When partaking in a new orleans running tour, it is a good idea to tell your guide what you will be wearing when you show up to take the tour. Many a times have I greeted someone in the morning thinking they where a guest, and ended up being just a random pedestrian. When talking on the phone, one can only presume ones age, gender, and race. I once spoke to what seemed like a young black woman on the phone before a tour, therefore every young black woman that passed the meeting spot was my presumable guest. Moreover, if I did not tell them what I was wearing, they could pass me by, which has happened before. That same day a black woman came up to me with a walking cane and some grocery bags and started talking. Her overall appearance was not what I expected, but hey, I had never seen her. She sat down next to me and proceeded to have a conversation. I then asked her if she was ready to go, and she said “yes.” I gave her a waiver to sign and she asked if she could have my ink pen. I said “why would you want to jog and run with a pen?” She said “I’m not jogging or running, I’m going to walk.” I said “Ma’am, since it’s just you and me today, we can do whatever you want, but you must first sign the waiver.” She said “Waiver for what?”, I said “For the tour.” She said “I’m not taking a tour, I just wanted an ink pen.” My real guest showed up 10 minutes late and looked as expected. We had a good time.
Which brings me too today. I was pretty sure a white guy called me on the phone to take a tour. He also sent me some emails and text messages. Therefore when I saw a white guy walking towards me this morning with a ti-dye shirt and shorts, I did not think it was him, but it very well could have been. The gentlemen boldly approached me and I smiled, he said “Do you have any spare change or dollars so I can get some McDonalds breakfast?” I told him “I’m sorry I don’t.” As he proceeded to walk away he turned back around and asked me “Do you do drugs?” At this point I obviously knew it was not my scheduled guest, but my first reaction was to smack this guy, instead I told him “Nah bruh.” I eventually met up with my guest who looked pretty mush as expected.