A man was recording what appeared to be a disjointed, ranting, nearly unintelligible video outside of 7-11 this afternoon. I have seen this man at the 7-11 before, filming on one corner or another, always alone, always angry and laughing at the same time. Not quite normal, it would seem.
Today I was standing in line inside the 7-11 when the large man in front of me said to the cashier, “You know there’s a man filming a video outside?”
“Yes,” said the cashier, who also happens to be the owner. “He films about once a week.”
“He’s crazy,” the man said.
“I don’t know about that, but he’s not hurting anyone,” the owner said.
“But he’s crazy,” the man said. “All laughing at himself. He said he’s filming for something called Too-Tube.”
“Yes. YouTube,” the owner said, correcting the man.
“You Tube?” asked the customer. “Is that a channel?”
“It’s for the Internet.”
“Oh.” The man paused for a moment and then said, “He’s crazy. I don’t know if he should be here.”
“He never bothers anyone,” the owner said, exhibiting remarkable patience.
“Yeah, but I’m telling you. He’s crazy.”
“Maybe,” the owner conceded.
“So you going to kick him out?”
“No, he never bothers anyone, and he’ll be gone in thirty minutes.”
“Yeah,” the man said. “But he’s crazy.”
Suddenly the laughing angry man standing on the corner with his video camera seemed not quite so crazy after all.