So I stopped at a Wendy's for lunch on my way to the harware store. Wanted to use the men's room before I ordered. Manager was blocking the door and said, 'Sorry, but there's a man laying passed out on the floor in there.' Didn't have to go that bad, so I ordered a sandwich and sat down to eat. Within a couple of minutes a fire truck shows up. Then a cop. A couple of fireman drag the guy out of the bathroom while he convulses violently. They sit him up next to an outside brick wall where he begins to bash his head against it. Firemen say, 'don't do that or you'll knock yourself out' as they stand there doing nothing. Finally, an aid unit comes and he's taken away. On my way out I ask the store manager if it was a drug overdose. Manager says he thinks so because they found his heroin and syringes in the bathroom.
Manager's unsolicited comment to me: "I retire in a couple of months and I'm getting the hell out of here. Came up from LA 20 years ago to get away from the drugs and crime. Now Seattle's just as bad. "
that is rimbaud/baudelaire level prose poetry, mouse
Dang. Shitty indeed. But I have been passing through Seattle for pushing 30 years. Isn't it pretty known they have a heroin problem up there?
The heroin 'epidemic' is a bit of an abstraction until you experience it up close and personal. And of course, the local media would rather focus their attention on the local sportsball teams than point out that their city is rapidly decaying.
I try to never leave the compound... ironic now that i am being rejected and will have to get used to it.
Never go to fast food places. Ever. That includes churches and anywhere else there is going to be a gaggle of honkers. Never inside a Walmart.... was going into buy something... but started to get sick. Usually go to Meijer ever day... big-box, ja but used to it. Avoid the ghetto. Shit I experience is the usual whitebread Usan shite of parking in two places, leaving carts on the lot, and watching them by huge bags of puffed grease and air. They like to wipe off the handle of carts with tissues.
They like to wipe off the handle of carts with tissues.
Have to give those antibacteria bugs an advantage in this world!
Finding places to buy food - no one in our development grows food, at least in a way that can be seen by passersby. There are Association compacts against unapproved landscaping - though it is clear that this 40 year old Association has let people plant pretty much any way they want - yet we get the best direct sun in the front yard so we are strategizing how to plant our tomatoes discretely so we don't get reported to the Board.
Trader Joe's is in a weird triangle between to busy streets just past the freeway so it there is only one real access. Unfortunately there is a Starbucks in the stripmall so it is often difficult to drive into the parking lot due to all the drivers lined up to get their afternoon fix without actually getting out of their cars.
Found a decent Farmers Market, near a fresh fish place, a good French bakery and a place that makes its own ice cream. We have the Saturday morning shopping routine down now.
I move to Manhattan, KS in two weeks.......Live is very odd right now.
i would never live in a HOA development. never. elk county is unzoned and unregulated, suits me fine. have to put up with the idiots next door, but that's the price for being about to offer people a legal place to camp here on our 10 acres.
I am an agnostic Buddhist Daoist Hindu but I think we need some churchin' up
If one is going to end up hopeless, this ain't a bad place to start.