Monday, February 8, 2010

Friendly Trickster

I do a double take and re-read his sign.

At first I did what I am sure he expects most people to do. I read, Help fight homophobia.

"I love your sign," I tell him, and he uncovers his face for a better picture.

He has friendly trickster eyes, and his smile is engaging.

"Did you know that there is a $55 fine for panhandling?" He asks.

No, I didn't.

"Yup, there is. But, the cops were nice to me one night. They told me to go across the River to panhandle - they don't fine you there."

He pauses and then he laughs, "Ya, but they forgot to mention that they put you in jail."

8 comments:

XUP said...

That young man has such excellent hand-lettering skills. I can see a whole line of Hobo Handlettered merchandise..

Woodsy said...

XUP, I agree. I was impressed by that too, and I thought, Real Grouchy could hire him to put text on his brilliant product.

Jackson Couse said...

I passed him too, on my way home. His funny sign was a nice counterpoint to a crummy day.

It's also a serious reminder that the way we treat homelessness is totally whack.

Woodsy said...

Jackson, he cheered me up too.

nursemyra said...

I hope he made enough money for a bed that night

Anonymous said...

Hey, I saw that guy too, and my first thought was "his sign is totally bloggable." Too shy to go ahead and snap a picture, though!

Finola said...

I see him all the time - by the downtown library, am I right?

mangocheeks said...

I have to admit, Yeph I did read Homophobia, then read your entry and then looked again.

Yes, he's kinda cute.