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July 29, 2005

Homeless man in Sales

I walked by a homeless man sitting in a big red armchair on the sidewalk, waving around a brown paper bag in one hand and gesticulating madly with the other hand while bellowing "Only 25 cents and you can have this beautiful red chair!!" and I couldn't help but think it's probably not the best advertising strategy to be sitting in it. He should have been standing next to it pointing to its pristine promise.


how is it that you can presume andrea has a benefactor while accusing her of presuming someone is homeless? obviously you have no idea what she does for a living and you have no right to leave scathing remarks off of her perceived fortune.

some people make time for vacation and blogging, while to some it only seem impossible.

Posted by: ann poochareon at July 31, 2005 4:49 AM

I would also add that this is not the first poor attempt at humor where the subject was a homeless individual.


Posted by: michelle at July 31, 2005 5:39 PM

First of all it's called irony. Your comment actually carry all the assumption in them, "someone less fortunate", maybe this man sees himself on top of the world. The blog never said anything about the man's character, simply that he was homeless and what was in his hands.

Secondly, on superiority. Although I do not personally know the blogger I do know from her blog she is biracial. So scientifically she is superior because of her biodiversity. Yes, her genetic pool has much more to choose from giving her traits that are the best from both races therefore making her superior.

Nietzsche wins!!!

Happy commenting :)

Posted by: E&J at July 31, 2005 6:52 PM

LOL! Maybe he dropped the price to a quarter after he sat down?

Aside to sally - in NYC you don't have to guess whether or not someone is homeless.

Posted by: jg at July 31, 2005 9:54 PM

Aargh. Why you people so sensitive? She wasn't saying "Hardy Har Har" homelessness is frackin' hilarious. She knows homelessness is a pervasive, insidious, and socio-economically promulgated plague that preys in great part upon individuals with mental health challenges. She knows this. She was merely pointing out one particular man's quirky sales method. Perhaps she should have said destitute, down on his luck, or between dwellings, but seriously folks, if you think she finds humor in other's misfortunes then don't read the blog cause your negative perceptions are way off base. NOTICING the world around you and sharing it with others is a way of being human. This is not Andrea's "Share the Misery" Blog. This is her outlet and I might add, one of mine too. I don't come here to be lectured on current events and the problems of the world-- I have plenty of other resources for that and I take advantage of them.
So chill out and tell us see what positive action you are talking to alleviate the homeless problem.

p.s. I'm her benefactor. She gets a can of cream of mushroom soup once every other day and a tube of foot cream monthly.

Posted by: yay dogs! at August 1, 2005 11:56 AM

Dude - "cream of mushroom soup" and "foot cream"?

What kind of benefactor are you?

Sorry, I stand by my assertion that there is an undertone of superiority to many of the posts on this blog. You're right, that's one person's opinion - and we all know what opinions are like.

But, if you're going to foist your point-of-view upon the world, expect some occasional push-back.

Posted by: sally at August 1, 2005 7:17 PM

Ahem.. there are no 'races..' There are ethnicities.. Don't you all remember the study they did and they found that the genetic difference between 'races' is so small as to be statistically insignificant? Something like less than a few tenths of a percent compared to the total? A race is scientifically defined as a totally different species.. the cat race.. the monkey race..

When I fill out the census, I cross out all the choices under race and write in "Human!" That's why they say 'ethnicities..' It aint PC, it's just fact.

Saying Andrea is biracial is.. racist. She is not half-cat. She is all human. Call someone as being of another race and you are telling them they are not human. IMHO and fact.

Posted by: Agulator at August 2, 2005 9:34 PM

I do agree that racial constructs are in fact artificial and are nihilistic categorical imperatives born of the western world's early imperialistic ambitions. But you are missing the point. Race is not a totally different species, rather it is an artificial construct however flawed and despicable, that facilitates a generalization based on shared physical traits.
Racism is discrimination from a dominant power group over a minority power group. So simply acknowledging "biracial" has little to do with stripping anyone of power.

In the end if you have a problem with racial constructs and want to change the world I suggest you stop dickering with the census categories because they were made in order to better distribute federal monies to different ethnic groups.

But to the point, the superiority comment was in response to a another post on Andrea having a superiority complex. I based my response on the scientific theory of biodiversity in biogenetic reproduction. The most biodiverse thrives, thus superior.

I strongly suggest you learn how to infer sardonic tonality when reading. (Hint: It's all in the context.) It would help you survive reading this blog without having a stroke, as well as being able to enjoy all NYC based sitcoms.

Toodles. :)

Posted by: E&J at August 4, 2005 2:04 AM
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