Sitting on Babies, Being Homeless and More - NaNoWriMo Day 8

in nanowrimo •  last year  (edited)


How full of hope I was this morning that I would get a lot of writing time. I took a break to have some breakfast and never came back - at least not back to the computer to write. Now, it looks like my fridge might have broken. It made a loud banging sound and I don't hear the usual fridge noises anymore. Oh well, I put some of the more expensive stuff in the outdoor freezer. Another thing I didn't get to today was burying the dead chickens I have been keeping in it for what seems to be forever now. It was one of those chicken massacres that happened before we build Fort Knox of the chicks. Then, I ran out of time to dig more graves running out of time or trying to do too much (you pick) is a theme with me 😳

If you happen to live in San Diego and are participating in the NaNoWriMo Madness, here are some places to meet up with fellow writers and get some support and have fun. None of these work for me this week - but maybe next week I will go. If I do, I post pictures here :)

I am also tagging the post as #sandiego - just because I live here. But there is another reason. @ackza started the Sand token that is San Diego specific and I think it would be fun to somehow use it as an incentive for local writing get-togethers. Rewards are always nice!

[Wrimo-run] Darkstar (UCSD) Write-In
Saturday, Nov 9, 2019, at 1:00 pm

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I am planning to write 50,000 + words this month in the spirit of NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month. But I am going to ignore the Novel part and write whatever I want to. I am doing a complete stream of consciousness style of writing. It might become a Novel, it might look more like morning pages - basically, word vomit onto the page to empty the brain. Maybe, I get a bunch of good blog posts out of it. I don't know. Feel free to read it - or not. Quality is not ensured! 😂

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We are on to the second week of the great writing adventure and that is where the struggle starts. I set the day aside to be for me. For my writing. Well, I was going to babysit at 4 pm, make that kid sit, not babysit and I was not going to sit on anyone. I have found that babies do not like to be sat on and neither do older kids. Whoever came up with that name had a sick mind. Or maybe not a mind of mine that immediately starts to see things that shouldn’t be there. Like adults sitting on people.
That was one reason that I had a hard time reading Jonathan Swift. Yes, I get it, it is satire. But I saw so much truth in it as well. That makes my shifty mind jump. It's jumping to what are people with autism thinking if the read about babies being roasted. From what I understand, their mind works more literal and it is hard to decipher sarcasm. Hmm. Maybe one of you knows and can tell me all about it.
And if you haven’t read Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, you should. Then tell me what you felt. Here is a link to make it super easy for you
Since you can’t stop me, I will tell you what I think. I am disturbed by the fact that we really haven’t come very far as a society from those times. Oh yes, we have great technology now and all kinds of inventions. We have mastered the art of destroying mother earth and making those who walk upon her sick - human and animal alike.
But we haven’t figured out how to feed everyone alive today - even though we produce more than enough food. We just rather destroy it then to give it to the hungry. And no, it is not just a matter of transportation. That is one problem.
Now, I am not up on all the current laws here. At one point (and it still might be so), it was illegal for a restaurant to give their leftovers to a homeless person behing their place. It was legal to throw the food in the trash and for the homeless to dive in and get it from there. I know that non-profits formed that went to certain restaurants after closing and got the food they couldn’t serve at a later date - like food that had been in a buffet display. They then distributed that food to homeless shelters and such.
Much more complicated than the direct transaction, but much better than throwing it into the trash. Of course, that system only works if there are enough volunteers and in turn enough places to distrubute the collected food.
San Diego is home to at least 10,000 people that are considered homeless. I don’t think that number includes people that are couch serving, living in tents at a friend’s backyard, or have a nice car or camper they can park in a private driveway.
Los Angeles has 50,000 and our lovely President mentioned that he wants to sue the city since their homeless are responsible for the pollution that plagues the city - and many other areas. Yup. He is such a smart man!! Oil, refineries, cars, industry, the harbor, and, and, and have nothing to do with the pollution. It’s the homeless!
And while it is true that housing is very expensive in both cities, it is also true that many who live on the street need all kinds of services and care, from mental health to substance abuse issues, that used to be provided by the government. But we had another really smart president by name Reagan, who had the great idea to send those people home to their families and close the institutions that took care of them.
I know there are lots of you who don’t like government interference. I don’t like it either in many things. But that was a good thing done with our tax money and I don’t mind if my money goes to taking care of people. I mind it a lot when it goes to “support” big businesses that already richer than we can even imagine. Even worse when it pays for military equipment that is already outdated when it gets ordered. But you know, one hand washes another - or however the saying goes.
“We need jobs in my district,” the congressperson says. “And I did a favor, now I get a favor…” and the wheel goes round and round.
We could create jobs taking care of the homeless. Now, there is a thought!!
But in San Diego, we have much better ways to take care of the homeless!
A couple of years ago, there was an outbreak of hepatitis among the homeless population. Sadly, one of my friends who lived in her car was a victim of this disease.
The causes are what you expect. A population with little access to clean facilities such as bathrooms and handwashing opportunities is often victim to the spread of infectious diseases.
The city of San Diego did some steps in the right direction. For example, there is a big park, Balboa Park, in the middle of the city. Many are making the park their home since it offers shelter under bushes and such.
The park also has public restrooms. They used to be closed at night to prevent drug dealing, prostitution, and so forth. Both are illegal in this State. The easiest way to make both activities safe is to legalize them. But that is another rant for another day.
Back to the bathrooms. The city decided to keep them open and increased the cleanup crews. They also installed handwashing stations and porta potties in the downtown area. This should be good for everyone. The population is there, if we want it or not. And it is much nicer to walk downtown when the smell of urine and feces is not a constant companion in certain parts of town.


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I hope your fridge makes it, I know what a pain it is when they fail. 🤞

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So far, so good. But the thing is over 10 years old and has been making funny noises lately. I am going to check what is available and try to snake on for a good discount on Black Friday...

I read A Modest Proposal in college and it had a lasting effect on me. I really think it should be required reading in grade school too. It's really an eye opening and makes you question - or should make you question - what's the delineation between "good for society" and "just outright wrong."

I so agree with you!! So much is happening by design - even today - that it sometimes drives me crazy. That feeling that nothing has changed at the core. Sure, the sugar coating has, but it all is still the same deep down...