Archive for May 20, 2014




Walking to the park at noon, I was greeted first by Shaggy. She knows me too well to bark. Wolf handed me two dog biscuits to give to her. She ate them contentedly then put her head under her caboose.Joy and Big Jake were also there, but left a short time after.

“Dennis, I wanted to tell you what I bought with the Tim Horton’s card you gave me. I got my two Boston Creams, two Canadian Maple and two of the ones with the raspberry, strawberry goop in the center and the white fluffy stuff on top. Of course, I shared with Shaggy.”

Joy asked, “Did you give her chocolate? I heard that dogs weren’t supposed to eat chocolate.”

Wolf responded, “When I said I shared with her, I didn’t mean that I gave her six chocolate donuts. But a little piece here and there won’t hurt her. She deserves a treat. I don’t know how much longer she’ll be with me. I want her to be happy in the time she has left.

Joy said, I ordered a chocolate glazed donut this morning and a bottle of water, because I forgot to bring water with me. The woman at the counter asked, ‘Are you sure you want water with your donut? Wouldn’t you rather have tea or coffee?’ I said to her, ‘I’m not going to drink the water when I eat the donut. It’s for after.’ She seemed to think that was okay.”

“Anyway, back to the donuts. After I used the card I had thirty-two cents change. I wondered what I was going to spend thirty-two cents on. I wasn’t planning to roll a line of crack. Then it came to me, I’ve got lots of coffee at home, but no milk. So I asked her if she’d give me a dozen of those creamers. I’ve eaten donuts with black coffee, but it’s not the same. So, I walked out of there with a box of six donuts and twelve creamers. I just wanted you to know how I used your card and how much I appreciated it.

“I guess I told you I’m reading The Inquisitor. It’s that big hardcover book that one of my ladies gave me. I think I showed it to you. Anyway, I’ve been reading it. It’s sort of my kind of book, except this guy tortures people. I don’t mind if people get shot, but this  torturing the truth out of people makes me a bit squeamish.

“It reminds me of prison. I wasn’t in very often, or for a long time, but I didn’t like to see people getting beat up. I remember there was this big sign that said, ‘Don’t take things that don’t belong to you’. I thought that was a bit stupid. If I went to Joy’s place or your place I wouldn’t take anything.

“When you’re in a cell with a bunch of guys they may bring out a joint. It would cost you five bucks to join the circle. They’d light a match by sticking it in an electrical socket. You would never say, ‘I don’t want any because it’s illegal’, or ‘because it’s against the rules’. Every guy in penitentiary is there because he did something against the rules. That’s a sure way to get your head bashed in. Now, if you said, ‘I can’t afford it.’ They’d understand that.

“When I was inside I learned to look straight ahead, keep to myself and read my book.

“Do you know what Doreen said to me this morning?”

“I’m not sure if I know Doreen.”

“Yes you know her, a native girl. She’s been here lots of times.”

“I think I know who you mean. She goes out with Nicholas, doesn’t she?”

“I don’t know. I can’t keep all these people straight. Anyway, that’s not important. She said that I should have Shaggy put down. Can you believe that. I know her legs don’t work so good any more, but the rest of her works fine. It’s like, if someone said that Big Jake should be put down because he’s in a wheelchair.”

“Well,” I said, “You might find a lot of people would agree with that.”

“Okay, poor choice of names, but you know what I’m getting at.”





20 May 2014

The weather was perfect. As I crossed the street I could see Joy rocking back and forth. “Hi Sweetie, you’re late.”

“Yeah,” I said “I’m running behind. I just ran into Karen, the mother of Chuck’s granddaughter. I’m not sure which of his three sons she was married to. Do you know her?”

“No, but Chuck Junior has a daughter he isn’t allowed to see. Perhaps that’s the girl they were referring to.”

“So, how was your weekend?”

“Quiet and boring. Jake came over. He went to the Sally for bed check in then came back to my place then left at about two.  I was pissed off, he came over really early on Saturday.  I said, to him “Dude, I’m going out, so you better get your ass out of here.” I’m getting tired of having him around. I just want some quiet time to myself. I wish I could get away and be alone for a while.”

I asked, “Are you going to the park at noon?”

“It depends, if nobody is around I’m not going to hang around. Jake said he might come down, but I don’t know what that means. I hardly see any of my friends anymore. Chester hasn’t been coming around for his butt runs. I haven’t seen Jacques, or Hippo.”

I said, “I’ll be there, maybe I’ll see you.”

“Do you have a few minutes? I thought I could hold it, but I really have to pee. Would you mind waiting here with my stuff.”

When she came back Joy said, “I felt like a moron in there. I couldn’t pull up my zipper and I knew you were waiting to go to work. People were looking at me strange, although I’m used to that.

“Would you like a banana? I can’t eat them.”


I got up to leave, “I’ll just stop by to say hello to Chuck, or he’ll think I’m avoiding him. Take care.”