July 10th, 2006


Buff Old Guys

Charles Gray, 66, left, and Jim Arrington, 73, compete in the masters over-60 category at the annual Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach Bodybuilding and Figure Championship, Tuesday, July 4, 2006, in Venice, Calif. The popular Independence Day event is open to competitors for a $50 entry fee. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

Asleep at the Wheel

Via beeblism:


Feb. 24–March 2, 2006

Asleep at the Wheel
by William R. Alford
Confessions of a suburban homeless guy

The most recent Homeless Enumeration from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments tallies more than 15,000 homeless people in the region. Of those, about 2,000 live in Fairfax County, Va. I am one of them.

But I might not be counted as such. Some of us don’t make the official numbers, as Nancy Taxson, executive director of transitional-housing provider Homestretch, recently told the Falls Church News-Press. These folks, said Taxson, “don’t show up on the homeless lists because they aren’t living in shelters or receiving services. Rather they are living homeless below the radar with friends, family members, in cars, or other makeshift shelters not meant for human occupancy.”

I fall in the “in cars” category. I have been spending my third bout of homelessness since May 2005 in the Big Wagon.

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