Perimeter hills, vast tree canopies, and the picturesque gazebo amidst the cavernous setting, created what would be place for an outdoor concert with ideal natural tiers. Instead, this Sunday morning the gazebo housed a variety of activities, none of which comprised a center act… well, almost.
A man in a blue wind breaker sat on the higher steps of the gazebo eating his recently acquired lunch. Minutes earlier, two men posted at a nearby picnic table to give out lunches to the transients. The blue wind breaker man stopped to talk to them and headed to the gazebo with a lunch in hand which he held so intently close to himself.He was quick to devour all three items, alternating between sandwich and juice, chips and juice, sandwich, chips, and then juice. An older gray haired man had been observing the blue jacket man from a few meters distance. He slowly approached the gazebo, stopping at the bottom of the steps and raising a foot up to have a leg to lean on. Both men conversed, sporadically elevating their gazes towards the men at the picnic table who had gained the attention of many others with their absurd comments and perverse conversation. It seemed Gray-haired man wanted in on the lunch special. Shortly after he too went over to the picnic table and returned to the gazebo to enjoy his own sandwich, chips, and juice next to his new-found friend.
After many hours of soliciting on the corner of I-35 and
Two friends walk up to the immediate center of the green concavity to have a casual conversation. One of them steers his bicycle by his side while the other in a black hoodie subtly brings his legs tightly together and hunches over to hold his stomach. With a determined step, he heads toward the gazebo, and without hesitation, unzips his pants and micturates on the side wall, only feet away from the men enjoying their lunch. As I and other onlookers gaze at him, he shows no shame or remorse and proceeds with a little shake and zipping of his pants. He returns his attention to his friend and they continue their conversation.
Although at first glance this Roman columned gazebo would seem to house family oriented activities, this Sunday it has served a different purpose: to fulfill the essential needs of its transient guests.