J. is a certifiable “con”. He wanted to jump ahead of the shower list at Res. House today, as, according to him, he had not showered in 5 days, and had a Court appointment at Noon.
I pushed him ahead of 20 others, at 11:00 a.m. He showered. At 11:55 a.m. he was still in the building. That pissed me off. That pissed me off. He had taken advantage of me. So I (verbally) “kicked his ass”.
That seemed to amuse him, for he knew that he had “won”.
He’ll not con me again! Am I too tough?
J. J-B asked me to lend him some money, pending a cheque from his mother. I did so. Not a huge sum, but enough for a month’s groceries.
He promised to meet me last Saturday at Noon to repay me. He did not show.
We “re-negotiated” so that I would meet him at his Venice apartment after the 8:00 a.m. service in Englewood last Sunday.
Of course he was not at home that morning.
So I took his unlocked bicycle as an earnest
He called me in a panic and said that he would meet me at the ‘bus station in SRQ at 3:00 p.m., to regain his bike, and to repay me.
He shewed up, but he had no money. He had spent every penny from his mother’s cheque (if it ever existed!). Of course I gave him his bike. He promised that his mother would repay the loan.
“Fat chance!” Am I too soft?
M.B and C.T - a heterosexual couple, are regulars at Res. House. I like them and we “kid around” a lot.
Last Thursday they mentioned that M.B. can “detail” cars. (Clean inside and out, shine, polish etc)?.
I said that they could work on my car today.
Bless them. They showed up on time. And they did a wonderful job, leaving my car to look as if it were new. Even the tyres/tires were polished.
They “charged” below the going rate, and I paid them with more that they had asked, such was the quality of their work, and their genial spirit.
I asked many of the other volunteers to look at their great work, and already they have a new client for next Monday.
This time I was neither too tough, nor too soft.
A homeless couple and I had a fair business transaction.
And so it goes…………….