So…….. I’m driving home from work and I approach a panhandler standing at an intersection near the entrance to interstate 35. He gives me a nod and I return it but then I quickly look away because I don’t want to make him think that I have something for him……. and well, also because it’s uncomfortable….. to see is to acknowledge!!! Anyway……..😳I promise he continued to look at me 😳…..I could see him with my peripheral vision 😳…… I mean, didn’t he get the picture!!! I wasn’t giving anything up today!!! I turned to look 👀 at him again and I be damned if I didn’t have a tremor in my right hand that made me grab my glovebox!!!! *Debo ain’t got mind control over me* And he 😳continued to look at me!! He had a real wild look that seemed to develop before me….. his skin was real dark and accented with what I imagined was soot… and his eyes were light gray or blue and his hair was wild (think Don King)….. I mean he looked like…… like a Siberian Husky or something!! I mean, it was like he was ugly and handsome at the same time!!!! 😕
I promise that this had to be the longest light everrrrr! It was as if he had control of the traffic light and if I didn’t pay the toll he wasn’t going to ever let me go!! So….. I looked in glove box, grabbed a couple dollars, let the window down (rap music blaring into the streets), and nodded for him to come and collect!! You won’t believe what this guy said to me!!!! He looked me in the eyes, thanked me and…. his speech paused for a minute as he backed up and his eyes squinted, he pointed at me and said “Hey, be careful out here!!!” 👀👀👀👀
Was that a threat or a warning????
Did he have some insight that I didn’t have???
I bet I’m about to put this seatbelt on!!!
I mean….. I actually wanted to put my car in park and have him elaborate on this…. like: “Aye potna, what did you mean by that?!?!”
I mean can you see the irony in a panhandler, standing near a highway entrance, downtown, in 30 degree weather advising me to be careful???
And amazingly……the traffic light🚦changed as soon as the money exchanged hands!!!