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Bearding with whiskers

December 31, 2007

Bearding with whiskers

PHILIP
“Where did you sleep last night?”

TONY
“Do you like my trim?

PHILIP
“Very elegant. Where did you sleep last night?”

TONY
“My friend had locked up for the night so I went round to the my donut shop, which is where I trimmed my beard in the bathroom. I got myself into a bit of a confrontation with this guy who came into the bathroom after me. He was pissed that I’d left my beard hairs in the sink. So told him that if he hadn’t been knocking on the bathroom door so hard and pleading to get in, I would have cleaned up after myself like always. He didn’t like being shown up but after the waitress told him the same thing, he went and sat down and shut his mouth.

“Some people like him don’t see that they make their own problems.”

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John gets a home

December 18, 2007

Water drops

PHILIP
“Where did you sleep last night?”

TONY
“Right now, I’m sleeping down in the basement at my friend Mike’s. I’ve been doing some work for him on and off. He needs a john in his place and I found one the other day that someone was throwing out — right there on the sidewalk not far from here. The whole toilet was there, no cracks or anything. So I hauled it over to Mike’s and I’m installing it for him.”

Snow blind

December 9, 2007

Snow flakes

TONY
“I found my glasses.”

PHILIP
“Where were they?”

TONY
“In the snow bank I slept in last night. I thought for sure I’d never find’em.”

If you wanna get down, down on the ground — cocaine

November 27, 2007

Sigmund Freud

PHILIP
“You are really looking pale and tired this morning.”

TONY
“Yeah well I couldn’t sleep all night. Couldn’t stop coughing so I just laid there. I’m coaching a friend of mine.”

PHILIP
“What do you mean by ‘coaching’ ?”

TONY
“He’s got himself hooked so I’m trying to help him. I think I can help this guy.”

Somewhere only we know

November 19, 2007

Wheat field under a clouded sky

TONY
“Hey Phil, do you have two bucks? My pneumonia is killing me; I need to lie down somewhere.”

The naked and the dead

November 10, 2007

Naked and dead

TONY
“You remember that aura that visited me when my friend died a while back? Well he came visiting me again.”

PHILIP
“Where was this?”

TONY
“You know the place where I’ve been sleeping the last few nights? It was the middle of the night and I was under all my clothes and covers, and all of a sudden the place was lit up like there was a fire, but I knew it was that aura. I don’t know what he wants this time but I’m for sure doing what he says.”

Death be not proud

October 10, 2007

Flowers

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

TONY
“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.”

PHILIP
“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.”

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

A cheesy old yarn

May 25, 2007

Rat marks

PHILIP
“Where’d you sleep last night?”

TONY
“On that porch I told you about. Like always, I hung my socks over the plywood to air ’em out. So some guy comes by and I think maybe he smelled my socks; anyway he asks me why I’m hanging my socks there so I told him I’m trying to keep the rats away but the problem is that they get used to the smell after a while.”

Arrested developments

April 4, 2007

Old Fleet Prison

PHILIP
I didn’t post this earlier because I mislaid Tony’s note and it just surfaced.

TONY (written while he was in jail)
“I was arrested Jan 26, 2007 at 10:32am. I was taken to 11 Division and the policemen there treated me really good; mind you, I had to wait 2 hours for a ham and cheese sandwich.

“I spent all day and night trying to sleep on a cold steel bed and froze my ass off. They put me through a Level 3 search, right down to “bend over and spread ’em.”

“Next day I was handcuffed and put in a paddywagon and taken to 14 Division to pick some crooks to take to court with me. There I slept on a cold floor. I waited all day for them to tell me to come back the next day. So right now [January 28th] I’m doing 20 days for not going to court in July last year.

“The hardest time in jail is at night when all sorts of crazy things go through your mind like how to hurt yourself or even kill yourself to try and forget the loneliness.”

A night for six packs

January 15, 2007

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TONY
“Did I tell you about my other trick for staying warm when it’s really cold? I found it out by accident; I can’t even remember who told me. It’s going down to -12 C tonight so I’ll try to do this one later if I can’t get a room.

“You know those plastic packs for warming your hands and your feet, you can get them at the hardware store and other places. You just squeeze them to get them started. When it’s real cold, I try to buy six of them before I get into the sack: 2 for my front pockets of my pants, 2 for the shoulders up in front here, and 2 in your socks for your feet. They go for a pretty reasonable time so it works pretty well.”

An old hand who can get a warm body in the sack

December 16, 2006

Old hand

TONY
“You’d think a guy who’s been on the street would know the tricks. Nope — I ran into this homeless guy who was going on about sleeping out when it was cold. So I asked him if he knew the trick about how to stay warm. Well, he doesn’t, so I tell him he should keep a quarter [$0.25] until he’s done for the night. Then he should take his sleeping bag to the laundromat and put it in the dryer for a few minutes. When it comes out, he should roll it up really tight. Then when he gets inside, it’s all toasty and warm and he gets a warm start to the night. He’d been on the street longer than me but he learned that trick from Tony.”

Under the sheltering sky

December 4, 2006

PHILIP
“When it gets cold like last night [-5 C], do you go to a sleeping shelter if you can’t get a bed?”

TONY
“Never. Don’t use them. They’re too dangerous.

“People think shelters are safe places because it’s the city that runs them. But they’re not. When the politicians do their visits to check how the shelters are, everyone on the inside knows they’re coming. They clean the place up nice and everyone is on their good behaviour. I’ll sleep outside if I can’t get a good bed.”

Tired but there

October 31, 2006

TONY (in response to 3 questions) — 8:15am

“I’m really tired today.”
“I think I slept only maybe 2 hours.”
“In a doorway.”

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