Monday, December 14, 2009

TBWCYL Day 348 - $20 for some chicken

I pulled a $20 out of the ATM today for my task. You see, there is this elaborate story on today's task about a man who gives a homeless person $20 and through a series of events is rewarded 100 fold because of it. Thus I was to give a homeless person a $20 and see what happens.

I went at lunch to find a homeless person. If you have ever hunted the homeless I will be placing a call to the proper authorities to report you. I, on the other hand, was out HARMLESSLY tracking the homeless today and was coming up with very little in the way of prey.

I first went to the local corner but there was no one to be found. I then checked the other three corners but they too were empty. I considered checking under a bridge but it was warm in Dallas today and seemed more likely to find them not home. The Whataburger I frequent has its fair share of vagabonds and I even went by there at both breakfast (I didn't eat) and lunch (again I didn't eat) but none were to be found.

Finally I hit a corner I knew to frequent the homeless population and struck gold. More like black gold actually as this particular homeless person was black. He wasn't as downtrodden as some I have seen but since 'beggars can't be choosers' I didn't feel right being choosy about my beggar. I pulled up to the corner he was at and flagged him over.

He was jovial as I held the money out the window and he jogged over. His sign read "Grub" which I took to mean he wanted some because being homeless and having the name Grub seemed to much bad karma for one person to be plagued with. He reached for the money and I said "Merry Christmas". He took it and then recognition hit his eyes as he realized the value. He said "Thanks. Now I can get some food" and darted across the street and headed to the local Church's Chicken.

The irony that a black man went straight to a chicken place made me laugh and also feel slightly racist. However the feeling of doing a good deed overcame it and put a smile on my face. I suppose I will now wait for my karmic rewards.

That is all,

Newt

5 Ripples in the pond:

Soda and Candy said...

Pah, I would go straight to the nearest Church's too if someone handed me a random $20. Nothing to do with race!

Erin said...

Makes me realize just how many homeless people I walk past on the street on a daily basis. Yet I don't pass a single Church's Chicken.

Simon said...

Thanks to never having lived in a city I’ve never seen anyone homeless. It was enough of a shock to me on one occasion to be asked for some money by a beggar when I was shopping in the nearest large town, and that was only once.

I got your postcard today, by the way: thanks very much.

Trinity said...

S&C - Church's does have some awesome biscuits.

Erin - I think Church's might be a southern thing. Not sure where all it is. I bet you have a pretty high population of homeless in DC though.

Simon - Glad you got my postcard. The homeless phenomenon really came into play when I moved to a big city so maybe that is why you have been isolated from it.

Lola Lakely said...

I have your karmic award right here, sir.