To giggle or not to giggle
By Royal Hopper
When you see a man who has trouble standing up straight much less walking with any sense of rhythm bouncing across a casino floor like a inebriated teen aged turkey _ singing to himself and smiling like a prom night virgin do you smile or cringe ? Are you worried about offending or do you just want to join in????
Epic Thrift huh ????
When you see a greasy, dirty, raggedy man trying desperately to push all his worldly possessions gathered in a wobbly well worn, overloaded shopping cart across a busy street looking for all the world like giant two legged poodle that had been dipped in grimy engine oil staring at the angry motorists honking their horns at him as he stand sin the middle of the road do you laugh ????? The man looks like a character in a bad sitcom and stares at the honking motorists with clueless abandon. Do you laugh????
When spot a middle aged man on a custom Chopper style motorcycle sporting a polished silver Army style helmet and a smile as big as Denver looking for all the world like character from the old Archie comics..Do you laugh????
I saw all three this week but it was a brief conversation I had with Tom that sticks in my mind.
Tom the Englishman apologizes to nobody as he weaves across casino floor bobbing his head to dance tunes that were stale when Van Halen was still hot.
“I’m happy,” Tom explains to anyone who asks as he smiles and saunters toward his next game blackjack or keno.
Walking looks difficult for Tom but he seems to take joy in it and the music he loves. If Toms notices the people who tend to giggle at him as he bobs across sections of Sin City he doesn’t show it..
“I haven’t spent that much money for the time I have been here,” he explains smiling as a new song begins to play on the nearby PA and bobbing his graying bald head to the 30 year old dance music he saunters away in his uncertain, twitchy gait toward more drinks, gaming and fun.
Giggle all you want Tom doesn’t notice.
Sometimes you see things that make you want to laugh and you know you shouldn’t. Did you ever consider the possibility many of these people like one gentleman from England _ lets call him Tom .. might not care ???? The shopping cart guy is far to lost. Tom the tourist is far to happy and secure in who he is and mid life Crisis guy with the shiny helmet and loud Chopper is far to much into recapturing his glory days to much care.
Smile and be yourself. Don’t cringe at the giggles of your fellow Sinners _ wear them like a badge of honor..
Tip of the week..
1) If you invite strangers into your hotel room lock up your valuables and ladies that includes you. If you get drunk and invite someone to your room you don’t know you are going to get rolled eventually and your expensive personals will be gone _ count on it.
That is life in the City of Sin
Rock on Sinners