Still Collecting Characters…

One of my favorite neighborhood “characters” is a man who walks three little dogs every morning. With his dark shoulder-length hair, bushy beard, and old-fashioned coat, he looks like someone from another era. He should be wandering cobblestone streets in the mist, not dodging early morning sprinklers watering manicured lawns in a dry climate.

Seeing him, I sometimes wonder if there’s a time travel portal hidden among the white vinyl fences in my neighborhood…

But today I saw him walking his three little dogs, wearing shorts–Richard Simmons shorts. Oh, no! It turns out he’s a man from another era alright, but that time is 1980!

Well, at least he can still be a time-traveling nomad in my imagination.

4 thoughts on “Still Collecting Characters…”

  1. Shorts?! Oh, no! Why'd he have to spoil the picture? I love making stuff up about the people I see. Your comment made me wonder if you've read Connie Willis' Blackout (at least I think that's the first book–there are two set during WWII…)


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