¿Snakeman?

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« An experience I had this AM speaks of racism, and yet it involved only white people, and one Latina doorwoman whose race is not relevant to the story as I tell it. I was at Fifteenth and Hudson in Hoboken New Jersey. I just served a Lime escooter, and had a few minutes to burn while my Nexbike auto check-in and checkout processed, so I could rent the bike again. I took a seat in the shade. Dear kind readers: Here’s the part that requires some imagination: ONE: tall skinny white man, me TWO: the height of two yoga blocks stacked as a seat. An amiga in my barrio weeks ago discovered me sitting on my yoga blocks — remarked — instagramed a pic, and later told me it attracted comments in her cozy instagram account. Sincerely, Tom Doody. I have with me today my foot-by-foot-by-foot red delivery bag, and my bucket, which looks like a small trash can, and I took a seat in the shade, which happens to be near the entrance of a residential building. A beautiful at-glance-harmless snake struggled to get itself across the sidewalk and into the garden. I watched each slither of this snake event from a close, but not too-close-for-comfort seat. Soon the doorwoman appeared asking me if it was my snake, because several of her residents reported that I was the snakeman. Dear kind readers: Circumstances including my delivery bag told these people I was a snakeman, and that was my snake. Weird. Sincerely, Tom Doody. It is easy to imagine me visibly blending in with the residences of this building but circumstances IDed me as a snakeman. There are many vids of the snakemen of India who have been hired to hunt snakes in Florida. Imagine if I looked like one of those men, short, Indian, old — maybe weathered from a snake-hunting career. Imagine if I were black — like black from Detroit who may never have seen a snake. Wondering if I would have been seen as a ¿Snakeman? — weird. »» about me 302-990-2346 contact us

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middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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