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.