LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL
Posted by Jim Lantern (aka Jim Harwood), presently out-on-the-street homeless in Norman Oklahoma, using a free computer terminal Norman Public Library.
Posted Noon CT Wednesday 21 October 2015
7 Bells in Norman Oklahoma, Out-On-The -Street Homeless, with Colder Weather, Stronger Wind, Heavy Rain and T-Storms Coming!
This title partly relates to a past article from Wichita Kansas – where I was born 5 March 1956 – where I was homeless during most of September but for one week in Via Christi St Francis hospital for bleeding stomach ulcers and a couple of days at a low rent motel there. That previous posting is…
Cold Bones at Seven Bells – I’m Still Alive, Wednesday 30 September 2015
Now about today and the near future…
7 bells – 7:00 a.m. CT – standing outside the “Food and Shelter” day shelter for homeless people – usually opening and serving breakfast about 8:00 a.m. – unlike “Open Door” (aka Drop-In Center) day shelter for homeless people in Wichita. Salvation Army also serves “breakfast” about 6:00 a.m. CT. Between the two added together, it actually amounts to a fairly good breakfast. “Open Door” opened at 7:00 a.m. in Wichita, Monday through Friday, closed weekends. “Food and Shelter” is open 7 days-a-week. Lunch is served about 11:00 a.m. – only about 2 to 3 hours after breakfast is served. No dinner anymore at “Food and Shelter” and “Open Door” never served dinner. Wichita has “The Lord’s Diner” for dinner 7 evenings per week about 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CT. “Food and Shelter” and “Open Door” have showers available each day open, and allow homeless to do laundry once-per-week. My routine here has been to go about 5:30 a.m. CT from the spot where I try to sleep (outside) [at a location that does not have “No Trespassing” signs, and provides some coverage against rain and wind but not cold], to The Salvation Army for the 6:00 a.m. breakfast – riding my bicycle over there. That same location is a night shelter for men, women, and families, but with limited number of beds guests are limited to only 5 nights per month – 5 nights in a row. Like putting a Band-Aid on a gash wound. Then over to “Food and Shelter” location – another 10 to 15-minute ride on my bicycle. An hour to pass outside there. After breakfast, or about 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. CT I can check email for the first of two allowed sessions at a computer at the public library. Back to “Food and Shelter” for lunch. Then second session at public library for Internet. After that, any afternoon appointments – like today going to Wellness Center at COCMHC to see an MD about my physical health problems at 3:30 p.m. today. After that I will likely scout out my sleeping spot – usually better to go there after sunset and after most businesses in the area have closed for the night – less pedestrian and street traffic. However, I might risk going in early.
Most of my needs are falling into place except housing and shelter.
Weather is now the number one concern for surviving the next few days and nights. Very nice outside presently. Forecast has changed again. Now arrival of Thunderstorms forecasted to begin about 2:00 p.m. CT Thursday (tomorrow) to about 8:00 p.m. – then just Heavy Rain of 1 to 2 inches until 5:00 a.m. Friday. Maybe I should have got a boat instead of a bicycle! Flooding is possible. Then Scattered Thunderstorms until sunrise or about 7:00 a.m. CT Friday. That’s the first wave. More next week. Much colder temperatures at night next week – below 50F with wind chills. The “winter shelter” for “all night” to be at “Food and Shelter” and maybe a second location, as of November 1st. Will be rough in the meantime. Might not be possible for me to return here to post again until Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I do have a slightly better coat now, and a rain poncho, as well as having put some items in plastic shopping bags to try to keep dry. The risk is then when needing to ride my bicycle between my sleeping spot and daytime shelter.
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