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wednesday AM, 40 degrees…

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…temporary shelter at the bus stop.



Written by john

December 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm

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  1. Another great capture! I wonder what this persons story is? Do you think he is a student waiting for the bus or possibily on his way home from working the night shift? It doesn’t appear as if he would be homeless with his backpack and a stack of papers but certainly looks very cold!


    December 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm

  2. it was 6:15 in the morning. a bus was less than 10 yards from him so it’s really hard to say what his story is.

    i sat there long enough…hazards on…that he noticed me, popped straight up and was probably wondering…’What the H…’ you can see the tire/body of my truck in the reflection of glass.

    i waved and was on my way.


    December 18, 2008 at 8:08 am

  3. I bet he’s a student. Sorta reminds me of my own kid…in the sense that he looks freezing cold, but didn’t dress appropriately for the weather.

    I can’t imagine why a homeless person would have a stack of papers. Unless…he’s just really needy and on his way to get some help from an agency on his gas bill or something. I’ve seen the stories around here on people needing help and having to fill out huge stacks of paper to get it.

    Ahhh, ya gotta love the red tape.


    December 18, 2008 at 8:29 am

  4. possibly a student…but at 6:15?

    i got a sense of something else from this guy. it was the way he was sitting there. when i initially pulled up, he was laying over the bag/papers. he shuffled around a bit (as i would imagine anyone would do with a truck stopped in front of you).

    he gave me the impression that he had been there for quite some time. i’ve seen other people use this stop to seek shelter from the weather. doesn’t mean that he was…but it’s a little off the beaten path.

    on a side note…i’ve seen people on the street begging for money in North Face attire. quite contradictory in my mind, but what do i know. perhaps someone literally gave the coat off their back?

    that’s just it…isn’t it? everyone has a story. we give them one from afar, from our vantage point…but it may be far from accurate. definitely interesting. it’s all about perspective.

    always glad to get feedback on these posts.


    December 18, 2008 at 8:50 am

  5. Yeah, I would agree. He doesn’t look student-like. I guess I’d like to think he’s a student and not another to add to the list of homeless.

    Our illustrious pres was talking today (wish he wouldn’t do that….everytime he does the stocks plunge) now he’s saying we may be headed for a depression.

    Glad he’s finally admitting that it’s bad. I hate to see though, the numbers that will be taking to the streets in the next year if, in fact, that does come to fruition.


    December 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm

  6. yeh…i’m hopeful that more people don’t find the streets as their home.

    it’s sad to see the delayed reaction to these larger issues. we would be better served by a proactive body…but power & money corrupt all the best intentions…and are often the culprit in the end.

    the shocker, head shaker, call it will you will….for me….is the fact that NOTHING has physically changed in the world. we’re victim to self-imposed rules. man-made constucts. while i realize they’re necessary for any civilized society…it’s sad to see the devasting impacts across the world.


    December 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm

  7. Yes! I completely agree. It’s a shame because you’ve got rulers who have whole countries under their charge. And we all know a ruler isn’t a ruler because he’s the best choice. And some countries even have rulers who rule til ‘whenever’. I was watching a documentary on Rowanda yesterday. Left me in tears.

    It seems like the world has lost touch with the importance of ‘love thy neighbor’. It makes me sick to see what’s happening there. oh wait, maybe I was wrong on the phrase…maybe it’s Love Thy Neighbor…if they have oil reserves under their land.

    Did you watch Secret Millionaire last night? They had a good one about the seedy areas of Vegas. They rich guy ended up helping a teen haven. I’m astonished how many TEENS are on the streets. Simply stunning, a lost and sad bunch. Although, if I had the millions that these people have….I’d give away a lot more than what they’re shelling out.


    December 19, 2008 at 8:15 am

  8. rowanda is just an awful story. it saddens me deeply.

    we watched secret millionare the other night because our CEO’s wife was on it. i’m not a big fan of fox due to their sensationalism…but it’s good to see people in need (or doing good things)…getting help.

    like you…i’d give away more if i were so fortunate.


    December 19, 2008 at 8:47 am

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