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The Homeless Masi Man(12 posts)

The Homeless Masi ManMe Dot Org
Nov 5, 2001 5:24 PM
There is a bakery around the corner where I typically stop for a treat after a 40+ mile ride. I live 2 blocks from Golden Gate Park (San Francisco's largest Park) and there are a lot of homeless people in my neighborhood. After a while you get to know the 'regulars'.

There is a gaunt man, who is mute, who stands outside the bakery with his hand outstretched. Sometimes I give him some change, sometimes not. A few days ago, I told him I didn't have any change, but would give him some after I got my scone. When I came out I gave him my change. He pointed to my bike, and made a circle with his thumb and forefinger, as if to say 'nice bike'. He mimed for a pencil and paper, which I did not have, but I borrowed from the bakery.

When I handed him the pencil and paper, he wrote "Where did you find the bike?" I told him it was custom made by a man in Montana (Carl Strong). He wrote "Nice Bike!" I said "Thank You".

Then he wrote, "I had a Masi. '69". I was stunned. I put both my hands over my heart, the sort of gesture you make to show love. I said, "A '69 Masi? That's a beautiful bike. It must have been gorgeous." He nodded.

There I stood, next to a man who owned a '69 Masi, homeless, pan handling in front of a bakery. What happened to him? Is that a question you can ask someone? I don't know. I didn't ask. I smiled. I said 'take care' and rode off.

But I think about it...
re: The Homeless Masi Manmetonymy3
Nov 5, 2001 6:36 PM
Wow. That's a neat story! I don't know if you could really ask him that. Maybe you should get to know the guy? Seriously, he doesn't seem like he's dangerous or something, I'd talk to him whenever you get something at the bakery after your rides, and maybe after a while you'll be able to ask him that.

But I swear, that sounded just like a good short story, like I was reading Raymond Carver or something. Read it again! It's beautiful! I didn't know stuff like that actually happens; it's just like a book.

Keep us posted.

Saw him tonight...Me Dot Org
Nov 5, 2001 8:27 PM
...after I made this post. He was standing out in the street, walking in between traffic and the parked cars. I went out to him and asked "are you okay?", and he turned away, avoiding me. I wasn't in my bike riding gear, but I'm not sure he would have recognized anyone. I'm pretty sure he's mentally ill.
disheveled guy here in nyc w/ c40-record-shamalsdupe
Nov 5, 2001 8:52 PM
he used to come in to a bike store here in nyc and browse around. very quiet, very alienated and down at heel. but polite and very refined in his knowledge of bikes.

one day layed down the cash for a colnago c40 to be built with record (then 9 speed) and a set of shamals.

bike was built and still sits in the store waiting for its owner. he never came back. wow.

no last name, no number, no-one knows of him.

life has its own mysteries.

ciao, ben
re: The Homeless Masi ManI Love Shimano
Nov 5, 2001 10:32 PM
Very interesting, maybe he spent too much for his bike and neglected to save for desperate times.
Two theories...any others?ACE-
Nov 5, 2001 11:20 PM
1.) Cyling can cause dementia or other disorders in a minute percentage of the population.(examples: Ishmael, Trollman, and for you old-timers, Bowl of Noodles).

2.) Owning only one bike, even if it's a Masi, is extremely detrimental to social and mental well-being. (NOTE: there are a few exceptions, Humma Hah may be one of these!).

Two theories...any others?I Love Shimano
Nov 6, 2001 3:57 AM
Spending too much time on this board can get you fired. Getting fired during these hard times can get you bankrupt. Getting bankrupt AND having to spend for a bike WILL put you in the streets.

Being a bum, and seeing a cyclist, reminds you of good times and wakes you up to the realization that you are headed nowhere and should kill yourself....which is what Masi-Man was on his way to when he snobbed your greeting.
the guy's name...DA
Nov 6, 2001 5:13 AM
is Dave Stoller. Had a promising racing career at one point. He took classes for a couple of years but never graduated from Indiana U. Had to leave school to run the family's used car lot when his father died of a heart attack while chasing his younger brother around the house. Business failed. The rest is history.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!the insultan
Nov 6, 2001 5:32 AM
Oh, aren't YOU clever???!!!!!!!
uh, yeah, ok... nmmetonymy3
Nov 6, 2001 4:10 PM
I'm glad it was StollerMe Dot Org
Nov 6, 2001 9:46 PM
...if it had been one of the idiots from American Flyers, I wouldn't have given him a nickle.
sad.Nearly 30 HaiKurate
Nov 6, 2001 6:03 AM
from personal experience:

it's a long, slippery climb to the top of the slide, it's a short, nearly unstoppable trip back down if you slip.