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Uploaded by Admin on Nov 29, 2000

“The weather seems to be getting a bit chillier around here lately” Charlie Houser proclaims. “ Living homeless is not so bad as long as you understand that you are homeless and make it your every day life.” implies Charlie. Charlie is a man that goes around thinking of things to do from day to day.

On Vine Street in Coryville, a thin, short, black man stands between two buildings fighting off another Cincinnati winter. He is unshaven with a scraggly beard. His skin is rugged looking and tough. His outfit consists of a tannish-brown jacket, which clashes with his turquoise pants that are short in length. Charlie wears a pair of black, puppy dog chewed up shoes. It is winter and he is shuffling back and fourth to keep warm. His steps are as timid as that of a mouse trying to sneak something to eat. The aroma of his alcoholic breath pollutes the frosty breath coming from his lips. Along with his breath, his eyes are glazed over, watery, and red. It is clear he has had been drinking. His hygiene is deteriorated to the point of him smelling like a dirty pair of socks, which had not been washed for quite some time. The teeth he had left are bright yellow and caked with plaque. His mouth is a nightmare for a dentist. It is a disturbing sight to see, but many passes by take no notice of him.

Charlie says, “ I tried to find employment, but was unable to afford a haircut and employers would not even talk to me because of my looks.” Charlie lives his days by just getting through each hour and minute. Throughout the day he goes around asking for money or tries to enjoy things that he may have in his life. He has been doing this for quite sometime now, so he doesn’t think badly of himself. Charlie address strangers coming up with tales such as, “ I just ran out of gas and my kids are stranded in the car, I was wondering if I could have some money for gas.” Often times, people just look the other way and keep on walking, and other times people give him a smirk, and tell him to go find a job. His squinted eyes began to open wider revealing them from his eyelids when he takes a bite of the...

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Date:   11/29/2000

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