Friday, January 4, 2008

Into the Breach, Dear Friend!

It was another cold morning at the shopping center.  Ferret and I sat drinking coffee and people watching.  Ferret told me this morning that he was going to be homeless again.  He said it so matter-of-factly that I didn't quite know how to take it. 

"They're foreclosing on my crackhead landlord's house," he said as if it was just a passing thought.

"What about the apartments up the street?" I asked, worried. "Surely, you can rent one of those."

"Those places are a dump," Ferret replied huffily. "Besides, I kind of like being homeless.  I have more money for beer."

I started to make a mental list of what Ferret needed.  He needs a new tent and a much warmer sleeping bag.  Luckily, the dreaded Wal-Mart has those items.  He also needs some heavier clothes, gloves, and a warm coat.  I was worried about the cold more than anything.  If the long range computer weather models pan out, then its going to be a cold winter.

"You going to come drink some beer with me at my campsite?" Ferret then asked.

"I'll come and visit you, but I am not drinking beer."

Ferret laughed heartily.  He loves to pick at me about my sobriety.  I don't think he can imagine living without his daily dose of alcohol. 

I was also surprised at how Ferret was taking this.  He doesn't seem concerned at all.  I think Ferret suffers from that same deluded reality as I.  We can't think of the future or get a grasp on future events.  We live only for the moment.  It should be a psychiatric diagnosis in it's own right, existential psychosis. 


Karin's Korner said...

Andrew, Why did your sobriety counter stop???

Andrew said...

I have no idea Karin. I wasn't anything to do with my part in the matter.

Sharyna said...

The sobriety counter probably stopped cuz they aren't updated to 2008 yet. I was there they other day and they couldn't make me a counter cuz of the 2008 thing. I think Ferret needs an apt. He's going to catch pnuemonia!


darla said...

It's nice that you are concerned for your friends. I'm wondering... how old is Ferret? And Big S? And if you don't mind me asking... how old is Rosa? I don't think you've ever commented on their ages. I'm just curious.
Andrew, anything you do for Ferret, I'm sure he'd appreciate. But I know your funds are limited, right?

Kelly Jene said...

I'm so proud of you, Andrew! He won't realize how lucky he is to have someone who cares for him.