Tuesday, November 6, 2018

My night with Dirty Mo

There is a man named Mo, he is about 39 years old now I think, I called him Dirty Mo because he often times would talk to and about women. And would flirt with them a lot, and was generally horny a lot it seemed. I saw him talking to a lady once, and after wards he said "I could see her coochie through her pants." This was a guy that I met at the Second City Improv Jam about 4 years ago. The first time I met him I got a weird vibe, a vibe that I did not want to be around. He had a bandage on his hand from burning it. And he seemed odd, and something told me to avoid him. But I had seen him a few times after that, and got along somewhat, and somehow, we decided to hang out one night and I spent the night at his place. As I was living in the suburbs at the time, and wanted to stay in the city for the weekend.

So this weekend started at us doing the improv jam. Then hanging out after at a bar near there. At the bar Dirty Mo was talking to some women, and I kept calling him Dirty Mo, and he said to me "Stop calling me Dirty Mo." I didn't want to do this because I felt he was Dirty Mo. We met up with a friend named Mac, who invited us to his place after to smoke weed. So Dirty Mo drove us over to Mac's. We got there and started smoking a bit. Then I had to go to the bathroom, so I did. When I came out Dirty Mo was in the middle of telling a story about how he got some girl to show him her "coochie" in a bathroom somewhere like a bar or restaurant. I believe I called him out for being so  dirty, and justifying my nickname for him, or I probably just thought that. We talked for a bit longer, then we left Mac and Dirty Mo drove me back to his place. On the way home he was telling me stories about hotel rooftop parties and meeting beautiful women, going to high class strip clubs and getting into the VIP section and lap dances and what not.

We finally got back to his place and on his door there was a sign that said "Beware of Dog". We walked in, and sat down. I looked around and did not see a dog present. So I asked him where the dog was, and he replied "I'm the dog bitch!"

We continued to sit there until he went to the closet to grab his guitar. Dirty Mo felt he was rather skilled at playing guitar, but he played some notes for me rather poorly. It was probably about 2am and I decided I was tired and went to sleep on his couch. I started to go to sleep and he threw me a blanket after awhile. Waking up the next morning, we mostly hung out and watched TV all day, one thing we watched was the Beastie Boys film with Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Elijah Wood. He claimed it was one of the greatest things on YouTube. It was pretty good, it also had John C. Reily, Will Ferrell, and Jack Black.

We left his place after four or five hours of not doing anything outside of TV watching. We went back to Second City and got dinner at Corchorans across the street with a friend named, Chip. Dirty Mo was getting on my nerves by this point. He was trying to hit on the waitress quite a bit, and Chip and I were forced to put up with him being strange at the table. Mo and I left to go see an improv show, it was fantastic, it's called "The Boys" and consists of some of the top instructors at Second City. After that show I left back to Palatine, and I had forgotten a sweatshirt or something with Dirty Mo, I believe I got it back from him later.

Probably a year later or so, I was at another theater and saw a picture of him. And next to it said,
"If you see this man, call the police." He had been accused of grabbing or harassing a woman at some other theater. And now has a notorious reputation around the improv community of being dirty.
I knew there was something dirty about Dirty Mo, that's why I called him that. He tried to deny it to get the ladies, but he was dirty for the ladies and their "coochies".

Friday, October 26, 2018

Cell phones and the Internet

This idea is fresh because my friend Junie McGraw wrote a poem about cell phones. I have an issue with the amount of cell phone use among people. I was at a restaurant recently and saw a middle aged couple sitting on their phones. The woman had TWO cell phones and was alternating between the two. If they had any conversation it involved one of them complaining to the other about something they were showing them on their cell phone. So I projected that these two were not happily married, and go out to restaurants to feel somewhat alive and break out of the monotonous cycle of their pathetic lives. That may not have been the case, but seeing them interact with each other so little made me dislike them.

When I was single and dating, I often found I had to combat with a woman's cell phone. I would try to talk to them and would feel thwarted by them ignoring me with their screen. Then I realized that that meant they had no interest in me, and my approach was most likely poor. Imagine the amount of people that we don't allow ourselves to meet. Technically you could meet someone on a train or a bus and become great friends with them, or fall in love with them.

If you are on any train or bus or elevator or walking down the street. 99% of people are looking at their phones. There could 30 people on a train and there is no one talking at all. I saw a friend of mine waiting in a lounge area at Second City reading a book. There were fifteen other people there all on their phones, I approached him saying "You're the only one not on your phone here." And no one looked up or heard me or cared.

We are all addicted to our phones, and we don't have to deal with reality anymore because we can avoid it with our phones. If something you don't want to deal with is happening, just pull out your phone. I wake up and it is the first thing I look at. I take it to the bathroom with me, the idea of taking a shit without looking at it is preposterous, and valuable time where I could be texting somebody.

And we can do SO MUCH with our phones and the internet. It is an amazing device that we have. We are able to connect with so many people now. That's how I was able to start dating my lady in England. We met, added each other on Facebook, then set up a date through texting on there. Now, having been away from each other for four months, we are able to text and call everyday with no charges. It is amazing, and something that wouldn't be possible 15-20 years ago. So I am grateful for that. Without that, I probably wouldn't be going to see her in December, and would have no idea what she was going through and we could easily lose contact.

One thing that really attracted me to Georgia, and showed that she really cared about me and people in general was, we were out to lunch and she was texting on her phone for a bit and said, "Sorry, I had to text my friend." Then she put it down. She was aware, and conscious that she was using it and was considerate of me and my time and value as a person in front of her. I was really impressed by that, and made me notice and fall in love with her more quickly.

So yes it is both good and bad, I request that you all be conscious of your cell phone use, and notice when you are on it for no reason, and put it down for a bit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Comedy and School

I realized later in life that I had been studying stand up, TV shows, movies and sketch comedy as a kid. Shows like "Always Sunny", "The Simpsons", "South Park", "Family Guy" "The Whitest Kids U know", "Mad TV", "SNL", and comedians like Ralphie May, Jim Gaffigan, and Nick Swardson, etcetera. Watching their specials because they made me feel good, and I could connect to things that they were saying. Listening to them share their struggles and experiences, and seeing them use these struggles to make a living and generate laughter for others was amazing to me. 

Watching Ralphie May talk about doing acid, and how to do it properly made me think “Oh wow, you can talk about this stuff and not get in trouble for it? Also, you can do acid and it doesn’t ruin your life.” And with Ralphie May being overweight, he inspired me to feel confident about myself. I still didn't for a long time, and can still struggle to.

Jim Gaffigan talked a lot about being lazy, and overweight, and this also helped me feel better about myself as a shy and depressed thirteen year old. Nick Swardson talking about staying up until 6am playing video games and getting angry with ten year old German kids beating him online made me think, “Oh you can still be successful in life even if you play video games that much.” Stuff like this made me feel good, and assured me that I don't have to listen to everything adults I am in contact with tell me, especially teachers. Because these people that I like and who make me laugh are saying things that I agree with and go against what is "supposed" to work in life, according to authoritative figures.

In my traditional schooling they taught me to go for what is safe, and to get good grades so I could get a decent job and have stability. Watching comedy specials and TV shows and movies showed me the exciting and fun aspects of entertainment and life, and that you don’t have to stick to a traditional path. That’s what initially got me into comedy, I was at Souther Illinois University in Carbondale, and not liking being in university there. I was obsessed with trying stand up and I did, and did it 17 more times before I left there after a year.

I was in a couple of film classes, and some of the teachers were still saying things like “If you don’t pay attention, you won’t pass the class, then you won’t get a degree and will end up on the street...” These people actually believed this stuff, so looking back I’m not that mad at them. At the time I was pissed off about people saying that shit to me. I think it’s a toxic thing to say to young people, most of us believe that and go to school under the illusion that we need a degree to be successful. This same teacher was about 40 years old and shared that she was still in debt to her education, and she believed it was worth it. She was nice enough, but I felt that she was perpetuating a vicious cycle of going to school to get to degrees to be in debt. 

Some of my friends went to school for accounting or some malarkey. Got through their classes, and studied for their tests using Aderall and other drugs to stay up late and study, and to do well on tests. They suffered through their classes, binge drinking and snorting amphetamines throughout their time at school. Complaining and trying to forget their classes during the week. Now they are graduated, and some are still taking these drugs and binge drinking to forget about their shitty jobs. Because they bought into the illusion that you “NEED” a degree to get a safe job. 

I may look like a hypocrite, because I am currently in school for acting, which you don't need a degree for. I am meeting a lot of people in this field in Chicago, have been able to travel to Prague, and England for terms abroad, and won't be in debt when I graduate. My parents and other people encouraged me to go back, I did after taking six months off, and am glad I did. I had amazing times studying overseas! I am lucky that my parents can afford it, otherwise I would have stuck with an Associates degree. Back to comedy.

I some comedy, people think about what’s in front of them, what is seen as the status quo, and rebel against it because there is something not right about following the system. Because the system is meant to keep us in line, and to go with the flow because it’s easy for the system to make us stop asking so many questions. I'm not really sure what "the system" is, maybe the government, or some powers that make things hard for people. I'm a low key conspiracy theorist I suppose. And feel like people and things want us to sit down and shut up, rather than go for our dreams. It’s important to have philosophies, to challenge what everyone else is doing if it doesn't feel right. And to think and discuss things that are going on in your life.
Satire really spoke to me as a kid. Being able to make a point about something was what I felt I needed to do to be truly heard. And having my own thoughts validated by older, smarter, funny people made me see it as possible for myself. Watching funny stuff growing up made me believe that I could do it, because I had similar thoughts and ideas about life. It would upset me when I heard my friends say they were not creative. For awhile I didn’t understand why people wouldn’t want to make a living making people laugh. Pointing out the flaws and hypocrisy’s in society and humanity, and exploring the human condition. 

I think I somehow connected school and comedy here. Ultimately I am glad I went to Columbia College Chicago. I have met some great people, learned some great things, and am so grateful for spending a month in Prague, Czech Republic, and six months in Bath, England where I met some incredible students, friends and teachers and a truly amazing girl who I am in love with (Georgia). I am ready to graduate in December, and be done with it, and am glad that I did it. And have been doing some form of comedy since I started October 23rd in 2013 at an open mic in Carbondale. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Back in Chicago

It is now July 10th and I've been in my new place with Jonah since June 28th. I have settled back in from being over in Bath for six months. Luckily Jonah found us a dope spot to live in off the Montrose brown line while I was away, and I got my amazing pool attendant gig back. It feels fantastic, and my friends made a lot of moves while I was gone. Jeremiah Behbin came up with a new improv form mixed with hip hop, and Shawn Shaw came up with the name "A Tribe Called Johnny Quest" and they brought on the rest of my best friends, Jonah Andrews, Tim Perez and Junie McGraw, and we have Eko Lu as our DJ. We would have had Andres Merlos too but he is doing big things out in L.A. for the summer. It is so fun and new and exciting. And a great way to get back into performing improv and free styling every week with my homies. Creating new material and reintegrating with all of them after being gone for six months is really fulfilling and fun.

My family is doing well, my oldest sister just had her third child, everyone is healthy and glad to have me back too.  I've seen a few other friends and talked to other powerful people at Landmark, I'll be assisting soon the next couple of Sundays. I'm getting back to my life and surrounding myself with innovative, funny, creative and amazing people.

I have obviously been thinking back on my time in Bath. Talking about it with people here, as well as my time in Ireland and Germany. As well as my time last year in Prague, and weekend in Berlin. Returning home from a trip triggered that trip too. I'm lucky that I have gotten to travel to Europe, and see my German homie Beny Hillbel (who I met through Jonah) in four countries now!
(U.S.A, Czech Republic, Germany, and England) It has helped me grow immensely. And just getting the experience of being in a new place is dope. Seeing how people live and meeting new ones to talk to and connect with.

Being in Bath I felt that people were flaky with plans. I generalized English people for awhile. In the end I did end up hanging out with some amazing people consistently. I think I was a bit "desperate" to make friends at first, so I put a lot of meaning in making plans with people, being there by myself, and only having six months to do so, it took some time to find the right people. Because 'people' in general can be flakey, including myself.

I'll give some acknowledgments to students who I got along with and became friends with, Sapphire Heaton, she was in my class and was warm to me IMMEDIATELY, and I really appreciated that feeling of being welcomed into the class and for that empathy. Suhaila Fahad also made me feel really welcome right away and all of the time after that too. Tor Hudswell, made me feel welcome and became a close buddy near the end, always had a great time chatting and drinking with him. I also respect how hard you work and I believe you will do amazing things as an actor. Mikael Sjoman the FINN MANGS, the only other guy in the exchange program, luckily we got along and became pals. Holly Leggett, who is wonderful and kind also made me feel welcome and was just delightful to be around. Megan Freeman Thompson also made me feel really welcome consistently, and put in the effort to make me feel accepted. Same with Charly Beahan, smiling and saying hello to me was big for me. Max Griffiths too, always saying good morning and giving me a pound, small things like that make a big difference. I could go on and on, I'm forgetting people, I hope you know if you made a difference for me with my stay in Bath :).

And of course, Georgia, my new English girlfriend. I've never been affected by anyone like this. I'm so proud of her, and so happy that I got to meet and fall in love with her. We've been talking every day, it is amazing to be in love with someone like her, and it fucking sucks so hard being this far away from her. Thank God and them that there is social media to keep us connected overseas, so we can talk and see each others faces. She plans on coming over here when she graduates in about eleven months. She is the first thing I talk about when people ask me how my trip was. In the mean time, I talk about her in Chicago and recreate her for people. So I can give them a taste of who she is, show them pictures of her, and allow people to welcome her when she arrives. I know people will fall in love with her like I did.

I enjoy talking about my trip in chunks, I can't spill everything out in one sit down. I have to be reminded of things that trigger memories and such. I have gathered a lot of new stories and memories and they are lodged somewhere in my brain and I can't always access them. Sometimes I am tired and feel worn out in trying to share everything, so I can't always get it all out to people when I see them. I want to share my experience with people, so if you are interested we can chat soon and probably a few more times to give a good taste.

I am so grateful that I did this trip! Six months in England by myself. Although, I left with a plethora of new friends, hopefully I will see some of them again. Most of the people I won't see again, but to anyone who gave me anything in my time other there, thank you. This once in a lifetime experience changed me in amazing ways. Much love to Bath and to England! <3

Monday, July 2, 2018

People I met in Bath

During my stay in Bath England I met quite a few people, these are some that struck me as interesting or meaningful. I'm leaving out most of my classmates as these are people I met out and about in town. 

Bamf- What a delight he is. He is a small bearded English man with no teeth. He has a buzz cut with a long collection of hair at the front of his head, he keeps it out of his face by putting his glasses over them on his head. I always loved chatting with him and letting him go on about anything. He works as a gardener, a child minder, and as a street vendor in Green Park Station, where we met. He is extremely bubbly, friendly and energetic. I have got to know him really well over the six months of being there. He is a great friend and a lovely character that epitomizes Bath for me.

Guillem – He is a lovely Spanish man. He works at the Hatch, which is a food-vending place in Culverhay, where I had most of my acting classes. We had a few deep and introspective discussions about meditation, philosophies on life, women and English culture. He related to me that English being his second language allows him to be detached to the words. And this allows him to get his message across without feeling much restraint. I enjoyed how present he was in his conversation skills. He is also a singer/songwriter/musician.

Georgia – She is the girl that I fell in love with. She is an acting student. I met her by going to an outside lecture, and once we began dating we began to see each other all of the time. We don’t get sick of each other, or we at least put up with a lot from each other. I am lucky that I got to fall in love in Bath. We are still talking and she plans to come visit me this time next year when she graduates.

Mark - He is a brilliant acting/voice teacher and coach. I met him because he substitute taught for one of my teachers. We met up outside of class a few times, and he invited me to one of his lectures where I met Georgia. He is also extremely kind, charming, funny, passionate and charismatic as a lecturer. I could sense how much I’d be able to learn from him as a voice coach and am seriously grateful that I got to meet and experience him.

One time Meetings

Estevan – He is a living statue street artist in the City Centre of Bath. He is usually near the Abbey and the Roman Baths. He is either dressed in a gold painted suit, along with his gold face, a gold hat and gold hair. He is leaning back and pouring water from one can into another can, the stream is continuous and non-stop, it is fascinating to watch. Some days he is dressed in an all silver suit, with long silver streaked hair that is essentially blowing in the wind, again all silver, and he looks like he is riding on a bike real fast hence the blown back hair. He was not working at the moment in his bike uniform so I stopped to chat with him for a few minutes. He was lovely and warm and gave me his business card!

Tiny – He is a six foot five inch tall bus driver. I walked into the U5 bus once and he commented on how I almost touched the ceiling with my head. I asked him how tall he was and he said six five. He then got out of his bus drivers cage and stood in front of me and we chatted about me being from Chicago for a bit. He was very friendly, and he told me his name was Tiny. I found that fitting. 

Johnny Dollars – I had missed the bus to class one day so I called an Uber. and this man showed up. He was a friendly older Bristolian man. I found out his name (Johnny Dollars) because it was tattooed on his right forearm. He was extremely friendly and fun to talk to. He asked me how I liked British women, I said I did, but I was having trouble hanging on to a girl after the first meet. He helped me change my luck I guess, because I soon met the lovely Georgia. I only chatted with him for about 10 minutes. I felt we related well to each other and he was the best Uber driver I had in Bath.

These are some small descriptions of these people. I am keeping them brief to keep some of their privacy and to just give a taste. They made a huge impact on my stay in Bath, and I am grateful to have met them.

Friday, May 18, 2018

My Trip to Germany

Near the end of my Easter break in Bath, England I flew into Frankfurt to hang with the main German homie Beny. My main American homie Jonah flew from the states to the airport in Frankfurt as well. I met Beny through Jonah when he was visiting Chicago for six months from about April to October in 2016. I then met up with Beny in Prague and Berlin this past summer in June of 2017. They were fantastic, fun filled times. Then Beny came to Bath in the first part of my break at the end of this past March, just for the weekend, he flew back home then I went to Ireland for a week. I came back to Bath, and met my parents for a trip around England, I flew from London to Germany and he Jonah and I hung out in his hometown of Mannheim Germany from April 11th to the 15th. It was a fantastic trip. THE REUNION!

Jonah and I arrived on Wednesday afternoon, Beny had his driver friend Ade pick us up at the airport. Ade is a really funny and interesting guy. He didn't speak much English so he mostly communicated using driving and chicken sounds with his mouth. He made us laugh our way to Beny's and showed us all the hip hop songs from GTA San Andreas. We stopped by Loopy, which is like a mini red light district in Mannheim. I walked out there with only my phone and my passport, so I didn't feel that well equipped to talk to hookers. It was still cool, they were looking at us out the windows of their "houses" some were just in their bikinis looking at their phones on the bed. We went into one of the houses to look, one girl was all over Beny and he said "No sorry I have a girl friend" she was upset and playfully kicked him in the penis with her sandal before we left. We did not have sex with any of the respected hooker ladies.

Ade then took us to Beny's place. He is in training to become a nurse so he lives in a large apartment complex with lots of other nurses he is friends with. We spent that day walking around a bit, and bought some food for the next five days. We took it easy that night and went to bed early. Beny had school the next day, so he arranged for his dad to take Jonah and me around to Heidelberg.

Thomas! The father of Beny himself, came around 11am Thursday morning to take us on our own personal tour! Thomas is a really great guy, open, fun and friendly. He was the perfect tour guide. We went to a race track in Mannheim first to look at some old cars, bikes and to have lunch. I asked him for some life advice, just because he is the father of an amazing friend of Jonah and mine. Two things he said were "be open to everybody" and "life is learning." Just some tidbits fuh yo ass.

We then went off to Heidelberg, it is a beautiful and scenic student city, similar to Bath. Throughout the drive he would point things out to us and explain their history. We would make pitstops to beautiful parks, get out walk around and look for a bit. We walked around one park right near a lake, and found two girls playing guitar. Thomas went up to them, like he would do with a lot of strangers, just like Beny does. He asked them if they would play something for us, and then we would do some comedy for them. They acknowledged us at first and then somewhat ignored us and continued to practice (Hurt by Johnny Cash). We hung around chatting for a bit, I guess Thomas could sense that they were still open to us doing some "comedy" for them. We agreed that we would freestyle for them if they played some guitar. So they did and Jonah and I rapped for them. I was nervous and didn't want to do it, but we did it, and it was cool.

We left and went to Heidelberg castle. A relatively destroyed castle, with the interior still in tact. We all went in and explored it, then went to the top to see the beautiful landscape of Heidelberg. It was an amazing sunny day, with beautiful clouds and buildings behind the river. We left there and got some food, then Thomas took us back to Mannheim. We were gone most of the day and came back to meet Beny to go out to a college party.

We got there around 9pm to a large quad with a DJ, we got drunk and lots of German people kept yelling "Jesus" out at me so I would 'bless' them if necessary. We left a few hours later, we were free styling down the street kept finding wine on the ground. We ended the night at a night club called Zimmer's dancing to techno around 3am or so.

The next day was Friday, we went over to Beny's friend Kevin's house to hang for a bit. We were free styling and drinking, Kevin makes beats, and we would go back the next day to record stuff! Later, we went back to the same night club, Zimmer's for some good techno, we danced for awhile then we left around 3am to go to a different place.

We probably went somewhere else too, mostly walking around or stuff, I don't exactly remember.

We went to a bar called Rhodos and when we went up there a guy started to pick a fight with Beny outside. Soon after a girl came up to them asking the other guy who was arguing with Beny if she could have a cigarette from him. He did not want to give her a cigarette because he was busy being angry with Beny. The three of us boys left this angry arguing guy somehow and went inside to order some food as we were all hungry at 5am.

We all sat down and later the girl with her friend who was asking for a cigarette, was crying because that guy had grabbed her or hit her. She was speaking in German, then apologizing to us in English. There were some really loud people behind us, and a big scary guy standing up and looking right at us for quite awhile as our food came. We began to eat in this chaotic and foreign environment when a random German dude came up to our booth to try and hit on the girl who was crying. He infiltrated our booth, adding to the weird vibe. He ended up getting his arm around her, he didn't want any of our food, maybe he scored that night, we ended up leaving around 5:30am and went over to a private bar/shop. It had a counter with some beer, we bought some beer, we went in the back to play some arcaded games, then we played darts. We left around 6 or 7am to walk home as the sun rose, it was a full and proper night out in Germany.

Saturday we probably got up around 3pm or so. We went out into town to Primark to get some clothes. My parents advised me to listen to Beny's fashion sense. He got Jonah and I some new shirts and pants (They call them pants in Germany too, not trousers.) We went over to a hip hop event that was really cool. Some German rappers went up and rapped on stage for awhile, obviously we could not understand what they were saying, but we were still "catching the vibe" which is a common German phrase regarding music. Afterwards they had an open mic and a guy did some amazing beatboxing.

We went back to Beny's friend Kevin's house, the beat producer, we were free styling for awhile then we recorded a couple of songs. It was a lot of fun, and it encapsulated our trip as a trio, and is a great memory for us to have in a song form. It was great, we went out after that to a few clubs Beny made sure we saw all the good stuff. We went home around 3am.

We woke up and Thomas picked us up to drive us to Beny's home growing up. We got to meet his mom and see his brother Toby, who we had met once before when he came to visit Beny in Chicago. Toby took us to the airport, he dropped off Jonah, then the Hilbel brothers took me around Frankfurt to show me around. It was a cool city, I only saw it for about thirty minutes

They then dropped me off at the airport, and I flew back to London, took a train to Bath to return to Uni the next day. It is always well worth it to see my friend Beny around Europe, we take each other to new places and make new fun times. And it was also amazing to see my best friend Jonah in Germany, as he brought Beny and I together.

Friday, April 27, 2018

BAMF, my friend

I have been living in Bath for about four months now. And on one of my first days here, walking to the Sainsbury’s in town, I met a guy named Bamf. He works in the Green Park Station selling clothes. He is a friendly 50 something year old man, with a full beard and no teeth. He often wears a hat that covers up a pink streak in his hair. He has a delightfully high voice that goes well with his positivity and friendliness. He is curious about me as a person, my thoughts on Bath and is eager to share his opinions and beliefs. I stop by to chat with him every time I see him.
 One day I was talking to him and his friend came by to chat with him as well. I asked how they met, which turned into me learning how Bamf lost his teeth. About twenty years ago, some guys had jumped Bamf and his jaw was broken. The doctors put a wire in his jaw to fix it, and when they took out the wire they ripped out all the enamel in his teeth. So they just ended up pulling out all of the teeth. He eats a lot of chocolate and apparently steak too.
 The day he told me that story was the day that you my friend Verity hosted a yoga event at my accommodation. I told Bamf that I might attend, when I finished with my interaction with him and was leaving he said, “Have fun at the bendy thing!” I asked what he meant and he said he was talking about the yoga event. Which made me laugh, as he tends to do. 
Another time I was chatting with him at his clothes stand, a man stopped to look in the Chili Hut that was across from his clothing stand. Bamf went to assist him there. He then began to rattle off all of his knowledge about the various bottles of chili. I was seriously impressed, he was describing all of the different flavors that he’d tried, and what uses they have on different foods. 
For at least fifteen minutes I was just standing there listening to Bamf go on about all of these chili sauces, giving the customer and me taste samples. When he finished with one section of the chili he would begin to say, “that’s about all I can tell you... OH!” Then he would move on to another section of chili with excitement and continue to describe more chili. I had no reason to stick around other than it interested me immensely. After Bamf went through about all of the chili that he supposedly knew, the customer settled with Mega Death. Disregarding all of Bamf’s suggestions, and going for the hottest sauce available. I have a feeling that he was enjoying tasting different samples, and listening to Bamf go on about all of the chili as much as I was.
Bamf went back to packing up his clothing post. He described that encounter as taking a break from cleaning up. I saw it as hard work describing all of that chili, but he is so knowledgeable that it was easy for him. He is fascinating, and interested in people, talking to anybody else who passes by. He is a kind and honest man, which makes him a not great salesman. Although, to me it seems that it is more important for him to be friendly and helpful than to make money. I admire him for that, and it is why I continue to go back to see him. I suggest anyone who reads this to go and visit him at the Green Park Station.