As you may or may not know...I do not suffer fools, or beggars gladly.
I was standing on the street after work, well not in the street, but you know what I mean. I was waiting for a bodysnatcher to come by...Got my shades and headphones on. This usually serves to discourage all but the most brazen beggars. No eye contact. If they cannot see your eyes, they cannot tell if you are paying attention or not. And with good tunes blasting in my ear I can usually ignore fools.
Looking up the street, I see this guy round the corner down the block. He is pushing a stroller with a small child in it...Looks a little worried from what I can tell. You can usually tell by body language, etc...At any rate, as he gets closer to me, I can see he is REALLY worried. And of course, he stops to talk to me...He doesn't look like a bum, and the child in the stroller appears to be happilly chattering and gurgling away.
Of course, I can't hear a word he is saying, so I pull a headphone off, "What?!?"
"I don't suppose there is any chance you have a couple extra dollars (WTF!?!? Does anyone really have any spare money?) you can spare? You see, I lost my wallet, and I'm just trying to get me and my daughter home on the bus...."
I look him in the eye. I can't really detect anything dishonest about him. I usually have good intuition about these things. I look his kid over. Look him over again. (this takes place of course, in less than 2 - seconds)
What the hell else could I do? I smiled at the child, reached into my pocket and pulled out most of the change I had and dumped it into her Daddy's hands...There must have been between 3 and 5 dollars there.
When I looked up at his face he said, "Thanks! This should do it!" And moved on down to the bus stop and boarded the next bus!
What a day! And I don't mean that in a good sense. At the moment, the less said about that the better...But then...
I have to be reminded every once in a while how much I love classical music. It calms me, for the most part. Depending, of course which composer I happen to be listening to.
Mozart is one of my favorites.
As I sit here ripping music to go onto my Handheld, Mozart is filling my office with emotion. Some of my favorite compositions by Amadeus are, of all things, his masses. They comfort me - as well as speak to me about the mortality of mankind. The Requiem also has a very special place in my soul!
But then again I have very eclectic tastes in music. For instance tonight I have been listening (and ripping) to:
Bob Marley Erika Badu Godsmack(!) Tubular Bells Pink Floyd - A momentary lapse of reason The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed Billy Joel Lynyrd Skynyrd The soundtrack from Amadeus - I love this set!
Gotta move some stuff off my handheld! It will soon be bursting at the seams...