Monday, December 13, 2004

File Under Amazing

Chicago is abuzz with the story of Richard Dorsey a 36-year old "homeless" man evicted from a shelter he created on the underside of a drawbridge spanning the Chicago River near Lake Shore Drive.

Slipping through a 12x36" opening, Dorsey and a few other followers were able to wiggle down below the road level, hiding their shelter from below with blankets. Amazingly, Dorsey had a television, video game console, and other appliances hooked up to bridge electricity, living a relatively normal life regardless of the location. More amazingly, when the bridge would open to allow boats to pass, Dorsey would brace himself as he was slowly pushed forward into an upright position, something he described as like riding a ferris wheel after he got used to it.

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In some ways the story points to the resilience of people and their ability to improvise in difficult situations, in order to survive. And that no matter what architects do, somebody else is doing something more interesting that architects would never dream up.

6 comments:

  1. If he was a red-tailed hawk he'd a have chance at getting his place back.

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  2. If he was a red-tailed hawk, he'd serve a useful purpose in society, such as killing pidgeons.

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  3. If he was a red-tailed hawk, he'd have a beautiful and i would want to kiss him.

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  4. If he was a red tail hawk, you would be one of those worms with an anus on both ends. The he would eat you, and through the cosmic zen process, you would once again become one with the universe. The we could all sit around the campfire chanting OM while macking out on Gorton's fish sticks and toking some of the finest weed on God's green earth.

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  5. There's no reason to be homeless when you could have everything you could ever want. All in the palm of your hand. It's exciting. It's amazing. It's a promotion so powerful, people will pay you for doing NOTHING! Imagine yourself in a new car, with a hot Filipino babe in the passengers seat. You could live on a yacht the size of a football field! You will be the envy of all your friends. That's if you have any left! Homeless, only you can decide if this lifestyle is right for you. Do you want to continue working for someone else for the rest of your life? Do you want to keep helping others grow rich as you fall, further and further behind? Aren't you tired of living in your band's "jam room" and ducking the landlord for the 250 bucks a month in rent? The only heat source a 75 watt bulb hanging from the ceiling? Are people becoming suspicious of your bathing habits? WELL NOW YOU CAN. Freedom is just a phone call away. At least that's what someone wrote in black magic marker on the wall next to the pay phone at the police station. Experience true freedom, as only a man can... a man roaring at 90 mph on a motorcycle with no clothes on, urinating. Anything you desire can be yours with this powerful new program. Wear the finest clothes. Attend the most prestigious schools. Drive a schoolbus with a built-in hot tub off the top of a parking garage, burning all the passengers with scalding hot water just before impact! There is truly NO limit to what you can do. Build a Sizzler in your own backyard, then laugh as the bolt breaks! Broadcast the removal of an ingrown hair on nationwide satellite TV. Homeless, the SKY is the limit. Your fans will clamor just to get a glimpse of you, crushing innocent victims in the process. It's STARDOM!!! Buy it, NOW!!!!!!!

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  6. If he was a red tailed hawk, he would be a bird of prey found in many biomes across north america.

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