OK, it's Friday. Last day of the work week for some. Time to go drink your head in and forget that your boss touched you in your private place and told you your Excel formulas looked sexy enough to eat with honey covered fingers. Because your boss is one of those Stanford MBAs that never quite figured out how to relate normally to people. Oh wait, was I writing out loud again? On a more solemn note, for others, today is Sabbath. So lets get serious for second. I know I rarely do, but I'm feeling it today because I'm gonna be dead in no time and what will I have to show for it but diatribes lamenting the sad state of the co-op that was R.E.I. Today's topic of discussion is homeless shelters. What does that have to do with the outdoors. Think about it. I do, since I live in a city where you can't really go anywhere w/o being confronted with a group of people that spend more time outdoors than any of you. Or me. They're outside pretty much out 365 days a year. Your 12 days in the backcountry pales. And I'm gonna go out on a limb and say shelter is one of those necessities that might come in handy. Last I looked I didn't see any surplus North Face tents out on the streets. Or Mtn Hardware. I did see a crap load of Quechua tents though during the Paris homeless protests, but Europeans have always been a littler more concerned about inequity than Americans. A couple of hundred years of monarchies and totalitarianism will do that to a people.
Anyway, Instructables has an interesting DIY project that shows you how to make a homeless shelter out of a couple of cardboard boxes. They suggest putting them together and giving them to a homeless person. I'm thinking that's a bad idea and you'll end up getting the piece of cardboard thrown back at you with something like, "You want to help me give me $10. If I wanted a cardboard box, I'd go to Costco" as a thank you. Seriously, instead of spending 2 hours making a cardboard tent go to Target and buy one for $30. But then you'd be adding to the endless cycle of needless consumption. Ahhhhh! BTW, how unhappy does the lady in this pic look after spending half her day making a silly cardboard box shelter that no one wants.