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Unemployed Man Finds Steady Work as “Superman” | NBC San Diego

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It’s not easy being Superman.

It only earns about $160 a month for Avelino Chavez, who dresses up daily as the caped hero.

But oh, the adventures!

The 52-year-old Chavez can’t fly but does seem to be everywhere in Lima: at political rallies and speeches, at a wedding shoot for Peru’s famed opera tenor Juan Diego Florez, hawking tours and flights on behalf of a travel agency in the central Plaza de Armas.

“Hola Superman!” people shout to him.

“Hola, Superamigo!” he’ll shout back.

Chavez became a superhero 15 years ago after a failed go at bullfighting and jobs as a craftsman, laboratory worker and brothel security guard.

“I lost my job but realized that I could be Superman. I went to the store and bought a blue shirt and a cousin of mine who is a seamstress sewed the cape, the boots, the belt and the red tights,” he told The Associated Press.

He hasn’t lacked for work since.

via Unemployed Man Finds Steady Work as “Superman” | NBC San Diego.

What do you mean – he can’t fly???? Thanks for the tip.

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Written by edparnell

June 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Not News

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