I got out to go to the gym today. Hadn’t been there since the snow storm. On the way back I stepped on what I thought was ice and my sneaker sunk like 6 inches and became completely water logged…thankfully it happened on the way home, so I was already done with my workout.
I went out later in the day to find my recipient. Too many people ventured out in the snow today. It’s like amateur driver day – people who have no business driving in this weather are out and about. I saw a little compact car with bicycle size tires trying to navigate the streets.
I got stopped by the Save the Children canvassers…I stopped and listened to him. Told him I was doing my own venture and he kept trying to get me to give them money until I finally just said I could help them in other ways, but not with money…but he wasn’t interested.
First I approached Ernesto and then a few blocks away Gene … both said they didn’t want to accept the $10. They didn’t feel worthy of it. So, I was off to find someone else. Hopefully both Ernesto and Gene check out the site and comment on their decision. By the way guys, you are still invited to come to the year-end party..so keep following the blog.
I found Lionel sitting on a bench with a crazy hat on. I found out that the 43-year-old was originally from Sinaloa, Mexico. Coincidentally, I lived in the state of Sinaloa in 1990-1991 as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. He was from the capital city, Culiacan, about 2 hours away from where I lived. He first came to the US in the 80s. Right now he is unemployed. He was a bike messenger here in DC for the last 13-14 years and hopes to find work again once the snow clears out of DC. If anyone knows of someone needing to contract a bike messenger in DC, let me know!
Some interesting things about Lionel. His nephew is Jamar Nesbit, who is a member of the 2010 Superbowl winning Saints! Nesbit (#67) did not play apparently, but should receive a ring. That is pretty cool. Athletics runs in the family. Lionel used to be a boxer in both the US and Mexico and his daughter has played college sports.
Lionel says he will spend the $10 to put minutes on his cell phone (which is in a Pittsburgh Steelers case!).
I spent another 30-40 minutes talking to Lionel. He is a very nice guy and I did something that I have not done before. I gave him my cell phone number. I usually just give an email address…but he did not use email. Hopefully I can meet up with him again sometime soon.