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      With all the bickering between fans that took place here recently, I thought I'd post the following story and photo found on the web regarding Paul...enjoy!

      http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m818avT2sf1qehb6g.jpg

      Paul McCartney in Manhattan

      It was noon on a warm Monday in early July (July 2nd to be exact) and due to the impending holiday, one of the quietest weeks on even the busiest New York streets. I was on a lunch break from work and making my way to a dentist appointment. At the northwest corner of 5th Ave and 54th St, a man in shorts and a t-shirt exits a tinted SUV on 5th Ave and walks just a few feet in front of me, down 54th St. On the phone with my sister, I say, ?Holy Sh*t! Paul McCartney just walked past me!? My sister responds, ?Follow him and get a picture!? In somewhat of shock, I continue in the opposite direction of Sir Paul McCartney.

      After a block, I realize that I need to see where Paul was going, pull myself together and get a picture with him (and maybe even exchange a few words). When in my life would I have this chance?!? I walk briskly back to 54th St, make a right and see him ahead. The street is quiet and only a duo ahead realize that Paul McCartney is in their presence. I am just steps behind him, with my iPhone camera application open and ready, when Paul turns to a man who is seemingly homeless (and overdressed in this extreme heat), bends down, smiles and speaks to him for a minute (I did not see whether money was handed over or not). The man, smiling, says a few words in response. I stood there, mesmerized by the moment, the juxtaposition ? one of the wealthiest men in the world, alone on this hot New York City day, taking a moment to say ?hi? to someone on the streets that may not have a penny to their name.

      This exchange was the perfect representation of compassion - social class or status did not matter, as it should not. I wanted to share this image and story because humanity can (continue) to learn from Sir McCartney. And, if you?re wondering, I couldn?t interrupt the moment and therefore I didn?t end up getting my picture with Paul, but this image will do just fine

        DrivinFan:With all the bickering between fans that took place here recently, I thought I'd post the following story and photo found on the web regarding Paul...enjoy!

        http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m818avT2sf1qehb6g.jpg

        Paul McCartney in Manhattan

        It was noon on a warm Monday in early July (July 2nd to be exact) and due to the impending holiday, one of the quietest weeks on even the busiest New York streets. I was on a lunch break from work and making my way to a dentist appointment. At the northwest corner of 5th Ave and 54th St, a man in shorts and a t-shirt exits a tinted SUV on 5th Ave and walks just a few feet in front of me, down 54th St. On the phone with my sister, I say, ?Holy Sh*t! Paul McCartney just walked past me!? My sister responds, ?Follow him and get a picture!? In somewhat of shock, I continue in the opposite direction of Sir Paul McCartney.

        After a block, I realize that I need to see where Paul was going, pull myself together and get a picture with him (and maybe even exchange a few words). When in my life would I have this chance?!? I walk briskly back to 54th St, make a right and see him ahead. The street is quiet and only a duo ahead realize that Paul McCartney is in their presence. I am just steps behind him, with my iPhone camera application open and ready, when Paul turns to a man who is seemingly homeless (and overdressed in this extreme heat), bends down, smiles and speaks to him for a minute (I did not see whether money was handed over or not). The man, smiling, says a few words in response. I stood there, mesmerized by the moment, the juxtaposition ? one of the wealthiest men in the world, alone on this hot New York City day, taking a moment to say ?hi? to someone on the streets that may not have a penny to their name.

        This exchange was the perfect representation of compassion - social class or status did not matter, as it should not. I wanted to share this image and story because humanity can (continue) to learn from Sir McCartney. And, if you?re wondering, I couldn?t interrupt the moment and therefore I didn?t end up getting my picture with Paul, but this image will do just fine

        I actually started a thread in Looking For Changes about this very photo, as I had very similar thoughts to the person who wrote this.

          This is why Paul is my hero. Not only do I love his music but as a person he is just a gentleman!

            CMackbird:This is why Paul is my hero. Not only do I love his music but as a person he is just a gentleman!

            Absolutely. He wasn't pretending for the media, as pretty much no one was on the streets. He was just being himself. Paul=awesome.

              walliebaby:

              CMackbird:This is why Paul is my hero. Not only do I love his music but as a person he is just a gentleman!

              Absolutely. He wasn't pretending for the media, as pretty much no one was on the streets. He was just being himself. Paul=awesome.

              Yup, true class from the main man himself!

                Great to hear the story behind the picture! Paul is so awesome!

                  Oh man, that's beautiful.
                  Thanks for sharing the article.

                    Lovely story and thanks so much for posting. Yes he is a true gent...

                      walliebaby:

                      I actually started a thread in Looking For Changes about this very photo, as I had very similar thoughts to the person who wrote this.

                      Yep I remember that. Wasn't that long ago. Great article & great pic.

                        When some people say about Paul, that he have a big EGO, I'd like to show them this picture. I'm sorry but I still shocked for the last discussion, and this story is like an oasis for me. Thanks for share.

                          Not to be cynical but I do this all the time myself without the praise and fawning...

                          th0ugh I do think it's a nice story and don't forget, Paul may be the 1% but he came from humble backgrounds.

                            Kathryn O:Not to be cynical but I do this all the time myself without the praise and fawning...

                            th0ugh I do think it's a nice story and don't forget, Paul may be the 1% but he came from humble backgrounds.

                            When you put out your first gold record, we'll praise you, too.

                              Nice story

                              I think he would do it even more if it wasn't for such a crazy world and having to protect himself and use a lot of caution. (Because of who he is)

                                Adriana, I agree. This is the man we come here to talk about. A musician, a husband, father, humanitarian, genius and most important human. This wasn't a photo op, this was a true moment. This is what defines him.

                                  DennyC:Adriana, I agree. This is the man we come here to talk about. A musician, a husband, father, humanitarian, genius and most important human. This wasn't a photo op, this was a true moment. This is what defines him.

                                  Well said!

                                    Great story, Paul's awesome.

                                      dance-tonight:Great story, Paul's awesome.

                                      Agreed, let's have the forum put all there money together and buy the man a milkshake. In fact lets buy a million milkshakes for Paul McCartney!

                                        Paul would want ALL of us to demonstrate that same type of behavior. I pick my moments, but sometimes you can really see when a person is just down on their luck and need a compassionate word of encouragement.

                                          DrivinFan:This exchange was the perfect representation of compassion - social class or status did not matter, as it should not. I wanted to share this image and story because humanity can (continue) to learn from Sir McCartney. And, if you?re wondering, I couldn?t interrupt the moment and therefore I didn?t end up getting my picture with Paul, but this image will do just fine

                                          This image will do just fine for me, too. These are the kind of pictures that are my favorite.

                                            It's all about interdependence.

                                            With every word we say we create, with each passing now moment.

                                            We need everyone around us to do well and to do the right things so we can ultimately benefit from it. If everyone was on the right path, there would be peace from less things to be stressful about.

                                            How often do we look at people and see a bit of ourselves in reflection...

                                            I am he, as you are he, as you are me, and we are all together...

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