I just had an interesting conversation with some scruffy looking homeless guy at a Dennys’. I bought him some breakfast. I just wanna write this all down real quick while its fresh.
So here’s his story
He says “My Uncle turned 53 a few months ago and I gave him a Darryl Dawkins throwback jersey for his Birthday. It had a little extra meaning as he had gotten me a Dawkins jersey some 30 years earlier, for my 5th birthday.”
edit note. Dawkins AKA “Chocolate Thunder” was a 6’11” basketball player from the 70s & 80’s who was famous for slam dunking the ball so hard that he would sometimes shatter the glass in the backboard. According to this guy he was also famous for some metaphysical sayings. None of which I can find on line.
here’s a couple of examples, I’m not sure if these are exact, but close
"Time is proportionate to a things size." the homeless guy repeated this one a few times ” …everything just fits together… falls into place and time no longer exists.”
he continued with his story
I’ll never forget my 5th Birthday. My mom nearly burned down the house, baking my birthday cake. I remember standing across the street watching all the firemen run in and out of our smoky little house. My mom was upset and I was mad too. All this craziness and no cake? It was horrible!
As life went on I learned that there is a shit ton of BS and not nearly enough cake.
So then a few months ago we had another birthday party that involved a Darryl Dawkins jersey. I was at my uncle’s little birthday get together. We were all down at Applebees. We had watched some basketball, had some nacho’s and were finishing up some cake. My Uncle was sitting there in his Dawkins jersey, when he bite into something. Turned out to be a little round piece of glass. He was ok and he joked to me that maybe it was a piece of glass from a Darryl Dawkins shattered backboard. We all laughed. Then my Aunt said “You noticed the name of the dessert right? Chocolate Thunder!”
They all laughed again but my head swam a little, then suddenly I had like the most intense deja-vu experience ever.” EDIT NOTE He rambles on about time and size and color being fresh - He kept repeating “There is only this moment” “no death - no birth” - ect. It was obvious that he had, and was still having, an intense spiritual experience.
he goes on to say
"I didn’t sleep for 3 days… my wife got really worried. She didn’t understand… nobody understands! So I left. Left everything. Thew my keys away. Threw my wallet away and left. I don’t need it. I don’t need anything. I am everything. There is no beggining or end or birth or death there is only this… and it is awesome."
Edit note he went on and on about time and nothing existing - it just sounded like he was on acid or something but he seemed really calm in an intense way. I tried to help the guy and asked his name but he wouldn’t have any of it. I was able to give him $20 and pay for the food. I asked the girl at the counter and she had never seen him. I hope he’s ok.
another weird thing is I got home and started writing this - I googled Darryl Dawkins… guess who’s 53rd birthday it is in about 3 minutes?! How fucking weird is that?!
So Happy Birthday homeless guy - Happy birthday Darryl Dawkins! - Happy Birthday everyone! May you all find peace.