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Roadside panhandlers are a real plague. I keep hoping they'll die off in the 107-degree texas summer, but, no, they're a strong breed. Usually panhandlers will be...nice, or at least not get uppity, because one nasty bum destroys a year's worth of charity.

Mostly, anyway.

I pull into the turn-around lane of 183 on Lamar with Butterfly. My window is down, because Butterfly's car is VERY HOT in the summer. This is not an invitation to chat.

"Do you got some money for me to do the Lord's Work?"

(internal voice: Well, no. Nor do I know what that would be, or how many bottles of ethanol alcohol it would take for you to find Jesus.)

External voice: "Sorry, no."

Freaky Bum: "Well, you must either hate women, hate God, or love money."

There was a bit more rambling here, along the lines of "serving god" some more, but I don't remember it, that bit just stuck in my mind.


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Aug. 21st, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
"No, I don't. I just hate you and social parasites like you."
Aug. 21st, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
Dungeons and Dragqueens
Looks like someone failed his charisma roll.
Aug. 21st, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
That is a no-win arguement. Just drive away. (I hate that crap.)

Aug. 22nd, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
*nod* 10 things to say crossed my mind immediately, and none of them would have made any positive contribution to the situation or, ultimately, my mood...
Aug. 21st, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
Does anyone know who is putting these bums on the street corners in Austin anyhow? I have heard there is a white van that drops these people off in the morning and comes by to pick them up in the evening. I would like to know what type of business or organization is doing this and why.
Aug. 21st, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
I saw an decrepit, old brown van deploying those flower sellers on 183 and IH-35 yesterday. The driver looked as grungy as the sellers.

I always wonder where those flowers and sellers came from.
Aug. 21st, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Freaky Bum: "Well, you must either hate women, hate God, or love money."

Me: "The second one."

Aug. 21st, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they've been getting real aggressive lately. The people at Dessau and Parmer, on our way to work, will come up and try to shove pamphlets at you, window down or not.

I remember Parmer had no bums, but they seem to be out in force nowdays. Maybe I'm just used to being in Bastrop. Either way, 'tis rotten.

Aug. 21st, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
And how is enabling a bum to stay stoned doing God's work?

Aug. 22nd, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
WOW! It's like you KNOW me!
Aug. 22nd, 2005 07:07 am (UTC)
No, given my choice of roommates, it's clear I also hate money :)
Aug. 22nd, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
This is one of the reasons I don't carry cash on me, so that it's not a lie when I say "Sorry, no, I don't have any change." I got so tired of the Drag Rats begging for money when I was going to UT.
Aug. 22nd, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
I carry packets of peanut butter crackers with me for multiple reasons. They're good for me when I'm getting hungry and flaking out. They're good for the boy for the same reason. And I'm willing to give them to beggars instead of money.
Aug. 22nd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
I was going to say, my *first* guess was that it was because you're in a more "mother" phase of your hecate cycle :) HEB needs to make little $1-only food certificates...
Aug. 23rd, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
god hates bums
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
I can't rule this out, though a lot of bums seem to be staunchly on his side and insane.
Aug. 24th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)

No bums up here! They take one look at our winters and say 'Hell no!' and get jobs at McDonalds. ;)
Aug. 24th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
I would have THOUGHT that our 112-degree summers would have killed them off...no, though, they just get heat delirium and start hearing god...
Aug. 24th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
I wonder what they talk about... after all... what exactly would they and god have in common?

"Um... hows the weather?"
"You know! You control it!"
"Uh, oh.. yeah.. hmm... um... How bout them Spurs?"
"Don't own a tv... goddamn its hot..."
"... um..well... Oh, hey, look! A car!"
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