Day 2 – December 24, 2010 – Morning

Start from the beginning

Christmas Eve – Survived Day 1

I can’t lie.  My first sleep was not comfortable.  I have had better.  However, the scare in the middle of the night was due to my own false interpretation of the situation.  It was my fault for thinking that way.  Throughout the night, I kept waking up to see if the sun came up.  I was not able to tell time, so I used my phone to check it.

I know what some of you may be thinking, “Homeless people do not have cell phones.”  Well, that is a myth.  Kenneth and others have cell phones.  Homeless or impoverished people may not purchase contracts like most of us would because they have no physical address to bill it to.  Furthermore, contracts are more expensive, so pre-paid phones are usually their best option.  Yes, one can say that the Homeless in Vancouver are spoiled compared to other homeless people around the world but it is all relative.

I am sitting at Blenz right now, and determined to go to the church next to St. Paul’s Hospital.  It is Christmas Eve after all.  I haven’t been to church on Christmas for over 20 years. Why that specific church?  Not sure.  I don’t even consider myself a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jehovah, Baha’i, Buddhist or any other existing category.  But for some reason, I am drawn to that place in particular.  I might be able to tell you why once my experience is over.

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One response to “Day 2 – December 24, 2010 – Morning

  1. Be wary of assumptions about what it is like elsewhere compared to the West. You can be in many third world countries and find people barely getting by with cell phones.

    I had a story told to me about fishermen in India that were basically at the poverty line if not below. The invention of cell phones (and the fact that they are plentiful and often incredibly cheap in Africa and Asia) allowed them to find the best place to sell their catch rather than deal with a undercutting buyer who held all the power (where else would the fisherman go?). Having the cell phone made for more reliable income.

    I guess impoverished doesn’t mean the same as homeless but they lived in slums….shrug.

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