So, as promised, this is the story of the Stoner Gamer Dude and the Man in the Bear Suit. Since, both of these stories deal the conversations I had with these individuals, I am going to write it as dialogue in a play. Stoner Gamer Dude will play the part of Uber Mario, Man in Bear suit will play the part of 6 Foot Bear and I will play the part of Super Awesome Driver (hey, its my play and I will name my characters however I see fit – don’t judge).
Super Awesome Driver (S.A.D) is riding along looking for his next ride, when all of a sudden – “Ping, Ping, Ping”, a rider has requested a pick-up.
S.A.D arrives at pick-up
S.A.D: Hey, whose it going?
Uber Mario: Hey, what’s up man?
S.A.D: Not Mu……. (S.A.D gets cut off in mid sentence)
Uber Mario: My best friend just tried to kick my ass.
S.A.D: Really what hap……. (cut off again)
Uber Mario: Well, you know how it goes (S.A.D shows confused look, as if “No I Dont”). Hey, take a guess at what I do for a living.
S.A.D: (Again with confused look), No, idea, what do you …… (yes you guessed it, cut off again)
Without going into the rest of the back an forth, basically it comes out that the guy is a 20 something professional gamer. He was even sponsored by a major soft drink company. He goes on to say that he lives at home with his mom (yes, really), his dad is not around. S.A.D tries to ask what happened since it seemed like this guy wanted to talk, but then the subject changes back to gaming. He tells S.A.D that he enters tournaments where the top prize is $300K. He enters with 4 other players and the split the pot. Funny thing though, he never says if he ever won, just what the potential prize money is.
We arrive at Uber Mario destination, which took all of about 5 mins. Uber Mario had a lot to say in a very short period of time.
Uber Mario: Thanks for the ride
S.A.D: You’re Wel…..(door slams)
S.A.D once again riding along, when “Ping, ping, ping”; next ride. S.A.D proceeds to pick-up location and sees a furry 6 foot figure with a hood that has a top hat attached to it talking with a women. He stops and said furry creature, gets into the car.
S.A.D: (thinks to himself, this could be interesting) Hey, how’s it going?
6 Foot Bear: Grrrr (not really but he grumbled something that S.A.D couldn’t make out – it could have been a Grrrr or Growl, who knows.)
That was pretty much the extent of the conversation. They rode in silence until they reach 6 Foot Bear’s destination – one of the local bars. 6 Foot Bear gets out of the car, says Thank You (that was clearly audible) and tips S.A.D.
S.A.D: (thinks to himself) What a nice Bear.
So there you have it. I really think this should be a new reality show – Uber Mario and the 6 Foot Bear. Just think of the stimulating conversations they could have. Cant be any worse than some of the other shows on TV right now.
Photography by Suzanne Drake Photography