Yesterday, while I was waiting for the bus, along came a man wearing a santa suit. He was in a wheel chair and had to be helped and strapped into the seat by the bus driver. At first I thought he was a nut. But as I looked at his Santa suit, I found it very interesting. He had dozens of beads of all colors around his neck, and on his back, he had tiny, green Christmas bells. So I walked over to him and asked him if I could take his picture. He smiled and said sure.
I took a few pictures of him and then we proceeded to talk to each other. He told me that one day he was in bed and he got a very sharp pain starting from his right arm diagonally to his left arm. He managed with all the pain he was feeling to get to a phone and call an ambulance. He was taken to the hospital and given pain killers and put to sleep. When he awoke, a doctor was sitting by his bed. The doctor told him he’d had a heart attack and the heart attack had left him paralyzed. The doctor said that he would not be able to walk or use his hands or live a normal life again.
When he heard the prognosis, he got angry. He was able to move his middle finger and he used it to tell the doctor where he could go. No one was going to tell him what he could or could not do. He told me it had happened ten years ago.
Since then, he’s living life as fully as possible. He’s not able to walk, but he wants to be an example to people who have heart attacks (That’s why he wears his santa suit). He wants people to know that because they can’t walk doesn’t mean they have to sit at home feeling sorry for themselves. He’s still able to work as a Las Vegas oddity. He goes to events where famous people appear and gets autographs from them and then he’s able to resell them for money. He’s doing all right. He’s not rich, but he keeps himself busy. He’s able to appear in shows such as CSI: Las Vegas as an extra ( He was telling the truth. I goggled him and it shows him appearing in CSI.)
He had been a wrestler and in perfect physical shape. And now, he’s in a wheel chair. Not able to move. But he has a very positive attitude. In his wrestling days, he was called “Moondog”. And now he’s known as Disco Santa. He began to put lights around his wheel chair so people could see him coming and not run into him at night. As the years went by, he added more beads and lights and that’s how he became known as Disco Santa.
He had once been famous and now he’s crippled, but it hasn’t stopped Disco Santa from enjoying life. He has a really good outlook on life. He told me he can be found on Las Vegas Boulevard, near the Flamingo Hotel, doing his thing for the tourists. So, if you live in Vegas, or visit Las Vegas, go see Disco Santa. He’ll be hard to miss. And you’ll walk away smiling.
That’s the smartest thing I’ve heard this week: to always keep a positive attitude no matter what happens. Disco Santa certainly knows what he’s talking about.
Oh, by way, you can see Disco Santa on Youtube.com/VGP54.