A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING
By Max R. Weller
The weather today has driven me to seek refuge in CU’s Norlin Library, so here I am after more than a week of enjoying sunshine and warm temps outside in my north Boulder neighborhood. I’ve enjoyed reading several novels, and also kept up with local news by skimming through the Daily Camera, which serves the dual purpose of emergency toilet paper at my campsite.
The very first day I was back outdoors, on Friday 2/6, I was sitting on the wall in front of the Mexican restaurant in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, reading, snacking on unhealthy foods, and watching the world go by; generally having an enjoyable time, until Nadine the Scream (who used to be the girlfriend of accused rapist Shouting Joe from St. Louis — although it was another woman who was apparently assaulted by Joe) showed up with her latest boyfriend, both of ’em drunk. They got into a loud verbal altercation, and also started throwing stuff at each other, including some green chili from Wapos, a bit of which landed on me. The man didn’t want to leave when Nadine yelled out at him to do so, so she threatened to call 9-1-1. Understand, I didn’t invite these knuckleheads to sit right by me, but they did so anyway. To make the boring story shorter, he eventually left and Nadine did call the police at that point. The female officer who responded remembered me, because I was the same poor sap caught up in another incident of harassment last summer, involving Denver King and my friend “Sally” (not her real name). The officer spent the better part of an hour listening and talking with Nadine, who had sobered up in a hurry, and this policewoman also asked me what I witnessed; I told her it was a loud verbal altercation, but I left out the flying green chili.
I knew what would happen: By the next day, Saturday 2/7, Nadine and her verbal abuser were back together. The police officer stopped by the corner on U.S. 36 when I was playing the role of humble beggar a couple of days ago, and wanted to know if I could ID the man in question, because she’s going to pursue obtaining a warrant for his arrest on a charge of Domestic Violence, regardless of Nadine’s silly change of heart. I’ll be glad to assist if I can, but to be honest all of these pickled idjits look pretty much alike to me. The officer said she would bring a photo of him for my viewing pleasure (which indicates he has a criminal record), but it began snowing yesterday and she hasn’t caught up to me yet.
BTW, I hadn’t been soliciting donations since Christmas Day, having spent about six weeks indoors with friends in Longmont, but passersby were happy to see me again. I made $85 in folding green (not counting change) in 3 1/2 hours total on Friday and Saturday, which rates as excellent in my experience. The other clowns I’ve observed there recently, Including Mississippi Billy (of the flesh-eating bacteria, which took part of his lower leg) and Brokeback Bill (always visiting the ER to try and scam more narcotics, but he’s now on their NO PAIN MEDS list) don’t make enough money panhandling to justify the hours they spend at it.
As to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, which I’ve resumed visiting every morning for my hot shower and a cup of my own instant coffee (made with hot tap water, since they don’t have any really hot water available in a big coffee urn in the dining room this winter), I can only say that never before in the years since 2008 have I seen so many pathetic homeless people from Denver and elsewhere. The ambulance is making more than one response every day to BSH and the Housing First project next door at 1175 Lee Hill, picking up people who belong in group homes or psychiatric facilities. And, for the first time here in Boulder, CO I witnessed paramedics REFUSE to transport one woman to the ER; I’d seen this several times in Kansas City, where they kept better track of who was a dope fiend — hoping for a FREE RIDE to obtain FREE NARCOTICS.
This guy looks like a lot of the hillbilly meth addicts currently at BSH:
“I smoke crystal Drano!”
See: Boulder receives 7.9 inches of snow overnight, up to 5 more inches expected today in the Daily Camera/Asswipe. Resources for the homeless in Boulder, CO is the most comprehensive list of help I know about, and I offer it along with this counsel: STAY SOBER, seek shelter, and survive!
I hope there will be a couple of hot & spicy chicken breast sandwiches left, when I get down to King Soopers on Table Mesa around noon. A can of ice cold Chef Boyardee ravioli is not what I’d prefer, from my food cache, but I might eat that sometime overnight.
I prefer women who are more subtle, but the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover does raise this question — razor, hot wax, or cream depilatory?
“I’m only 15, but these guys think I’m of legal age. Men are so stupid!”
Not this man.
That’s all for now, folks.