I didn’t, so before heading to Fairhill we make a few stops on Broad, finally finding our mini DV’s at Rite Aid. We also find an intriguing character there.
As we wait in line to check out, a man in a runners’ shorts and a tank top walks up to the cashier. This man is unlike any other I’ve seen because he is covered head to toe in rubber bands.
Large rubber bands surround his thighs and smaller ones hug his calves tight. He wears thick rubber bands like necklaces around his neck and consumes his arms, knees and elbows in the likes of them as well.
He asks the cashier where the rubber band section is and she says she doesn’t know.
Once outside the store, Jonathan and I decide that we need to find a character this outlandish a few blocks over. We head east to find Fairhill’s own rubber band man.
Instead, we find a bundle of police officers walking down 5th St. Officer Colin M. Goshert of the 25th District gives us his card and tells us to call if we’d like to schedule a “walk through.”
We find Joe Evangelista, office manager to State Representative Angel Cruz and ex-arcade game salesman.
We find Denise James of NBC News who tells us about “hack cabs” and their impact in the underground economy.
None of these people prove to be the initial character we sought out to find, but reaching out gave us a better understanding of our neighborhood and a step closer to our rubber band suitor. Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers, group 11- Fairhill