Riding the bus provides an almost daily element of interest and stories of the people in the city. Last week was no exception. I looked up from my book and noticed a man farther toward the front wearing a straw hat that had been spray painted gold. Interesting but a little tacky for my tastes I thought. As my stop came up I walked toward the front and noticed with interest that his clothes were also spray painted gold. Hmmm.. Of course I wanted to unabashedly check him out but good manners prevented me from a full stare. In walking past I couldn't help but glance down because I wanted to see his face. What kind of person would wear painted clothes. And, there it was...his face was painted gold also!
I continued to work and mentioned it to my coworkers. "Oh yes, we have seen him downtown" they all replied. Completely baffled I asked why would a person do such a thing? They responded that people give him money. Totally perplexed I had to affirm, "you mean people give him money for spray painting himself gold?" My past 20 years in a rural area had not prepared me to even contemplate this possibility. They assured me it was true.
I was totally impressed. How much creativity did it take to come up with this idea? Does one just wake up one morning and decide they want to be a gold man? Or, was it one of those In The Trenches decisions made out of desperation of being down to ones last dollar? Either way I had to give him credit for his ingenuity.