A Random Conversation

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One day, a few months ago, I had an early morning visitor to the art gallery. Michael RedFox loves art and he had time to kill so he stopped in to pass his time in the gallery until a certain establishment opened for business.

After a tour of the gallery we sat at the table I use as a notary public and visited. Somewhere in the  conversation Bob Dylan came up. Michael told me about the times that his path and Bob Dylan's crossed. As he shared those stories he sketched with the paper and pen I had on the table.

Then Michael dug into his pocket and said "I have something for you". He pulled out a feather and explained that it was a hawk's feather.

As he told me about the feather he wrote me a story. I found his penmanship as beautiful as his art and story telling.

One more thing, and then "the moral of the story", to tell you about Michael RedFox. Micheal was/is the "typical" negative image of a Native American Indian today. He is a wanderer, asked me for a handout and he was waiting for the bar to open.

The moral of the story: Everyone has a story to tell. I could have listened to Michael RedFox for hours, what an interesting life he has lead. Michael and I are the same age. I have acquired a lot of things in 67 years. Michael has acquired a lot of experiences over the last 67 years.

I am so glad Michael chose me to visit with that day before the bar opened. His stories were fascinating... I wonder how many people would find my life fascinating?

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Comments (16)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Bob it does sound like an interesting visit from Michael. So many different experiences and view points I'm sure.  I used to run into all kinds of interesting folks up on the Hopi reservation when I lived in Flagstaff.  They were beyond kind and took great care to teach and train their kids to life an  honorable life.  Thinking back to those days it seems as if we sure need those folks to be training and teaching kids these days.

Jan 28, 2022 10:20 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I have found many of your posts to be fascinating, including this one.  You seem to have accumulated both, things and experiences. 

Jan 28, 2022 10:55 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Right on Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker . It seems to me that cultures who share stories with their children have the deepest relationships with their families. Those children are much more likely to know and pass on their heritage.

Jan 28, 2022 11:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is a really nice compliment Raymond Henson, eXp Realty . Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

Jan 28, 2022 11:25 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Sounds as though you had a special morning. He touched your life and gave you memories to carry forward.

Jan 28, 2022 02:12 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It was fun Ed Silva . I love visiting with strangers and the tales he had to tell no one else could tell me. 😊

Jan 28, 2022 06:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

HI Bob- now that was an interesting visit!!   It's interesting what you can learn if you take the time to listen. 

Jan 28, 2022 06:51 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

In this busy world listening has almost become a lost art Kathy Streib . This is what I like about being semi-retired yet still working out of a storefront.

Jan 29, 2022 08:16 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Bob, there are so many really interesting people who show up as a major surprise as we get to know them.  Michael Red Fox sounds amazing.

Jan 28, 2022 07:48 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

He was Patricia Kennedy and the thing is there was a time I would have had no interest in listening to him. I am so glad I have matured... I just wish I wasn't getting old. (matured, getting old... you get it).

Jan 29, 2022 08:18 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It can be the simple unexpected visits that provide delightful serendipity.

Jan 29, 2022 04:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Everything was right about the timing of this visit Myrl Jeffcoat , both his state of mind as well as mine.

Jan 29, 2022 08:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 29, 2022 04:24 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat . As previously stated I am thankful that I've matured enough to get past a lot of the prejudices of my youth.

Jan 29, 2022 08:20 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like a wonderful time visiting and perhaps he will visit more often and you will become friends.

Jan 29, 2022 04:39 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I would like that Brian England however Michael was just passing through so it's not to likely.

Jan 29, 2022 08:21 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - there's much to be found in the randomness of life.   Sometimes all it takes is a few moments to discover.   And learn.  

Jan 29, 2022 05:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Well said Michael Jacobs . What seems random to us may all be part of God's plan. He and I traveled together while just sitting at my signing table.

Jan 29, 2022 08:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... I suspect you are not giving yourself enough credit... you have certainly acquired many experiences in your life. We are simply too close to our own experiences to realize how interesting they may be to other people. I often have people tell me how interesting my life has been... and that always fascinates me, as I only think about it as my life... not as something more interesting than the lives other people lead.

Jan 29, 2022 07:29 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Well said Nina Hollander, Broker . I forgot a part of the story that I just thought of. Michael was traveling from the Southern part of the State where he intended to travel North 50 miles and then turn Left to Fargo 200 miles to the East. He forgot to turn East and went 100 miles off course to Minot. This didn't bother him, he was just enhancing the journey.

Jan 29, 2022 08:29 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

No chance meetings in life Bob, this one was orchestrated and played out beautifully!

Jan 29, 2022 10:01 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Well, what a gift of a visit you had with Michael. He does sound rich in life's experiences. 

Jan 29, 2022 10:26 AM