march 24, 1999
there's this homeless guy i've been seeing around town. that came out wrong. there's this homeless guy i've been noticing around town. he's always covered from head to toe in black leather, despite the santa barbara sun. no inch of skin is ever exposed. black gloves, black boots, black jacket, black scarf, and an enormous black wraparound gasmask with opaque goggles and black hood, covering his entire head. the first time i saw him i was taking a break from animating "lily and jim" in 1997. i was exiting the bad taco bell near the sound studio and gas mask guy sort of staggers past me and waves a crumpled one dollar bill at the girl behind the counter and says, "guuuh." moments later i am entering my car and a fat woman in a pantsuit hastily exits with her food, pretending to be completely oblivious to gas mask guy, who is following her waving an empty pepsi cup.
a few months later i find him lurching around the grocery store with a basket that appears to be carrying only peanut butter. he would stop motionless in an aisle to just stare at people, petrifying all the little kids. and the beauty of it was how everyone just pretended he didn't exist at all. they just went about their shopping as though they couldn't see him, yanking their saucer-eyed kids along. he was most recently spotted wandering between cars that were stopped at a light. he'd walk right up to somebody's window and peer inside. drivers stared ahead, suddenly transfixed by the trunk of the car in front of them. they felt the need to mess with their radio, bend down to tie their shoes, or try to make a lane change in stopped traffic. gas mask guy has unlocked the key to invisibility by running in the complete opposite direction.
thanks to everyone for helping put together this little website. i know nothing about computers. mine is a glowing magic box. i use rock and stick. fire bad. i'm not sure what this is all for yet. work is underway animating the new thing so there will be a great many late nights to share bleary eyed delusions with all of you
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