Thursday, January 29, 2009

Photostory Friday - Busking and more

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

This is Kirk. I used to see him on the corner in my neighborhood playing his trumpet (not very well). He always wore a white suit and Mickey Mouse ears. Even though his music was kind of obnoxious and out of season (carols in July), I admired him for showing up. And his playing gradually improved. I mean, it would have to if you play 8 hours a day.

Then I began seeing Kirk perched near the entrance to one of Portland's busiest bridges - the Hawthorne. Not only does he play his trumpet for passing bicyclists, pedestrians, and the cars that have to stop at the entrance to the bridge, now he does a whole schtick, with toys and horns, rubber chickens, juggling, and general merry making.

I usually enter the bridge in the lanes that don't have to stop; but the other day I had my camera with me and decided to take the other route just to have a minute with this interesting guy - and to give him some money. He is so dedicated - he's there in the rain, snow, hot sun, always smiling and laughing. It's hard not to feel good when you pass him.

So I pulled up to the stop sign and asked if I could take his picture. He's such a ham, and I'm sure I'm not the first person to ask! He did a little song and dance. Then I told him I'd like to interview him sometime.

He reached into his pocket and pulled out a DVD and handed it to me. On the DVD are interviews with the local news stations and some cuts from his local cable TV show.

I love encounters like this. Thanks, Kirk, for making us smile. I had to drive on; it was rush hour and the cars were beginning to stack up behind me.


Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

How fun! One always wonders about those guys.

Kathy said...

How neat. Looks like he's enjoying himself. Love that outfit.

maryt/theteach said...

What a wonderful experience with Kirk! People like that make the world happy! :)

Chris said...

THAT is great! I love characters -- we need a few more in this world.

Jientje said...

He looks like such a happy person, even in the pooring rain!

Caspette said...

Lovely series and great story. Those moments are just wonderful.

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