This morning when I got off the subway in Bed-Stuy I see the homeless guy with a coffee cup and he is singing songs trying to get a few bucks for his morning coffee. This guy is there every morning and I am sure he makes a few bucks as he is very entertaining. He sings songs that are not the normal songs, one day its nursery rhymes and the next day it could be Nirvana. He makes everyone smile as they walk by with these crazy songs.
I go into the coffee shop like I do every morning to get my breakfast and talk with the old timers like I usually do. The homeless guy comes in and starts singing “Harper Valley PTA”. The whole place is in laughter as they want to know why out of all the songs in the world this guy chooses this song to sing.
Two of the old timers start a discussion across the room from me about who sang the song originally, the guys are starting to work up quite a discussion and its getting heated. These guys are usually disagreeing with each other, they are like an old married TV couple. One of the guys is insisting that the song was sung by a guy and the other was saying it was a woman. I know of course that the song was sung by a female but the name escapes me as it was a one hit wonder.
Now I was cuurious so I take out my Droid and do a quick Google search for “Harper Valley PTA” and I see it was sung by Jeannie C. Riley so I let the guys know and of course the guy that said it was a male singer disagrees with me.
He didn't realize I had looked it up online, actually he probably doesn't even know what a computer is as he is still stuck in the 1960's. I went into my pocket again and pulled out my Droid again and searched for “Harper Valley PTA video” and sure enough the video of her singing was on YouTube.
I start the video and show him the lady singing Harper Valley PTA and I thought he was going to have a heart attack. I didn't realize that the two guys had a wager for breakfast on it. It seems that the guy already owed the other guy a breakfast and he was betting double or nothing. Well he lost and everyone in the place knew it and was rubbing it in. Apparently this guy is one of those that boast when he wins so it was a change of pace that everyone liked to see.
You should have seen the reaction from everyone as the video was playing. Some guys were asking me why do I keep a jukebox in my pocket, all of a sudden I am standing among 7 or 8 people showing off the features of the Droid. People were amazed that it was a phone, I got tired of this as my breakfast was ready and starting to get cold but people were so intrigued I couldn't just walk away. I spent about 10 minutes showing off the phone. It was quite a site to see.
All because of a guy singing a one hit wonder from the 1970's. Can't wait until tomorrow to see what he sings, maybe I can get a free breakfast out of the deal 🙂
Hey Vin! If thats the same place that I get my bfast fix @ Euclid… It’s ENY… Not Bed-Stuy!
Cool Story Though.
Yeah I always get confused where Bed Stuy starts and East New York begins. 🙂
Gretchen Muller says
Hahaha! This is great! 🙂