I love the night life. Well, within reason, of course. Fortunately there are plenty of others who do, without reason, and they’re usually a lot of fun to observe. Take this wonderful narrow backstreet we passed in Istanbul on an early autumn night. A few outdoor tables, some strings of lights, bottles of raki, music, lots of friends and conversation. The amazing thing to me was that this was not a big production devised by some commercial profit-maker as it might be in, say, oh, somewhere else. Instead, it seemed thrown together by folks who just wanted to have a good time. And to let their friends have a good time, too. They succeeded.