i’m feeling rather antisocial lately and i’m not quite sure why.
there is a big work shin-dig this saturday afternoon at a bowling alley / pool hall and i just don’t want to go.
oh, i could make room in my schedule, sure, but for some reason my desire for attending is pretty much nil.
there are a few people who will be there that i would love to spend time with, but i guess i just don’t want to have to share them with everyone else who will be there.
is it wrong of me to say that some of the people who will be there are just, well, “needy”? does that sound like i’m looking down on them too much?
i guess i just want to relax and spending time with certain people will not allow me that luxury.
my better half and i got into a debate on the way home last night regarding giving money to homeless people.
it all started when [you guessed it] a homeless man came up to us and asked us for money as we were waiting for the bus to take us home from our day of work downtown.
now, my better half is new to working downtown – she just started her job there a few weeks ago. i’ve been working downtown for almost four years now. and i’ve seen this very same homeless man many times before – each time he has a different story to tell about why he needs money and yesterday was no exception.
i am always quick to say something like, “sorry, i don’t have any money” while my better half is more than willing to offer up her loose change. she believes that it is not her responsibility to see that the person uses the money as they said they needed it, but that that is up to the person who received the money. she said that she believes that it is her duty to provide for people who ask, when she can.
i guess i’m the skeptic who thinks people like that will just go out and spend it on alcohol and drugs.
i told her that i respect her opinion and am not mad at her for giving away her change to this man, but that i cannot in good conscience provide someone with money because they asked for it. i’m more than willing to buy someone a cup of coffee at one of the millions of coffeeshops here in seattle because at least i can see what they are getting out of the transaction, but with just giving out money i feel leary.
i wonder if i’m just being paranoid. i don’t know.