Sometimes I blog about a topic just once while other times I end up blogging about a topic numerous times because it keeps on coming up in my everyday life. In the last week I’ve already blogged twice about people hanging out in front of the station when I come in to work in the morning. This morning’s blog will be the third. I hope you don’t mind.
When I came in to work this morning there was a gentleman sitting along the sidewalk in front of the station taking shelter from the rain that was pouring down. I said good morning and headed in to the radio station to get my show prep done. When I was finished I made my way out front to see if the guy was still sitting there. He was.
I decided I’d grab the guy a cup of hot coffee that had just finished brewing and I dipped in to my parking change to grab him a bag of Doritos from our chip machine. Then I headed out to the street to find out a little more about how this guy ended up where he did.
First off, I found out his name is Randall and he came he from Winnipeg a couple of weeks ago and is staying at the Salvation Army. I asked him what he was doing on the street if he has a nice warm bed to sleep in. Randall told me he is currently trying to kick a 20 year valium addiction and sometimes his legs cramp up so bad that he has to get up and take a walk.
He’s no stranger to Regina. Him and his mother rented a house here years ago close to the hospital while she was undergoing chemo treatment. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it, so Randall drifted to Vancouver before making his way back to Winnipeg and then here to the Queen City.
I asked him if they feed him at the Salvation Army. He said they did and he went to hand back the bag of chips I bought him, as if he felt a bit guilty for taking free food from me when he gets fed where he’s staying.
Before leaving him alone with his thoughts I told him if he ever needs a hot cup of coffee, I’m here every morning at three.
I would have loved to talk to him longer, but I had more work that had to be done before I hit the air at 5:30.
To be honest, I hope I see him tomorrow morning. There’s plenty of coffee to go around.