Arthur the Hot Dog Guy

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As many of you know, I work with a number of area churches and organizations that assist the area homeless.  Recently, Van Miller, a columnist for Charlotte Magazine, wrote an article on one couple who I help.  Their names are Arthur and Debbie and I’ve been helping them since about 2000.  They come uptown three times a week and pass out upwards of 500 hot dogs, soda, clothing and supplies.  Arthur’s been doing it for about 16 or 17 years now.

The article is an interesting read.  I have to admit though that I take exception to characterizing all the folks who come out as having “hair [that is] unkempt, their clothes dirty, fingernails long, teeth brown.”  That kind of bothers me.  Yes, some folks are like that but far from all of them which is how I read the article.

There’s some pictures up in the gallery.  They’re all mixed in together though.  I’ll sort them if I have time tomorrow.  The photo I’ve included here is from the article. (My own pictures aren’t that good.)

Arthur, the hot dog guy

Looking back at January

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Breakfast was cool.  Had eggs, bacon, and biscuits.  I think I was the only non-church person there so i had to introduce myself a number of times but I didn’t mind.  I walk by the church twice every day when I head over to UNCC.  Didn’t get any pictures as my batteries died with the other breakfast this morning under the bridge.

I finally got a chance to look over the most read posts for January.  I probably should do some sort of Top Post widget in the sidebar. (edit: Done now.)

Download Dragon Magazine and it’s Part #2 article.
Mac Desktop Wallpapers
50 Things NOT to do at Hogwarts (And I feel bad about that as it’s not even mine.)
Robot Chicken: Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin
Download Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? (You can but not with those links.)
Family Guy Videos – Rock Lobster
Movable Type 4.1 gets released (*shrug* All I said was that it was released.)
Crash on Volturnus – Chapter 1 (I really should go back and work on that. I liked writing that stuff.)
Pairings (Another old Daria fanfiction piece that I had written way back when.)
How to stop the irritating “Updating your computer is almost complete – Restart Now?” message

Under the bridge at 6:20am

I100_0695‘ve mentioned a number of times that I do work with some of the area organizations that work with the area homeless.  I took this picture this morning under the bridge as both volunteers and  neighbors were waiting for the supply van to show up.  It’s 6:20am in the morning, it’s still dark, directly overhead is I-277 that loops around the uptown area of Charlotte, and it was something like 30 degrees this morning.

I would have taken more but the batteries died in the camera. (I’ll explain more about that later on.) I just wanted to share the picture.

Someone asked for a picture…

CIMG0008Gotta admit that I hate doing pictures but I had someone send me this one from when I was on the first train out of the station when the LYNX light rail system started on Nov. 24th.  Even beat all the higher ups who were supposed to be on the first train. (Not sure why.  We started at the 7th Street Station while they started at the Transit Center.)

Got lucky as well.  Had just finished helping Calvary Church serving breakfast to the homeless that morning.  I was walking over to CPCC to use the library and the train was just sitting there.

Got a t-shirt out of it at least.

A plug for Brandon’s Smile Ministry

Brandons_Smile.jpgA quick plug for Brandon’s Smile Ministry.  I’ve known Tommy and Donna Hendley for a bit now as they help feed breakfast on Saturday mornings with Calvary Church out on the street.  They handed out about 150 loaded backpacks a couple days before Christmas to the local homeless after breakfast. (Heck, I took one.  You should see what my duffel back looks like.)

edit: I need to get a better copy of the logo.  It’s actually the patch from one of the backpacks.

About Angie

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As some of you are aware, I work with a number of organizations (ie churches) and a few individuals who work with the homeless here in Charlotte. I also travel thru the Uptown Charlotte Transportation Center on my way here to the library every day.

Angie has decided that I’m stalking her since I’m always there with these groups. She appears to be bad mouthing me to friends of hers and I’ve now been threatened four times, including by her current boyfriend.

She has admited to me that she is bipolar and delusional. She is also not taking her medication. Others have stated the same as well.

Needless to say, I’m not doing well. I’m really stressed and have broken down in tears a few times.

Keep her in your prayers please. She needs it.

edit: I had one group Saturday ask me not to come back. I’ve been helping them for three years. Sucks.

I Found Angie…

exwife…standing on a bread line Saturday morning.

She’s homeless.

And what’s left of her family has blown her off.

For those who don’t remember, Angie is my ex who left me late 1999.

I still love her and she’s refusing to let me help her in any way.

I’m not doing too well knowing what her current situation is especially since I have to be at work and have only seen her once since then. I have her email address now but she hasn’t written back yet.

I am not handling this very well.

Please keep her in your prayers.

-drmike