Don’t poke the bear.

I would like to share with you all a very funny and personal moment from one of our tours last night.

Now let me preface this by saying that Adam is one of the funniest guys I have ever met and has an intrinsic need to be a smartass. In fact “professional smartass” is on his business card. Adam also has a profound respect for all religions.

We were giving our “Bloody Chicago” true crime tour which both Adam and myself were hosting and we were just coming from the Richard Speck mass murder site when we came across the Mosque that is best known for being the home spiritual center of the Nation of Islam and the honorable Louis Farakhan. There was also a large convention in town which happened to include a fair number of that denomination. Outside the mosque there were a number of dour looking fellows in suits with bow ties and hats that had a 1950s look about them talking to other African American people, handing out literature and selling bean pies. Now this will sound like stereotyping but most members of the Nation of Islam are not known for their profound sense of humor. A stoplight at that intersection haulted our progress down the road and Adam noticed these guys. You could tell he had thoughts of something funny to say, got a twinkle in his eye, opened the door to the bus and leaned out while pointing a finger in the air as he was ready to say something smartassical to the Fruits of Islam. As he did this I simply said, “Close the door white devil.” He got a grin and closed the door.

When you see a bear in a cage, no matter how fun it would be, don’t poke the bear.

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  1. When Hector and I used to run tours together, we used to have people make ghost noises out of the bus at crowded intersections. Once we did it to an Amish couple who were REALLY not amused. I thought the dude was gonna pull out a knife and say “I’m-a cut thee!”

    You know, the more I think about it, the more I start to think the list of suspects for who’s been vandalizing the bus is longer that I might have thought. I assumed that there was only ONE suspect, but I suppose it could have been some proverbial bear that I proverbially poked.

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