“I am 62 or 63 years old, not sure exactly,” he told me after I exchanged $1 for one of the American flags he was selling in downtown San Francisco.
Standing up on the corner, with one of those plastic little tubes on his nose, from what appeared to be a little oxygen tank that helps him breath, Phillip, he said that was his name, was selling American flags with dignity, remembering that he is a veteran.
For the skeptical, I am already trying to verify with the appropriate agency. But who cares? “I am a Vietnam veteran” he told me.
He did not want a cup of coffee but he said yes to a bottle of water. Noticing that he looked too serious for a salesperson I said “smile and you may sell more flags.”
Pointing out to his closed mouth, one he barely opened when he spoke, he softly responded “I do not have any.” No teeth, no denture.
People kept passing by, some looked at him, others didn’t, other helped. It was around 3:30 PM on a sunny Wednesday in San Francisco. An old veteran was selling American flags to make a living.
Every culture and subculture has its rituals, conventions, and traditions. Check out the Flying Men from Puebla, and men wearing costumes and dancing for a very important religious celebration! In this video, people celebrate and come to see “Los Voladores at “Las Fiestas de Santiago Yancuictlalpan,” near Cuetzálan Puebla, in Mexico.
Las Fiestas de Santiago Apostol son celebradas cada 25 de Julio. El video lo tomé con mi Iphone en Julio del 2012.
Artist Michael Feldman was walking around San Francisco when he saw an influx of light at a corner. He started painting…just because! The house is the one above Casa María, a neighborhood store on South Van Ness in the Mission District. Feldman is an established, independent artist and gallery owner who loves painting landscapes, city-views, flowers, still life, and portraits.
It was after 7pm Monday when drivers and passers-by saw him. It is wonderful to see displays of creativity and it is better when people allow you to capture a moment by taking pictures of them and sharing it with many others. :-)!
The Michael Feldman Gallery is located at 630 San Anselmo Ave., Marin County.