Archive for July, 2008

Yesterday I received an email from a gentleman who wanted to know about the homeless and panhandling.

In his email, this gentleman mentioned that he considered himself "… a good Christian man" who was "… living on a fixed income." He went on to say that he quite often comes across homeless who are asking for spare change or are standing somewhere holding a cardboard sign. He was apologetic that while he has a desire to help, because he is on a fixed income, he doesn’t always have the wherewithal to do so. In addition, there are times when he’s worried that if he does give a homeless person some money that they will only use his "… money to buy something to drink."   (more…)

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In just a little over three months Americans are going to be heading out to the polls to vote for the next President of the United States. As a result both Presidential hopefuls are going to be pouring millions of dollars into every manner of advertising trying to convince the American public that they’re the best person for the job. Lobby groups are also going to be spending obscene amounts of money on advertising telling us who’s not the best person for the job. And, of course, the news media will also being presenting the American public with their version of the truth.   (more…)

Mid-morning yesterday, I somehow managed to drop my laptop’s power adapter. It hit the floor, the case popped opened and all of its insides came pouring out.

After patting myself on the back for my klutziness, I picked all of it up off the floor. Once I’d done a quick visual inspection, I discovered I was going to have to do some repair work on it. No worries. I’ve repaired other electronics gadgets.   (more…)

I read a lot of news articles about homelessness from all around the nation. Every so often I read on which leaves me shaking my head in disbelief. Case in point was the article, Hey buddy, can you spare a movie ticket? in the July 15th edition of The Rocky Mountain News in Colorado.

The article had to do with the Democratic National Committee; its upcoming convention from August 25th through the 28th in Denver, CO; Denver’s homeless population; and what the city is planning regarding the homeless while the convention is in town.   (more…)

About a week ago, I received an invitation to a "social" function – which was just a bunch of folks getting together and enjoying one another’s company. It had been a while since I’d done any personal socializing so I accepted the invitation. That gathering took place yesterday.

As I mentioned it’s been a while since I’ve done this type of socializing. There are a few reasons why. Mostly however it’s because I end up answering nothing but questions about this blog and homelessness during the entire ordeal – and that’s exactly what it becomes: an ordeal.   (more…)