There’s been some missing Amazing Strangers, some of which may never return. It could be a very different year this year and Union Square NYC. Come see what I mean on this latest page of Strangers.
It’s finally here! Spring, 2013. And not only are all the familiar faces returning to the square, but there’s plenty of new ones too – Some of which are already making the news! I got word this morning that Free Rubs made it to the Post for his Washington Square hi-jinx. So let’s kick off the year right on this new page of Amazing Strangers!
Consider this a warning: Girls who don’t want to hug Free Rubs are liable to get on his bad side. Just a few days ago he was arrested for throwing a can of soda at a woman’s face for refusing him. One time I was with a girl who denied his hug, so he walked over to the garbage can, got cup, filled it with water and came marching back to hurl it in her face. Luckily I knew what he was going to do (he’d done this before) and was able to thwart his attack.
What people don’t understand is he doesn’t comprehend what he’s doing. It’s all gut reaction, reacting to what he thinks is disrespect. After my cup-o-water incident with him he thought the reason I stopped him was because I didn’t want to get splashed with the water that would’ve bounced off her face.
Anyhow, this video was shot a day before the above arrest. And no, you’re not misreading that look in his eyes. If the girl doesn’t want to hug him she’d better be a Germaphobe, or Free Rubs is gonna get angry. And you don’t want an angry Rubs!
Today Roman was at the park claiming to be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and revisiting his Lower The Age Of Consent rant. A rant that got him thrown out of the park a couple years ago. So when Shaggy arrived all full of Springtime’s sunlight, he set to bustin’ his balls about his hair, sexual desires, and his future in this world.
I posted this only on Vimeo because as Shaggy & I both know, the You Tube “community” gets really sensitive about Roman’s escapades.
Also worth the note, check out the reactions of the models who were sitting next to Shaggy.
It’s begun. Union Square 2013 has arrived, and it’s a phenomenon as predictable as the tides – Everybody goes nuts in Spring! Sometimes they go nuts against their own will, and they don’t even know why! But Shaggy and I do. And this time, with a little bit of our calming presence, this particular “screaming banshie” found himself to be open to some of our constructive criticism.
This winter has turned out to be the longest of winters I’ve ever spent away from the site. Not that I haven’t been able to keep myself busy, but it did in fact turn out to be a much needed break. Since October of 2000 I’ve not gone once without making some sort of content update at least every couple weeks. And on average, consistently updating it a couple times a week, for 13 years! But the internet’s changed drastically since then. One of the changes I’ve witnessed is there being less of a need for constant obsessive updates. Competing for continual content on the web is a no-win race, and can quickly lead to extreme burnout.
Happily, I can now confidently say that the struggle to maintain a significant flow of traffic is no longer necessary for me to maintain a stable income. The steady demand for Jesus magnets on store shelves has freed me from those worries. That’s what I’ve spent the last year working to guarantee. Cold calling stores, sending samples, and fulfilling orders has proved to be a very fruitful venture. Asking my Facebook friends for names of possible stores has done what in the past I thought impossible – A useful purpose for Facebook.
Have no doubt however that the site remains my pride & joy. I’ve got big plans for 2013. The one that’s in the forefront of my mind at this exact moment is the project I just put the final payment on this afternoon. The Prophet Mohammed Dressup magnet sets!
Seriously, the last time I felt this excited about a project was when I received the first Jesus Dressup magnet samples back in ’04. Earlier this week the Mohammed samples landed on my doorstep, and let me tell you, they are a sight to behold! If you see me on the street, feel free to ask to see it! I am one proud papa. And the new version of the online game (you’re dressing him in modern men’s fashions from Target & The Gap) is available for play immediately! There’s also Prophet Mohammed postcards available for purchase too. 100% legally mailable postcards that can be sent through the US Postal Service for just pennies a piece! No envelopes required so The Prophet’s image can be seen the whhhhhooooollle way! Across the nation and over oceans! I encourage you to get a pack for yourself to send your heartfelt wishes to friends, loved ones and anyone else you think might appreciate seeing the long lost Prophet. I’d also like to think that this latest endeavor will give my Hate Mail section a much needed shot in the arm. We’ll see what happens now won’t we?
All right Bob. Stop. I’m too excitable about all this right now. There’s more to talk about.
There is, of course, another exciting year of Amazing Strangers at Union Square about to begin just as soon as the weather gets agreeable. Which reminds me – Shaggy is coming out with his own line of products this year too! His book, DEATH TO THE READERS, is available on Amazon for just $3, and available in print very soon. There’s also going to be tee shirts too, which if you’re an observant follower you’ll see Shaggy’s been wearing it in some of the videos that’ve been posted recently.
I have a list of art projects I’m working my way through too. As they happen you can rest assured they will brought to your attention. This leads me to the next important update. My Latest Updates section of the site is being archived for good, and this spot here at normalbob.com is where all things related to all of my sites will be posted. IMPORTANT: If you have a subscription to the old Latest Updates page you’re going to have to resubscribe at this one. The old one is no longer operational. Nothing will change about the layout at normalbobsmith.com, but I’ve come to realize that the web does demand that I present a format more friendly & familiar to today’s first time visitors. And here we are.
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Your only true friend,
Normal Bob Smith.