Friday, August 12, 2011
The Airplane Bike Guy
He smiled and told me I could take pictures from whatever angle I wanted. Obviously, many people had asked for pics before. I told him he was famous, and I had wanted to get a picture for a long time.
He explained that the bike used to be green, (which I suddenly remembered) but then he got hit by an older woman, who said that she didn't see him. The tail on his airplane bike put a spiderweb break in her windshield. He said that she didn't even look into oncoming traffic. He wasn't really mad at her, but just mad that the whole thing could have been prevented if she had looked a little closer. It got me thinking, how it's so easy to overlook things when we're busy. Vital things. If we just look a little closer, or slow down a little but, we could prevent so many mess-ups. So many losses.
After the accident, he painted the bike white. I'm impressed by the stripes. Often I drive by and he's touching up any chips. He takes more pride in it than many people take in their cars.
This man, who is most likely homeless, considering the sleeping bag and heavy clothing in his "cargo bin," doesn't hold a sign asking for money. He holds a Little Caesars sign to get paid minimum wage being a live advertisement. What a rarity.
I want to help this guy, but what can I do?