The Zip Code Man in Boulder
// June 24th, 2012 // America
Street performers- gotta love ‘em. Actually, a good chunk of them are annoying. Like when they try to play the guitar and they actually aren’t any good or think they have a singing talent that just isn’t there. There’s the people who paint themselves with metallic spray paint and and think it’s worth big bucks. The beautiful woman I saw at Park Guell seemed to make decent tips just by striking different poses in her rather random outfit. But my all time favorite street performer is the bush man in San Francisco. You should look him up on YouTube if you have never witnessed this homeless man (who makes a lot more money than I do) scaring people near Fisherman’s Wharf.
But while we were in Boulder, we came across an entirely different type of street performer: the zip code man. You can tell this guy your zip code, and he can tell you what town you’re from (and perhaps what his favorite restaurant is in that town). He estimates that he knows between 35 and 40,000 zip codes. Holy cow batman. In his interview with NPR (linked to above) he’s asked if he has ever thought of putting this skill to better use. His response: “No. It’s perfectly useful right now. It makes people laugh.” So he makes people laugh and he has a gig that will be hard to replicate- I think that represents quality street performance if you ask me.