There's a white man with a white rabbit, living in a white neighborhood. He's got an interstate running through his front yard. You know he thinks he's got it so good... ~ I should write my version of Little Pink Houses. (I actually lived in a little pink house in Topeka Kansas, during my elementary days)
This bucket was placed here at the curb of Santa Gertrudes Ave. one month ago.
I parked my Prius at the mall parking across from my apartment. I had a major appliance I was selling, taking up my garage space. On exiting my vehicle, I noticed a be-speckled, bent over, crooked back, aged, woman (over 60), cleaning out her Astro mini van. I made small talk, about traffic, noise and weather. I learned that woman named Caroline is living out of her mini van. I asked her what is it like to live and sleep in a car seat? Do you have any trouble finding a bathroom? a place to bathe? She pointed to the little pink bucket and said that she uses the bucket. "It has a crack on the bottom and it now leaks" she said. Caroline was proud to say "this is my home" , pointing to an older model Chevy van packed with clothes and blankets and other personal items. It looked like (Dazy's front room)
What has become of America if we are forced to live in campgrounds and W-Mart, and Mall parking lots?
I told Caroline that I am sorry to see she has to live like this, and is there anything she needs ?, I asked. She cheerily said no, she has everything she needs and she will get a new bucket at the 99 cent store.
I said that some of us apartment dwellers are struggling and just a few dollars away from living in our cars too.
Truth is apartment and housing costs are the 3rd highest in L.A. behind San Francisco, and New York City.
Hoarding and not able to control ones finances has a lot to do with people losing everything and being forced to live on the street. My former over 65 client "Dazy" is very likely to lose everything in time. She is spending money on 2 large storage bins and 2 apartments and she has at least 4 shyster con artists bilking her of her money market account daily. She too may be homeless, and pushing a very overloaded shopping cart in the future, (she gave her van away).
The wealthiest 20 percent of the American people, own nearly 90 percent of the total wealth, in the U.S.A.. I see the rise of corporate capitalism, strangling the poor and disabled. I see the elder abuse, they often are the ones that are blind. They believe that Donald J. Biff is the friend of Jesus and will lead our nation to a better and more prosperous place. This is not going to happen. President Biff, will lead us to war and this will be good for Wall street and good for the Billionaire class. More poor people will die in another rich mans war.
When Donald J. Biff talks about making "America great again", he is really saying in code, Make America White Again! He and his followers all believe that the immigration situation is the reason we have a loss of jobs and lower incomes among the working class people. No it is not, it is corporate greed and offshoring of jobs and wealth is being hoarded in offshore bank accounts. Denial of rights for women and minorities, denying people affordable health care , denial of climate change. Why? because corporations, own the politicians and they need to burn fossil fuels and clear cut land for pasture and more factory farms.
We could all be pissing and bathing in a little pink bucket some day.
Ain't that America ? Home of the free , little pink buckets for you and me!
My new favorite cashier, at Trader Joe's, Cyn, cynically said Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes !!! "today is the end of the world day , too!"
I told her "I will be drinking a Fat tire beer and watching all the people being raptured up from my little apartment with a freeway in the front yard."
Divorced, Custodial Father of a 10 year old ASD son. Professional Assistant and Driver. Health and Fitness advocate. Vegan, Humanist, Democratic Socialist, Originally from Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, GA. My son and I Moved to LA County in July 2012 from a life in Fort Worth, Texas for 20 years.