On Friday, October 23, Pauly Johnston came back to his campsite to find all his possessions gone. According to an area resident who lives in the apartments overlooking the area where Pauly sleeps, SDG&E hired a contractor to clear brush in the area. In doing his job, the worker apparently tossed Pauly's belongings into a trash receptacle.

Pauly had been gathering warm clothes for the winter, and his belongings included a new pair of shoes that had never been worn and were still in the box. Another homeless friend found the shoes in a nearby alley and gave them back to him. Pauly laughed because a bag of rolls he had among his possessions were tossed onto the ground so the birds could eat them.

Pauly also lost his sleeping bag, pictures, and phone numbers. In spite of this incident, Pauly remains in good spirits. Fortunately, with the help of the local VFW, some of the clothes have been replaced.

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CuddleFish Oct. 30, 2009 @ 9:37 a.m.

God bless him, so sorry to hear of Pauly's misfortunes. :(

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abbeyrd Nov. 4, 2009 @ 10:44 a.m.

I debated whether or not I would comment on this because I did not want it to seem that I was yanking my own chain. It is my intent that this will inspire readers to help others who are less fortunate than them.

My girlfriend and I went to find Pauly over the weekend to invite him to our place for the night. He didn't want to go but after a little coaxing he hopped in our car. We made dinner for him, allowed him to take a shower, gave him some clothing and put a few dollars in his pocket. Pauly is a fun guy with a big heart!

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PistolPete Nov. 4, 2009 @ 10:51 a.m.

Way cool, abbeyrd! The "homeless" people that I can't stand are the scammers. There's a few scammers who work the corners by me here in CMR. I've lived here just over 2 years and they're still there with their "Family Needs Help God Bless" signs. Then I see them buying beer and lottery tickets later that night. It pisses me off. One guy that I caught sleeping in the nasty bathroom of the Shell that I used to work at, told me he made $127 just by sitting on the off-ramp to the 15 and CM Road. He said it took him about 3 hours!!!!!!!

I'd like to stand next to them with my own sign:DON'T FEED THE TROLLS!

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SDaniels Nov. 4, 2009 @ 11:26 a.m.

abbeyrd, I think it's good that you reported what you did--tooting your own horn or not. We need to be reminded that having a heart doesn't always have to hurt :)

Pete, I understand that scammers abound. We have two liquor stores on one city block near our place, so you know just by that, there are plenty of scammers hanging out in this hood. I felt sorry for this guy W., who has full blown AIDS, until I learned from another homeless person that he gets $900/month from SSI, and just throws away all of the medicine he gets from doctors on CMS--on our dime. He gets more money for doing nothing than I make part-time, working when I am healthy enough to work; he apparently spends it on motels, booze, paid protection (another homeless guy who hangs out with him for drugs) and yes--heroin. This guy, who receives $900/month still has the cojones to hang out in front of the Bi-Rite or the Ivy and spange customers. He and his 'pal' also robbed a wheelchair-bound homeless woman living in the area, who has multiple health problems. As she dozed in her chair in an empty parking lot, they stole her backpack containing all of her meds, including necessary pain meds.

But then again, these people are not all hard-drinking or drugging men hanging out with a 'tude, with the deluded philosophy that the rest of us owe them a living. The woman I mention above is a total sweetheart, and would work if she were able--she has a neuropathy that makes her hands pretty much useless, and her SSI application has been tied up in the courts for years. Meanwhile, she sleeps in a doorway, and no amount of socks, blankets, and mittens we give her is going to shut out the cold from that hard brick porch.

There is another guy, whose name I don't know, hanging out on 5th avenue and Laurel. He doesn't drink or drug, OR spange--no one has ever seen him beg anyone for anything. He sits with his bags at a couple of regular bus stops, and stands and salutes the drivers as they pass, with simple, wholehearted goodwill. One driver told me that this guy's salute is so perfect that he knows he was once military. He stops and presses a few dollars on him at the Laurel stop whenever he can. I give him cigarettes and a couple of bucks here and there, but can't do much else for him.

And then again--there is our friend Cre0, who inspires with her determination to finish school, despite being homeless. For her, and for B., the woman I wrote about above, I would love to see something good happen...

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