I found a quirky, hyper-local group on Facebook; it’s called The Columbia Bike Guy Fan Club, and it has over 1,000 members. I’m one of them.
The scoop here is that people take pictures of The Columbia Bike Guy (whose name, btw, is Athar), and then they post the pics on the Facebook group’s site. One member has even made a T-shirt that he’s selling on the site; the shirts sell for $15 and $1 goes to Athar.
I love Facebook. Love it. This particular group — odd as it is — makes me happy. I see T.C.B.G. around town, often. One of his haunts is one of mine: the East Branch Library, back by the huge windows, magazines and group study tables. He has a bit of “loner” energy about him, and I’ve observed some really strong iterations of his Loner-ness. I find it sweet and wonderful that people locally have found a way to reach out to him and include him. To make him part of our community in a way that, somehow, seems very appropriate and kind.
Some of the comments in Facebook include:
every time i see this guy, it brightens up my day
i saw him at the mall last Tuesday… he likes to sneak around but with his giant red mohawk its kinda easy to spot him
The whole phenomenon makes me smile.