There is a character in my part of town named Rik Martino. I’ve don’t think I’ve ever seen Rik, which seems strange because I used to work across the street from where he daily buys several pounds of birdseed, and apparently he is enough of a public curiosity that the LA Times did a brief article about him.
I only know of Rik by his flyers at the corner of Rowena and Hyperion. Sometimes the flyers are advertising his services as a bodyguard and process server. Sometimes they are photocopies of fake newspaper articles hyping his movie star potential. Sometimes they are angry screeds directed at people he believes are trying to poison the neighborhood pigeons. It seems that there are some people in the neighborhood who don’t find his flyers as interesting as I do, because here’s his latest:
I know it’s dated 2/5/11, but it was only posted last week. Also, it appears that he is trying out a new spelling of his name. I’m not sure if there is a significance to either of those things. Anyway. Good luck, I guess, Rick.