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27 March 2012

This morning was cold. Joy was wrapped in her blanket.

“I didn’t come here yesterday — too cold. This is a bad day. I came down late, about seven o’clock. I have a crawly feeling in my legs from fibromyalgia and have a sharp pain in my hip. I don’t know what that’s about. I’m only staying here long enough to get enough money to buy some tampons.

“I’ll probably come back downtown, later, to buy some wine. The store I go to doesn’t open until 11:00. The only wine store near where I live sells these fancy vintage wines that cost a fortune. They laughed when I asked for Imperial sherry.

“I don’t know what Roy’s plans are about the house. He took his computer out yesterday. It seems like he’s gradually moving his stuff out. I’m still stuck with feeding his dog, Harley. I bought some crickets for his lizards and some mice for my python. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m not giving Roy any money for next month’s rent. All of my stuff fits in Jake’s bag, except for a few trinkets I made while I was in the hospital. I travel light.

“There’s some good news!. The police car hasn’t been parked in front of our house since the weekend. I don’t know what was up with that.

A native man stopped and put two five-dollar bills in Joy’s cap.

“Miigwech!” said Joy. To me, she said, “That means ‘thank you’ in Algonquin.”

The man replied, “Miigwech gaye giin!” which means, ‘thank you to you as well.’

It was time for me to go to work. I stopped briefly to talk with Nick, sitting on the sidewalk. His face was red with the cold, but he’s always polite and cheerful.

On my way to catch the bus, for my physiotherapy appointment, I saw Craig sitting on the sidewalk. We greeted each other then he said, “There’s this restaurant …” I handed him a gift card, “There’s enough here to buy a sandwich and a coffee.”

“There’s this restaurant…”

“I’m sorry, Craig. I’m on my way to an appointment.”

“How much is on the card?”

“Five dollars.”

“Okay.”

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