Archive for September 23rd, 2011

Prepared for Satellite Crash

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

"Where do I kneel?"

“Spare Change For The Deranged?”

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

That’s the phrase my friend Joe used when panhandling in San Francisco circa late ‘60’s.  You can still read his wise words commenting on most of my posts.

My bum is not nearly as eloquent.  I know I really shouldn’t call him a bum but he isn’t a homeless man either.  He lives in the Sticky Squalor Hotel a few blocks from here right across from the liquor store.  Let’s just say he’s been down on his luck – for 60 or 70 years.

Anyway, I used to give my bum a dollar,  3 or 4 times a week for over a year.  He didn’t even have to ask for it!  I’d just hand him the bill and he didn’t have to make up some horseshit story about his cousin dying and he couldn’t afford bus fare to the funeral, etc.  Actually, that was about his best story and the rest were very boring and I really didn’t want to hear them. So I’d just hand him the dollar and saved my ears a minute of crap as I kept  walking.

At the beginning of the summer, he stopped saying ‘thank you’ and just held out his hand.  After a few times I started to get annoyed.  Hell, I know I’m a sucker but it didn’t cost the guy anything to acknowledge me!  After another time or two of this, I told him I was now officially broke and I could only give him a dollar on Fridays.  From now on, I said, “Fridays are pay days – only Fridays!”  I just now paid him when I came into my building.