His hair and beard go from months overgrown to cleanly cut. I notice he wears the same clothes until they are ratty and falling apart. I used to cheer when I saw him spruced up with a new ensemble and hat!
We share the same schedule. We both are quite punctual people. We've run into each other at the same points in the small basin of HH on many occasions.
...Ok, so some may say I am stalking this man... but it was just coincidence I ran into him again and again the day documenting the landscape of my home town... Or was it? ;)
For the first time we exchanged glances at the Tea Station and then again at the stop light with camera at bay (this month).
An hour after the encounter I talked to a friend (and long time resident), about him and showed the picture. To my surprise he knows the man!! Informs me his name is Jim, a Navy Vet who has roamed the streets of this small town for years!
"Jim the bum is a real nice guy, kinda crazy tho. His wife left him after he retired from the Navy and went insane. He has a house but little money and uses what he has for beer"
I was instantly satisfied to learn his name, and a back story of this mystery man, I've used as a mental note time keeper for so long! This is an Ode to you ol' Jim ol' buddy ol' pal!
Haliburton approaching Colima about 11am. (If I see him here I know I'm late for work!)
Colima approaching Azusa about 11:30 am. On my day off I ran into him at the Tea Station about 12:30. He just sat there with his head down in his hands. I snapped his pic with my phone, lurking in the tea merchandise, waiting for a large Lavender Tea beauty elixir!
The earliest I've caught Jim wandering his route was on Lugon and Stimson about 10:30. Caught on my phone. My friend said he see's him down as far as Gale...