In their winter coats,
Smokers stand outside, huddled
against death of cold.
Archive for March, 2009
In their winter coats,
Early spring frost on the wind–
In the early spring,
an unexpected snowfall
–winter won’t relent.
A few weeks ago, Kelly and I were leaving our favorite coffee shop in Downtown Canton (Muggswigz) when we were approached by a man who was loitering around outside. He came up and said something like, “Excuse me. Are you from around here?”
“Yeah,” I answered.
“Well,” he continued. “I’m not. I live in Toledo, and I was down here doing some work. Now, I’m waiting for the greyhound to take me back, but I was wondering, if it’s not too much trouble, could I get 4 dollars off of you? I don’t have any cash on me, and I’m hungry, so I want to go across the street and get some McDonald’s.”
“You know what?” I said. “All I have is a five. Here.”
“Thank you! You don’t know how much this means! God bless you!” he replied. Then, the man returned to the spot were he was loitering.
Kelly and I got back in the car, and I said, “That pisses me off! He’s just standing there!”
“Well, what did you expect?” Kelly asked. “You don’t give money to someone and expect to dictate how they spend it. Just give or don’t and move on.”
“I don’t care how he spends it!” I said. “I assumed he would spend it on drugs. What pisses me off is that he told me he was going across the street! He’s not even trying to make it look like he’s going across the street.”
“So…you want him to lie to you some more?”
“All I ask is that he have a little work ethic! Panhandling is an occupation, just like any other. I just ask that, if he tries to create the illusion that he’s just looking for food to get money, he maintain that illusion until I can’t see him anymore!”
Kelly sighed. “I think you are ridiculous.”
“No! What’s ridiculous is the standard we hold our beggars to. We should really expect more! I feel ripped off now!”
My question to all of you, then, is, “AM I being ridiculous?” Should I expect this man to walk around the corner for 30 seconds to earn his pay? I, personally, don’t think it’s too much to ask!
On a related note, he approached us again yesterday. He didn’t recognize us, and I didn’t give him any money this time. I don’t expect him to remember everyone he talks to, and if he had gone around the corner last time, I might have given him more money!
Yesterday, Kelly and I went to the Canton Museum of Art to see Itchiku Kubota’s Kimono exhibit. Now, I knew that this was going to be amazing, as it seems to be the most important thing happening on Canton, with lots of Kimono-inspired art events happening all around downtown, but I was not prepared for how beautiful the show was. Even clicking on the link above to see some of the kimono in the exhibit won’t show you just how intricate each piece is.
The most amazing part of the exhibit is “Symphony of Light,” a 30-piece kimono landscape that takes the viewer from early autumn to late winter. Each of these kimono is gorgeous, but lined end-to-end, 360 degrees around the room, they make up one larger work. It was almost overwhelming.
It was a little pricey to get in (10 bucks a person), but it was worth it. If you live in the Canton area, or if the exhibit comes to your neck of the woods, don’t miss it.
In other news, the experience has inspired me to start the Haiku-a-Day project back up, starting tomorrow.
Years since I had last been roller skating: about 14.
Times previously I had been skating in my life: 2.
Confidence I had in my skating ability: 0.
Number of times I fell down on the skating rink:…0!
Kelly and I went roller skating on Friday, and despite my apprehensions and lack of experience skating, I did alright. Actually, Kelly, who used to skate fairly often, said that I was skating as well as she was by the end of the night, and she was surprised at how fast I was taking the corners.
The kids that were out there, though….jeesh! Speed skating, going backwards, sliding on their toes…it was amazing and intimidating to watch. I felt a little old and out of place there, but overall, I did alright.
Another surprise was the music that they played. The crowd was mostly 12-14-year-olds, but the songs included “Crank Dat Soulja Boy,” “Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance (Chorus: “Teenagers scare the living shit out of me”), and some song about “Sexy Magic”. Granted, I’m not really offended, and I’m sure that these kids listen to that music anyway, I’m just surprised that the skate center would risk angering parents with uncensored versions of those songs.
Another surprise was that I am not sore after a night of skating. I guess I’m not as old as I thought I was!
All in all, we had a lot of fun, and just as we do karaoke every other Friday, I wouldn’t mind skating on the opposite Fridays!
For other Encyclopedia entries, click the “Gen X Encyclopedia” tag in my tag swarm on the side of the screen.
As you may know, I am from Generation X, while my girlfriend is from Generation Y. This means that occasionally, our cultrual references don’t match up. Hence, I will explain Max Headroom.
Max Headroom– A character, played by Matt Frewer in a couple of television shows, as well as many Coke commercials. Max Headroom was supposed to be a computer-generated personality, though he was actually a guy with plastic on his head. He stuttered, told bad puns, and was generally AWESOME.
He had some show in England where he did something with music videos. After that, he did a pilot for a british Sci-Fi Cyberpunk show. This show was remade into a series on ABC, and it was pretty much the best thing that ever happened to that network until Twin Peaks. The tagline for the show was 20 minutes into the Future, which means that the show sounded just as awesome as it was.
Max also did those Coke commercials, appeared in a music video, and had a talk show.
Opening Credits of TV show (from Youtube)