Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Today is a good day. On my way to work, stomach-tumor man said he liked my hair. And now it is actual spring outside. I went to get lunch without a coat on, just a hoodie sweatshirt (and a skirt, but no stockings!), and was not cold ever. This is Progress.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will you please explain Stomach Tumor man? I do not know him.

Remember Bran-Win Man, back in the day? Good times. He's a guy who was incredibly shy and wouldn't touch anything, not even doorknobs. Yet he was always hanging around downtown, often in/near the (now-defunct) Bran-Win Pharmacy. I wonder what happened to him...

s-way

debl said...

He's a guy with a big round head who asks for money or for a coffee or for money for coffee, who always wears a sweatshirt, and happens to have a tumor about the size of a misshapen basketball at his belly area (as though he was pregnant).

I believe Bran-Win Man ia the same person as the lawyer with OCD made famous by the book "Home Town." For a while he had a rottweiler, which helped him because people would touch the dog and not automatically try to shake his hand. But then I heard the dog died, and he got another one, but this one isn't quite as amazing, maybe? Unclear. Anyway, he's on meds now and I think his OCD is more under control.

Jennifer said...

You know, I saw Stomach Tumor man every day for about five years -- even going so far as sharing my change with him -- before I even noticed the Stomach Tumor. And once I noticed it (a couple years ago) I am astounded that I didn't notice it previously. I mean, I'm a person who notices things!

Thank you.

debl said...

I have to revise my description of STM, because he was wearing a tan Carhardt jacket this morning. When he's sitting down, he just looks a little fat and lumpy, so I'm not surprised you didn't notice the problem, Jennifer. When he's upright and mobile it's way creepier. I heard that the lump is benign, by the way.

Jennifer said...

Interesting. I heard it was a hernia. A giant hernia. I wonder who is polling STM and spreading the news about him. Crazy.

debl said...

You know, you're right! I seem to recall hearing it was a hernia, as well. I just always think of him as STM because for a hernia, it sure is huge. Yikes. It's too bad I'm too much of a cowardly asshole to actually ask him what's wrong.

antwes said...

The moniker I was taught to use regarding that particular Northampton gentleman is "The Basketball Thief." (name invented by local poet C. Ryan)