From an unnamed production office for an undisclosed television show in an address-withheld building in LA where the elevators are shockingly slow...
Today, for a brief and glorious moment, my office mates and I left the building to go across the street. One of my office mates, M, had a friend who was shooting an episode of NCIS-CSI-L+O: LA (none of us really knew or asked) and he told M that M should come to set and get some of the catered lunch. Because on set catered food is usually real tasty, M told our other office mate B that he should come, and because I don't like anything good or free and delicious to happen without me, I invited myself along, too. I pretended to give them an out if they wanted to go alone, but I think that as I put my lunch of leftovers back in the fridge it was clear that I was getting me some set food.
So we headed across the street, stealthily avoiding a (noble but annoying) Greenpeace volunteer on the way, and were trying to figure out where exactly M's friend was in the throng of extras and crew people and general outdoor shoot chaos. As we stood scanning the crowd, a super grungy, brown-toothed homeless man came running at us. He was wearing a filthy trench coat and a beanie in pretty hot L.A. summer weather, and he was shaking a giant cup at us yelling for a quarter. I felt terrified. I was sure that I was about to get all kinds of cut up right there on Wilshire Blvd., and that when I finally got out of the hospital and managed enough strength to return to work my immediate boss would say something like, "You know, you guys never checked in with me before you went across the street to get stabbed or whatever it was you were doing."
But the homeless guy ran right past me and grabbed M. Not that either of the men that I was with attempted to shield me with their body or throw a block of any kind when it looked as though the crazy might have been coming right towards me in my pastel cardigan. (They have, accordingly, been added to the growing list of people who would be of no use to me in a bar fight.) Anyway, the insane homeless man was holding and shaking M. Oh. Right. Because he was M's friend, and he was just playing a homeless guy for money. On TV. He introduced himself all around, and I had met him before, but forgave him for forgetting because I was feeling generous of spirit after that whole threat of imminent shanking passed. Then he ran back to where he was taping because I guess that some people get a job and then commit to doing it/well even, and we all decided to go back to our office. Not sated, but also not stabbed. A fair draw.