|Hobo signage for getting along on the street.|
I'm getting along and finding my way fairly easily now. In past years when I've had to go someplace new, I've been memorizing the map and getting there without any other reference. It's been a helpful brain exercise because I have a good picture of my location in relation to the campus and the key places that are helpful to know. Now I can get around and even return from a place by a different route without getting lost and without referring to a map.
If I were homeless, I'd know every place that would allow me to hang out in some comfortable chair and warm place. I'd know where all the public bathrooms are, and where I could pick up leftover food. The street people up by campus are a rowdy bunch but there is rich camaraderie among them, they seem to laugh together easily. But it can't be easy when the weather is cold and they are relegated to the street. I don't care what anyone says begging is hard, cold work. Having experience begging as a monk, I can attest to the difficulty of it. Whatever any homeless beggars receive in their bowls, they earn every penny.