Here’s a self portrait from about 9 years ago. My hair was this long for my first couple of trips to the Philippines. The first trip in 2004 was shortly after The Passion of the Christ was out. Apparently I was looking all Jesusy, if you think Jesus looked like an Irish American White Guy.
I wish I had a dollar for every person that told me I looked like Jesus. I had people screaming out of jeepneys at me “JESUS!” After a while, I started “giving out blessings” like I was the Pope, waving the sign of the cross to people screaming jesus at me. I seriously considered pulling a “Lenny Bruce”, and go around knocking on doors with a Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee can, collecting money for the lepers in Miami.
One day, we were walking around the pond at Birnham Park in Baguio. At one end of the pond, there was a little boy, maybe 4 years old, pointing at me, yelling “Jesus!”. Man, that was getting real old. We walked around to the other side of the pond, and there was another little boy, about the same age, and he pointed at me and yelled “Bin Laden!”