Neil (nt) wrote,
Neil
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On weekends, we often get up early and go to breakfast at a nearby restaurant. Good coffee and food, fast service, unpretentious and comfortable setting. On the way, we sometimes see street people heading off to a nearby bottle depot, pushing grocery carts or carrying green garbage bags full of cans and bottles. Homelessness is a problem here as in most cities, with the same causes -- substance abuse, mental illness or just bad luck. A few years ago, a homeless man was beaten by two teenagers, not far from where I am sitting now. Their attack was unprovoked and senseless. He lay in a coma for several weeks before dying. We later found out that he was the ex-husband of an acquaintance. At one time, he had been a regular middle-class person with a job and a mortgage, but he started drinking, and became an alcoholic. Eventually, his wife asked him to choose between the marriage and the bottle, and he chose the latter. The kids who killed him were convicted and received a sentence of a few years in prison. I like to think that my life is comfortable because I work hard, have made good choices, etc. There is truth in that, but I suspect that luck has played a much larger role than I would care to admit.

I'll be at a seminar all day Wednesday. Nothing exciting, but it will break up the week nicely. And with three work days this week, Lord knows I need that! :-)
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