I am warm inside a bed and breakfast close to downtown Glenwood Springs, Colorado. My friends who I have met in the regional homeless community are either staying in the basement of a Christian church in West Glenwood or in the basement of a Catholic church in Aspen. Each overnight program has many more than 20 participants. This does not include the multitude of families and children who locally receive food assistance. Dozens of other homeless people are ‘camping out’ even though the location they end up sleeping at may be a criminal defense.
In “Glentucky” alone, over 60 adults attended tonight’s Extended Table dinner hour in the basement of the First Methodist Church Tonight it was hosted by St. Mary of the Star Roman Catholic Church of Carbondale, Colorado, which is located about 15 miles south of Glenwood Springs and 25 miles north of Aspen. In Garfield County, there are four towns that serve some evening hot meals. Glenwood Springs and Aspen have daytime shelters for homeless and disadvantaged adults.
I will write more about how it was living almost seven consecutive months in this region of the United States of America. Right now I have to resume my packing… the next freight train going west leaves Glentucky about Noon.
P. S. On 12/31/14, I left a Janzsport backpack in the 1st Methodist Church basement dining room. It had a smartphone, 15 year old address book, passport, banking documents, and other personal effects. I never saw it again.
I tried to contact the church and the town’s homeless daycare center… no luck.
So hard, if not impossible to replace stuff like that.
Less than a week later, I got off the Amtrak train ill. Went to a hospital in Reno.
A day after that, my wallet was pickpocketed across from Harrah’s Casino on Reno’s Virginia Street. [needless to say, in retrospect 2015 sucked!]
Honestly, Reno Nevada = the worst city in the USA to be homeless!
Mel’s Diner with Our Outstanding Waitress Miss Morgan at the Sands Hotel & Casino of Reno, Nevada (Saturday Night, February 21, 2015) – Rachael Mastrangelo Senko of Magnolia, Texas, delighted the dinner guests with her artful talents at the dining table. In a matter of minutes, Rachael inked a remarkable drawing of Lazarus in a Lenten-colored sash.
The thumbprint included the paraclete, sacred spirit, dove of the Holy Ghost alongside the Son of Man [also known as the Lamb of God (note that the Chinese New Year of the Sheep began last Thursday) Jesus Christ’s rugged cross. It has already been entitled, “The Passion of Christ.”
Copies of this Eastertime masterpiece on a medium background color of your choosing may be ordered directly from the artist. You may reach Rachael Mastrangelo Senko on her cellular, presently working in Northern Nevada, at (415) 720-6939.
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Thankx. Love…kisses…and dance like there is no body watching!
my joints and muscles feel like I got beat up by two old ladies.
My stomach is spasming and cramping after this feta cheese + spinach stuffed pig tenderloin lunch.
I ate a warm noon meal at the Sr. center… just finishing up…
and nope, I am not playing bingo with the rest of the folks.
Two (2) casinos 86’ed me for the day… I guess I will give up casino life for this Lenten Season.
Thanks to Mr. James of the C.O.D. Garage and Casino on 3595 Esmeralda Avenue in historic downtown Minden for throwing me out twice (4:00 a.m. and 7:15 a.m.). Mr. J. had someone cash-out my electronic-computer-generated winnings ticket. It was for $19.75. The dude came back with $14.75. I did not notice the missing Lincoln. The messenger was given 3 authentic sort-of-silver quarters as a tip. This casino beat me by $6.00.
The other casino had Mr. Pete eject me from the hotel lobby outside the business center – this center is about the size of two linen closets with two PCs, no office supplies, an aged printer, and no Microsoft software loaded on it. I keep telling myself that the BDI is a resort, not a four star hotel, motor lodge, and camper park. At this casino, I cashed-out my computer-generated winnings ticket for $14.25. Go figure… I tipped both bartenders 4 silver-clad or copper sandwiched US quarters. Thus, this casino beat me by $8.25.
Well, at least the BDI gave me two shots of some sort of Kahlua-flavored liquer for breakfast.
Still cannot get green handing suitcase from the Holiday Lodge, but called the US Marshals office and the state (Nevada) Attorney’s Oriface. Ms. Jackie is the owner who split town yesterday.
I missed the train from Reno this morning.
There is always another train at the same time the following day.