Bear with me here. I just came from the fair. When I was there, I saw this guy. He was walking toward me, a young man looking to be in his early to mid-twenties. He had shoulder-length, wavy black hair that was brushed away from his face. He wore all black, but tastefully so, with a button-down, black shirt with silver buttons, long black pants, and a black messenger bag slung over his shoulder. What was really interesting, though, was his gait. He was carrying a long, black umbrella, the kind you see in the movies at funerals with a silver tip (even though there was no hint of rain), and he used this as a cane. Not obviously or awkwardly, almost subconsciously. With every step he took he swung the umbrella up, letting it rest about a foot in front of him, until he passed it and he repeated the process. His gaze was straight ahead, not like those around us (including me) whose eyes wandered, taking in booths and the people around them. Everything about this man bred confidence--that he either didn't think much about what those around him were thinking, or he didn't care. My first thought? "I'm gonna use this guy as a character in one of my books." He was absolutely perfect, with the right personality. I could cast him as a love interest, a supporting character, a brother, even a villain. So my question to you, have you ever seen someone on the street (or anywhere, really), and decided to use them as a character? Then, did you do it?