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winetourdriver01

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Name: Barry
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Home country: USA
Current location: San Francisco
Member since: Sat Jan 21, 2017, 05:39 PM
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The view from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin:
The political/plague situation has had me on a rip for two days now. It has ignited issues within me I had hoped not to have to deal with again. I wish I had never lived to see this. The republican party is about to make their big play, and try to do something they failed to do in the early years of the Roosevelt administration: A fascist coup.
They are going pull out all the stops, use their “news” outlets to full advantage, use their possession of the executive branch and it's enforcement agencies, the governors of red states, voter suppression tactics, and the knowledge that thirty percent of the public already leans fascist. Ignorance and hatred are their allies. Fear and hatred their shield. We will get one (1) chance to stop them, November. If we lose they will never give us another. Vote blue.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sat Apr 18, 2020, 11:19 AM (0 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin

The View from the Tenderloin:
My only social contacts have been through Facebook, and I am grateful for that. Like most of us, I am a social critter, not being able to have visitors in my home is very hard. I like company. It would be great to be able to bring my homeless friend up, let him rest, feed him, and visit. I don't worry about him so much as I miss him. My morning walks are, in part, to satisfy my hunger for society. I walked into the hood this morning, I needed to get a stamp. I went to my favorite corner store at Ellis/Leavenworth for it. I call the proprietor “boss”, and he calls me “beautiful”. Silly, I know, but it makes me feel good.
The people protesting the shelter in place rules are both short sighted and foolish. It reminds me of the old “tea party” protests, and I'm thinking it's the right preparing for losing in November. They need to lose, big time.
We all want things to get back to normal, but they never will. I don't know what's coming, but I have faith in my country. Lets work together, lets pray together, and we will all be together again.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Fri Apr 17, 2020, 01:31 PM (7 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin

The View from the Tenderloin:
I go for walks because I fear becoming too sedentary, and they help me organize my thoughts. The sight of nearly empty streets and boarded up store fronts fill me with fear. Fear that they are portents of the future, I don't like it. I walk through the old hood looking for familiar faces, and see none. The dope dealers stand out now, and I see fear on their faces. They don't get time off for anything, the apocalypses included.
I'm always looking for my little buddy, my little Wizard:

He had a cloak of gold
And eyes of fire
And as he spoke I felt a deep desire
To free the world
Of it's Fear and Pain
And help the people to feel free again.

Uriah Heep

Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Wed Apr 15, 2020, 02:33 PM (0 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin

The View from the Tenderloin:
President Obama's endorsement of Joe today was a ray of sunshine that matches the clear morning light. We all need a bit of encouragement these days. My move to the new apartment last week exhausted me as much as Trump's treasonous ramblings are exhausting all of us. I have not snapped back from the move, lets hope the Republic can snap back from four years of a mentally ill president and his treasonous enablers.
Like the rest of us, I am waiting patiently for the plague money to hit the bank account. By this time of every month I am usually broke, out of smoke, and low on hope. The encouragement and support I get from my face book friends and family are what keeps me going. I long for the day when I can get on the Zephyr and do a trip back home. Those long train rides are magic, and I wonder if I will ever have that joy again. Everything is changing at a dizzying pace, and I am struggling to keep up. Be good to each other, find someone who needs your support, you will get back more than you give.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Tue Apr 14, 2020, 01:31 PM (0 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin:
A vault of blue over my beautiful sleeping city this morning. I had to go to the clinic, unscheduled, for a non plague related issue, and the grocery store after. It benefited my need for exercise, and as it turned out, my peace of mind. I had no trouble, even in these times, seeing a doctor. The health care system in San Francisco is second to none.
The grocery store was not crowded and I found all I was looking for, no sweat, no hassle. For a big city Sf is a small town. Walking back home along Folsom street, I saw my little buddy. I hadn't seen him for about a week, and as always, I've been worried. He was walking on the opposite side of the street, going the other way. He hadn't seen me yet, so I crossed the intersection and waited. I watched him as he realized it was me. The smile that crossed that little face set off a joy bomb in my soul. He said he was doing ok, though I thought he looked tired. He told me he was on his way to an appointment, trying to get some money. He expressed his usual frustration with the system, he has absolutely no patients for process. I reminded him of my new address and told him to stop by when he could, hit the call box and I would come down. I told him when the plague money hits my bank account I would get him some camping equipment. I was good to see him. I shouldn't worry, he is five foot five and a hundred and twenty five pounds of TOUGH. Thank God.
Keep those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Mon Apr 13, 2020, 01:56 PM (2 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin:

A nice, quiet Sunday. There is no compelling need, other than my own natural wrestlesness, to go out. We all must take the shelter in place order seriously, we are all in this together. So I've put the Netflix on my tv, and I'm watching movies, thinking, and worrying. About the nation, about my mother, about my little lost buddy, about our sudden transformation into whatever is coming.
I am old, and it's hard for me to do this. I've been fighting the good fight for years now, for my sanity, for my home, for the humanity of my damaged friend. These things are my life, I don't know anything else. I've discovered many things about myself during this ordeal. I am stronger than I thought, I am harsh with those people and things that interfere with my struggles. Many think me crazy now. Life does that.
God bless you all
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sun Apr 12, 2020, 02:36 PM (2 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin

The View from the Tenderloin
It's always hard to see the forest for the trees, but sometimes we have to try. The republican party has known for some years now that they cannot win national elections fairly. So they cheat. They also know that cheating is not going to work all the time. Their long term answer is what should frighten us all. They are done with the democratic system of government. While it's never been a perfect system, it does work. It has worked in various countries, in various forms, since it was invented by the Greek Solon a very long time ago. So it comes down to this: We either get rid of the republican party, or the republican party is going to get rid of democracy.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sat Apr 11, 2020, 09:25 PM (0 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin



The View from the Tenderloin:
I thought up an excuse to go out (a gallon of milk), and hoofed it. I need exercise, I'm not going to sit around and get fat. Been there, done that. Cold and dreary, muted colors for a grey day. Not for long. I walked into the hood, got the milk at my favorite corner store, and as I turned to go back towards Market, a tap on my shoulder. M*****m, I'll be damned, with a big grin on his face lighting up the block. I knew where he was supposed to be, my raised eyebrows asking the question. Two hours ago, he says, I was in San Quentin Prison. They turned a bunch of us loose today, put us on a bus and here I am. He was in for non-violent offences, one of which was commited against me. I had forgiven him already, early last year, so I returned his grin and told him I was glad he was out. But, you don't have any place to live yet? No, he says, but when he sees his parole officer on Monday, housing will be arranged. He has money, they always give them money when they release them.
So, today San Francisco is hosting a happy contingent of released San Quentin inmates. It's safe to assume, my Iowa friends, that the same thing may be happening in your fair state. If so, welcome them into these uncertain times. They are citizens just like us.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Sat Apr 11, 2020, 02:16 PM (0 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin

The View from the Tenderloin
The shock of the plague is, obviously, going to transform the nation. We have been herded along a path that was going to a dark place. This event has changed that, where it will end up no one can say for sure, but it's certainly not going to be where we were going.
National Healthcare is coming, as is universal internet access. Not because the powers that be want those things, because this event mandates those things.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Fri Apr 10, 2020, 10:38 PM (1 replies)

The view from the Tenderloin


The View from the Tenderloin
I'm back. My body took a beating from that move, my care provider prescribed protean. I've been eating eggs, short ribs, hamburgers, chicken salad, yogurt, chocolate chip banana bread, hard cider, tequila and oj. Ok, the liquids were also prescribed, by me. I feel better. I went back into the hood this morning for my walk, I wanted to see if my favorite corner store was still functioning, it is but with some bare spots on the shelves. I needed to get some sugar, as somehow salt got mixed into the big sugar bin.
I put Dark Side of the Moon on my blue tooth headphones and went out the door. Short sleeves and Shorts this morning. I got mixed signals all along the way. Empty, quiet streets gave me a sense of peace and calm, the boarded up store fronts, which I'm seeing more and more, imparting a different message. Somewhat of a jarring juxtaposition. I'm going to stay in as much as I can now, as we all must. I'm waiting for the plague money to show up in my bank account, when it does I'm going to stock the new place up.
We run and we run
To catch up with the sun
But it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way
But you're older
Shorter of breath
And one day closer to death
We are all of us on this road together. We are here to help each other along, and to pave the way for those coming behind us.
Hold those dear to you close
God save the Republic
Posted by winetourdriver01 | Fri Apr 10, 2020, 01:16 PM (0 replies)
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