William Menn has been living on the streets of Elk Grove, California, for five years. He once had a business, but he will only say he didn't lose it because of COVID. He fell off his bike recently, and his arm is in a sling; he has a broken collar bone and two cracked ribs. He didn't whine or complain about it, and he didn't ask for money or food. But I offered. And delivered.
Our One-On-One happened because he was sleeping at a bus stop on Elk Grove Boulevard without shoes or socks.
Two days before Thanksgiving and I refused to drive by and forget it. The man needed socks, for God's sake.
When we talked, he wasn't on drugs or drunk; he seemed educated and very well-spoken. He has a sense of humor. At one point, he used this phrase, "They are as worthless at Tits on a Boar Hog." He apologized for the profanity and said it was an old Texas saying. I laughed because I learned that phrase from one of my mentors, Mike Purl, at Channel 30, in Fresno, California.
I am thankful for many things in my life right now. I am extremely thankful I have a home. Anytime you have a conversation with anyone, you discover you have more questions than answers if you listen closely. I do. So I most likely will have a follow-up podcast to this one. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Everybody!