In Laguna Beach, it's hard to ignore people. Whether it's the homeless or shopkeepers, or that certain speeding car in the neighborhood, we see the color and movement of this small town. And so we engage, sometimes in unexpected and refreshing ways.
This is how it went with the "coin guy."
It was about two years ago that my boys and I first saw him. He was methodically marching through downtown, collecting coins from the parking meters for the city.
It was early in the morning, and he was in his zone.
"Look at the coin guy," I told the boys. "He seems a little lonely. We should say, 'Hi.'"
And so the boys did what boys do. They rolled down the car window as we passed him and yelled — probably louder than needed — "Hi!"
Steve Lindsay visibly jumped a little, then offered a wave and a small smile.