Archive for July, 2007

Somewhere over the rainbow

July 30, 2007

Sailing away

PHILIP
“Where would you live if money wasn’t a problem?”

TONY
“I’d get myself a nice trailer and some land in the bush somewhere .”

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Respect for your betters

July 27, 2007

A friend

TONY
“You know, I used to think that anybody who was out to help me was actually trying to screw me. I’ve come round a bit on that one. I think I’m better now.”

‘Neath the skirt

July 26, 2007

‘Neath the skirt

TONY
“You see that weird guy over there, the black guy with the beard and has all those shopping carts full of stuff? Even though that guy is a little off the deep-end, you know, he’s actually a pretty good guy — but I sure wish he wasn’t wearing a lady’s dress today.”

Ooops

July 25, 2007

PHILIP
The Bath, House, Job story that I attributed to Tony on July 23rd was, in fact, Doug’s. Doug is good friend of Tony’s. Doug says hello to everyone who reads this blog.

Pull up, pull up

July 24, 2007

The Bush legacy

PHILIP
“Did you see that Bush is down to a 25% approval rating? You know that’s lower than Nixon during Watergate.”

TONY
“You’re kidding … he’s below Nixon? Bush better pull up his socks. If he’s that bad, he’s probably missing a sock, if you know what I mean.”

Bath, house, drag

July 23, 2007

Bath house

TONY
“I’ve got myself a job this week. This lady hired me to take out her bathtub. I hope I can still do it; you know that those old bathtubs are heavy as hell.

“I guess that’s what happens when you go telling people you’ll do odd jobs.”

The mirror and the wall

July 20, 2007

Rembrandt’s eyes

TONY
“I gotta say I’m not doing too well this morning. My body’s getting old, Phil.”

What’s it all about?

July 18, 2007

PHILIP
“Tony, why do you do this blog? What’s in it for you, in other words?

TONY
“Why are you asking me?”

PHILIP
“Someone asked me that yesterday, and I’m not sure I gave them a decent answer.”

TONY
“Well, it’s that I want to make sure the kids today don’t follow in my shoes. They should know what it’s like. It’s pretty dark down here.”

Topic of cancer

July 17, 2007

Growth

TONY
“You see that homeless guy with the beard coming across the street?”

PHILIP
“I do.”

TONY
“Well don’t go buying his story about his so-called cancer. It’s just a scam, same as usual with him.”

Ten easy pieces

July 14, 2007

Guns in hand

TONY
“You should’ve seen the cop take-down over where the 7-11 used be, you know just over the bridge near Lansdowne. I was on my bike and there were guys were selling guns, right there in the parking lot. Four cop cars come screaming in, they must have been doing 60.

“Believe it or not, these were loaded guns they were selling — someone said they’d sold 10 of them before the cops showed up. So now there’s 10 more guns on the street. If you ask me, there’s too many guns out there already.”

Working hard for the money

July 13, 2007

Listening

TONY
“You see that woman over there with that guy; the one who looks good enough to you-know what-with; the one with the body and the hair?”

PHILIP
“Yup, sure.”

TONY
“You know, she’s with that guy for his money, plain and simple. He just buys her everything she wants so she sticks around.”

PHILIP
“Where’d you get this? You know them?”

TONY
“Nope, never spoken to ’em in my life. But you know, I sit here all the time so you get to know what’s going on. It’s like I’m the local bartender but I don’t have a bar.”

The carriage trade

July 11, 2007

Royal carriage

TONY
“What do you think of my new bike?

PHILIP
“Where’d you get it?”

TONY
” I bought it for $40. I still owe the guy $30.

Tossing bread upon the waters

July 8, 2007

Ripples

PHILIP
“Why are you doing that?”

TONY
“Doing what?”

PHILIP
“You’re a homeless guy tossing bits of your bread to pigeons, that’s what.”

TONY
“Well sometimes they’re the only company I have.”

Against the wind

July 6, 2007

All around the campfire

TONY
“There’s this woman who comes around, she’s got this homelessness project [commonweave.org]. Her name is Tanya and she’s getting folks to make scarves and give scarves to street people. She’s been bringing me lunch just about every day. You should say something about her on our blog.”

Just walk on by

July 4, 2007

Walking by

TONY
“You see that guy in the blue shirt coming this way?”

PHILIP
“Sure. Why ?”

TONY
“Believe it or not, he’s walked past me nearly everyday for maybe 5 years and he never once looked me in the eye.”

Nothing rhymes with orange

July 2, 2007

Painting of hooch

PHILIP
“Did you find that bag I left for you yesterday, the one with the sausage you like and the Orangina?”

TONY
“Yup. I love that sausage, all right.”

PHILIP
“Did you like the drink?”

TONY
“It was awful.”

PHILIP
“Had you tried it before?”

TONY
“Nope and I’m not trying it again either.”

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