Shelter, Day 3

October 29, 2009 at 9:50 am 6 comments

We’ve had breakfast (cold cereal, scratchy dry toast) and what goes most through my mind is ‘my, how close i am to complaining yet riding on the thought that i am so lucky compared to most in the world’.  it’s a strage paradox to live.

the most excitement here is when someone starts a fight (lots of verbal stuff goes down between the guys but so far no fisticuffs). i had a roommate last night, she came in while i was sleeping, her phone alarmed at 7am.  she was all freaked out as couldn’t find her clothes.  i guess whoever did her intake didn’t explain properly about the clothes donation closet (really, they have some very nice threads in there) and how all your clothes get washed before being handed back to you (a rule i like). 

but, hmm, for lack of better creatvivity this cold, rainy morning i’ll call her ‘ms. freak-out).   myself and others tried to expain to her about the clothing closet but she only got louder and freakier saying, ‘i’m not wearing donated clothing because then i’ll look like  a dirty pig and i have a work experience interview this morning and you guys are all making me late for it cause you won’t give me my clothes back”. 

whatever, have a nice day, ms. freakout…..she just can’t wrap her head around things yet and i hope she calms down, for her own good. 

i worked on a guy’s third degree burns last night and it felt good to be able to relieve him of some pain.  then it was a woman with a head ache from the swine flu shot.  another woman had to go to the hospital as her swine flu shot reaction was severe.  hmmmm.  they want us all to participate now by wiping down the door handles etc. every two hours with bleach….i can’t say if that will really help or not but it is a pro-active approach and really, we need to keep busy here.

meantime, the b.c. liberals have been caught with their pants down AGAIN over olympic spending…they are trying to find a venue for a high falutin’ evening to schmooze with the rich who may be interested in investing in b.c..  my answer is, of course, to have it at a homeless shelter so we can all meet face to face and they can actually see who they’re screwing over.  in other words, civilizatiion is measured by how one takes care of one’s own….yes i’m luckier then a myriad of people around the world….but why should the business community fart out pati foi de gras when i’m farting dry , scratchy toast?

now it’s off to the pharmacy for me to get my prescriptions refilled.  i’ll stretch that visit out to have a tour of london drugs 😀

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  • 1. Wandering Coyote  |  October 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    If it’s the LD on Granville & …what is it…Georgia??? Thereabouts, anyway… It’s a bit of a zoo.

    I am still sending you my thoughts and hoping you get some housing soon…I am glad you are getting some chances to practice your healing work; that’s awesome. As usual, if you need ANYTHING, let me know.

  • 2. scout  |  October 30, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    no, it’s on the north shore….failry close to lonsdale but still down along marine drive. the food is great, i have to say that (while many complain, like, what’s with that??? it’s institutioinal cooking but nicely spiced up etc.). the flu is running through here like crazy and i have a touch of it now….can only ride it out.

    thanks coyote, you’re a true gem 😀

  • 3. Wandering Coyote  |  October 30, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Are you getting a flu shot? This is one situation where I would totally get in line for one.

  • 4. Laila  |  October 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    My daughter was just quarantined in her campus dorm for over a week – a victim of H1N1.

    It was 4 days of intense hell, with non-stop fever, eye pain, coghs and vomiting. Now, a foul cough remains and she’s lost 10 pounds she didn’t need to.

    I’d say : ” Get the shot.”

    Great post. Reminds me of my time working the front lines at the Lower Mainland Community Housing Registry, back before our funding was pulled in 2005. We did a hell of a lot more than finding a cheap SAFE place to live, we took care of the whole person.

    Those were the days….

  • 5. scout  |  October 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    coyote….they were giving the shots when i was doing my intake here…..funny, because i was thinking, ‘well, i wasn’t going to get one before but i may as well now’. but after the intake the shots were over with. a lady ended up in emergency with really bad reaction to it and just about everyone who had it is sick. hmmm.

    laila…it’s just a damned if you do , damned if you don’t situation. whoa, you worked for a housing registry…….wow, that was angelic :D. i’m going to kick gordie campbell out of his house. yup. i’m tellling his mommy on him.

  • 6. Laila  |  November 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Nothing angelic about it, Scout. Like all good front line workers, we did what had to be done,out of a little old office on Columbia st. in New West. We were one of the very few offices who worked with parolee’s and releases from the Forsenic facility,and everyone in between, from entire famillies who had been seperated in shelters to the elderly and mentally ill. Lot’s of good stories and even more sad ones. I miss it, but I could never go back to the red tape again, after that. I figure I might do more good now trying to get rid of the Big Man himself, by telling the tales of his cuts and devious business deals.

    Interesting to note the reactions you are seeing to the shot, and rather alarming at the same time. Someone told me this is all a massive research project, and one elderly woman who is exempt from the shots ( over 65) thinks its a way to kill off all the seniors so Gordo can save money on their care homes…


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