3:34am The safety of stinking: A night on the train

As we pass the State Capitol, sheltering on the Green Line, my plans of independence are thwarted when a beautiful young woman attaches to me like glue. She’s quite pretty…and quite smelly. Some think homeless folks are lazy and don’t shower. Some think they don’t shower because of depression-and that could be true. But stinking is also a defense mechanism. How close will you get to a man or woman who reeks? Some women will wear a Depends, urinate in it and keep it on, hoping no man will come near.

This young woman, I’ll call Roberta, (as we glide past Robert St.) doesn’t want to be alone…and she doesn’t have a coat and it’s 38 degrees out. So we’ll stand together at the Union Depot as everybody departs at the end of the line and wait to ride 40 minutes back to Target Field.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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