Max’s Journal 5/25/2012

From four years ago . . .

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By Max R. Weller

I enjoyed a restful night at my campsite in north Boulder, after a late dinner of Chef Boyardee Overstuffed Ravioli and Hostess Ding Dongs (I never intended to eat more fruits and vegetables every single day). And this morning, for the first time in two weeks, I could bend my left elbow far enough to use a Q-tip in my left ear after my shower at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. The lingering attack of gout in that joint is almost over now, and perhaps my switch to ibuprofen from aspirin will help to prevent a recurrence.

I also enjoyed my time on the corner at N. Broadway & U.S. 36 yesterday afternoon/evening between 4:30 and 6:15PM; the weather was perfect, after I was rained out on Wednesday, and people were in a generous mood. BTW, I want to thank my friend Ruth for having provided…

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‘I’m so over drugs’: Bryson Fischer

See the story in the Daily Camera: Man fatally shot by Boulder police wrote of struggle 1 week ago. Quoting from it below:

Fischer had an extensive criminal history in Colorado, with numerous drug-possession arrests out of Boulder, Adams and Denver counties.

In 2007, he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and felony menacing in connection with a stabbing at a party in Broomfield. He later pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 36 months in a halfway house.

So far, police have not released any information about what may have led to the shooting. They are still looking for a second person who fled the scene, but have said they do not know yet whether that man is a second suspect or simply a witness.

A gun was recovered from the area.

Bryson Fischer 2007 booking photo

It seems that this young man was part of a criminal drug culture his entire adult life, and a quick glance at his Facebook page shows the usual supportive comments from “friends” who probably enabled him all along the way.

I think it’s very fortunate that this character didn’t walk into Boulder Public Library and open fire on innocent patrons and staff there. His apparent choice to commit “suicide by cop” is likely the most favorable outcome in terms of public safety.

I realize my comments don’t measure up to Boulder’s inappropriate and misguided sense of compassion, but what good have the apologists/enablers done for anybody? Mr. Fischer himself is dead. I think that speaks for itself . . .

— MRW

Well, duh! It’s what I’ve said for years . . .

From three years ago, and the issue of transients treating Boulder, CO as their Big Rock Candy Mountain is more serious today than ever before:

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By Max R. Weller

See the article from the Daily Camera. I happened to notice it on the front page when I was at King Soopers yesterday, so I thought I’d interrupt my sabbatical long enough to mention it here. Quoting from it below:

More than half the people who sought help at Bridge House’s new resource center for the homeless had lived in Boulder less than six months, according to data released Wednesday by the day shelter and social service agency.

The information came from intake forms filled out by 417 people who sought help at the off-site resource center between October and April and was collected by Bridge House in an effort to better understand who Boulder’s homeless population is and what services it needs.

Asked where they lived prior to becoming homeless, 31 percent said they lived in other parts of Colorado and 32 percent said they…

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Shooter in Boulder, CO’s Central Park

Police leave the Boulder Main Public Library after searching the facility for a man who fled following an officer-involved shooting earlier today.

Police leave the Boulder Main Public Library after searching the facility for a man who fled following an officer-involved shooting earlier today. (Autumn Parry / Staff Photographer)
 
Read the story in the Daily Camera. The Homeless Philosopher has long since abandoned hope for this area to be safe and family-friendly, and almost never goes to the Main Library at 1001 Arapahoe or Central Park. I do have friends who work at the library, however, and I was really concerned to learn a few months ago that a decision had been made by the powers-that-be to disarm the private security guards who patrol this facility and its surrounding grounds. Had this nut decided to enter the library itself and start shooting at innocent patrons, nobody there would have been equipped to stop the shooter. Thank goodness a Boulder PD officer did stop him before a real tragedy occurred!
— MRW 

Max’s Journal 5/22/2012

From four years ago, and it makes me nostalgic for my life outdoors:

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By Max R. Weller

Last night at my campsite between 8:30 and 9PM, as I was eating my late dinner of cold asparagus soup and potted meat sandwiches, I enjoyed a visit from two young mule deer bucks with their antlers in the “velvet” stage of growth. They were grazing in the field adjacent to my spot, with only a fence separating us. These critters, I’ve observed during the past few years of my outdoor life, have no fear of humans; this can be accounted for by the fact that there is no hunting pressure on them from our species here in Boulder, and the deer need to be wary only of the mountain lions and vehicular traffic. At one point, they came within 20′ of me as I reclined on my sleeping bag. One buck looked right at me for a few seconds, but showed no sign of alarm even as I…

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Too much drama on the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36

From two years ago — and “King” has long since left Boulder, CO.

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By Max R. Weller

Things started going downhill, again, when Richard Grant a.k.a. Denver King was released from Boulder County Jail recently, after being charged with Felony Menacing. The way I heard the story, he pulled a knife on someone working outside at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless in the course of a verbal altercation; he was arrested in early April. Apparently, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to time served. Mr. Grant has been banned permanently from BSH property, and he has no friends in the neighborhood, not even other homeless people.

(Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)

I got into a nonviolent confrontation with him yesterday afternoon. It unfolded this way: I was sitting underneath the shade trees along the sidewalk in front of The Amazing Garage Sale and reading a crime novel translated from the Swedish, The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell. I’d moved away…

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Max’s Journal 5/20/2014

From two years ago, and just as relevant today in re the homeless shelter / services industry in Boulder, CO.

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By Max R. Weller

I’m not sure what point the author of this letter-to-the-editor of the Daily Camera is attempting to make. My online comment is copied below:

I feel like going for 100 thumbs down today! Here goes:

The only difference between a humble beggar like me and the folks soliciting donations to Bridge House and Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is the amount of money taken in; I manage to barely scrape by and they rake in millions of $$$. The “nonprofits” are NOT morally superior in any way . . .

How about the City of Boulder doing a performance audit of the nonprofits to determine what positive long-term benefits are obtained by spending these millions of $$$? Has any homeless person’s life been changed for the better through so-called transitional living or permanent supportive care programs, and are they still up to society’s standards after 5…

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