On the news they are often saying that things are getting better and they are optimistic about out countries economic recovery. In some ways I do think some things are getting better. Most of my friends and family that were out of work now have jobs. Granted they are not as good of jobs as they had before and they are temp to perm jobs with no benifits but at least they are working. The companies they work for treat them badly like they are drones or something they are not even allowed to use the washroom unless they are on their lunch break. I don’t see how that looks good for our country when companies feel it is OK to treat people like that.
When my son and I went out for a quick lunch the other day I heard the manager saying that one or two of the servers would have to go home as there was not enough business. They all then started to quitely argue they thid did not want to go home that they needed the money and that they had been sent home earlier in the week. So those who have jobs but who depend on tips for a living can not make a decent living.
Perhaps what bothers me most lately is that I see more homeless around here. When I say more homeless that is to say homeless because 3 years ago you would never have seen a homeless person around here. I live in a suburb where most of the people are middle class and mostly what I would consider upper middle class. We pay high taxes to live here because we have an excellent school system and this is the kind of area where you can leave your car unlocked at night and not have to worry about anybody trying to steal something out of it.
Recently there have been warnings in the paper that many people are having their cars broken in to in our area. They don’t seem to be attempting to do anything complicated like ripping out people stereo systems they seem to be mostly just be taking the change out that people keep in their ash tray or what ever to pay tolls with. How sad is that when people have to break in to cars for change just to live?
I have also noticed the public library is always busy now. Every computer is constantly in use. It seems people are taking better advantages of all the free things the library has to offer. I have also noticed however that there are people there with big overflowing back packs and they are sleeping in the chairs that are tucked away in the more hidden areas. Could these people be homeless too and trying to grab some sleep at the library?
On Friday when I took my daughter to get her hair done for her dance there was a young clean shaven man standing under the awning. I noticed he was looking at us as we left the beauty salon, we then popped in to the Subway restaurant next door to grab some subs for dinner since we didn’t have a lot of time to finish getting her ready and there was no time to cook. When we walked out he looked at us and smiled. I am the kind of person that always smiles back at people. I went to grab my car and left my daughter standing under the awning because it was pouring rain and we didn’t want her hair to get ruined. So I went and got my car and drove up to pick her up as she was getting in this young man approached my passenger window.
I was a little nervous at first then he asked me if I had a dollar I could spare. He said he had nothing. It was then I noticed the backpack near him that I had not noticed before, it was obvious this young man was homeless. This was only the second time in the 13 years I have lived in this community that anyone has ever asked for money. This young man as I said was clean shaven, he did not look drunk or stoned or anything like that. So I gave him a couple bucks. After we drove away my daughter asked how he could be homeless and clean shaven. I told her that if you have a razor and a public bathroom you can shave pretty much anywhere.
After this happened I really had to wonder are things really getting better when young healthy men have to beg out in the suburbs?