Some of his leftovers have been bizarre -- children's toys, a broken stereo, a sleeping bag -- but once I discovered a backpack, and in it a "To-Do" diary with some very interesting notations.
His writing is difficult to decipher. Here's page one:
I NEED DO THE DOPage two is labeled "TO DO" and says:
DO NO HARME
1 DENTOS APPage three is one-sided:
RENT TO INTENT LETTER
1 2 3
FIND OUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DON AT
400 WATS + iPOD
99 HDML DVD
START TO SLOW DOWN AND STOPPage four is most interesting:
AT 5:00 I WAS DOWN TOWN AT MARKET IN KIT
$120 PAND FOR RED PUMPKIN
7 DID IN IN THE ROW
8 WALKT HOME
10 TO 2:00
CALL MOMAnd finally, page five:
GOOD DAY TO DAY
TRY 3 OR
$10: OOW AT LARAL STREET
GET NUMBER FOR METH
CLINICK WOOD STACK
NIKKEY IS WITH ROS AND ALL I SENS IS NEGATIV MY LAIF IS OFF THE HOOK
I CANT USI suppose this is a glimpse at the functionality of a drug-addicted, partially literate person. He hasn't come around lately.
I CANT SEE YOU MONBER
PS: As much as my workmates hated having to dispose of his garbage, what they objected to most were the syringes. This annoyed me too, but then I realized that they were all prominently displayed...almost laid out deliberately in front of his former possessions.
Suddenly it occurred to me: what is a street person going to do with used syringes? They aren't going to carry "sharpie" boxes around which would advertise to the world that they're injecting drugs. When they want to dispose of a needle, I think their only options are to throw it in a garbage or hide it in something until they're far away.
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather the syringes be immediately visible...I don't want to pick up somebody's old backpack or pull out a garbage bag and get a needle in the hand. I wonder if, by leaving their needles where everybody can see them, these street people are being CONSIDERATE?