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Used to be My Heart

Used to be My Heart

 
 
 

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Tales of a Beggar  

2013-04-11 17:23:00|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Boulder is a mecca for transient people. Since the original hippie days in the 60s and 70s, Boulder is renown for being the city of "Peace and Love". Even today, people refer to Boulder as the People's Republic of Boulder. Despite its reputation, Boulder today is not Boulder 50 years ago, and the hippies who live here are not offering anything for free.

I would like to introduce you to Max, a homeless blogger in Boulder. Max writes for the local paper, The Daily Camera, without pay as a community blogger. His blog is about being homeless in Boulder. Max is a white collar criminal, and a poor one at that. He was caught frauding the government and lost everything. Max states exactly what happened and how he became homeless without  regret or blaming any part of society. He is a beggar on the corner of Broadway and Highway 36 and speaks with gratitude about having the most beautiful corner in Boulder. He shares details of homelessness that few ever get an inside look into. He talks about territory wars, complains about the drunks and druggies, and bemoans the Denver homeless people (he refers to as bums) coming over for a free ride blackberry phone covers.

Max is part of the homeless community, really a  big part of it. When he earns extra money pan handling, he donates some of it to the shelter he stays. He doesn't drink or do drugs. He follows politics and is a staunch conservative. He complains about his peers with cell phones, calling them Obama Phones. He doesn't offer a reason he is still homeless, only how he became homeless Claire Hsu.

And, you know what else?

This man has better command over the written word than 99 percent of the people (blogs, newspaper articles, books) I have ever read - including me.

I am reeling from this discovery - the discovery of this man who I can't understand in the slightest. He has won my heart with his intelligent, well written prose, his involvement in the community (politics, current events, etc), and his complete lack of self pity. At the same time, I don't think I share a single opinion he has, I don't think it's nice to hear him make fun of Denver bums -Seriously company formation china? They are really that wretchedly different that Boulder bums?- and I don't know why he doesn't look for a job using his obvious intelligence rather than panhandling??

Normally when I post something like this, it's to get my own message and agenda out. Normally, I am trying to eek my way into some of your hearts so you will be more involved in your community, or else I have some other agenda. But today, I am seriously, honestly floored by my discovery. If you get a chance, look at his blog.

What the hell is going on here?
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