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.
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6 comments:

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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