Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hell on Earth

The Sun-Times headline was, of course, detailing the earthquake in Tahiti.The man, he told me his name was Fred, was sitting near where the Rialto SRO had been until it was demolished in the 90s. I had several photos I had taken inside the Rialto at the time, this one seems the only one to have survived over the years.


Charles Gramlich said...

Don't worry, hell froze over last night when the Saints won the right to go to the Super bowl.

HemlockMan said...

I don't think that there's anything worse than being stuck out in the cold with nowhere to take shelter. I cannot imagine having to put up with that kind of misery.

A few years ago I watched a family slide into homelessness. I saw the father the last day they had their home. After that, he was sleeping out in the open or in culverts--all near the house he'd lost. Within two weeks he went from looking like a regular person to looking truly horrible--the wind and cold quite literally burned his skin and his clothes went quickly to rags. The last time I saw him the weather had warmed up and he was glowing with happiness because his wife had returned to him--she'd run off to Florida when everything collapsed around them. He pointed her out to me waiting for him on the corner. That was the last time I saw either of them.