Rastaman Lloyd

by Jill Gruss
(Ohio)

Rastaman Lloyd

Rastaman Lloyd

Contest Entry #038 - Rastaman Lloyd

This picture was taken in January of 2011. I had gone to Jamaica with my mom and a few of her friends. This was my first trip to Jamaica, but I was ready!

I had done my research and was ready to see more than just the resorts and tourist traps! So, we called Yogi! Yogi is a cab driver in Montego Bay that we were referred to by some people in my home town in Ohio. (My hometown has a population of about 20,000).

Apparently, Yogi had lived in Tiffin and worked here for a few years until his work Visa ran out and he had to return to Jamaica. (Yogi now takes his vacation here, while we go to Jamaica!...small world!)

Anyway, Yogi picked us up and I told him that I wanted to see some off the beaten path things. He took us up in the mountains and thru several small villages. That is where I met Lloyd!

Lloyd has a small fruit stand on the side of the road. He was so happy to talk to us and show us what he was selling.

He even let us try a few of the items we weren't familiar with. Of course, he took a small bite first to show that it was safe.

Lloyd was wearing a crocheted cap. I knew he must have had dreads hiding up there.

So, not knowing the etiquette, I asked if it was proper to ask him to take off his hat.

Of course, he answered with a "ya mon!"

He took his hat off and his dreads were almost longer than he was! He was a genuinely happy person!

We exchanged mailing addresses and when I got home, I printed the pic that I took with Lloyd and mailed it to him with a thank you card.

Thanking him for taking his time to answer all of the silly questions from some random foreigner ...me!

About six months later, I received an envelope in the mail. It was from Lloyd, in very shaky handwriting. I was so excited to hear from him, but when I opened the envelope, there was nothing inside :-) !

I'm not sure if he knew how to write, but he tried!!! I'm still hoping to run into him again someday!

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Sep 04, 2013
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AWESOME MON! NEW
by: Anonymous

Classic pic!!! Can't wait to meet my own Rasta Man!

Sep 04, 2013
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AWESOME MON! NEW
by: Anonymous

Classic pic, dreads and all! Can't wait to see my own personal Rasta Man!

Sep 01, 2013
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Love it! NEW
by: Jenny

Great pic Jill! Would love to go there and see the sights!

Aug 28, 2013
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Me too! NEW
by: Kerrick, Kandas son

Hi Aj. Work on mom about Jamaica next year. We want to go! I love checking out ur pics and listening to ur Jamaica stories. Hope we get to go and have u as our personal tour guide. See you this weekend for ur birthday!

Aug 28, 2013
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Hi Jill NEW
by: Kanda's daughter. Kristin

Mom said we might go with u next yr to meet this guy! I hope so. I so want to go to Jamaica with u guys. Love you, AJ!

Aug 28, 2013
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Sweet dreads NEW
by: Kanda

Wow! Look at those dreads! Niiice!

Aug 27, 2013
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Background
by: Brenda

Hey? Is that moms butt in the background? Lol. Brett just pointed it out! Too funny!

Aug 27, 2013
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Cool
by: Brett

Nice pic, Jill.

Aug 25, 2013
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???
by: Kaley

Hi Jill. I'm not sure why but my dad said I need to comment on this. So here goes. I like this pic. I want to do my hair like this. Thanks Jill.

Aug 25, 2013
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My wife will fall in love
by: Pete

Hi Jill. Jenny just handed me the iPad and told me to comment on your pictures. Jenny saw this pic and told me that now we are definitely going to Jamaica next year. Should I be worried? She loves this guy! Lol

Aug 25, 2013
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Nice hair
by: Jenny

Thanks for telling me about these pics tonight Jill. Very nice!

Aug 24, 2013
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Your Jamaican boyfriend?
by: Katie

AJ, is this your jamaican boyfriend? Lol. Lloyd is awesome!

Aug 12, 2013
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love the locks
by: Laurie

Hope to see those lovely locks when us girls come to visit in October. Great pic Jill!

Aug 10, 2013
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WOW. Thanks!
by: Jill

Wow, thanks for all of your comments! Julie-I know I would Love to see Lloyd again and tell him about all the positive comments people are leaving for him! He's such a great guy! I may have my friend Yogi take me out to Anchovy and see if we can find him? Thanks again everybody!

Aug 10, 2013
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Montego Bay
by: Julie

Jill, I was in Montego Bay a year or so ago and I swear I saw this man! Maybe we'll get to see him when we go back in July! I hope so...

Aug 09, 2013
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WOW
by: Tony

Cant wait till my dreads are this long!

Aug 08, 2013
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I want that hair do!
by: Barb

I wonder where he gets his hair done?! I WANT DREADS TOO!!! Such a great icon of the Rasta culture!

Aug 08, 2013
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Real Jamaican Rastamon
by: Winsome

Lloyd is what we would classify as the real deal. He was a true Ambassador of this aspect of the Jamaican culture. Thanks for sharing Jill.

Aug 06, 2013
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Hair
by: Sam

That's a lot of hair!

Aug 06, 2013
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Dr. Teeth
by: Anonymous

He reminds me of Dr. Teeth from the Muppets! He's my favorite Muppet ever! They should have a muppet with dreads!

Aug 06, 2013
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Love ya Lloyd
by: Katy

This guy was so nice and helpful! I look for him every time we pass thru Anchovy.

Aug 06, 2013
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Dreads
by: Sarah

His hair could tell its own story! So so cool:) he definitely puts a smile on your face when you see this picture.

Aug 06, 2013
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Awesome!
by: Kayce

I LOVE his dreadlocks and his gold tooth!!

Aug 06, 2013
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Can't wait!
by: Billy

I can't wait to meet this guy the next time I go back! July 2014...here I come!

Aug 06, 2013
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AWESOME!
by: Holly

Looking forward to my trip to Jamaica to see my own Rastaman in person! =))

Aug 05, 2013
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Rasta man
by: Sylvia

We met several rasta while in Jamaica a few years ago. They were very friendly. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 05, 2013
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Love the Dreads!
by: Claudia

He looks so happy!

Aug 05, 2013
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Love this guy!
by: Anonymous

I love this guy!!!

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