MERRY XMAS TO ALL
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I met him in Columbus Park, Chinatown, NYC. He was sitting and living in a post office mail cart, smoking a pipe and eating an orange. All around him stirred the hustle and noise of a city park. He puffed and stared straight ahead. Oblivious to it all. His hair was in dreads, of a sort, down to his waist, matted and compressed. A red rag around his head a blue one around his beard. He stared.
SS ; Mind if I take your picture sir?
He put out his hand, not to shake but for me to make an offer.
SS ; How much for your time?
Man ; One thousand.
I gasped, choked, regained my composure.
SS ; Thanks for your time, I can't afford you.
Man ; How much do you have?
I reached into my pocket, a handful of change is all I had. I swear.
He looked down, and without hesitation grabbed it all up. Seemed to be content with that.
SS ; You live in this cart?
Man ; Yes, It's all that I need. I have a tarp that I use as a cover when it rains. And to hide.
SS ; To hide? From who?
Man ; From the Peruvian government. They are looking for me.
SS ; And why is that?
I put the camera down.
Man ; My name is Internet...
SS ; Ok.
Man ; ...because I invented it....the internet. It is named after me. Many years ago I worked for the Peruvian government I developed the internet as an experiment in their labs. They wanted to keep this all a secret. But I saw this as a gift for the world, something that would tie us all together I released this out to the world.
SS ; Wow, so that's how all this started.
Internet ; Yes, the Peruvian government wanted to use it for evil they wanted all this for themselves. So now you know why I am in hiding why I fear for my life. I have to live on the streets, move from place to place, stay low and in seclusion.
Takes a puff from his pipe.
His eyes twinkle.
Internet ; Be careful now. They are watching all the time, maybe even now.
SS ; Now what do I do?
Internet ; Deny. Always deny. We have never met. You know nothing.
SS ; Ok, I will keep your secret, our secret. And thanks for inventing the internet. I love it. Best invention ever.
He smiled, not with his mouth, but with his eyes. He gave me a wink, then went back to staring,
out there....way out there.