Another Of My Heroes: The Coolest Old Man In The World

I ave to admit, I used to watch The Man Show from time to time.  I didn’t watch very often, but I did tune in occasionally.  Frankly, I would have watched more if the show had been on HBO or Cinemax or something like that.  Cable let them get away with a bit, but let’s face the fact that I was watching for the Juggy oriented bits.  Yeah, it’s probably sexist, but it’s why I watched.  Since there could be no nudity because it was on cable, though, there was only so interesting the show was going to get.

What else would I have been watching for?  The hosts, though funny sometimes, were creepy.  The bits where they sat and discussed their thoughts were generally uninteresting to me and sometimes made me want to have police track their movements.  No, I admit it.  I was watching for the Juggy bits.

Still, from time to time they actually had a few interesting segments on the show that didn’t involve a Juggy.  For one in particular, Jimmy Kimmel walked up to unsuspecting people at a restaurant and asked if he could have a bite of what they were eating.

The whole idea seemed to be startling people, seeing how they react.  Asking for a bite of someone’s food at a restaurant assumes a certain level of personal connection.  It just isn’t something strangers do.  So, how do people react when strangers ask?  Sure, not horribly creative.  However, it was interesting to see how people would react (Generally an indignant “What?!”)

Most interesting though, was one old man in particular.  I think this is the greatest old man in the world and it will soon be clear why.  You see, this guy was eating a sandwich and reading a paper, totally absorbed in what he was doing.  He wasn’t interested in what was going on around him.  Jimmy Kimmel walks up, “Can I have a bite of that?”  And, without looking up from his paper to see who was talking to him, without any real reaction at all, he holds the sandwich up for Jimmy Kimmel to take.

This old man is great!  He doesn’t care about personal boundaries, this seems perfectly acceptable to him.  What does he care?  Some stranger wants a bite of his food so he gives it to him/her/it!  No awkwardness at all.

Contrary to the idea of the skit, instead of seeing how the old man reacts when something unexpected happens, we see how Jimmy Kimmel reacts when something unexpected happens.  He didn’t expect someone to just hand over their food and can do nothing but take a bite and hand it back.  The old man, however, is cool as the other side of the pillow.  Nothing can ruffle him, certainly not some idiot on a cable show trying to get easy laughs at the expense of unsuspecting people in a restaurant.

So, I bow to this old man.  He has to be the coolest old man in the world (presuming he’s still alive, he was an old man and the show aired quite a few years ago).  He’s certainly cooler than Jimmy Kimmel at any rate.

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About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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