Friday, November 14, 2008


While living near the University of Cincinnati, I saw my fair share of homeless people - though I never quite understood it. Isn't it a widely known fact that most college students are in debt? Sure I just came out of the bookstore where I dropped a good 500 bucks... and I might seem wealthy walking out of that bookstore with multiple heavy bags - but to all you homeless out there, and I'm SO sure you are reading this... it is just an illusion!

Anyway my "point" of starting out telling you about the homeless in Cincinnati, was to tell you that there are much more here in Tucson (warmer!)... and I wanted to tell you something that made me chuckle (but it is in fact rather sad)....

Yesterday I was outside my mom's office building waiting for her so we could go to lunch. As I was sitting on the bench, I saw a homeless man approaching. He stopped at the first trashcan, looked in, and went for a grab. He pulled out a big gulp and popped off the lid (WHY? was he concerned about germs? Um Hello you are digging in a DUMPSTER). He gulped, kept the cup and kept walking. He stopped at the next trashcan, looked in and went for a grab. He pulled out a half smoked cigarette. He stuck it between his lips and walked off around the corner. I thought the whole thing was rather odd, but I wasn't surprised. You gotta do what you gotta do. As I'm talking to my mom on the phone, letting her know where I am... I see the homeless man walking back around the corner - with a HUGE honkin' sandwich in his mouth. Score.

Hehe. I don't know why, but watching his search for lunch made me chuckle. I wasn't laughing at him; I just found the whole thing pretty interesting.

Oh and I also wanted to tell you about the Can Man on campus. I would often see him Saturday and Sunday mornings. He was actually pretty nice. I small talked with him a couple times in passing. Anyway, he'd visit the frat houses and whatnot and fill up his garbage bags for recycling. I don't think the frat guys minded too much - It was free cleanup for loose cans and emptying of the trashcans for the next night of partying. The last time I talked to him, he was beaming because some guys had given him the last few beers of a six pack.... So, I think this man was a genius. Well, maybe not - but he sure was clever. Word on the street was that he got money for the aluminum in the cans... but here is the great thing. The money he got was based on weight. So he would stick pebbles in the cans and then squish them. Hahaha. I love it. Sure it's ripping of the system - but what do I care. The man is recycling!!

1 comment:

  1. I chuckled at the pebbles in the cans. Very crafty. This was one smart man.... frat parties. Even I couldn't have come up with that one. And it was kind of like that was their philanthropy.