Acid Heroes

August 11, 2014

Living on the Streets (Chapter 497): “Hangout Spots”

Filed under: Backwords from Ace — Ace Backwords @ 7:35 pm
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This has been one of my favorite late-night hangout spots on the campus for years. It’s a second-floor balcony of this building. And it’s a cul-de-sac on one end. And its a maze to come into from the other end because its tucked away in the middle of a fenced-off construction project. So, among other things, I don’t have to worry about bicycle cops suddenly swooping down on me when I’m pounding my Olde English. It even comes with an awning, which is tremendously helpful during the rainy season. And the building is deserted after 5PM, so I have the place all to myself until midnight curfew. And get this. Its rent-free!

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The only drawback is that the place doesn’t come with a refrigerator and indoor plumbing. But the pleasant ocean breeze keeps my beer pleasantly chilled. And I got my handy piss jar to take care of the other thing. And (for once) they’re playing cool tunes on the radio. So I should be stylin’ for the next couple hours.

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The view from my hang-out spot. I’m conveniently hidden away from the rest of the world by that cement ledge. Grabbing a little niche of privacy is essential when you’re on the streets. And not easy to do.

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The spot even comes with an outdoor outlet so I can plug in my cell-phone and blather away for hours to my Facebook friends.

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This is the view from my hangout spot. Full moon over the Student Union building. Fairly scenic, wouldn’t you say? . . .Living on the streets isn’t easy. And when it turns on you it can be incredibly painful. But if you play it right, it can be like the whole world is your livingroom

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4 Comments »

  1. Little havens like that are hard to find. I find that most out of the way places like that aren’t so out of the way if you spend a few hours there: cops, security, concerned citizens, & other general pests.

    Comment by Jon — August 12, 2014 @ 12:46 am | Reply

  2. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of turning unused spaces into little homes. I guess there’s a Robinson Crusoe gene in all of us. This story for example: http://nypost.com/2014/04/17/cops-evict-man-living-in-manhattan-bridge/

    Comment by hardears pickney — August 17, 2014 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  3. Got any pictures of Early and Bottleneck, Ace?

    Comment by Richie — February 4, 2017 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

    • There are a couple of photos of Bottleneck and Earl that were published in the STREET CALENDAR. But they’re packed away in storage right now.

      Comment by Ace Backwords — February 5, 2017 @ 10:06 pm | Reply


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