23 Apr 2013
This morning was bright and sunny. When I approached Joy, she said, “Hi, Sweetie, I listened to Buddy the weather man this morning; he said it was supposed to be warm, so I didn’t wear my long johns. As soon as I got outside I thought, That was a mistake, but it’s too late to go back now. I’m sitting here shivering. I’m glad I’ve got my blanket. I’m also glad I have this box to sit on. When I was down on the sidewalk I could see way too much. Now, at least I’m above ass level.
“Some of these women wear skirts that are way too short for the size of their waist lines. I don’t need that view before breakfast.”
“How was your weekend?” I asked.
“I wasn’t here yesterday, because I was feeling sick. I was at Andre’s on the weekend. I cooked spare ribs. We got barbeque sauce from this Chinese place where we got the ribs. Every time I’ve used it for marinating, I’ve had the runs for four days.
“I was at home Sunday, all snuggled up in my jammies, ready for bed, when Andre bangs at the door. I said, ‘What are you doing here?’ With a mournful look he pouted, ‘You said I could come over sometime.’ I said, ‘I didn’t mean now!’ He came over the next day with Hippo and brought the rest of the ribs, so I cooked supper again.
“I explained to him, ‘There’s never going to be anything between us. Stop pushing me!’ If he had teeth it might be different, but he’s got this gaping space in front, and the few teeth he has in back are rotten. I can’t even sit close to him because of his foul breath, Shakes is the same.
“He said, ‘I’m saving my condom supply for you.’ I said, ‘Don’t bother.’ I believe in safe sex, but I can just imagine what kind of diseases he’s carrying.
“You should see some of the skanks he goes out with. There’s one fat bitch who is huge. I can smell her from fifteen feet away. He said he only gets blow jobs from her, but she sleeps in his bed. I don’t know how he can put up with the stink.
“He came down here this morning at eight o’clock. He asked, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘What the fuck do you think I’m doing! I’m working!’ Even Jake had the sense not to come down for me until nine o’clock.
“Well, that’s my venting for the day.”
I asked, “Have you heard from your workers about taking you to the furniture warehouse?”
“I’m going to phone them this afternoon. I’ll borrow Chester’s phone. One worker was over yesterday. She asked to use the bathroom. It was just an excuse to scope out the place. When she came out she asked, ‘Why do you have two toothbrushes and men’s hair gel in the bathroom?’ I said, ‘Hippo brought the Axe, ’cause his hair’s getting so long he can’t manage it. The two toothbrushes are mine. I use the blue one in the morning, it’s newer, but I like to use the green one at night, because it has a tongue cleaner on it.’
I said, “You mentioned that Jake was getting out of prison soon.”
“Yeah, May 17. One of his friends was going to sponsor him, but he’s been sick, so I guess he’ll be going to a halfway house. He’s got family here so this is where he’ll be coming. People ask me if I’ll be getting back with him. I tell them, ‘I don’t want to be with anyone, but if he’s changed I might consider it.’ I’d rather just have him as a fuck buddy.
“Here comes Chester. I wonder what he wants.”
I said, “I’ll leave you to it.”
“That’s it, leave me alone with him.”
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