So, 4 weeks in and I have to say, it’s still really hard. I feel like such a nerd, stopping a complete stranger and asking if I can take their photo. You should see some of the looks I get. And not everyone says yes. But that’s okay. I’m thinking maybe in 4-5 months this might be easier. 🙂
Recently I loaded up my camera and hopped on my bike, all with the goal of talking to and photographing a stranger.
I stopped in Montclair and was looking around hopelessly, when Joe appeared with the cutest dog. It’s a little easier talking to a stranger when dogs are involved.
Joe was on his way to the donut shop with his sister’s dog. Her name is Olive, and she’s a rescue (the dog, not the sister!). She looks to be part chihuahua, and since I have my own little one at home, I’m partial to chihuahuas. He told me that like most of the breed, she’s a little scared and shaky at times, and she likes to bark!
Joe lives over in the city, but comes to Oakland to visit his dad who lives in Montclair. I asked what he did for a living and he told me he’s been working at a dispensary since the pandemic started. He likes it, and his company is growing quickly. He’s lived his whole life in the Bay Area and I shared that we moved from Florida. There was an earthquake this morning just as I was starting my ride, and he laughed when I told him I still get nervous every time there’s an earthquake. I guess I’m not a true Californian yet!
Joe went inside to get donuts and coffee and I stayed outside with Olive. She cried the whole time he was gone. When he came out, he mentioned that he went to school with the owner’s daughter. I forgot to ask what kind of donut he got, but looking at Olive’s face, she definitely wanted a bite.
Thanks Joe, for stopping to chat. And if you see this, drop a line and let me know what type of donuts you got.
Stay tuned next week for Stranger #5.