Onward, Christian Soldiers!

September 17, 2008 at 6:52 pm 11 comments

 This morning was definetly rude.  My daughter had me over for dinner last night so i slept in my van which was parked in front of her apartment complex.

This morning i awoke to some North Vancouver bylaw officer pinning a ticket on my windshield as it was street cleaning morning.  OK, fair enough…I’m not used to rules like that anymore having lived on bowen island for 24 years now.  Can’t say i venture in the city that often.

BUT NEXT came a bylaw officer writing me up something for sleeping in my van on the street.   I burst into tears but the young man was compassionate and told me it was only a warning PLUS he called the Sally Ann and suggested I stick around and talk with the guy.

So I waited and a Sally Ann van pulled up and the first thing the guy did after he shook my hand was give me a bag of groceries!!!  then he told me where i could park in north van overnight (yup, good old Wallyword allows this in the States and now I know they do it in North Vancouver).  He handed me his card and suggested i call the advocate from the Canadian Mental Health Association as he says she’s awesome.   And so I’ll do that, another day.

I used to tag along with my mom when she canvassed in Victoria years ago for the Sally Ann.   And I did a few years on my own on Bowen.   Guess I racked up some good samaritan points for having done that 😀

Anyways, the Sally Ann guy is well aware of the inadequate facilities programs etc. because of Premier Vanderzallm’s cuts to mental health years ago so he could pad the Expo ’86 budget.  Gordon Campbell’s no different with his Olympics and we all know it.  If you have one of those special b.c. license plates that goes to support the Olympics, just know i think you’re nuts…..too bad there’s no room for you on the psycho ward though.   

So thank you Sally Ann, you and the compassionate bylaw officer gave me a good day and restored my faith in humanity – for the time being :D.

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11 Comments

  • 1. Wandering Coyote  |  September 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Oh man…I am so glad you had someone show you such compassion. I actually have a lot of respect for the Sally Ann; they tend to be much less judgmental than a lot of religious organizations. I hope you do contact the CMHA as I know they are an excellent organization.

    Please, let me know if you need somewhere to park in the Kootenays, OK?

    Also, let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you!

  • 2. harpervalley  |  September 17, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    hey coyote….thanks! just trying to sort out and get a grip on the ill run system is a chore itself…..lion’s gate hospital doesn’t even have a standards method to operate…..that’s pretty bad for an institute that size especially when people’s lives are at stake.

    who knows, maybe i’ll pass through the kootenays while on my way to the tsu t’ina reserve by calgary. i’ll sweat lodge before heading south (this is about the only lodge i’ll sweat in….no one’s got it like this old guy and he’s not one of those looking for groupies…..sorry to horny lodge keepers BUT you are not acting righteously when you do this and i will not tolerate you!!!).

  • 3. verbena19  |  September 17, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    The Sally Ann has helped me in the past too, when I was really down and out. They are a good bunch who actually help instead of being judgmental. They practice and don’t preach. That’s why I help them whenever I have a bit of extra time or money. (not much of either lately.)

    Sis, take care of yourself and let me know how I could be of help. Too bad that your neck of the woods is so far away from mine.
    hugs, am 😉

  • 4. verbena19  |  September 17, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Coyote, you are such a good, kind, compassionate person. I hope Scout does pass through the Kootenays… I worry about her and I’m so far away…
    ~V

  • 5. harpervalley  |  September 18, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    hey annamarie…thanks sis! good old sally ann…that’s about all i can say. and ya, wouldn’t that be fun to meet up with coyote?

  • 6. SBerg  |  September 19, 2008 at 10:18 am

    There are good and gracious people living everywhere…and in vans. Blossoms upon your travels. I cheer you.

  • 7. JJ  |  September 20, 2008 at 6:55 am

    I’m glad it worked out. Sort of reassures one’s faith in the basic goodness of humanity, doesn’t it.

  • 8. harpervalley  |  September 21, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    hey steve! such a word smith you are! many thanks.

    jj……a definite affirmation in humanity’s goodness….whew, i really needed that after all the scheize that’s been going down lately 😀

  • 9. dirk  |  September 23, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Nobody thinks it strange you can be ticketed for sleeping in your van.

  • 10. harpervalley  |  September 24, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    actually dirk, some people may and do think it’s strange to get ticketed for sleeping in my van.
    what do police and traffic authorities recommend when you are getting tired while driving? why, to pull over and sleep, of course.

  • 11. Donovan  |  October 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I have to wonder what a person who lives out of their vehicle would do? Would the ticket be a violation of their charter rights? Could they pay a fee to park on public streets in that town for the year in leiu of property taxes?


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