Monday, June 20, 2005

Interesting People I know..

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine where she expressed disgust concerning all the weird people in her life. That got me thinking about all the strange but interesting people in my life. Instead of being disgusted, I am kind of intrigued at what makes these people tick. Instead of deleting these people from my life simply because of their idiosyncrasies, I'd rather keep these interesting people in my life, as long as I am out of harms way. Here are a few people in my life that walk to the beat of their own drummer, and that's a understatement. If you have any "interesting people" in your life, by all means comment on it.

Keith: Keith is a guy who was a surrogate older brother to all of my close friends when we were kids. We all looked up to Keith being that he was about 4 years older than us, and being that he was a professional skateboarder was the coolest thing in the world to my group of friends. He would show us tricks, and encourage us like most mentors do. Sounds like a touching, heartwarming story right? Not quite. Fast forward 17 years and Keith is basically the same guy, seriously. I see him in local bars occasionally and his main topic of conversation is skateboarding. I have tried to purposely shift the conversation to something totally different but someway it segues into skating. Talk about the weather, he says how nice it is to go skateboarding. Discuss politics, it somehow becomes a conversation on the politics of skateboarding and the police harassment of said skateboarders. Keith had a cookout at his house and when I arrived there he had a half-pipe(skateboard ramp) in his living room where we skated the majority of the time.(Granted, I skated it, was in a skate video that he was filming, and had a great time. That's beside the point) His passion is obsessive, but also it is kind of inspiring. To love something so much where a considerable amount of time is spent thinking about it is really the "love of your life".

Mitch: Mitch is a dude that I ran with as a teenager, certifiable crazy son of a bitch. Mitch was into magic, and he was a great pick-pocket. We used to hang out and go to the mall, and this motherfucker used to have at least 15 wallets on him that he had just lifted from some unsuspecting customer. Being that he was knee deep in criminality, it surprised me when he informed me that he was becoming a police officer a few years back. I thought maybe he had turned his life around and decided to be a law abiding officer, getting rid of the filth on my city's "mean streets". One conversation ruined that image completely, as I learned from Mitch that he had to be one of the the dirtiest cops in my city. He apparently takes bribes from certain drug dealers and he also looks the other way when it comes to prostitution. He has told me stories where he let a hooker go if she "serviced" him that night. I have warned him about his behavior, but when I do he kind of looks through me and gives me phony nods of agreement. Another interesting tidbit about Mitch: His cousin had gotten killed in a drug related incident and the suspect was still on the run. A week later the suspect was found in a alley, with 14 shots buried inside him. Not saying that Mitch did it, but it makes you wonder.

Lucy: Lucy is a Mexican American woman raised somewhere in California. She is beautiful, but by her demeanor and her rough mannerisms you can tell that she has had hard times in her life. Lucy was part of a girl gang in L.A where she has had several family members killed, and she has been in and out of prison. I can't tell you how many times Lucy has told me, while we were sitting at a bar, how it feels to "kill somebody". She is strictly a "bar friend", but her stories about death and gang life are kind of scary, but at the same time interesting. I made the mistake of giving her my number because how she stated that she didn't have many friends. Boy, was that a mistake. She would call me like 3 in the morning, drunk, talking about how fucked up her life was, crying and whatnot. I saw her and she told me that she was interested in me, but I turned her down simply by saying, "You have been in prison, been in a gang, and the other day you "drunk" called me. I'm not trying to be the "girl" in this relationship." She laughed, and about 5 minutes later she had pulled a knife on some chick that looked at her funny. That's my Lucy!

Jake: Jake is a Vietnam veteran on some bona fide "Rambo" shit. The guy has received several medals based on his heroism and his leadership during his time in battle. I have to admit, I want to be in good shape at 57 years old as he is, the guy is solid as a rock. I met John because he is a bounty hunter, and since the asshole who killed my boy Buddy is still out there somewhere I felt the need to get some assistance. I know I should contact Buddy's family, and that I am going about it the wrong way, but I just want to honor my dear friend because I feel he would do the same for me. When I first met John he was telling me about all this cool surveillance equipment, phone tapping tools, and his "top 10" ways he finds a "perp". He is so committed to his job that before physically I met him he had found out information on the guy that killed my friend, from his medical history, the name of his girlfriend and his close friends, and he put a running tap on his mother's phone. I was impressed. His commitment was impressive, obsessive but also impressive. We are becoming fast friends, and he digs my sense of humor, until I suggested that I should call him "Magnum P.I" and that he call me "T.C."(For all you Magnum P.I fans out there) I guess his humor stops at me comparing him to Tom Selleck, go figure. But the best part is that he said I could go with him when he picks that asshole up, so I will be documenting that whole ordeal on this blog. Stay tuned.

22 comments:

saxplayer1920s said...

Interesting people, I know some that are about as interesting and I have to say: those people are the ones that make your horribly boring life muuuuchhh more interesting.

Doll House Architect

Nikki said...

For some strange reason I hear Mr. Rogers singing The People In Your Neighborhood when I read this post.

peachy said...

I relate to Keith, except my topic of conversation is riding my motorcycle. Do you know how boring I am come wintertime? hee hee.

Kê!τh™ said...

My name is Keith, too. Your post was funny :o).

CaffeineDiva said...

Great post as usual. I know MANY interesting people but I would need so much space to explain them all here.
I too had the same song in my head Nikki!

totolehero said...

good post as usual Mr. HC

Luke Cage said...

What's happening dawg? When I was reading your Keith entry, all I could think of was the guys from Viva-La-Bam with the half-pipe erected in their moms home.-lol On the Jake entry, I think it's pretty cool that someday you may be present when Jake brings in the sucka that killed Buddy. That's going to be one interesting blog entry fo' shure. Good work man.

Kevin B said...

I have a very special lady friend who is the most interesting person I know... she was sexually abused by a demonic father as a child, dated the lead singer of a famous 80s rock band in her later teens, dated one of the famous Kennedy men in her twenties, survived a near-fatal stabbing in her stomach by a homicidal maniac in her thirties, served for decades as a nurse for a non-governmental organization in the worst of humankind conditions during the aftermaths of Rwanda, Breslin, and the latest Indonesia tsunami, widowed a few years ago by a closet homosexual who sadly ended his life with a shot-gun blast while she was in the next room, recently stalked for months by a crazily insane lesbian English woman who's madly in love with her....yet, despite, or maybe because of, the ups and downs of her tumultuous life, my friend is the most amazing lady I've ever met.

Nikki said...

Oh damn, it just hit me, Mr. Rogers didn't sing that song. That was Bob on Sesame Street who sang it. Either way, the song fits the post.

obifromsouthlondon said...

you know the strange crowd are the best to chill with. always drama.

used to have a room mate back in uni called wacko. would get really wound up and paranoid if you walked ahead of him (?!). always wore sunglasses. we had beef with these frat guys once and wacko dealt with it in the most bizarre way. one fine monday morning he hid and waited for them in some bushes not far from their frat house. robbed and beat up four of them as they headed for lectures. we almost got expelled. my mums thought he was the nicest of guys. I moved out.

Miss_Vicki said...

Great post, and very well written. I really enjoy reading your posts.

Anyway, on the subject, it's really cool that you embrace, rather than discard, the "strange" or "interesting" people in your life. Life is full of em.

I unfortunately have the most boring life on the planet - I like to keep it simple these days.

Dayrell said...

You sure have a very interesting set of friends. Each friend has their own set of characteristics that make them stand out.

I have some friends like that myself. I have to be honest, their characteristics get a little annoying at times, but they are still interesting people to have around, and reading your stories reminded me of that, so now I feel more grateful. lol. Nice post Critic. =)

coley said...

Hey there HC... Where do you come up with this stuff? You always have something to blog about which is guaranteed to get you at least 9834383 comments! I bet you could just say "Hi all, I have nothing to say today... Have a good day, I'm out!" and get hella comments... Too funny!!!

So ummm, you seem pretty interesting yourself, when do we all get to meet you? :)

I am Jack said...

Great post man. I know some crazy fuckers myself so I know where you are coming from..

FantasyFootballGuru said...

There is a guy above me that is into Tai Chi and he is always doing those strange movement in front of my building like clockworsk. Defintely a interesting person.

SweetB... said...

very cool sounding people, all you need is a stylish asian dude who hangs out with the skateboarder and gets chased due to all the grinding at the local supermarkets...

Guessaurus said...

Just reading this makes my life feel dull. I thought I had weird friends, but reading this, we are all a bunch of Kindergarteners LOL.

I am always amazed at your posts (and by extension your life) HC - keep writing, I will keep reading.

Brother OMi said...

my wife says i know some nefarious characters. but it makes life interesting. also you never know when you will need their assistance. PLUS its good to have these folks ON YOUR SIDE.

piranha said...

i think we are all interesting freaks. if we don't appear to be we hide it, and how does macy gray say in 'sexual revolution' (i even don't know whether she wrote those lyrics herself but hum, doesn't matter right!?): your mother lied to you all the time, she knows as well as you and i, you got to share whats taboo in you and share your freak with the rest of us. '
i always think that if i do sth strange in public the people have at least something to tell sth at home instead of just watching tv. they could say ; hey, i saw this crazy lady today...
so what..we should stop being so egoistic and worry always what people might think of US instead of just letting them choose for themselves....
ah, and critic, i don't know this person really but by what I have read so far from him this dude seems to be more than an extraordinary interesting person who is really alive. you know what i mean. the living kind. it might as well be that he is living a very poor and sad life as a crippled person, but his imagination would be even the more stunning in this case. he is one of the most interesting guys i know out there.
his name is, huh, what was is again. i think something like humane crtical or so :D
p

Beloved said...

I am sending you the bill for a new keyboard because of this comment----> You have been in prison, been in a gang, and the other day you "drunk" called me. I'm not trying to be the "girl" in this relationship." I was trying to enjoy my soda and now it's all between my keys. I just might electrocute myself while I'm typing this comment. You are truly too much.

Joaquin "The Rooster" Ochoa said...

Cool...but you should put the gun to the guy who killed your homie yourself. Don't have anyone else do it...the rush, the rush will make you pop him...sure you will feel numb for a bit..but you will feel like something was completed...you really should go full circle with it.

Eyes said...

As a strange one myself, I appreciate people with an open mind. I've never fit any mold.