Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Shout-Outs: vol.1.0

I just want to take a second to send a shout-out to the dude who I call the “Main Street Sweeper.”

I don’t know who this dude is, but I do know that he holds a serious grudge with leaves, newspapers and wrappers. If you’re ever walking up Main Street toward Central Square, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter this dude. He looks like he’s in his mid-to-late 40s and he’s a little bit on the pudgy side, but he sure as hell knows how to handle a broom.

I’ve seen him out sweeping off the sidewalks early in the morning, in the middle of the afternoon and long after dark…so I can only assume his sweeping obsession runs slightly deeper than simply appreciating clean concrete. It also seems that he’s a bit anti-social or just “in the zone” when he’s sweeping because I always say “hi” or give him a wave and he immediately looks down and keeps on-a-sweepin’ away.

So maybe he’s a whack-job or maybe he’s just a dude who loves a clean sidewalk, I don’t know. But I do know that when you wander along Main Street between Portland and Windsor, you’re going to see one helluva clean sidewalk and it’s all thanks to that socially conscious—yet socially-awkward—sweeper.

This shout-out’s for you, “Main Street Sweeper!!”