“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.” – Alan Alda
I’m not a “Home Depot” kinda guy, really I’m not.
I don’t like going there, but I’m TRYIN!
You may catch me Cowboy-Up’d, only with a skirt and a bustle…maybe even with leather gloves on (which HAVE been used in REAL work), but overall…please don’t trust me with a hammer and a nail. Someone will get hurt.
And I honestly assume that the Nose will rarely have a chance to shine there…but you never know.
However, today like many days, I was at Home Depot with Cat while she browsed all the pretty plants and other outdoor improvement doo dads and I nodded YES and agreed with all her plans to further beautify that back yard many of you have graced.
After about 45 minutes, I took the cart to the register while Cat finished her last minute browsing.
“You remind me of a guy at Burning Man! I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, Burning Man, but there’s a guy out there who put clown Noses on people and gives them away and makes videos of people wearing those Noses and it’s the sweetest and coolest thing…”
And that’s how Gary and I met. He hadn’t told me his Playa name yet, though.
“I’ve heard of Burning Man, it’s out in Nevada, right? And what’s this about a guy and clown Noses?”
“Yep, he’s put his art out there for the last 2 years and hands out clown Noses all over the world…”
“And what’s your Playa name and what do you do?”
“My name’s Sojurn and I work with Census…we’re the people who were in lab coats last year in Center Camp Cafe and up before you get to Gate”
“Oh yeah, Census! You guys do a great job! My name is Tex and I AM that clown Nose guy, nice to meet you Sojurn ”
Big, manly hugs ensue and we’re both grinning ear to ear
Sojurn and Cat and myself then spend 15 minutes, bantering our “This One Time at Burning Man” stories…like his from last year when, camped way out in the suburbs, he gets woken at 3AM by a dubstep art car.
And how the car was stuck and couldn’t make a corner turn and didn’t think to turn the music OFF FOR ALMOST AN HOUR.
(insert 4 other stories back-n-forth)
So, there we were, in the Vallejo Home Depot with a grandpa Burner who keeps the garden area perfect under his watch, just like he takes his job of counting citizens just as seriously. Just as seriously as laughing and wanting to tell a perfect stranger in his department on a sunny Monday afternoon about a guy out at this thing called Burning Man who hands out clown Noses just to make people happy
Sojurn was the ?#?onedegree? of separation today, waiting to spread some joy and he just so happened to change my assumptions about that big hardware store…
A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people “Welcome )'(ome”