status: other people's poverty
Mon Oct 20 18:17:54 EDT 2008
FEEDBACK RESULTS Last time, I promised to write about unit tests and code coverage, but I'm a maverick and that means I can do what is expedient. A few people have filled out the feedback forms, summarizing and approximating, comments were: 1) "More about CSL accomplishments" 2) "wasted on the RAMs and ROMs of outrageous fortune." 3) "interesting to see what you could do if not limited by fund raising and CSL" 4) "I love you, honey" Comment #1 came from a person who will (probably) support us even if we ignore her wishes and came with a meager $22 donation. Comments (2,3) accompanied (lifetime) $400 in donations. Comment #4 didn't accompany a specific request. (I'll try to do more of my share of the dishes anyway) I'm going to mention CSL fund raising as little as possible. DESERVING POOR It’s easier to help poor people who just need a little lift to get them through the rough spot. We feel good when they thank us for the help. It’s even easier when they look and act like us. It’s not so easy when they are dirty, smelly, grouchy and alcoholic. And it irks us when they don’t show ample appreciation for our largesse. As a thought experiment... If you think crazy homeless people brought it all on themselves and could live better if they really wanted, try giving up caffeine, sweets or cigarettes. Addiction and insanity have pretty strong biological roots. We don't grudge fat slobs a few hundred thousand dollars for a triple bypass surgery, even though the slob probably brought it on himself by eating too much and exercising too little. Most of the homeless have less control over their situation that the aforementioned slob. Why do we grudge them a few thousand dollars for a bed out of the weather? COST OF A ROOM Laura (comment #4) has a job that requires her to visit a few shelters regularly, For example: http://www.northshorecap.org/riverhouse.html One of the guys worked for 17 years as a carpenter (and heroin addict). He's too screwed up and too old to earn much money these days. A SRO (single room occupancy) on the North Shore costs $140 a week. “Unofficial” policy at a local hospital is that patients aren't allowed to abuse the staff. Drop the f-bomb and you are gone. I can't say for sure, but I suspect that it no fun to be an elderly, alcoholic ex-heroin addict living on the street. Add to the list cancer, bad balance and frequent hard falls (ditto). But wait, it gets worse. A hard fall resulting in a face ripped open deep enough for deep scrapes across the entire nose, forehead, and one side of the face and neck to cause profuse bleeding. Also a sprained knee making it hard to walk. Waiting for hours in the ER is worse. Losing patience and dropping the f-bomb is understandable but the wrong move. The hospital staff don't like to treat the homeless. Keeping their oath and earning their good pay aren't important. The crazy homeless are icky. Make them wait for hours and then bounce them when they get pissy. This week the ER doctor put a homeless guy in a cab and sent him to the shelter. The guy was covered in his own blood and is Hep C positive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepatitis_C The shelter worker makes little more than minimum wage. She has no training, equipment or supplies to deal with a contagious, incurable blood born disease. She cleaned the guy up as best she could and called her boss for help. The boss got out of bed, put the guy in her car went back to the hospital and shamed the ER doctor into treating him. The homeless guy is doing ok now. FEEDBACK ____ boring ____ sanctimonious ____ more lab stuff _____ LESS lab stuff ____ you PROMISED unit tests and code coverage ____ I'm a narrow, lazy person. Unit tests and code coverage are too technical for me. ____ Other Check a box, hit reply. Enclose a large donation for special consideration.