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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Homeless interviews

Tonight we interviewed Nightwatch folks for our new video. "Where you from? What sort of work have you done? What makes a good day for you? What do you think about Nightwatch?"
These sort of questions. Of course, not everyone was homeless. Some of our charming apartment residents made some interesting statements. Work related.
I thought one woman would cry, talking about her kids - they aren't with her. She told someone she just got out of detox. But the room seemed to be moving around for her. Not sure if she said anything we could use. She was "responding to internal stimuli" - that is, hearing or sensing things that weren't really happening, as far as any of us could tell.
Our intent with the DVD is to show how homeless people are not so different than you or me. And I think this is generally true. But OMG. They were brilliantly, brutally honest about the price they have paid for drinking and bad choices in general.
Surprisingly, there was a little resistance (we offered $5 per interview, which took maybe 10 minutes). And no one seemed to mind signing the waiver.
I wonder if any of them read it.
I'm off to bed at 12:30 a.m. while listening to the wind roar. Dear God, please keep me off the street. It's a hard knock life.


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Anonymous Dustin Cross said...

sounds like a good night Rick. we had a good one too.

11:26 PM  

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