One of my favorites pastimes has always been "People Watching".
Now I need to say that I don't get so carried away with it that I run into large displays at the local discount store. I may have swerved off the road a few times in my life gawking at the local sideshow though.
We used to have a local who dressed in a Superman costume. All through the 70's and 80's he WAS Superman. Superman on a bicycle. Up up and away on Shawnee by-pass on a bicycle. On a good day his cape would flap and fly in the wind. I guess I was secretly jealous that he could get away with it and my parents would probably never consider letting me play superhero all day.
Sometime during the 90's he went through a metamorphosis of sorts and emerged as a very large Leprechaun.
He pierced his nose and ears and and smoked a pipe and wore costume jewelry and clattered and clanged wherever he went. He wore greenish colored clothes with striped suspenders holding up his shorts. Green leotards and very expensive Nikes completed the lower half of the costume. Sometimes he would dangle from his neck a blackboard with the "message of the day" chalked onto it. He evidently had found the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow.
To his bicycle he added bells and whistles and extra tires that helped him pull a large homemade wooden wagon, also painted to suit his fancy.
He seemed to be very happy as a Large Leprechaun. Of course while shopping he always garnered more than his fair share of points and giggles. Some of those that knew him could be overheard commenting that he was the nicest guy in the world and the way he was, was just that.
"That's how he goes!"
Sometimes I wish that I were as comfortable in my own skin as the Large Leprechaun man is. One of the problems of being a people watcher seems to be that you sense maybe people are watching you a little bit.
I'm also reminded of the saying that everytime you point a finger at someone, you have 4 pointing back at you. That's not completely true though.
Actually you have 3 fingers and a thumb that kind of points down or out a little bit.
Keep that in mind next time YOU get all pointy and stuff. Then again maybe you'll find your pot o' gold and can dress and act like you REALLY want to..........