A Taste of Things to Come

So I looked out my window this morning, and saw a well dressed young man with a plastic Walgreens shopping bag in each hand walking down the sidewalk across the street…and he kicked to the ground three garbage bins: one green, one blue, one black. He then walked on, leaving trash spewed along the curb. An elderly man with a walker who passed by when this happened, turned around to cuss him out. So I thought:

“He’s obviously housed, but this will be blamed on the homeless. I wonder how many other people with a roof over their heads may be doing this, to stir up further hatred against those who live on the streets?

“How many other groups will be targeted as the frustration of lockdown mounts…such as baby boomers like me, people of color, LGBTs and so forth? People queu up by the restaurant next to my apartment building, and some block the front gate and act rude when I step out or back in, instead of keeping the line along the curb. They’re young, and I’m obviously a ‘boomer.'”

One fellow who was leaning on the gate, got snarky with me when I told him the red-tape square with a big X in the middle in front of the entryway is to remind customers to not obstruct residents’ passage. Then a 30-something, chunky black gal who was standing in the middle of the sidewalk instead of by the curb blurted out I’m not wearing a mask. So I corrected her, that it’s fine to be outdoors without a mask, so long as you keep your distance…and besides, she should not be standing in the middle of the walkway diddling on her smartphone, making it impossible for pedestrians to walk by safely. She said nothing further, but just glared at me with rancor…all the more prominent thanks to the perky floral mask covering the lower half of her face.

“Enjoy your death burger!” I called while closing the gate behind me.

There are more angry men sauntering up and down the sidewalks, than I’ve ever seen before. They are also mostly homeless. And you really want to avoid them, if at all possible (which it usually is not), considering they just might lash out violently. Some muttering threats…some screaming them. Also, packs of skinny, white teenage males who live in nice homes, overrunning the sidewalks on their skateboards, acting like punks, like they own the turf…and you have to jump out of the way.

After looking out my window to see that fellow kung-fu kicking the trash bins, a bus rolled by with this ad plastered on the side:

“One Medical: See a doctor same day, not some day.”

And, being a low income person with no access to decent medical services, I thought:

“What a kick in the teeth. Let it all collapse, let the smug affluent of this city taste the gray rainbow of poverty.”

And that, my friends, is a taste of things to come.

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