Craigslist Joe

Craigslist Joe is an amazing documentary about a man who relies solely on the kindness and generosity of people from Craigslist for an entire month. Watch the trailer to see his mind blowing experience.

After watching this movie, I began pondering just how people are able to trust someone they met on Craigslist. As I was searching for the movie on youtube, I also found the “Craigslist Killer”.  That seems more like what I would expect from relying on an online community. Yet, the man in this documentary meets a multitude of people who are just looking for someone to talk to during a long car ride, some help cleaning up space (mentally and physically), a person to give a free service to (like a dance class), or just a head to give a free hair cut too.

What are your thoughts? Could you do what this man did?

I’m a political spy…

Occasionally I will be sharing my odd adventures from when I was in Chicago. I meant to make a blog during the time I was there, but blog schmog it never got done.

People are just different here. For starters, I’ll begin with one particular episode. My brother in law and I are walking back from the beach and we stop to fix his kayak. This young guy stops in front of us on his bike and starts asking questions about the kayak, normal stuff like “So how much did that cost you?” My brother in law friendly answers his questions. Suddenly, the guy gets quiet, pauses, and looks down the sidewalk. “Sorry for just hanging here, I’m keeping an eye on those people.” He points to an innocent elderly couple stopping to smell flowers a few houses down. “See, I’m a political spy,” he declares and promptly gets back on his bike and rides off into the sunset.

…Am I the only one who thinks this was a little strange?