***Watermelon Watch 2006***
Watermelon Lady has a name! I know that I've been slacking on the watermelon lady posts - really it was for lack of pictures. I felt that the posts wouldn't be as good without a picture of her to go along with the story. So anyway, I've said before that I was apprehensive about approaching her and I found out that my fears weren't unwarranted. Instead of talking to the Watermelon Lady herself I quizzed the Starbucks staff in hopes of finding out more about her and let me tell you they were a wealth of information! First of all her name is LINDA! From here on out to be known as Linda the Watermelon Lady (LWL) - she HAS to keep her title. Is she mentally ill? Well that was a topic that was up for debate. Most of the employees seemed to think that she was just a little eccentric while others thought that she was most likely mentally ill and off her meds. In either case - I'm glad I didn't have to talk to her directly if she is off her meds that's not some one I want to deal with! LWL has been frequenting this particular Starbucks for at least the past two years. They said that some times she seems completely normal and other times she shows up with lots of shopping bags which leads them to believe that she may be homeless yet she is always relatively well dressed and clean. She always buys either coffee or a bottle of water. The Starbucks staff was also mystified as to how she gets a watermelon cut with platic utensils but then they told me that the watermelons have only been around for the past two weeks or so - she used to eat WHOLE CHICKENS!! That's right WHOLE CHICKENS not a cornish game hen or a little chicken breast a WHOLE CHICKEN like what you would pick up to feed your entire family.
I would love to find out more information on LWL - just how far is she lugging that watermelon?!? How many trips to the bathroom does she make day?? What will be the next food du jour?? I will continue to post on LWL as I find out more information.