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9 June 2014

“Good morning, Chuck. How was your weekend?”

“It was quiet. I came down to visit my friends for coffee both Saturday and Sunday. I was so tired when I came home, I fell asleep in front of the television. I didn’t wake up until 1:3o in the morning. I took Goldie out for her walk, came back and slept until 8:00.

An angry man on a motorized wheelchair whizzed by us on the street, “Get out of my way!” he yelled.

I asked, “Do you know him, Chuck?”

“Yeah, I know him. He’s a mean, nasty man who hates the world. He hates the fact that he can’t walk and blames everyone else for it. I hope I never get like that.

“I’ve told my kids that if I’m ever on life support, and there’s no way I ‘ll recover, they’re to pull the plug. It almost happened one time. One of my kids had told the doctors not to resuscitate me, but my other kids wouldn’t agree. In that case I’m glad they didn’t — I wouldn’t be here.

“I’d give you a hundred bucks if you could straighten out this mess I’m in with my satellite service. They’re still saying I owe them $240.00, but I don’t.”

“Would it help,” I asked if you were to go to their office and talk to them in person.”

“That’s the problem. They have no office. If I phone for assistance I get some guy with a strange accent who could be calling from anywhere in the world. ‘Hello, my name is Terry. How may I help you?” Their name isn’t Terry. They won’t give even their real first names, because they don’t want to take responsibility, so I’m stuck.

I asked, “Do you have any big plans for today?”

“When I leave here I’m going to see my social worker. I can take the bus straight there.  There is no way that the wheelchair company should know that my son is a client of Social Services and who his worker is. They also shouldn’t contact his worker to advise my son that I’m causing trouble. I know for certain that’s illegal.  It’s an invasion of our privacy. I’ll sue the bastards,  if I have to. I have access to legal aid, so I can turn to them.  Some lawyers don’t charge a fee, they just take a percentage of any dollar amount recovered. As far as I’m concerned they can take 99%. Some lawyers take cases pro bono. It shouldn’t cost me a cent.

“Anyway, I’m damned mad about the way my son and I have been treated. It’s just not right.”

I said, I wish you the best with that, Chuck. I have to leave now, but let me know how that works out. I’ll see you soon.”

“Bye, Dennis.”





Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People is coming to stores and e-retailers around the globe in June. Join Dennis (author) and Karen (publisher) on Tuesday, June 10th 3 pm – 9 pm (US Eastern time) for a good time celebrating the book’s release.