Archive for October, 2007

Brand new day

October 30, 2007

Brand new

Still life without waste

October 28, 2007

Tony and wastebins

“D’you put those bins away every morning?”

“Every morning that I’m here I do.”

“Do you get paid?”

“No, I’m not getting paid by anyone; I’m just trying to be a good neighbour.”

Still life with flowers

October 25, 2007

Still life with flowers

“You remember I told you about that homeless guy who got killed maybe a month ago? You know, Silvio, the one who lived in that park just south of Queen and Roncesvalles. Anyway, I just went by there and those flowers that people left on his bench are still sitting there. It’s pretty sad; probably the first time he got flowers is when he died.”

Still life with fruit

October 22, 2007

Still life

Puppy love

October 21, 2007

Tony and a banana 

[Tony offers a small piece of banana to a passing dog, to its ready delight.]

“How’d you know that dogs like bananas?” 

“I’ve been on the street for a while; I’ve learned some things about street living, if you know what I mean. Anyway, it’s always a good idea for street people to be nice to dogs.”

Daylight again

October 19, 2007

Daylight again

“Phil, could you spring me for a coffee this morning? I’m flat broke; I didn’t even have dinner last night.”

The theory of the leisure class

October 16, 2007

The theoryThe theoryThe theoryThe theoryThe theory

Tools of the trade

October 16, 2007

Tools of the trade

The firing line

October 15, 2007

You’re fired

Death be not proud

October 10, 2007


“Your face looks like there’s something wrong. What’s going on?”

“You know my friend with the scruffy beard who sits down the street sometimes? Well, his girlfriend just died. Anyway, I’m trying to get some dollars together so I can get her some flowers.”

“Tony, excuse me for saying so but you don’t even have a roof over your head; you can’t go spending money on flowers.”

“Yea Phil, but she was my friend too.”

Guess who’s coming to dinner

October 9, 2007


“How was your weekend? Did you get that turkey dinner organized?”

“Nope. I thought the guys were good for it. We even had a place to cook it. Anyway, it didn’t happen, and I’m telling you, I don’t like missing my Thanksgiving dinner.”

Homeless Man Thanks

October 6, 2007


Thank you to all the people on Roncesvalles who’ve put change in my cap. I really appreciate it. Your help means a lot to me.


I’ll be ready

October 4, 2007

Lunar synchronicity

“There’s this woman who brings me a homemade lunch most mornings. So recently she hasn’t, which she was apologizing to me for, but I know she’s moving her home and she doesn’t have any place to even make me a sandwich right now. So I just told her not to worry; I said: ‘When you’ll be ready, I’ll be ready.’ “

Lord of the flies

October 3, 2007

Spider and the fly

“We’re losing another homeless guy.”

“Who’s that?”

“You remember when I told you about the homeless guy up the street, the guy who was drinking mouthwash?  He’s in the hospital — has been for 3 days now. The doctors figure for sure he ain’t coming out of that hospital on his own steam, if you know what I mean.”

“How do you know this?”

“I spoke one of his other friends last night. The guy says that everyone’s done whatever they could to help the guy, but his insides were totally rotted out. You know, we’re just falling like flies now.”

Off with his cap

October 1, 2007


TONY [As a funeral procession drives slowly south on Roncesvalles, Tony doffs his cap].
“I always take off my hat when a funeral comes by.”

“Why’s that?”

“Just showing respect for the dead.”

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