Leaving a little later today because of course ‘the Olympics’ are on! When I did get out it was clear many were sleeping in as I walked down several blocks. The first person I saw half a block away was ‘snaggertooth’ waiting for me. I was pleased to see he was alright and he was glad to see me with lunch, we spoke briefly which was probably all he was ready for.. I probably was the first person he had spoken to today. Continuing on my way down the street I met a women walking towards me wrapped in a blanket, she actually looked as if she could have been released from General Hospital after they cleaned her up and shaved her head for bugs. I asked her if she “wanted a sandwich and bottled water?” and softly she said “yes” and after receiving them she gave me an audible ‘thank you’. As I turned to go ahead there was a young women coming up the street pushing a store basket filled with black plastic bags (later realize bottles were inside ), knowing she saw me giving food away I offered her a pack. She hesitated then accepted, I saw her when I doubled back going into the recycle center.
Usually on Mondays I come across many who went on binges during the weekend and this Monday was no exception. Came upon a guy casually dressed but stylish was leaning against a wall on the sidewalk. As us old timers would say ‘drunk as a skunk’ as if a skunk is ever drunk. Anyway I woke him up asking if he needed water and food. Well that set him off on a crying jag so I repeated my question. He shook his head “yes” but continued laying there. I told him he had to sit up and take it, he did and then I could see he was hiding a pint of Gin. Then he covered his eyes with his hand and acted like he was crying. I told him he needed to drink some water , sitting up he stared at the pack of food then began eating. I left him before he started crying again. I walked further down Market street because I had one pack left and came up on my Filipina lady whom I have given packs before. She asked me if I had any water or snacks..I showed her what I was giving away and she actually said , “Oh good ! You have peanut butter crackers, I’ll take one” They do know what they want…after thanking me, I left.