I've been reading The Homeless Guy for four years now every day. I still have tons of questions, but the guy won't allow comments or answer emails. I used to be very critical of him. I thought he was arrogant and his blog was nothing more than a front for a very wily panhandler. He still miffs me when he posts the simple post, "Saturday is my birthday," just to generate Paypal donations. I read along as he took and took and never gave anything back -- his blog being the only contribution to helping solve homelessness. A subject dear to my heart.
He is now down to about 200 readers a day as you can see by clicking on his sitemeter button from a high of thousands. I won't gloat though. I really want to see the guy get a home. I want his blog to be successful. Nobody has put up with more online shit than he, and much of it was his fault I might add if I am honest. If he would have only been kinder or gentler, but that may be too much to ask of a homeless man dealing with life on the streets.
He recently got a part time job and I was so elated for him. I was wary, too, though. Too often this fellow has started something only to never finish it. I worried that work would get tedious and rote, and he would quit. I think me and him are a lot alike thus I think I know what he is going to do. I guess that was why I grew so enthralled by his blog. I could see myself in him. I went so far as wanting to emulate him by moving to Nashville and following his lead -- to live the aimless and responsibility-less life of a homeless man who blogged in coffee shops with laptops. Luckily, I never could get up enough money for a bus ticket or the courage, or I would have been long gone.
It makes me scared that I am so alike him. Will I quit once I start working? Will I give up when the newness wears off and work becomes routine? Will I abandon my family and Maggie to live the idle life of the un-homed? It is times like these I want to emulate my father. Responsible. Steady. Fiscally sound. All the characteristics of good character I want to emulate. Sadly, I see my personality and character mirrored by the life of a homeless guy living a state away. Is there hope for me?