All good things must come to an end.
Today is my last day working in Manhattan Beach, the sweet location by the beach.
Moving on, better things, all that.
The blog will continue, so don’t worry about that.
I am moving work digs to just down the road.
And there is a Starbucks nearby, what do you know?
I lead a charmed life.
I am walking up the hill, the reverse walk to my car from the office.
Sun is shining, birds are chirping, there are a few ladies wandering around in bikini’s.
And there is a homeless guy that resembles a scarecrow standing in front of Starbucks, shouting at people.
Now, I am a people person, we all know this.
I like to talk to people, all sorts of people, usually homeless people.
Because nothing says funny like crazy.
And, like striking gold when you are digging for worms, I find something special.
There is something special about the variety of homeless guy that chemically peaks into that shouting zone.
People react to that in such an interesting fashion.
By pretending he is not only not there, but by obviously pretending he is not there.
Putting your hand next to your face to supposedly keep from seeing the guy is just plan rude.
I like to view this as a street performance.
And his act? Its a classic.
He has the usual homeless appearance, complete with wild hair and scraggly “Unibomber” beard.
I cannot seem to shake the image of the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.
In a twist, Scarecrow appears to be a gypsy homeless, despite the fact that most scarecrows are rooted in place. He has a bicycle with a child trailer containing a non-smiling german shepherd. (Never a good thing when they don’t smile. But, given the circumstances, would you?)
“Don’t go in there! Bad fucking news in there! They could give fuck all about y’all!” This is being shouted at the top of his lungs.
Eye contact seems to be in short supply, so when I stop and look right at him, he takes the bait and focuses on me.
“Stay outta there!” Complete with an angry finger jab in my direction.
Just from his enthusiastic reaction to a simple question, I might be the first person not wearing a badge or high on meth that has talked to him in months.
After a second of orientation, he continued.
“You can’t be homeless in Starbucks!” The shouting really makes it a little difficult to chat.
That seems harsh. Starbucks as a corporation, would have a hard time defending that policy in the media. Best to dig deeper.
“Are you sure?”
Ok, that pissed him off. It cranked the agitation level up a few notches. I am safely out of lunging distance. Hunter S. Thompson said that you can turn your back on a man, but not on a drug.
Fine, no turning my back.
“FUCKIN’ A, I’M SURE!” The dog growled.
“Hey guys.” A very mellow voice came up behind me.
Ah, the police.
The rest of the conversation was not something I was invited to, so I left.
The police always prefer private conversations, they are picky like that.
I will miss this Starbucks as my daily stomping grounds.
I have written close to 500 blog posts sitting mainly at these little tables.
In life, the only thing that is a constant, is change.
So, I will move on, and remember all the scenes and people that I have witnessed here.
And I will miss you most of all, Scarecrow.