Last weekend, the fiance and I were on our way north to the 2. From home, this requires going up Alvarado until it turns into the Glendale Freeway. And just on the far side of the 101, a panhandler caught my eye. Not because of anything written on a cardboard sign, but because he was being followed by a flock of pigeons. And two of them were actually riding on his arm and shoulder (vaguely visible at right – I took the photo from a moving car)
Pigeons are basically vermin – flying rats – to me. But they’re still technically wild creatures, like anything else living undomesticated in the city. So it amazed me that they were actually perched on this man, like a parrot on a pirate, like pets. It was like seeing a Pied Piper of pigeons. It was just so strange, and I wondered – does he talk to them? Does he have bread crusts in his pockets?
Has anyone else seen the Pigeon Man at any other offramps or stoplights?