Geronimo

It Ain’t about what you got. It’s what you is

A check means nothing as soon as you have it’s GONE. It’s what you is that matters, who you are… what you do.

John

Go to church to find your wife.

I met John outside one of the bars on Clark street Saturday Night when I walked by he said God Bless. I turned around and gave him a dollar. He thanked me and I asked him for advice, he told me:

Don’t do drugs.

He talked about how he met his Ex Wife in a bar and that she cheated on him and how ultimately he lost custody of his son because of his drug use. John said that you shouldn’t be looking for a your wife in a bar but instead you should find one somewhere else like at church.

Ray

I had just finished eating lunch by the river. On my walk back to the office I ran into Ray. Ray was standing up actively asking people for change. Ray told me this.

“Be Careful of the toes you step on today, they might be attached to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow!”

Joe

I asked Joe for advice and told me to Never look down on people.

Treat everyone the same, It doesn’t matter if they are a bum or in the white house you should treat them the same.

Chris

Wow, I had just a great hour long conversation with Chris.

Chris asked me if I could buy him a burrito, and at first I just gave him a dollar or two and asked him for his advice. He wanted to know what subject I wanted the advice for and I said just for life in general. He said:

The best general life advice I can give, is that life is full of land mines and if you don’t keep a look out, you will step on one.  Avoid stepping on the land minds or else you will end up like me.

As soon, as Chris started talking, he opened up with a wealth of information and spoke with a deep knowledge of religion and people.  After about 10 minutes I could tell there was a lot more to be said, so I invited him inside for a burrito. Chris ordered a steak burrito with just the meat and I got two tacos.

When ever you order burrito order it with just the meat, otherwise you will end up with a lot of rice and only a little bit of meat.

When we sat down, Chris deeply thanked me for the burrito and for sharing a meal with him. I think moments like this are the reasons I continue to do this project. The deep human connection and honesty I can share with a complete stranger is so powerful; it far out weighs the cost of a burrito.

At one point Chris noticed that I had finished my tacos and devoured the chips. He then got up, requested more chips, bought me another taco and put some money in the tip jar.

We spoke more about Religion, Politics,the future of technology and a business idea of his. He mentioned that he goes to the library everyday(minus Sunday because the library is closed) and then left me with his email address. The conversation could have gone on but Chris had to get back to the room he was renting for the night or he would find his belongings out on the sidewalk.

Richard

Richard was sitting on a big plastic bucket holding a glass Jar. When I asked him for advice he leaned back and said Yeah I got one for you.

Don’t buy lottery tickets!

Instead put the five dollars you would have spent on the tickets into the bank and after a year, thats 52 weeks times the 5 dollars you put in, that’s…… a lot of money, lets say its a Thousand dollars. That’s like winning the lottery.

Next what you want to do is spend it.  Spend it on the day after thanksgiving because things are 60 or 70 percent off. So thats like doubling your money right there.

Sebastian

“Yo yo yo can you help a guy get on the train.”  said Sebastian sporting a red and black club patterned  button up shirt. He spoke with a cheerful rhythm as I asked for some wisdom.  He paused for a moment and then said this:

People are the most important thing, it does not matter how shinny the object is, it will always come back to the people in the end.

Steve

I was waiting in line to get into a bar to meet up with some co-workers when Steve approached me. I had spoke to steve in the past but he did not remember talking to me. When I asked him for advice his eyes light up. He began asking me a series of questions.

Do you love god? Did your eyes open today? Thank you god! Do you have a house over your head? Thank you god! Thank you god!

Steve listed three or four more things all of which ended with him saying,Thank you god.

Ronnie Jones

I saw Ronnie sitting in a wheel chair  in between a crowd of people waiting for the bus. He looked over at me gave me a big smile and lifted up his cup. Ronnie gave off a very warm and welcoming feeling.   When I asked him for advice, he smiled in a way that told me he had some wisdom he was excited to share.

Do the right thing in life and god will bless you.