Anyone ever chat with homeless people? Seeing the Ian McCall thread made me think of Homeless Eddie. I usually with start up conversations with homeless people if I'm by them. If you watch most people interact with the homeless they typically will turn the other way to even avoid eye contact. If the homeless person is saying something to them, they'll act like they don't hear anything. That's gotta suck. I mean, we all do the wrong thing from time to time.... and we usually bring our own hardships upon ourselves. But imagine being view so poorly from others that the bulk of your fellow members of humanity won't even look in your direction. So if I'm by a homeless person I'll usually chat with them. One sticks out in my mind. I was at subway in downtown Milwaukee.... and sitting at the table next to me was this homeless guy eating the sugar in sugar packets and drinking water. He seemed really nice. There was some show on the tv about wisconsin sport figures. He and I started chatting about the Madison Badgers or something.... then I just asked him, "do you want me to buy you something to eat?". He just replied, "No that's okay. I'm fine." Being a bit shocked and skeptical I start thinking, "sure, he doesn't want food.... but if I offer him money I know he'll take that to buy booze or drugs". So I thought what the heck and asked if he needed any money; "Nope, I'm fine. Thanks for the offer though." I was blown away. He just went right back to talking about the Badgers player that was on tv. He is missing teeth, always wearing the same beat up/tattered brown pants and blue hooded sweatshirt. I would see him around the downtown area quite a bit. He'd be leaning up against a building, doubled over.. looking like he was going to pass out. And people would just walk by. He'd look in a real bad way. Like, if you'd see any non-homeless person like this you'd probably call an ambulance. Every time I'd see him I'd try to offer him money but he'd never take it. But always very considerate about it. One morning I was going for a little walk and I saw him sitting on the ground, leaning up against a building.... looking in a bad way. I went up to him, "Eddie... there's got to be something I can do to help. Food, money, whatever.... you tell me." Eddie's response, "Thank you very much for the offer. But I'm fine. I don't need too much. With beautiful weather like this I'm usually pretty content. But thanks for talking with me." this guy is something else.