guy at the farmer’s market with a beard wearing a housedress
There was a guy at the farmer’s market with
a beard and glasses wearing a housedress. My daughter thought it was funny. She
was with a friend and they thought it was very funny to see a guy in a dress,
not because of any cues I was giving them, they just did. I wanted to try to
teach her to respect how other people choose to look.
So I said that if we notice how someone
looks we should say hi to them. I told her that Allen Ginsberg said “Pay
attention to the vivid,” that he meant that you should pay attention to what
ever you were visually interested in. And if our attention is attracted to
someone we can tell them we think they look cool. And she said, “Or we don’t
have to say anything.” Yep, or we don’t have t say anything.
The truth is I thought the guy
looked really cool, radical actually, his large unwaxed brown body in a
polyester housedress and great horn-rimmed glasses on his cool face. I miss
creative dressers and revolutionary stylists. Los Angeles is lacking in that
department and he was a breath of fresh air. I should have been the one to tell
him how cool he looked. But he knew anyway.