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You said this on the Santa Cruz talk page.
"Likewise. I actually came here to see if there was any info on him. What is his name? Is he homeless, crazy, or just eccentric? There are other questions that come up about him that I bet somebody on wikipedia knows the answers to too.--CallmeNiel 07:07, 5 April 2006 (UTC)"
The "pink umbrella guy", is not homeless or "crazy". He may very well be eccentric, but I feel in a pleasant way.
Michael started out walking very slowly from one end of PGM to the other @2003 (I think). At first, he just carried an umbrella and walked very slowly with a smile on his face. He has stated publicly that he considers it part social experiment, part performance art. The wildest thing about his dress back then was his large collection of Hawaiian shirts. He gradualy "evolved" into what you see now. I don't really know what precipitated the change, but he seems happy with it.
I've seen him shop for food at Trader Joes, and I've also seen him show up for a dentist's appointment at Dientes. If you say hello to him, he always says hello back. Actually, you can engage him in a brief conversation - as long as it's friendly.
Unfortunately, it IS true that Michael has been assaulted. I don't know how many times it's actually happened, but I know for a fact that it happened once. I know this because it was actually my housemate that assaulted him (when my housemate was experiencing an unmedicated manic episode - very out of character).
I don't know Michael outside of the occasional wave or hello, but another one of my housemates does. According to my housemate, he's a nice, intelligent guy.
The highlight of my halloween was seeing Michael walking down one side of Pacific Ave., and a guy DRESSED as Michael walking (a bit too fast) down the other - neither one aware of the existence of the other across from them. So now you know!NinaEliza 06:23, 17 November 2006 (UTC)