Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Blue Flypaper Explains True Blue's Absence

I lead a triple life. Part of me works at the free trade coffee haus, part of me blogs here, and part of me volunteers for a variety of causes. This time of year is always busy on the charity front and I spent a good part of November working at a "without homes" shelter. I had planned to blog from there but conditions were much, much worse than I had expected.



First off, there were only a few computers for either the staff or the without-homes to use. Even more to the point, no Macs! Since Macs are easier for computer novices to use, you would think that someone would have had the decency to acquire some iMacs for street people. Second we were on dial-up and there was no broadband! How are those without homes supposed to be able to get back on their feet at 56kps? How many of you have tried to use Monster.com on dial-up? How many of you have tried to run their own business on dial-up? So how do we expect those without homes to do so? Ditto on cell phones, faxes, IM, Chat, MySpace, etc. Employers expect these things yet we keep them away from those that need them the most.

All was not negative however. The people we helped at the shelter are a noble, beautiful people who are looking forward to the end of the Bush administration so that they can get back on their feet and become productive citizens again. We owe so very much to these people that I can't blame them if they never want to go back to work. Fortunately in 2008 it will all be okay. It will be beautiful.

7 Comments:

At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Murqtaad said...

Blue,

I am so sorry to hear of the awful conditions those without homes must endure. Hopefully a progressive will be elected in '08 and we can shut down the war machine once and for all.

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

It's even worse than I wrote. It turns out that there are many, many things that people without homes do not get to have. It is an embarassment to the riches of this country that the poorest 99% of the population (that make up the bulk of the country) do not have what the top 1% has (on average).

Why we are fighting an illegal war in Iraq while our "without homed" have nothing is beyond me. Too bad Haliburton wasn't in the business of making low cost homes and we wouldn't have this problem.

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Fred said...

You go girl!

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

Will do! But I prefer to be called a womyn! But I'm not sensitive.

TB

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Yes the homeless desperately need computers and other gadgets. That way they can look at porn and recieve spam in their mailboxes.

True Blue. You are one of the sexsiest, and most intelligent woman I have seen blog. Between you and Ann Coulter it's a toss up.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger True Blue said...

If that is all rich people get out of computers why should the less-than-wealthy get to do the same thing?

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Maybe the homelesses time would be better spent looking for work and finding a way to live without suffering. I was homeless once, I pulled myself out of it because I chose not to consider myself a victim.

 

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