What do the homeless do in the winter?
The article that I read about the homeless in last week’s Pittsburgh City Paper brought back memories of my own homelessness when I was a young writer. Yes, the Old Soldier has experienced long periods of unemployment and a short period of homelessness: the overnight shelters, the soup kitchens, the despair, embarrassment and the inability to help myself.
I had a casual attitude toward employment. All I wanted to do was write. I went from dead-end job to dead-end job and was happy if I could stop working and just write and live on the dole.
I may have been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome from Vietnam; I definitely was not thinking clearly. I was homeless for one summer. I was too proud to ask for help. My parents insisted on me coming home. One of my younger brothers was a manager at a supermarket chain (Giant Eagle) and he got me to put in an application and I got a job. My days of homelessness were over; but what do the homeless do during the winter?
No one should be on the streets during the winter. Winters in Pittsburgh are usually cold and snowy. And in the present economy, entire families can find themselves on the streets through no fault of their own. Some households are living from paycheck to paycheck. It doesn’t take much to end up on the streets. Winter officially arrives in Pittsburgh 21 December 2013.
The Old Soldier wants to find out more about the homeless. What are the causes and possible solutions to homelessness? Homelessness will always be with us. The Old Soldier is not naive.
The fight against homelessness would be a worthy crusade for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette to join and report on.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.
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Steelers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
The hosts of the radio sports show that I listen to agree that the Steelers have no margin for error, but the team kept its faint playoff hopes alive by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 19-16 at Heinz Field yesterday here in Pittsburgh.
Now the Steelers are 2-4 with 10 more games to go. Can the team win 8 out of those 10 games? Because a 9-7 record will probably not be good enough to make the playoffs.