Yesterday I had a job interview so I got up early and went to the Donut shop on Whilshire Blvd. I ordered a bear claw and medium coffee to have while I walked to the interview. Walking on Whilshire Blvd around 8am the sun hit straight on. I was almost blind. Additionally, there was much traffic at this time, of people rushing to work. I saw a figure pushing a shopping cart, talking to nobody. `A crazy homeless person’ I thought. Immediately I had to make a decision:
- Get away. Cross the street. Avoid crossing paths.
- Man-up. Just walk by.
I chose plan #2. We were walking opposite directions and as we got closer I could hear her voice more clearly. I gained the sense that this person was a middle-aged women. While I could not see her too clearly, she could probably see me just fine. However I doubt she noticed me, as her ranting continued at a steady pace. As we passed I caught a glimpse of her rant:
“And when the social net falls to pieces the interest rates will rise sharply. Nonetheless as we learned from the savings and loans scandal of the 1980s…”
I continued with my plan and never heard the end of that sentence. Curiosity caught up with me about 5 minutes later, but it was too late. Under what circumstance would I run into this crazy person a second time?