I had a gym friend in Orlando who ran a small business with his brother. Bob was a memorable character, he spent 36 hours as Marine in Viet Nam, stepped on a landmine, and lost part of one leg. When you met him he would introduce himself and tell a joke. What do you call a guy in a swimming pool with no arms and no legs, the answer is Bob, because he just sort of bobs up and down. He would slip off his artificial leg and say, now you are never going to forget my name are you?
Bob and his brother went to New York for a conference. When they returned I asked Bob about New York, I had never been there. He said, you know my younger brother, he comes into the gym in the morning when he is not cheating on his wife. Yes, I had met him. He proceeded, the two of them were walking down a street in New York (this would have been about 1990) and an enterprising self employed entrepreneur approached them and offered certain personal services for what the brother considered a good price. The younger brother and said business person disappeared down an alley and reappeared a few minutes later with the brother having a smile on his face. The brothers went to a bar, ordered a beer, and when they went to pay, the brother discovered his wallet was missing. Bob described his brother calling his wife to cancel the ATM card, and American Express card, explaining that he must have encountered a pick-pocket, with Bob falling of the bar stool shouting "more like a prick pocket."
I can remember the last time I was offered the services of an enterprising self-employed entrepreneur. I was in New Orleans for a conference and out for an early morning walk in the French Quarter. A V-12 Jaguar slowed to walking pace, pulled over near the sidewalk and rolled down the window. The business person said, "hi sugar, are looking for anything in particular or just a good time, I'm available this morning!" I simply said, "thank you, but not today, I am just out for a walk, stay safe." The reply was, "you too sugar" and the window rolled up and the car wooshed away. In a moment I thought, a New Orleans prostitute is driving a nicer car than I will ever own, where did I go wrong?
I hope they are all staying safe,