The Brooklyn middle school at which I "teach" had a Career Day today. Among the no-name doctors, nurses, MEs, video editors, a dude who played one season with the Eagles, and a DJ on Kiss FM in New York, was Michael K. Williams, the gentleman who plays Omar Little on "The Wire". I know many of my readers are huge fans of the show. In fact, I'm probably the only laggard in my circle of friends that hasn't completely gotten on board the show's bandwagon. It's not that I dislike it. The few episodes that I have caught here and there were awesome. I've just never made it appointment viewing, and now it's a big to-do to catch up.
Anyway, I was unable to ask him any hard hitting "The Wire" based questions. And the students in my class knew him only from R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" videos. So I blew a pretty big opportunity to add some quality content to the site. My bad. What I can tell you about Mr. Williams is that he is fond of making air quotes, sometimes unnecessarily. He also mimes typing when he discusses using a computer.
He's a pretty mint dude, as he fielded the insipid questions of borderline retarded sixth graders, without coming across as condescending. I will probably never be able to pull that trick...and that's essentially what I'm paid to do. Very impressive.
Also when he gave me a smile and a nod, I felt pretty cool for a moment. It was like being in high school again and getting a pound from one of the black kids.