Today is a day that we easily associate with giving; a day that we give gifts to our family members and friends as a symbol of our love and friendship. As we approach a new year, let’s all make a commitment to think more about ways in which we can give to our family, friends and community.
On Day 357 I was walking north on Connecticut Avenue when I passed a guy who looked just like Paul from Day 335. Paul was the bike messenger who I met and then couldn’t find any of my notes from meeting him; not even his email or phone number. Well, would you believe it, it was him! Yes! I found him.
He was standing outside a custom framing shop with his buddy Richard who works there. The three of us chatted for a while and then I decided to give my $10 for the day to Richard. He proved to be an interesting character!
“I like to make films,” he tells me taking a drag off of a cigarette in the subzero December afternoon. “I’m doing a commercial for a record label now, but I’ve done some shorts and music videos too,” he adds. He’s even recently bought an 8mm camera which he was eager to tell me about.
Now I’ve got to tell you that after yesterday’s recipient told me about his fetish to use heart monitors during sex I thought I had to ask Richard if there was anything interesting or unique about him. I mean, after you hear about the heart monitor thing you can’t pass up the opportunity to top it.
Well, Richard’s answer doesn’t disappoint! “I’ve been arrested twice within a five-day period in two different cities,” he says. It turns out that he was traveling through Oklahoma City when he found himself in a supermarket and was arrested for shoplifting. “I had some tea in my pocket which was actually mine, but they thought that I had stolen it,” Richard says. He goes on to tell me that he had some cheese in his pocket as well. “I’m not sure about the cheese though,” he confesses. “That might not have been mine.” As a result he was charged with larceny, got to spend 24 hours in an Oklahoma City jail and wear a bright-colored jump suit! “All in all I probably spent $500 on that tea and cheese!” Incidentally he said it was probably about a dollar’s worth of cheese.
Three days later Richard was leaving the South by Southwest Conference and Festival and driving through Brenham, TX when an officer of the law pulled the van over that he and his friends were traveling in. “He pulled us over for a broken tail light,” he says, “but we ended up being detained for two hours while they searched the car and found a joint on one of the other guys. So they brought us all down to the station.” Well, the officer didn’t finish the paperwork and they had to spend the night in the jail. “We somehow ended up in there for 36 hours.” He smiled and said, “It’s bad man when you’re getting booked by some 18-year-old cop who is bitching and moaning about his prom.” That being said, the Texas facility was apparently a lot better than the jail in Oklahoma City. Their bail bondsman even brought them pizza when they got out of jail.
“So a few months later,” Richard goes on to tell me, “I traveled back down to Brenham to appear in court but at the last minute it was decided that we didn’t even have to appear!”
Richard said he was going to hold on to the $10 for now. I thought he might be saving it for future bail money, but he advised me that it would be put toward some studio recording fees. “I play the guitar and bass and am planning to get into the studio in January.”
I said goodbye to Richard and Paul and told them about the Year of Giving Anniversary Celebration. They said they would try to make it but I didn’t see them there unfortunately.