* Taking off for the weekend

The mission principally serves two groups.

First (in too many ways) are the “clients,” 450 men enrolled in the 12-month residential drug-and-alcohol treatment program; for which reason they are commonly called “programmers.” Each of them has a permanently assigned bunk and some form of closet space, and can use the mission as a mailing address.

I need to keep in mind that, but for the program, most of them would be homeless.

Second (in too many ways) are the “guests,” no more than 60 homeless men on any day, who are provided accommodations overnight; for which reason we are commonly called “overnighters.” We must vacate the premises no later than 6:00 a.m. daily, cannot leave anything behind, and cannot return until 3:00 p.m. We cannot use the mission as a mailing address.

Note the distinction between “clients” and “guests.”

At the end of the work day one day last week, I walked toward the parking lot carrying my two heavy bags. Programmer W____ P__ came toward me, walking in the opposite direction, and said, “Bill, you look like you’re taking off for the weekend!”

I said to myself, even programmers don’t get it.

He can take off for the weekend; I can’t. I have nowhere to go and nowhere to come back to.

The way he saw me is the way I look all the time.

(Originally posted 05/10/12 at Trojan Horse Productions.  Reposted 10/05/17.)

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3 thoughts on “* Taking off for the weekend

  1. I found your blog today and have read nearly all of it. It’s a shining star among masses of nothingness. I’m kind of confused about ‘Our Best Posts,’ and all the pingbacks–there’s just one of you…Bill, right?

    You paint a vivid picture of your life with clear and concise writing, and your perseverance and stamina are inspiring. And when you said you would get a cat when you get your apartment, that sealed it for me.

    I hope you got the job.

    1. Thank you for this wonderful comment!

      I’m pretty sure I’ve got the job. I just have to navigate between here and there (e.g. the housing questions).

      The pingbacks may be a bit much, and I’m open to suggestions as to how to manage them (Delete?). Obviously I link back and forth a lot between posts.

      As to “Our Best Posts,” two angles. First, people do sometimes say “we” instead of “I.”

      Second, I originally meant to present Trojan Horse Productions – trojanhorseproductions.wordpress.com – as a collaboration among three characters or personae, namely, Rachel Bias, Richard (Wang Tu) Long and William Tell. In short, I’ve not had time to write much under either of the other two names … but that’s/they’re the “we” of that “our.” I’m actually still hoping to expand my fictitious staff, to include a Beijing Bureau (staffed by Ying Yang and/or Wa Zu) and the illustrious North Korean general Bang Pow. These negotiations are currently in the hands of my legal counsel, Justin Case.

      I appreciate your support, and look forward to following your blog as well.

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