Posts Tagged ‘sleep’

Are we there yet?

March 17, 2011

PHILIP
“You know, there’s going to be a federal election in May?”

TONY
“Phil, no offense, but just wake me when it happens, OK.”

PHILIP
“No problem.”

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Up where he belongs

December 16, 2010

PHILIP
“Hey, where did you sleep last night? I think they said it was going down to -20C with the windchill.”

TONY
“I got lucky. My friend let me use a bed in their house so it was OK. It even wasn’t in the basement, so it was pretty toasty too.”

Homeless is as homeless does

September 25, 2010

TONY
“I slept in one smelly empty trailer last night, believe it or not.”

PHILIP
“No offense but it’s not too hard to believe about a homeless guy. Sorry if that was a mean thing to say; I didn’t mean it that way.”

TONY
“Well it was a bit mean but I guess I gotta admit it’s true. But I’ll tell you one thing:  It’s no fun sleeping rough when you’ve gotten to my age.  At least it’s not winter or anything.  You know, I’ve been mostly sleeping at least somewhere that wouldn’t get me arrested if anyone knew where I was, if you know my meaning.”

Between Scylla and Charybdis

September 9, 2010

PHILIP
“Boy, you’re out here awfully early; it’s only seven-thirty for god’s sake.”

TONY
“You know, sometimes it’s the most comfortable place to be right here.”

PHILIP
“Was last night was that bad for you?”

TONY
“You got it, if you know what I mean.”

Cold comfort

July 15, 2010

PHILIP
“Where’d you sleep last night?”

TONY
“In the park, and I only slept about an hour with this heat. It’s killing me. I tell you, days like this even makes a basement seem a big-time luxury.”

Life choices

February 19, 2010

TONY
“Yesterday was totally dead out here. You know, I made $20 in 14 hours, which is pretty bad if you have to eat and find a warm place to sleep, if you know what I mean.”

Working the late shift

January 21, 2010

TONY
“Sometimes just you gotta do what you gotta do. I’ll tell you, I’m not sleeping outside tonight if I can help it.”

Coulda woulda shoulda

December 20, 2009

PHILIP
“Where’d you go after I saw you last night?”

TONY
“Well I sat at that drug store until almost 3 o’clock. You want to know how much I made in 6 hours?”

PHILIP
“How much?”

TONY
“$7.50′”

PHILIP
“And then what?”

TONY
“I went and slept up in the park there.”

PHILIP
“It was cold.”

TONY
“I know that’s for sure.”

PHILIP
“You couldn’t find anywhere else?”

TONY
“I’m telling you, Phil, if I could’ve, I would’ve.”

Nice, cool

September 10, 2009

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TONY
“If I can collect another $8, I’ve got a bed for the night, and it’s in a basement where it’s nice and cool.”

The shadow of the sun

August 4, 2008

TONY
“You should have seen what happened yesterday, just up Roncesvalles.”

PHILIP
“OK, I’ll take the bait. What happened yesterday?”

TONY
“Some people called 911 after they found me sleeping on a bench up there. Then the firetruck came to save me but, I’m telling you, I was so out I never even heard the siren or anything.”

PHILIP
“They what?”

TONY
“Well, they thought I had sunstroke, but i was just sleeping. You know I haven’t been getting much sleep lately. So anyway they woke me up finally and I just was so sleepy that I could hardly walk straight. And before you ask me, I’m gonna tell you I had nothing in me, not even one beer. I was just totally tired is all, I just couldn’t wake up properly.”

PHILIP
“So these people were really concerned about you.”

TONY
“Yeah, that happens sometimes.”

The grate unknown

June 18, 2008

PHILIP
“Where did you sleep last night?”

TONY
“In the park; at least it was warm.”

PHILIP
“I thought you were all set up to sleep inside this week.”

TONY
“Phil, why would you ask me where I was sleeping last night if you already knew?”

PHILIP
“I can’t ask you a question about where you slept last night?”

TONY
“Phil, I gotta say you are being touchy this morning. You get enough sleep last night?”

Looking out for Number 11

May 12, 2008

TONY
“Did I tell you about the cop who asked me if I needed her to find me a place to sleep other night? I was just up the road, actually near the place where I got that ticket a few weeks back. So this cruiser from 11 Division comes down Ronces, and it stops in front of me and the cop opens her window and asks if I need a bed. So I tell her thanks but it’s no problem, and I tell her I appreciate her asking me. And she tells me back something like: ‘Come on Tony, you’re the law’s eyes and ears when we’re not around … of course we’re gonna care about you.’

“Now that’s a decent cop for you.”

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