10 minutes in a Nob Hill parking lot

So there I was in a Nob Hill parking lot behind a rainbow painted car with an Om on the trunk, when a couple walked by. She was late 20s, he at least 65. Unaware of my presence, they kissed giddily and she tugged on one of his greying locks. "Oh what's this?" she asked pulling a strand away from his face. "Hey it's bird poop," she crooned. "That means you're blessed." Clearly the man had not heard of fortune-infused bird poop, so she said, "Yeah, in some... you know, cultures... bird poop is a sign of good luck."


A couple minutes later, some guys walked past me on their way to a mini-van parked nearby. "I wanna get a really convincing dog... head... a mask... and then some paws," said the one with the ear spacers. "And then, you know, drive around."

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Tags: Albuquerque, Nob Hill, dog, hippie, mask, poop

Comment by mombat on May 25, 2008 at 8:14am
Hmm... I didn't see that as ageist or anti-hippie, just as the details of the general wackiness of the story.
For me the term hippie is negative, I associate it with the people who didn't take good care of their kids or animals and were not responsible about anything. This is in sharp contrast to people who were kind of grubby and living a non-traditional life , but who were responsible.
Comment by magoo on May 25, 2008 at 8:17am
"but you hit upon a cultural sigma", " Now here his my heresy"------what language U speakin?????
Comment by chantal on May 25, 2008 at 9:13am
Interestingly, the painted "love Taurus" was her car, not his. All in all, I found the whole thing enchanting in that "can't stop looking" sort of way. But really, the point of it all is not judgment just voyeuristic pleasure at enjoying the people who make up our little world.
Comment by cathyray on May 25, 2008 at 10:38am
chantal's right. i always take the time to enjoy the freak shows when i encounter them. i am an unapologetic people watcher & lover. i also realize i sometimes star in thier show, so can't take any of it too serious. can't something just be funny anymore?
Comment by jim on May 25, 2008 at 5:26pm
Just another lucky old guy! He should enjoy it while it lasts.
Comment by Richard Malcolm on May 25, 2008 at 7:40pm
The fun part is that each one of us is a character in somebody's idea of a freak show.

Check out Tom Waits' "First Kiss."
Comment by Pat O. on May 26, 2008 at 8:50am
The closer you get to UNM and Nob Hill, the more interesting the people watching is. Interactions among college students, yuppies, academics, hippie types, New Agey people, street people, and so forth.
Comment by hbl on May 26, 2008 at 9:13am
Chantel, thank you for sharing with us your voyeuristic adventures. I've actually missed them. I don't get out as much as you do and certianly do not write as well as you do, so I love it when you take the time to share your observations. I recall fondly your bus adventures... public transportation is great foder for voyeurism.
Comment by Clandestino on May 26, 2008 at 11:03am
Dear Albuquerque Commentator:

I think the post was interesting. Gee whiz....lighten up.
Comment by cathyray on May 26, 2008 at 11:42am
i mean only love when i say freak show.

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