LOCAL – The Crazy Robertson

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhJJauyvxXQ[/youtube] I’ve been learning surprising new things every single day since I created this site. I now know that there’s a catfish pond on La Cienega and a secret DMV, for example! But today’s revelation has blown me away.

Right after I moved back into town last August, I was walking down Robertson and pondered aloud to a friend, “I wonder what ever happened to the homeless guy who used to roller disco on this corner…” Prior to moving away, I had eaten many a weekend breakfast while watching this long-limbed man in spandex dancing spastically to a boombox… the corner seemed so empty and sad without him on it. My friends and I always commented on his groovy dance routines (while wondering aloud how anyone could possibly bear to exercise in the Santa Ana sun while wearing so much tight black clothing), and I’ll admit I felt a pang of remorse to consider I might never have his sweet moves to go with my pancakes ever again. Fearful that the man’s story of homelessness and mental issues may have ended in the worst way, I tried not to dwell on it. But the thing is, I’m a dweller. I *had* to know the answer of what happened to him. So today I turned to Google to research the fate of my mystery homeless dance king.

There was no possibly way on Earth to expect what I found… it appears that John Wesley Jermien (AKA “Crazy Robertson“) apparently became a hipster fashion icon while I was away.

WAIT… WHAT??!?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7luS8_FHw&NR=1[/youtube] Yes, it seems that thanks to the efforts of three enterprising Beverly Hills high school students, “Crazy Robertson” now has branded web sites, a blog, a MySpace page, and an overpriced, trendy clothing line. Okay, so maybe this isn’t news to some of you other Angelenos. But I’ve been away, people! This is farm fresh news to me! So give me a second to take a breath and collect my thoughts, please.

As Mr. Jermien is clearly a little tetched in the head, it’s easy to have mixed feelings about this and wonder about how much these two young hipsters in ridiculously stupid glasses are capitalizing on a man’s problems to sell hundred dollar hoodies (!). But then on the other hand, I can’t help but be relieved to know that he’s still around and that – at least for the time being – he is hopefully earning more than enough money for food, art supplies and some really strong deodorant. ‘Cuz trust me, that guy works up a sweat.

Yeah. I’ll fully admit it… I’m a little conflicted here.

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