I filled up my car today at the Exxon station on the corner of 18th and Broad. While I wouldn't call this Exxon station "ghetto", it certainly has its share of unsavory characters (especially when I have to fill up after work, at 4 AM.) Today a panhandler I recognized as "the crazy dancing guy who occasionally shadow boxes in front of my bar" approached me as I was leaning on my car waiting for the most expensive fill up ever. He gave me a high five and did one of his little jigs for me, then he asked if I could loan him some change. I realized that since I've declared myself a soldier on the front lines against Richmond poverty last month, I've not actually done a single thing. So I gave him a buck, which sort of made me feel good because for the most part I only drop a few bucks on a bum when there's a girl in my immediate vicinity so I can show her how generous and caring I am... Of course now I'm talking about giving a bum a buck on my blog, so I can't exactly call what I did earlier a selfless act anymore. Nevertheless, I hope he spends that dollar on something useful like a Mega Millions ticket for the drawing tonight, or half a pack of Newports.
On a more serious note, I would actually like to get involved with helping the homeless, although more in a "attending a discussion meeting with other middle class people in an air-conditioned boardroom", as opposed to actually serving food in a soup kitchen or doing something worthwhile. Any suggestions?