The other day I was at a Starbucks in Venice when a dark-skinned young man complemented me about the t-shirt I was wearing. It was all orange with a happy cartoon character on the front and a message the simply said “You Can.” My wife, a collector at heart, saw it hanging atop a pole and brought it home to give to me after she washed it.
As the day progressed, I moved to one of the four comfort chairs sitting in the middle of the
room and the dark-skinned young man did the same. We began having a conversation and I learned that his name was Mohammed. We were discussing how upset we were with the election. In the chair to my right was another young man, white and a supporter of Trump. The conversation got loud and heated, the white kid insisting that America was exceptional. I told him that was true if you were sitting at a Starbucks on the Westside of Los Angeles sipping Lattes, but not so true if you were living in a tent pitched on the cement sidewalk on Main Street in downtown LA. Mohammed led the argument against the Trump supporter, my brain, still weakened from a week in the ICU at Santa Monica Hospital due to bleeding in my stomach and esophagus, too slow to make good reposts. I’m now back to health but in recovery mode. Anyway, no minds were changed and the management asked us to quiet down a bit because we were getting too loud.
As I continued to talk to Mohammed I found him to be very intelligent and mentioned that my editor on “Flesh Gordon” was a muslim. He told me that he had big plans for himself and with the help of god to which he raised his hands over his head as to beseech god, he was confident that his dreams would be realized. I told him I was an atheist and did not believe in god and would advise him to keep relying on his own good energy to take him to where he wanted to go. He seemed open to my advice.
I then loaded up the YouTube I had made called “The Perverted Monsters of Flesh Gordon” After two minutes he was laughing hysterically and said that he was going to get a DVD of the film and show it to his friends this weekend while they got together to smoke a few joints and have a few laughs.
It made me see a path to help people get past the possible depressing adventure that we are about to embark on. The Facebook post I will make each day goes like this: Need a cheap respite from the madness. For $30 dollars you can buy some weed (now legal) buy or rent a DVD of Flesh Gordon (on Amazon.com/Flesh Gordon) have a few laughs with your girl or boy friend, (Flesh provides plenty of straight and gay humor) and then top it off with getting laid. All for less than $30. It doesn’t get better than that.