Perhaps this is just one of those small town things but for the past three months, everywhere I go in this dang place I see the same Mystery German lurking in corners. I don’t think he’s stalking me (despite my best townie friend’s concern that he’s an attractive hustler of women); rather, I believe it to be a case of bizarre coincidence. Once, I heard him being grilled by a chatty patron of the Hippie Dome who asked him what brought him here and he grizzled, “an accident” and offered no more. Then I easedropped some weeks later that he may be on his way to Cuba and / or rennovating local kitchens.
Evidence that he’s a drifter:
- wears the same clothes
- saw him sleeping in the library
- appears to lack commitments
Evidence that he’s not a drifter:
- drinks expensive coffee
- saw him in a bar with a cover charge; albeit it was only $2
In the chance that he is a stalker, I, unbeknownst to him, snapped a photograph of him in a crowd which turned out rather like something out of a dossier of international intrigue. That doesn’t make me a stalker now, does it?
In any event, last evening the plot thickened. I turned on the 1.5 station television set and one of the many infomercials that the locals broadcast flickered across the screen. This one was for a free “Jesus Christ” film from the Church of Latter Day Saints. In the dramatization footage of Jesus’s life, a medium shot revealed a character (either pre-preaching Jesus or an anguished leper) that looks exactly like the Mystery German.
What does this all mean?