Category Archives: Friends of the Homeless Philosopher

Random stuff 4/25/2017

(Apologies to Stephen Foster)

The Shelter bums all sing this song

Doo-dah, doo-dah

The road to Denver’s mighty long

Oh, doo-dah day

Watch ’em board the bus

They’ll smoke and drink and cuss

The road to Denver’s mighty long

Oh, doo-dah day!

By Max R. Weller

1) Only 6 nights remaining for the worst-behaved transients in the emergency overnight dorms at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless — and with any luck law enforcement officers will make sure starting May 1st that they aren’t camping out in people’s yards without permission, in public parks where camping is banned, or anywhere else that is detrimental to good order and public health.

2) The further adventures of registered sex offender Leo Scott, as he posted on the Facebook page of Boulder Rights Watch:

I decided to come to california to check it out what he told me about in my earlier post and it is true.
I DECIDED TO GO TO SAN MATEO. I got here filed for benefits and this is what they gave me.
80 cash
179 food stamps
275 in Safeway Checks for any personal stuff or a total of 534. Much more then colorado. And they are looking at getting me a place and pay my rent. WE IS BOULDER SO RICH AND SNOBBY.


SOUNDS LIKE Boulder people are HEARTLESS and I agree as California believes all people are equal including the homeless. I will add more post from there sites later.

As far as I know, Leo is an able-bodied perv who apparently doesn’t want to apply at any temporary employment agency . . . I hope he doesn’t forget to register as a sex offender out there in California:

Leo Gerald Scott

3) There should be more definitive info about Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow crashing and burning very soon. If you’re a homeless BOHO client and want to blame someone for the churches becoming fed up with the drinking, drugging, fornicating, and vandalism that has occurred for years on their property, LOOK IN THE MIRROR. Once again, you pickled idjits have shot yourselves in the foot — with an assist from the apologists / enablers here in Boulder.

4) I had a couple of slices of still-warm pizza from King Soopers, along with my usual Brown Cow brand strawberry yogurt and a pint of orange juice, as I sat here at the computer in our lovely Main Library at 1001 Arapahoe. Surrounded by Froot Loops, of course.

5) After suffering the theft of $350 from my locker at BSH (no doubt in my mind the perp was a staff member), I’ve managed to again save $275 to this point, in addition to spending about $15 per day on necessities. The money will be kept by a friend in Longmont, CO. Thanks to all who have donated to the Homeless Philosopher:

Random stuff 4/20/2017


By Max R. Weller

1) Another wildfire last evening, which was very quickly contained. I watched it from my campsite: Fire burning west of Boulder holding at 2 acres. I smelled smoke about the same time I heard the sirens of many responding firefighting crews. Not a chance it was lightning, and no word that a downed power line due to high winds was the cause, so it looks like another BUM CAMPFIRE out of control:

Spot fires are visible from a wildfire fire west of Boulder just above Lee Hill Road on Wednesday.

Spot fires are visible from a wildfire fire west of Boulder just above Lee Hill Road on Wednesday. (Paul Aiken/Staff Photographer)

2) Speaking of the BUMS, all they could talk about in Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this morning was going to Denver for the big 4/20 celebration there — or as Mitt Romney might say, the big Marijuana Makes People Stupid party.

3) As I left the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36 yesterday afternoon, a woman met me at my spot in front of the Mexican restaurant. She introduced herself as an artist, and wanted to take my photo as a guide for painting my portrait. When she asked me for some info about my homeless experience, I referred her to this blog; she was surprised to learn that the Homeless Philosopher actually embraces the ascetic lifestyle. But, I don’t think I want to see a painting of my current Sasquatch-style hair and beard . . .

4) I understand from a Facebook message that the churches who have been supporting Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow are NOT planning to continue doing so next winter; no surprise there. The same source also indicates that Bridge House may be closing; they’re rolling in $$$, so I find this hard to believe . . . If both things happen, I’ll shout HALLELUJAH!!

5) Counting tonight, only 11 more nights are left for the emergency overnight dorms at BSH to remain open. It’s a completely different world during the summer — quiet and relatively clean. I’m looking forward to it!

Update 4/21/2017: Ridge Fire in foothills west of Boulder under control. Excerpt copied below:

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield said investigators have determined the fire was human caused but it is still under investigation.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office announced early Thursday morning that deputies made contact with a woman and a juvenile boy in the immediate area of the fire.

The woman had to be evacuated from the area by Rocky Mountain Rescue Group because of the steep terrain. She was taken to an area hospital because she appeared to have been suffering from a medical condition.

“It sounds like they were near where the fire started, so of course we want to talk to them,” Haverfield said. “But the boy is a juvenile and the woman has a medical condition. So the folks we want to talk to we are not able to talk to them right now.”

She added that the woman and boy are not transients. A transient campfire was blamed for the Sunshine Canyon Fire, which prompted hundreds of homes to be evacuated. 

Random stuff 4/12/2017


By Max R. Weller

1) Thanks to Bridge House board member Jay Young, who claimed in a Daily Camera guest opinion published last weekend to be working at Whole Foods Market on Baseline (it closed forever back in February), Ready to Work is again in the spotlight:

That’s Mr. Young on the right; I have no doubt that posing for this photo op was the hardest thing these guys did all day . . .

2) It’s Conference on World Affairs time at CU once again, albeit minus all the media hype of past years.

If you’re one of the penniless, scruffy-looking characters like me who rides the SKIP bus back and forth on Broadway, you’re privileged to rub elbows for this single week with Boulder’s moneyed upper crust. I’ve yet to listen in on any of their conversations that enlightened me to any degree worth mentioning, however.

3) Teen sexting? So-called slut shaming? What a great way for teens with way too much time on their hands to gain attention and shock their peers and authority figures alike . . . Previous generations of PARENTS and SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS would have known how to deal with this nonsense. Why do teenagers require a [dumbass]phone on a 24/7 basis without parental supervision, anyway? Ban these [dumbass]phones from school campuses; any legitimate need to make or receive a phone call during school hours can be taken care of with an old-fashioned landline in the office. Can’t send dirty pictures that way . . .

4) I’m moving away from my longtime spot in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, at least far enough away that I won’t be irritated by the drunkards who have taken it over (most of the time) in the past three or four years. A pox on them and the enablers who support their degraded lifestyle:

Random stuff 4/4/2017


By Max R. Weller

1) To write a finish to the theft of $350 from my locker at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless over a week ago, Boulder PD accepted my report in the event that I had homeowner’s insurance that might cover theft from a locker located elsewhere. I’m homeless, of course, and therefore have no such policy. But, law enforcement has nothing to go on in my case and BSH does NOT like to cooperate with police investigations. NO surprise there, because they provide a haven for registered sex offenders from all over the country and there is rampant illegal drug possession, sales, and use on the premises at 4869 N. Broadway. I NEVER wanted to think that there would be at least one thief employed at BSH — and years ago I kept as much as $800 in a coffee jar in my locker without it being burglarized by those who ought to be safeguarding it.

Not when the evildoers know everybody’s combination AND also have a master key.

2) That’s the Bad News . . . The Good News is that I’ve been favored by the generosity of all those goodhearted passersby at the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36, as well as friends from the Dakota Ridge neighborhood. I plan to bury my cash savings at a secret site in the future, because the crooks at BSH will also go through the trash looking for discarded bank statements (true, they couldn’t guess your PIN — but after about three unsuccessful tries, the bank will BLOCK all electronic access to your account).

3) A couple of drunkards were near my campsite overnight, and one of ’em woke up about 3AM yelling because he was covered in 4″ of freshly fallen and very wet snow. It made me laugh, being an old hand at winter camping with only a tarp on top to protect my camping gear. Works as well as a tent, and is much less conspicuous. I figure one more night of these less-than-perfect conditions, then things will be Spring-like once again.

4) Fried chicken from King Soopers in my burrow tonight.

Boulder Shelter refuses to investigate theft of $350 from my locker (and police have nothing to go on)


By Max R. Weller

To refresh your memory read Robbed of $350 from my ‘secure’ locker at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, and I suspect a staff member.

This morning, I finally received a hand-delivered letter in response to the written grievance I’d filed last Saturday, the same morning I discovered my money had been stolen. This letter from Chad (no last name given), Assistant Director of Programs, was dated March 27, 2017 — last Monday. This is interesting, because BSH’s big staff meeting always occurs on Tuesday mornings; apparently, a crime like this against a handicapped 61-year-old homeless client (that’s ME) isn’t considered important enough to even make the agenda!

Here’s the body of Chad’s letter to me:

Dear Mr. Weller,

I received your grievance and understand that you believe (empahsis is mine — MRW) that money has been taken from your locker. I am sorry to hear this. The Shelter strives to provide secure storage for residents and it is concerning to hear this report of theft.*

If you feel (again, emphasis is mine) that a crime has been committed at the Shelter, I would strongly suggest that you notify the police immediately. 

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.


(signed) Chad

Assistant Director of Programs

* Nothing at all prevents the Shelter from making a police report based on my grievance, and I’d be happy to assist a detective if only I could believe that the Shelter would be fully cooperative with any criminal investigation. I feel that this is NOT the case, however, and police would be stonewalled just as I’ve been. Thus, I’m NOT inclined to waste law enforcement’s time — Chad and others would only deny knowledge of the crime and no suspect(s) on staff could be identified. This is, of course, CYA by the Shelter.

I’m NOT surprised by the overall condescending tone of the Shelter’s response.

Those of you who are solicited by Boulder Shelter for the Homeless for donations in the future would do well to remember this incident — it’s indicative of corruption that goes straight to the top at this so-called nonprofit. And feel free to mention my name when you refuse to give your $$$ or time to BSH. 

(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

Robbed of $350+ from my ‘secure’ locker at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, and I suspect a staff member


By Max R. Weller

Copied below is the full text of my grievance filed this morning with Boulder Shelter staff:


[To Whom It May Concern]:

This morning at Boulder Shelter I discovered that $350 in bills and a large amount of loose change (all of it in a gallon-size freezer bag) had been stolen from my assigned locker #78.

I never leave my locker unattended, there were no signs of forced entry, and to my certainty nobody other than staff would know the combination (by looking in the locker log). I doubt anyone from the streets has a master key for these locks.

Clearly, this theft is unacceptable. Steps must be taken to ensure that nobody else is robbed.

(signed) Max R. Weller


To her credit, the young lady on BSH staff who listened to my report of this crime was apologetic and even stated to me, “I hate to think it was one of us.” The circumstances do NOT point to another homeless client as the culprit, however.

I see no advantage to involving Boulder Police at this point; it’s NOT as though they would really have anything to go on — and I lack proof that I actually had $350+ in my possession in my secure locker.

It will be interesting to see just how BSH responds to this incident. Will they step up and restore my loss of cash (all that I had in the world except for $34 in my wallet) and fire the thief who stole it, or will they deny any liability and even stoop to blaming the victim (me)?

In the meantime, I hope I don’t suddenly lose all of my camping gear or have my threadbare jeans fall apart. I don’t have any $$$ to replace them.

 (This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

Random stuff 3/7/2017


By Max R. Weller

I’d like to thank the Daily Camera and Dave Krieger for permitting me to continue playing the role of SCOURGE to Boulder’s Pollyanna do-gooders and fake homeless advocates; somebody needs to tell the truth about homelessness here . . . See the latest: Homeless abuse disability benefits (only slightly edited to fit the DC’s 300-word limit on letters to the editor).

There were two ambulance calls to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this morning, one for an older homeless guy who needs the paramedics to transport him to the ER several times a year (seizure disorder). Word has it that he continues to drink alcohol and refuses to take his prescribed meds. Really, why bother with him at this point? Is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer-subsidized ambulance rides — apparently to no effect — the best use of emergency services?

Have I mentioned more than a few dozen times how much I HATE the wind along the Front Range? I’ve almost been blown over while making my morning walk from the SKIP bus stop on Table Mesa to King Soopers two days in a row now.

I felt some sympathy for this alleged crook until I read the line at the end of the Times-Call report: “In a search of Martinez’s car, police found a meth pipe, which he admitted to smoking from after the Longmont robbery because he said he was upset about what he had done.” See: Longmont robbery suspect told police he needed money for his family. Did he also tell police that he NEVER spent any of the ill-gotten gains on methamphetamine?

Horse manure

I’m looking forward to a McDonald’s delivery to my north Boulder spot this afternoon, courtesy of my friend who has saved all of the gift cards I’ve received to this fine dining establishment, and will use them at my request — both McDonald’s locations in Boulder being far out of my way. Two double cheeseburgers and a large order of fries will certainly hit the spot!

I’m considering hiring one of the homeless Native American women, who will beat the snot out of anyone for a pint of rotgut vodka. BEWARE! All of you drunken old farts who want to turn my neighborhood around N. Broadway & U.S. 36 into your personal playground every summer . . .

Every time you hear another Dem start to whine, just recall the FACTS as laid out in this Washington Post article from last November: These 3 maps show just how dominant Republicans are in America after Tuesday. BTW, nobody gives a rat’s patootie about your silly protests against Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner; my advice to you, my Democrat friends, is to put down the bong and let the fog clear from your brains.