I'm pretty sure he isn't red with a big nose and lots of fur. . . but you never know.
I think this is part of what it means to live in the city -- trying to figure out what stuff means. This is the only Elmo I know that is surrounded by barbed wire.
And this is on South State Street where Robert Taylor housing projects have been since the early 70's (a very tough neighborhood that has now been torn down).
So who is Elmo? Why would you call him before you go? Why would you want to wait for your tombstone? It's just different here. . .