Now everywhere has its urban legends, and the ex-pat/immigrant community in any country will have its more individual and peculiar ones. but I can attest personally that I know of at least four former cocaine smugglers, one bank robber, and an untold known number of former American indoor marijuana farmers. But as any thinking person knows, there is a large difference between an outlaw and a villain. Being outlaw doesn't necessarily make you a villain, just as being a villain doesn't necessarily make you an outlaw (I'm looking at YOU Dick Cheney).
My own experience with a true villain came in the form of a smooth talking Englishman named Nigel. His parents were from the African country of Sierra Leone, and had immigrated to Britain before he was born. And as a result this man was a study in contradictions, an almost 7 foot black man who spoke like Richard Attenburough. Picture the huge guy from the Green Mile with the voice of the old man from Jurassic Park and you get the general idea.
When I first met him he was here with a group of salesmen from England who were doing something with pension plans over the phone. I'm not exactly sure what they were doing, but the dude was addicted to the movie Boiler Room with Ben Affleck to the point of reciting it, so I can only assume it was something nefarious. he and all of his friends were my upstairs neighbors in the condo I lived in at the time. During one of their more raucous parties, I went upstairs and introduced myself with the intention of seeing if the spare bottle of guaro I had could kick their celebration up a notch. We all hung out, I got to take crap for coming from a country that elected George Bush twice, and I got to thank them for fighting in the woods while wearing red. Typical jovial English and American exchange that you would expect from good-natured people….
WARNING: Any attempt to logically determine which concept is dumber through rational thought may result in catastrophic brain injury. Don't do it...think of your family.
To be continued tomorrow!