Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Still Life With Cameraphone: Drunk

The gray-blue smudge under the tree is a motorcycle cop giving the dark smudge at the base of the tree a ticket for (presumably) being drunk in public at McPherson Square in DC. And he's not even homeless. (At this point I know all the regulars.)

I haven't figured out the pattern quite yet, because according to the paper on the weekends the Square is wall-to-wall homeless and dislocated veterans. Certain Tuesdays and Thursdays see various charitable organizations giving out food in the late afternoon. But this morning, which was fairly warm, there were zero homeless in the park and they weren't lurking in the Metro station.

The DC shelter was shut down by Mayor Adrian Fenty and they turned everybody out of St. E's. So where do they come from and where do they go?

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