Dave Chappelle caught me slyly trying to take a picture of him while we were each eating dinner at Pakwan. He came over to the table and asked to see it. Unimpressed by my photographic aptitude, he then asked me to delete it.
As I complied with his request and stammered an apology, a single grain of rice flew from my mouth and landed on the shoulder of his black sweater. I wasn’t sure if he saw it or not, but I couldn’t take the risk, so I reached up and attempted to brush it off. Naturally, that darn stubborn kernel wasn’t going anywhere.
Chappelle noticed and said, “I don’t even mind that you just spit a piece of rice on me. Happens all the time.” He pointed out that I didn’t really need to delete the photos since he was in a public space after all, but it was cool I did and that I should come outside for a real picture after he finished his cigarette.
When I walked out, I didn’t see him anywhere and figured I’d been duped by a master. But then Mr. Chappelle emerged from a shiny black Escalade and said, “I wasn’t gonna flake on you.” As my buddy snapped a photo of us, the beleaguered superstar muttered, “People are terrible. There, I said it.”
Sorry for ruining your dinner Dave! We all love you here in the Mission! Please come back soon!
[Chappelle on 16th by jacobchills]