the first thing i admired about johnny bladez is his tattoo. last night, i learned that the second thing i admire is how much he endures.
johnny used to work at the coffeeshop but a couple of years ago he left the job and we lost touch in the way that you do sometimes with facebook friends. a few “you gotta look at this video” posts don’t communicate the big stuff.
like that he got shot. and nearly killed in an alley outside his friend’s house. the gun was aimed first at his head–the shooter was young and the gun misfired, hitting johnny in the knee. johnny managed to run halfway down the block before falling and that’s when he took two more hits. the shooter is doing twelve years in the big house. johnny was told he would never walk again. but johnny endures.
he seems much older than his twenty two years. we played a game of pool, laughed about stuff and he told me the story of how he ended up with the tattoo while his mother, a reservist, was stationed in iraq.
after the game–i scratched the white ball while trying a trick shot on the eight–we walked over to f2fb friend #154 louise berner-holmberg’s house for a party to introduce people to her free health care clinic. i like when this project brings people together. after the party, louise (a.k.a. woo), johnny and i walked over to a second party. it was a good night for johnny because he works two jobs–one at a park district, the other at a restaurant–and he was kicking back!
our hostess greeted us warmly and then i noticed that two times the flash on her camera (held at hip level) went off. i thought there was some sort of malfunction. but i was later told that this is a security measure. if something later were reported stolen or missing, the hostess would have a visual record of everyone who had entered the home.
johnny bladez (f2fb #160) walked woo and i home. i want so much for him to succeed in life and i think he’s endured quite enough trouble so far.