Stephen Felando, an enterprising Santa Rosa restaurateur and undeterred San Diego Chargers fan, arrived at his Joey’s Pizza early the other morning to find a shoeless man huddled near the door.
Felando said hello and asked the fellow if he’d like something to eat. Yes, please, was the reply.
Felando went into his kitchen there in the Belvedere building on Mendocino Avenue and whipped up a meal of sandwiches and salad.
The fellow was grateful for the nourishment, telling Felando, “I’m headed to Mars and today I’ve got to get over Calistoga Mountain.”
About then, Felando noticed that the had no shoes, and his socks were thin.
Felando isn’t the sort to just look away. His charitable nature has shone through all of his ventures, including the Grateful Bagel shops and Café de Croissants.
He asked the man, “How are going to get over Calistoga Mountain without shoes?” The stranger replied that he’d get by.
So Felando pulled off the shoes he was wearing, a pair of flip-flops bearing the Chargers logo. Offering them to the man, he said he was sorry they weren’t sturdier footwear and he hoped they would be better than nothing.
“That’d be great,” the fellow said, taking the beach shoes in his hands.
Then his head jerked a little. He said, “Are these Chargers flip-flops?”
Felando nodded and noted that though he moved away from San Diego years and years ago he’s still a fan.
With that, the wanderer handed him back the flip-flips. “I’m good,” he said. And he walked off in his stocking feet.
The fellow blended into the darkness as Felando stood open-mouthed and thinking, “Wow, a new low as a Chargers fan!”