وزارد او دا وستساد
VIZITOR TO THE VESTSIDE
an
American blog of Iranian dissent

Reza the Ravaani

The other night I fell asleep watching 'The Darrs' on HBO.  It's a good movie to have on as you're dozing off 'cause its all about spacing out. And I love getting stoned by Oliver.

Walking around downtown Vestvood late at night can feel strange these days. There are so many creepy 'homeless' nutjubs milling about like zombies and whose smells can permeate the air from yards away. (Parentheses with 'homeless' since they're not exactly in their predicament because of a bad credit report.) We're talking about 300-pound creatures with greasy comb-overs who resemble props from 'Where the Wild Things Are'. And that's just the women.

When I first visited Vestvood, I was curious by this scenario.  I asked longstanding residents if its always been like this, and they said that only in the past decade has it gone for worse -- but also that its always been a bit weird due to the huge VA hospital along Veteran Blvd thats filled with men going down the psychopath. Some sleep in shopping carts underneath the overpass, while many occupy entire bus stop benches. As mayor I'd advocate euthanasia because they're long gone, and they ain't coming back folks.

Anyway, eventually, I saw something  unusual. Something I've never seen before. Walking up and down Westwood Blvd. in front of restaurants like Shamshiri, asking hamvatans for change or a bite to eat. There IT was: a true to life Persian 'homeless' bloke.

He looked like an obese Charles Manson or Jim Morrison, long hair with a thick beard wearing sunglasses. Clearly divooneh, but not threatening. Rather personable, actually. Some Iranian patrons gave him change, as he approaches anyone who remotely looks Persian.

One night at the In-N-Out he even came up to me while I was sitting down eating fries, right before getting kicked out by security. That night I went online and chuckled to find that Farsi-based network Bebin.tv (now defunct) had done a segment on the man I'm now calling Reza the Ravaani.

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