Christmas 2018 in People’s Park

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It’s twilight in People’s Park on Christmas day. In another 5 minutes it’ll be the dark of night. For the hell of it I take a photo of Hate Man’s old hang-out spot in the park. Hate Camp. He always set up his blankets beside this tree. Looking outward at the expanse of People’s Park. Someone would invariably be sitting on the log. And there would be a court of people surrounding Hate Man. Hate Camp was usually the liveliest scene in the park. *sigh* Now it’s deserted.

As I’m taking the photos a woman approached me. “Would you like a plate of lasagna. I made some lasagna for Christmas.” “No I’m fine,” I said. “I already ate too much. But thank you, my dear”

I can’t help wondering if this will be the last Christmas in People’s Park. It’s on the verge of being 50 years old. And yet the University and the City are making plans to demolish it veritably as I’m writing this. So it’s going to be an interesting year. We’ll see how it unfolds.

It’s dark now. Merry Christmas from good ole People’s Park.

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Christmas 2017

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Have a very merry People’s Park Christmas!!

Pretty quiet Christmas on the street scene. Aside from one ugly scene.

A car pulls up to People’s Park bearing donations. And you can always tell when there aren’t enough donations to go around, because the street people start sprinting towards the car from every direction (you never saw street people so motivated). Then they surround the car, gang swarm it. And everyone starts pushing and shoving and elbowing and jockeying for position, so they can get the goods before the goods run out.

But then this big, brassy street woman comes barreling into the crowd like a battering ram, shoving everybody out of her way, in pursuit of the holiday holy grail. But the weird thing was, as she’s knocking people aside to get to the front of the car, she kept repeating: “Excuse me.” “Excuse me.” “Excuse me.” I guess she wanted to let everyone know that she had good manners. Ha ha.

But evidently, after the lady had made her way to the front of the car and received her donation, whatever was in the bag wasn’t to her liking. Because she suddenly started angrily shouting and cursing at the top of her lungs. “GODDAMN FUCKING SHIT!!” and etc. Then she took her grocery bag full of stuff and slammed it on the ground and all of her stuff went splattering across the sidewalk. I guess she didn’t get what she wanted for Christmas.

So people start shouting and cursing back at her. “SHUT THE FUCK UP!!” and etc. And pretty soon everyone is jawing back and forth. But not to be outdone, the woman pulls down her pants, bends over, and moons the crowd, sharing her enormous ass with one and all (Christmas ’tis the season of sharing, after all).

“YOU ‘ALL CAN KISS MY BLACK ASS YOU MUTHA”FUCKIN’ HOS!!!”

That’s telling ’em.

Needless to say, it was another magic moment in my life..

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The day the Man tried to take away our Christmas tree

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This is an outrage. This could mean war. The homeless of Berkeley are mobilizing verily as I speak.  This morning I went up to People’s Park to take some pictures of the little homeless Christmas tree that Hate Man had set up at Hate Camp.  It was gone!  They had confiscated our Christmas tree!! The manager of the park ordered the groundskeepers to take our Christmas tree. And they hauled it off to the city dump.

The tree was barely bigger than a branch.  We put a few decorations and battery-powered Christmas lights on it.  We’re getting another Christmas tree tomorrow.  And Hate Man has vowed to take this to the mat.  If they try and take our tree, Hate Man said he’s going to grab hold of the tree and say:  “If you want to take this tree you’re going to have to take me and arrest me, too!”

So we might be wishing Hate Man a very merry Christmas from a cell in Santa Rita.

 

 

UPDATE:  We got a second Christmas tree and made it through Christmas without The Man confiscating it.  And believe me, we were prepared to draw the line with this one.  Ronald Reagan would have had to send in the National Guard to make off with this baby.   HAVE A BAD CHRISTMAS!!
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Have a very hateful Christmas

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This is an outrage. This could mean war. The homeless are mobilizing verily as I speak. This morning I went up to People’s Park to take some pictures of the homeless little Christmas tree that Hate Man had set up at Hate Camp.  It was gone!  They had confiscated our Christmas tree!! The manager of the park ordered the groundskeepers to take our Christmas tree. And they hauled it off to the city dump.

The tree was barely bigger than a branch.  We put a few decorations and battery-powered Christmas lights on it.  We’re getting another Christmas tree tomorrow.  And Hate Man has vowed to take this to the mat.  If they try and take our tree, Hate Man said he’s going to grab hold of the tree and say:  “If you want to take this tree you’re going to have to take me and arrest me, too!”

So we might be wishing Hate Man a very merry Christmas from a cell in Santa Rita.

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UPDATE:  We got a second Christmas tree and made it through Christmas without The Man confiscating it.  And believe me, we were prepared to draw the line with this one.  Ronald Reagan would have had to send in the National Guard to make off with this baby.   HAVE A BAD CHRISTMAS!!
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