Sep
12
2009

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bum

Ever since I was hit by a crazy person outside of my apartment, I have been noticeably jumpy around people who look…well…crazy.  Whenever someone lurches towards me on the sidewalk — a move that is often accompanied by one or more of the following: arm flailing, screaming, urinating, swearing or throwing things — I tense up.  In writing, that actually sounds pretty normal.  That said, I often just get nervous when I walk alone and see someone in my path who looks even remotely shady. 

This morning, I was out for a stroll in the gray, wet mist of an SF September, and I found myself in the gaze of  a homeless person lounging at the edge of Lafayette Park.  When he got up and started moving towards me, fight or flight kicked in.  I’m all flight, so I got ready to run and reached for my giant whistle, which until this point has only been used (very successfully, I might add) to herd friends at birthday bar crawls.  

But then…

In a move that truly surprised me (and I’m not easily surprised)…

The man told me I was very pretty as he handed me a flower that he had picked from a nearby bush.  It almost had the sweet feel of a mid-80’s John Cusack movie (“Say Anything” comes to mind), if I were Ione Skye and John Cusack were a grizzled homeless guy named Barry.  

Just when I am ready to give up on this city, something like this happens.  Seriously, made my weekend.

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  • Tom W

    I'd suspect a lot of San Francisco woman would have been less creeped out by someone just jumping out at them. Glad you enjoyed your flowery experience though.Great title.

  • http://socialmediasurfer.com/ Craig Oda

    When we you hit? That's horrible. The city of SF should really organize more programs around this problem.I've been troubled by the image of the 11 year old boy getting stabbedon Muni for no reason.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/

  • http://socialmediasurfer.com/ Craig Oda

    When we you hit? That's horrible. The city of SF should really organize more programs around this problem.

    I've been troubled by the image of the 11 year old boy getting stabbedon Muni for no reason.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/09/BAOK19K6HN.DTL

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