Posts Tagged ‘cold’

The Oregon Vagabond November 2011, Volume 2 – Issue 11

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Wow! The past three months has flown by with so much going on and a number of changes with staff and newspaper content. We’re playing catch up during the month of November on the website and Facebook. Thanks for your patience waiting for my “Friend Request” acceptance. It’s fantastic how many people are discovering The Oregon Vagabond street newspaper! Your support is very much needed and appreciated! Be sure to LIKE our Oregon Vagabond page on Facebook and check out our Contributors Club too!

James, our U of O intern, has returned to focusing on his studies. Lee, our advertising rep and community outreach coordinator, relocated with her husband out of state. This past October, I attended the North American Street Newspaper Association convention at the First Amendment Center, Nashville, TN. Very exciting. I will be sharing more about that in the weeks ahead.

Welcome and thank you to our newest advertisers, the Oregon Humanities Center and the Eagan Warming Center (administered by St. Vincent de Paul)!

The Grand Symphony

Monday, May 9th, 2011

I love the warming centers. I’ve been so cold for so long, never knew I’d miss warm air so much. The ladies there always treat me so nice although I have no idea why. Perhaps they just feel sorry for a lonely old cowboy. But I’ve known so many trails since Oklahoma, and all of the have somehow led me here, to these warming centers in Eugene. They are the best God sent life-savers you could ever imagine. The only drawback is this. There you are, lying on a cot in a large room in the basement of a church, with about 100 other homeless bodies such as myself. As the evening goes on into the early morning hours the place becomes a veritable symphony consisting of a variety of snoring, accompanied by the occasional soft or loud fart. You really have to be there to appreciate the entire concert performance. It’s for real, just like survival.

Actually it’s kind of weird in symphony hall because the entire orchestra is used to being outside in the cold all the time. So the first time that we actually have a nice warm place to sleep we’re just not used to the warm air, creating a situation where you’re almost sweating while trying to get some rest. The experience is difficult to describe, but it’s very true. If you’re not used to warm air, it takes some getting used to. At the same time you certainly don’t prefer to be cold and freezing to death. You just want to survive. Don’t we all… Happy trails until we meet again!

by Cowboy

Inspired by Eugene

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The first time in my life at the of 27 years, I decided to take my first stroll out of Indiana, to see what was out there for me! I went from the bottom to the top of Cali by bus, foot and train. Somehow we ended up in Eugene about a month into our tour of curiosity – and who would have imagined that this was the place that would be our choice for living! We’ve been here for about a month and a half, living on the streets, and at one point it felt like we were headed nowhere.

I’d never been to a town where people that are homeless help others until now! We lost everything in a really bad rain and thought we were going to freeze. But as we walked to stay warm someone not on the streets gave us hope & inspiration, by helping us. The next day someone living like us gave us sleeping bags to stay warm! The reason that we’ve chosen to stay here in Eugene is because the people who reside here, both in homes and on the street, always in some shape or form, have a way to give hope and inspiration to all.

by Michelle Gunn