Friday, February 12, 2010
Full Disclosure And Random Thoughts...
Back in the 80's there was this great, I mean REALLY great cop show called "Hill Street Blues" that gave birth to another great, REALLY great and ground breaking series, "N.Y.P.D. Blue". When TV Guide rated a bunch of T.V. shows, Hill Street was named Best Drama up to that time.
I was a faithful viewer!
Kindly take note of the actors at the top of this cast picture, the blonde and the quite Italian looking guy. The actors, Betty Thomas ( who also directed "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "Howard Stern's Private Parts") as Sgt. Lucy Bates and Ed Marinaro as Officer Joe Coffey. A particular story arc involving these two get at play here.
Now understand it has been some 30 years since the episode played, so I don't in a crystal clear fashion recall all the details. But enough to make my point.
Basically, they encounter one of Chicago's homeless guys and take a special interest in him. They get him some help, clean him up, a new wardrobe, and Joe says:
"Hey Luce, there's a person under there!"
As with any one, homeless or not, there is a person in there.
I sometimes wonder how people perceive me. I like to think I am kinda literate here and express myself even better when speaking. So well, in fact, I tend to simply dominate most conversations without really trying to. It just happens.
I paid attention to Bill Clinton and learned a lot from him. Spin is everything!
But I digress.....
I sometimes am curious as to how others may perceive me. My appearance, demeanor, etc. Currently my wardrobe consists of 2 pairs of sweats, black jeans, sweat and t-shirts. I am letting my beard grow in a "Homeless Guy" style.
SIDETRACK: I am growing out the beard even more for next year's Halloween Costume. I plan as going as Aqualung.
This year I went as the unknown homeless bearded stranger offering kids candy from a van.
JOKE..it's a joke!!!! I really didn't have any candy, but again I digress....
Why? Why try to look the part? Why grow the long beard?
It ain't because Z.Z. Top needs a singer.
It seems to fit. Plus I tend to play with it, much like Betty Boop's inventor Uncle would stroke his when he got a flash of brilliance. It's like a string of beads or isometric ball.
I've come to like it.
So, yeah, I kinda look the part. And some are surprised I am not some delusional addict that is better at drooling than expressing.
It's fun to watch. Keeps'em off balance.
But I also have an opposite issue. There are more than a few who think I am a fraud. Not really homeless and living in a conversion van. I am a fraud! That I am seeking some kind of sympathy pretending to be homeless...err....addressless.
I am online.
I take pictures!
I embed video and music.
I have time to write about stuff other than dealing with the elements and "social injustice"!
Take my word, and that of Bob The Van Eating Dog.
We live in a van.
1. I have been hearing a different slant on class warfare/envy! There is a work at home company who bemoan the middle class is being exploited by...get this...the poor!! In the ad, the announcer-ette muses the middle class work but fall behind while the poor are given oodles of cash! They get the "bailouts"!
Hows about that!
Before they started running this rather distasteful ad, I had looked into this outfit. I used a throwaway addy and, man, was there a deluge of spam!!! I mean tons..for days...for months...even to this day!! And you may only hear the ads if you listen to streaming radio online.
This outfit: incomeathome55.com. Just so you know!
2. I had pork loin cutlets, encased in my very own coating, with cole slaw and fresh baked biscuits. That NuWave Oven is great!!! So, just because I can actually cook, doesn't mean I am not really in the current state of affairs I say I am. I improvise and make the best of things.
Here is a video that is a brief, hastily shot and not edited, tour of the conversion van. Not that I have anything to prove, I am just want to set the record straight. I sleep many nights this winter fully clothed, some nights with my shoes on.
It's for real.
To lie to you now, would be my downfall later.
Until next time....