Archive for October 20, 2014




20 October 2014

Construction was taking place at Chuck’s corner. Covered scaffolding had been erected, above the sidewalks, to protect pedestrians from falling debris. Chuck was sitting precariously close to the street. Goldie was shivering. “Hi Chuck,” I said, “how do you like being on this side of the sidewalk?”

“I don’t like it, but there’s not much I can do about it. They will be doing brickwork on this building for most of the winter.”

“Did you go to the mall on Saturday?” I asked.

“Yeah, I was there. I met my friends, had a coffee and some of that great chicken. I noticed that the Greek place isn’t happy with the number of customers they’re losing. They’re a tough lot. I knew a guy who worked for them one time. They let him go for no reason.

‘Saturday night I went to the hockey game. The game was fine. Our team won against Columbus 3 – 2. It was after the game that I had problems. There was a long line of people waiting for busses after the game. I tapped this guy on the back and said, ‘Would you please move, so I can pass and get to the front of the line?’ He said, ‘Why should I move? You’re nothing special.’ I said, ‘Move you stupid fuck, or I’ll run into your ankles with this chair!’ He didn’t move so I rammed him, not as hard as I could have, but he felt it. He let me by and I got nearer to the front of the line. There was this big guy blocking my way. I tapped him on the back and said, ” Would you mind moving, so that I can move to the front of the line?’ He said, ‘Sure, no problem, and I’ll get the rest of these people to move as well.’ So I got on the bus, backed into the special section they have for wheelchairs. Then the first guy I talked to got on. He said, ‘I see you got on okay.’ I said, ‘Yes, fuckface, I got on, no thanks to you. Do you see this big blue sign above me with the wheelchair symbol? It’s there to show that wheelchairs have priority on entering the bus, so they don’t run over passenger’s toes while trying to get positioned. Then people needing priority seating are allowed on, like pregnant women, people using canes and the blind. Then the remainder of the passengers are allowed on. Does that make sense to you?’ He didn’t say anything, but when he got off he waved to me.”

The construction crew started banging metal above us. Goldie hid her head under Chuck’s arm. “It’s okay, girl, we’re leaving soon.” To me he said, “Soon, it’s going to be too cold to come out here. I was hoping to get a few more hours here, but it’s not going to happen.”

I said, “I’ll check back tomorrow, Chuck, to see if your here. Take care.’

“Bye, Dennis.”