Wednesday, February 20, 2008


I covered an event today that featured an informal conversation with a member of Congress.
There were small business owners, elected officials and corporate executives in the crowd. There was plenty of food, conversation and a sense of prosperity, even in this slumping economy. No one there looked like they wondered where their next meal was coming from.

When I went out to my car and got ready to leave, I spotted an old guy pushing a shopping cart full of large pieces of cardboard.
Could he be looking to get money for the stuff? The sharp contrast of the environment I had just been in and the sight of this sad sack stuck with me, enough to write about it, anyway.

Maybe this person is actually a miserly millionaire, who would rather pick up trash than stay home and count his money. If it were me, I'd opt for staying home and counting my money.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i get so upset when i see something like this. in my mind i KNOW it usually has to do with some type of addiction but it hurts. alot...

smiles, bee

Odat said...

Contrasts blow my mind too....that cardboard could be his home at night..... ;-(


Patti said...

Bee: It is quite upsetting.

Odat: Yes, it could very well be.

Casdok said...

Extreems do make you think and realise how really lucky we are and what we take for granted.

Lynn said...

This post certainly does put things into perspective.