Nikoli

Nikoli

Week 4, just in the “Nik” of time.

So there I was sitting in the house and wondering if I was going to find some one in time for this week.  I had my worst ever bout with allergies this past week, to the point that I took a couple of days off of work and visited the doctor.  Needless to say walking around to find a stranger was not high or even possible this week for the most part.  Anyways back to sitting in the house.  There I was sitting at the table waiting to take my son to his indoor soccer game and a man appeared outside riding his long board skateboard with what turned out to be his young nephew.  I grabbed my camera and said to my self this is your guy.  I walked out my door approached the man, camera in hand, and introduced myself.  I told him about my project and he was happy to participate.  He snapped his board up to his hand with his bare foot and struck a relaxed pose, and click.  He had introduced himself as “Nikoli” and explained to me that his name was actually “Nick”.  He told me the story of the genesis of his “Nikoli” name sake, in his younger years while living in Southern California he was the go to guy among his circle of friends to fix up their Harley’s and was just all around handy so his friends began to call him Tesla.  At first he wondered why they gave him a name after the Sacramento, CA based rock band Tesla but they explained to him that they were going with Tesla as in Nikoli Tesla, one of the great geniuses of his time.  And “Nikoli” has stuck with him ever since.  Nikoli is a layed back guy and his Southern California life style definitely shines through his personality.

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