Feb 8, 2009 at 2:29 PM
Libby and I saw the weirdest thing.

THere was a bum with a hoodie pulled down all the way to his shirt scooting very very slowly down the sidewalk, airhumping the intersection of 12th and Salmon, all while pooping into a plastic bag with both hands down both the front and back of his pants.

NEVER seen anything that crazy. And I say that having seen some crazy sheeeeet growing up in LA. This one bum here in Portland DEFINITELY out-crazies dumpster-defender or mirror man. Yes, even crazier than mirror man.

It was SOOO crazy that Libby considered taking a photo. It put us both into a stunned silence, even though we were both quite busy.

I am one of those people who donates from my meager income to homeless shelters and food drives. And I know Portland has a thousand places for homeless people to safely go to find food, shelter, etc. Best city to be homeless in. That's why there are SOOO many.

Anyway, this guy was making me think just like I did as a little kid again. I used to debate whether it was better to be homeless and crazy or crazy and in an asylum.

The thing is, that man is actually crazy, and should get help. But, it's sad to me that there is no ACTUAL refuge, no actual help, out there for the truly crazy among
us. Not without involuntary drugging and mishandling, and making it either WORSE or just masking it behind layers of removed potential and the fuzzy blanket of drugged non-confront. Betrayal as help, destruction disguised as help, that doesn't count.

So what else is there to do if you're crazy like that guy?

Anyway, he was truly the weirdest thing I've ever seen. Living or dead.

Just saying.


  1. C.S. Perry Says:

    Too bad the American Family has been so brutalized in the last few decades.
    Maybe if it hadn't been...he might have a place to go.

  2. Kat Says:


  3. Mister Pete Says:

    You might try giving the command to come up to present time. A good solid acknowledgment will sometimes do as well. Just a thought. Heard it's been known to help the majority. Good luck.

  4. Shelley Says:

    I think it's wierd enough seeing men pee in the streets. Homeless people were non-existent in my youth in New Zealand. Actually I saw a guy urinate this week, not just anywhere but against the police station which I thought was just extra special.

  5. Cat Says:

    Oh my god, you met Poop Sack Jack!? Lucky. He's legendary.

  6. desi Says:

    We've seen him twice since. Apparently he's a Portland standard.