Monday, July 29, 2019


The expressway exits near my home have traffic lights at the ends of their off-ramps, and this creates places for the down-and-out to panhandle passing cars. Some of the spots have been claimed by "regulars," who may be found there on a more-or-less consistent basis; others are more first-come, first served. While this Summer hasn't become unreasonably warm yet, the midyear months in the Puget Sound area are often unrelentingly sunny, the several cloudy days that we've had over the past four weeks are quite unusual. And standing out in the sun all day, holding a sign asking for help, seems sure to make one thirsty. And so, at this expressway exit, the spot where the panhandlers usually set up shop is becoming marked by a growing collection beverage bottles.

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