For those of you who have not seen the CNN report, check it out. Reporter David Banks put together a really nice piece.
Last Saturday I met up with a journalism student from the University of Maryland who was doing a story on the Year of Giving. Ruben and I met her near the Dupont Circle Metro stop and walked over to the circle. It was pretty busy and Ruben was excited to see all the people and fellow dogs out enjoying the day. I ran into Danny Harris from Day 64 in the center of the circle.
Shortly thereafter I spotted Peter under a shaded tree reading a biography of the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Peter is an Actor living in the East Village of NYC. Originally from Louisville, KY, he studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and then moved to The Big Apple.
Originally drawn to the stage by Shakespearean plays, now Peter is focusing most of his energy on some short films. He shared with me a the link to a rough cut of one that he recently finished…he’s very good in it, check it out!
So you may be wondering why the heck Peter is 250 miles away from his home sitting under a tree reading about Hitchcock. As it turns out his sister lives in DC and was performing one of the lead roles in The Marriage of Figaro at the Kennedy Center this week and he came down to watch her. She was working during the day, so he was just relaxing seeing a bit of the city.
Peter contemplated the $10. He said that it would probably get spent on some bourbon, beers, or maybe some food. Later he told me, “Maybe I’ll do something else with it…all these other people have done something amazing with it, so who knows.”
He had more time to kill and I probably didn’t help the chances of my money being passed forward as I showed him where the Brickskeller Pub was. We said our goodbyes and thanked one another.
Here is some footage of him being interviewed by the University of Maryland journalist as well as a few of my own questions. The wind is really bad…sorry. It actually blew over my Flip camera at one point!