, so the guy can't know everyone, I guess.
But the guy did recognize the Indy 500, which made me proud to be an American. Viva Las Vegas!