Why Is The Idiot Selling Balloons, Acting, Collecting Golf Balls And Picking Up Litter In Los Angeles?

The Idiot, after walking across Egypt to Libya on the Mediterranean Sea,  deciphered a cryptic commandment he received from The Oracle of Amun at the Siwa Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert.

The Oracle’s instruction directed The Idiot to sample a number of seemingly Zenny professions to pursue after he completes his MedTrek around the Mediterranean Sea and publishes The Idiot and The Odyssey III next year.

The Idiot was so inspired by this balloon-twisting salesman’s success outside the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park that…

…he tried to sell balloons during graduation weekend at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

The Idiot crashed the President’s Brunch in a futile effort to sell balloons during the Occidental College commencement ceremonies but,…

…frustrated by a dearth of sales, decided to simply enjoy the view of downtown Los Angeles from the hill above the university…

…and sneak into the Occidental College pool for a quick dip on a hot May weekend.

Then he thought, since he was in Hollywood, that he might try to become an actor like his son.

The Idiot tried to “look” like an LA actor while strolling through Beverly Hills with his actor son Luke.

He studied shots of Luke playing the role of Pericles in Shakespeare’s Pericles.

He watched the complex production of Shakespeare’s Pericles starring his son Luke in the lead role and realized that he would (1) lose the plot, (2) be unable to remember the lines and (3) forget the stage directions.

After abandoning sales and acting, The Idiot figured there might be some spiritual, and maybe financial, satisfaction in collecting errant golf balls, picking up litter, checking living conditions for various animals and/or monitoring the environment.

Collecting errant golf balls outsidethe Arroyo Seco Golf Course that could be resold for a dime a ball…

…monitoring butterfly arrivals at a Monarch Waystation…

…picking up litter along the Arroyo Seco river…

…smelling the flowers on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to ensure that they are organic, whatever that means,…

…and visiting the Arroyo Seco Stables to check the health of roosters, horses and other animals seemed to be a noble profession.

But, unsure how long he could keep up this somewhat fatiguing and frustrating line of work, The Idiot decided that his next profession would be to walk around the entire city of Los Angeles and review outdoor restaurants and coffee shops.

The first outdoor restaurant The Idiot reviewed was Firefly in Studio City. He awarded it one thumb up.

The first coffee shop The Idiot reviewed was the outdoor-only Starbucks on York Boulevard in Highland Park. He cautioned readers about the wisdom of going there on cold, windy or rainy days.

Next week: The Idiot reveals more serious predictions and prognostications from The Oracle of Amun in Siwa, Egypt.

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About Joel

Joel Stratte-McClure has been a global trekker since the 1970s. He lived in France for over 30 years, working as a journalist, before he turned his attention to a unique life-time-project of walking the shores of the Mediterranean. The first 4,401 kilometers are explored in his inspirational and entertaining first book “The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean.” The next 4,401 kilometers are covered in the gods-filled sequel, “The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean,” published on Valentine’s Day 2013. The last 4,401 kilometers will be discussed in the last book of the trilogy currently entitled “The Idiot and the Odyssey III: Alexander the Great Walks the Mediterranean.”

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