I have a soft spot for polite homeless people, this is a documented fact.
You might complain that I treat them like pets, to be screwed with for my own amusement, except that I do that with everyone, so I am treating them the same.
But, I mainly deal with Manhattan Beach Homeless.
Tonight, I am in Hollywood.
And this is where the homeless bring their A game to the table.
Hollywood and Vine is kind of like the Vegas strip of Hollywood, lots for the eye to see.
So for a homeless person to make it here, they have to catch and hold your opinion.
Like the guy coming up.
I am a half block from Skoobies hot dogs.
Skoobies, for those who don’t know, is an infamous hot dog fixture on Hollywood Blvd since forever.
When I am nearby, I go to Skoobies.
And this is where I found Virginia. (Yes, he’s a guy. However, you will see in a second.)
And Virginia has a sign.
“NEED MONEY FOR A PONY BECAUSE SANTA IS A BITCHASS PUNK.”
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
However, it is not me.
Call it a quirk, but I dislike rude homeless people.
Yes, you say, but he may have a drug problem or a mental issue.
Thats not my problem.
He is a salesman.
He has to sell me on the idea of me giving him money.
So it is all about presentation.
Funny sign? It can help, but I feel that profanity can alienate your audience.
I used to train sales people, so you while I don’t mind profanity, I mind that he is not going for the biggest demographic.
So no money for him.
And then his presentation went into overdrive.
“You ever had a dream, man?”
His voice is surprisingly plaintive and sad.
I slow down.
Eye contact is the first step to money and he knows it.
“Yeah.” I answer without consciously thinking about it.
“I didn’t get a lot of stuff I wanted, but a pony, man that woulda been nice, man.”
I shit you not, TEARS in his eyes.
It is an illogical thing.
I KNOW he is not saving to buy a damned pony. For a fact.
But, he struck a note.
And got a dollar from me.
I am a sucker for a solid presentation.
Now for Blog business.
Starting this week, there will only be a blog posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays going forward.
The reasons for this are many, but mainly I am beginning to move into another area of writing that I am really enjoying.
The Tuesday/Thursday posts will be a bit longer, perhaps fleshing things out in that manner you seem to like.
I know some of you are going to be a little bummed about this.
But I would rather cut back and continue to give you a solid post, than keep trying to put out a daily post that I am burning out on.
Thank you for your support.