Why has the man in the doorway come back to the old neighborhood after twenty years?

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The reason that the man in the doorway has come back to his old neighborhood after so many years is that he promised that he would.  He used to have a very good friend named Jimmy Wells.  The two of them were just like brothers.

When they went their separate ways, they promised that in 20 years they would come back and meet again at the restaurant that was at the address where the man is waiting.  So the man in the doorway, whose name is Bob, is waiting for Jimmy Wells to show up.

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