Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cousin Prince Barkley

Hmmm...well? How do I accurately describe the man who just walked on the bus? My first thought was Prince. Or, Artist Formerly Known As...whatever, who cares. Prince. Mix in a little Gnarls Barkley. And finally, Cousin Itt. This guy has a funky, dark, underworld, not-sure-how-to-work-in-the-gothic-hairstyle sort of look. His hair is shoulder length and it actually covers his entire head like a helmet. I can't make out much of his face. It's mean, but Cousin Itt comes to mind. He wears a black trench coat and rocks a huge, purple cross around his neck. He's wearing multi-colored bangle bracelets. LOTS of bracelets that go halfway up his arms. I can see just the tip of his chin (and believe me, I'm not trying to stare at this guy) and it looks like there might be a goatee in there. He is sitting right next to me on the community bench seat nearest the front of the bus, formally the "Priority Seating for Disabled or Elderly People." He holds his hands, painted black fingernails, in his lap and bows his head in meditation--I think. I'm not bothered by him at all since he's not talking to me, talking thru me and he doesn't emit a funk, however--I want so badly to poke at his stiff helmet head of hair!