What Are Mimes Saying?
Snapped this ‘Traffic Light Trader’ awhile ago as I was driving by. As mime/human statue artists go he seemed like a pretty good performer (not that I’m an expert in any way). If I’d had the chance I would have liked to have given him a couple of coins for his efforts.
But that posed the problem: I assume that he and the rest of his troupe were trying to raise money. But I couldn’t figure out how. He never moved. Never approached a window. Never rattled a plastic cup or cupped his hands to catch a donation. How am I supposed to give him my contribution?
I guess I could have slowed enough to pass it over as I reached the intersection. But this approach has huge risks of being rear-ended by a fast moving Sandton Tractor driver (like the one just ahead of me in the picture, there was another in a Q7 just behind me.) You just know she going to do whatever is needed to make that green light.
The other problem with trying to pass many coins whilst still moving is the risk that some will fall, and in his efforts to collect the spilled cash, Mr. Mime could very easily meet the bumpers and wheels of Ms. Q7. Not a pleasant thought. Especially if I had caused it.
To be honest, I’m not even sure that fund raising was what they were doing. There’s not even one of those ubiquitous "No food, No work, No job, Please help, God bless" signs anywhere in sight.
Maybe its some sort of Mime School test?