Johnny Barnes

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There are a lot of rotaries in and around Boston. I drive through three each commute. Of the (many) interpersonal exchanges I’ve witnessed, the predominating theme is not love.

Mr. Barnes was known for his trademark “I love you” greetings which he bestowed on hundreds of commuters every morning from about 5am until 10am at the Crow Lane Roundabout.

Johnny Barnes’s obituary in Bermuda’s Royal Gazette is a reminder that the unpleasantness we normally accept could be otherwise.

(Vocabulary: quintessential, legacy, bestow, immortalize, vocation.)

This short film shows Mr. Barnes in action:

 

The Economist also eulogizes Mr. Barnes with a parable, “Clothed with Happiness.”

 

PS Boston drivers: note how Mr. Barnes extended all digits when he waved.