I'm a shitty penpal and haven't written you a letter yet, but I need your current address. I just bought a book of stamps and am ready to send stuff your way. I enjoyed both your zines and I'll tell you more via snail mail. Talk to you soon.
i apologize writing your question back as a post---the Long Haul computer is old and can't do simple functions like respond on the WMZ messages. Hi snooping people!
So homelessness is a nuanced issue. Primarily it is safe to assume that though we all have a degree of choice in our reality in many cases we don't actually have much choice where we end up. Many factors ensure that people remain poor or worse than poor. If you're old, disabled, have a prison record, a mental issue, are not a white male... your chances of finding suitable work that pays well is really nil. Much of the work pays awful, is demaning and is actual murder of the body and spirit. That is the opportunities available to the poor. In that light it would explain why some people want to be free of the system---autonomous. This perspective may help with your housemates the most since this will be an issue people face on a day to day basis.
The guy complaining may have had an unseen issue to compel his shittiness--but more likely he was angry about other issues and he fell victim to kicking at someone he precieves to be weaker than he is. But for both the customer and the manager the relevant question is if the pan handler was being threatening. If not they need to consider the question of public space. Is a community diverse or isn't it. There's plenty of people i don't like but i recognize their soverinty. Maybe some discussion can be had about life style--like how the neighbor to our info shop is so annoyed by our nights of live music that they started calling the police and city inspectors. I like to think that we live in a dense city where people desire homemade culture.(not everyone is a yuppie with children) The music wasn't too loud and often over before midnite...on weekends. Therefore alittle tolerance is in order. We have other neighbors who would probably want us to do more music(and i always thought when yuppie kids grow up they would end up at our events)---how does their needs get a lobby?
The manager probably has too much to deal with and treats a concern about street people reflexivly. They may not want to expend anymore heart and head in their service industry nightmare to break into the bigger questions of diversity of lifestyles or the dysfunctional reality of capitalism and where its all going. You can simply say to the manager (I am a paying customer) the other customer is wrong. It's a public space and the person outside is not behaving in a way against the law so possibly that the customer is acting as a bully. Maybe if you were wealthy enough, had the presence of mind (you're there with housemates) and had the time to go the extra distance:offer the manager to bring the person in and buy them a drink. Then in some way they too are a customer...but more important they could meet each other and develop a repoire. Then future problems can be dealt with subtly...with possible more benefits down the line. Im thinking the manager could give him extra food and the street person can keep an eye on the store--like graffitti or something.
Community takes more time but it is what ultimately sustains us.
I hope that doesn't miss your beat. I'm fresh from swimming---it will be too cold in a couple weeks. I'm about to work on slingshot #114 and i'm planning to show halloween movies in October. I had one beautiful day this week writing letters. I feel i'm so close to catching up on letters. I was just starting to ache about making money this week but i'm finding so much activity and life that the absence of ($8an hour) makes me feel i can make it go some more.
keep on pushing
By the way i do have my own weird issues about being asked for money. When i was a kid the local punks used to preach about always giving homeless money or treating them as humans. As a young adult i started to learn that people cross the line asking--say it in a way where they expect money-and some other problems. I lear
Being an avid pedestrian/ wanderer myself, I am very interested in trading zines with you. If you want, you can drop by and pick a zine of mine I can send to you. I also like sending little surprises in the post, so I think it'll be fun. Hope you are having a nice day when you get this and I hope to hear from you soon.
GOT OUR SHITTY PONYTAILS TODAY! this is awesome! and we have similar musical taste as well! especially between you and dana. we gave the other copy to our friend ellen, she loved it! hope our zine makes it there safe and sound! let us know!
awesome! yay! huh, must be, I thought I read it on your profile, but now I don't see anything... well, that's cool that you do! hahaha. anyway, look forward to hearing back! hope you're having a great night!
me too! this is just the best! and so nice to write to someone so close for once :) it might be a couple days till I get it in the mail, I'm on the verge of finishing a new zine which I'd like to send you too, but I promise it will be on the way soon! :) I hope you're having a lovely day!
oh my gosh! that's hilarious! how great is this! I will write to you asap! and hey, thanks for emailing me, no one ever emails me about stuff. I don't think I use that email anymore, I wrote that zine years ago. Anyway, I'm going to stop typing this and start writing you a letter!! :D
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when post offices process a package they leave a printed mark. sometimes over the postage but on your letter they did so over the return address...very random. but i'm glad it made it to you. I'm also not aquainted with how Canada organizes the address so i feared there was lots of room for error
Rough week with the normal urban drama and actual paid work (for some reason its taken more seriously than any other kind of work) but i did put together a letter and i hope you get it this week because part of your address was obscured by the post office cancellation. It's good practice to leave a return address on the letter as well as the envelope...especially to new people. I have a new issue out but since it's 23 pieces of paper its hard to print-already lost an original
Hell Yeah I got the letter & address!! It was great. I got it when I was finishing up the new zippo so sorry you haven't seen my sloppy handwriting yet---and it might take a couple days for i landed some soul crushing work monday, tuesday this coming week. Most of my down cerebal time has gone to reading about Mark Twain, a book that was dormant on my shelf for about 17 years.
It's a reoccurring theme of people NOT checking their WE MAKE ZINES page much...oh well i guess there is lots to keep up with in the world. I do prefer letters--just paid my rent @ PO Box 4985 Berkeley CA 94704 USA
one of the best things to come of me sorting the piles of letters is reconnecting with Julbug, a friend i met in around 93 and i have a very large pile of her thoughts and experiences. We're now trading new letters--though in slow motion. i just went to a lecture on soviet art then dumpstered books from the university it was at. i hope you're well
thanks for adding me as a friend. Drop me a line. I haven't sent any zines to canada for awhile. Does "everything falls apart" reference Husker Du?---that's one band I never got their music, but most of my friends have. It's good shit. I think Bob Mould lives nearby in SF.
I'm visiting my sisters house sorting 20 years of photos and letters...it might end up in absolutely zippo...i can't imagine sorting 20 years of emails....