"You get used to it," he said. "It is better than sitting home all day and listening to my sister's kids aggravate the shit out of me."
I chuckled as I took another drag off my cigarillo.
"Seen George yet?" Slop asked.
"No," I replied. "I don't have enough gas to get to Opelika and back."
Slop is on disability like me. He says his sister is his representative payee and uses that money to take care of her five kids leaving him with nothing. He always seems to have money though and certainly isn't missing any meals. Slop must weigh 300 pounds.
"What's happening with that homeless guy you were always reading about on the web?"
"You mean Kevin?" I asked.
"Yeah, that crazy homeless guy in Nashville."
"Oh, he is still milking his readership for money and chess sets," I replied. "He just got to see his kids for the first time in seven years."
"Chess sets?" Slop asked, ignoring the rest of my reply.
"Yeah, he is playing chess now as a hobby," I replied. "Once it was poker, then knitting, then origami. He always has some hair-brained scheme to make money."
Slop burst out laughing.
"He sounds like a real character."
"I find him fascinating," I replied as I put out what was left of my cigarillo on the pavement.
I told Slop goodbye and ambled on down to the train tracks. I thought of Kevin, The Homeless Guy, and his life. He has no responsibility. No real worries other than getting his Starbucks card refilled so he can drink coffee and browse the Internet all day via wifi. He loves to portray the homeless life as hard, but those of us who have lived it know otherwise. It can be a very pleasant way of life if you just have a modicum of common sense and use your brain. I am of the firm opinion that if homelessness was so hard, then he would have never voluntarily returned to it when he left his apartment.
I finally watched a few trains and then headed home. Many times I missed my camera and had left it at home. I am so afraid it will get damaged being jostled around in my backpack. That little $400 dollar camera is the most expensive thing I own other than my car. I promise to get up some pictures of around town today when I am able.