Mr. Happy Man
February 13, 2012 2:51 PM   Subscribe

Every workday morning Johnny Barnes has greeted Bermudians just to let them know how much he loved them. And after many years they love him right back. It's a simple story about the power one man has to make other people happy. Meet Mr. Happy Man. (Vimeo Link.)
posted by elwoodwiles (19 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
What a fabulous, marvellous man! I want a Johnny Barnes hug now. :(
posted by ClarissaWAM at 3:58 PM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]

Absolutely lovely. If ever I go back I will make a point of going by and waving.
posted by sarae at 4:40 PM on February 13, 2012

Do you think he smells like nutmeg? I think he smells like nutmeg.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 5:02 PM on February 13, 2012 [2 favorites]

No. Leather and car exhaust.
posted by cmoj at 5:04 PM on February 13, 2012

Johnny Barnes can still be found at the roundabout on Crow Lane outside Hamilton, Bermuda every weekday from 4 A.M. to 10 A.M.
They're crazy hours. He should renegotiate his workplace agreement.
posted by unliteral at 5:25 PM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]

Wow - I need him outside my house every morning...
posted by greenhornet at 5:34 PM on February 13, 2012

Lovely. I would like to go to Bermuda and say good morning to Johnny Barnes!
posted by Anitanola at 6:15 PM on February 13, 2012

I think he is a lamedvavnik or a Bodhisattva. Whatever he is, I'm glad he's alive and doing what he's doing. This video made my day better. Seriously. Thanks for posting this, elwoodwiles.
posted by KingEdRa at 6:17 PM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]

This post and Johnny Barnes just made my day! Thanks for the post!
posted by misozaki at 6:21 PM on February 13, 2012

A very welcomed post after the barrage of anti-Valentine's Day sentiment I've heard over the last several days. Thank you for posting!
posted by hillabeans at 6:22 PM on February 13, 2012

Mister Barnes will not exceed the speed limit and you can tell if you are stuck behind him. He will signal when it is safe to pass, however.
posted by shothotbot at 6:37 PM on February 13, 2012

Super great!
posted by Glinn at 6:44 PM on February 13, 2012

That is so cool :)

I do find it kind of strange that they've put up a sculpture of him already, while he's still there every day.
posted by headnsouth at 6:58 PM on February 13, 2012

aww, lovely!
posted by jeffburdges at 6:59 PM on February 13, 2012

Oh, at the end there I thought the story was going to take a sad turn. But no, they got the statue (and what a beauty it is, too!) and they kept the real guy, too.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 7:00 PM on February 13, 2012

Thanks for posting this!
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:31 PM on February 13, 2012

This was just so heartwarming I almost can't stand it! Johnny Barnes is the very model of what every human being should aspire to be like...a true role model and a real gift from God if ever there were one!
posted by Quasimike at 7:44 PM on February 13, 2012

I want to go there!

(also, it gets cold enough in Bermuda that you can see your breath and you need to wear a parka when you ride your scooter in the morning? Did not know.)
posted by drlith at 4:38 AM on February 14, 2012

I need more of this guy.
posted by Pecinpah at 4:12 PM on February 14, 2012

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