Saw that on the television the other night. My constant thought was
"What happens when it rains? Do they die down there?
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The newsclip said there had been something like 20 deaths by drowinng.
It's a sad situation. What's worse then living in a tunnel under
Caesar's...maybe living in a tunnel under the ElCo.
Many years ago on a solo trip to Vegas, I had breakfast at the coffee shop
in the Freemont. They were running a coupon promotion for a breakfast
special for 99 cents. In a far corner of the room near the kitchen was a
large table set up and many homeless men were eating there. I talked to the
hostess about it and she said that they had a bunch of "regulars" that came
in almost every day and that the Freemont took care of them as they would
anyone else with 99 cents and a coupon as long as they sat at a "community"
table and didn't bother the other customers.
She also told me that at least once every day, someone would go to the
cashier and pick up the tab for the entire table... never more than $10....
or give an extra tip to the waitresses who would work that table.
Interesting story......Thanks for posting
There had been little coverage when the book came out a couple of years ago.
IMO, the title, "Beneath the Neon", didn't quite tell someone what the book
was about, until they knew. For example, it could have been about porn
slappers, who stand beneath the neon signs, or anyone else plying a street
Homeless people have lived in below ground tunnels for a very long time,
it's one of those things most of us aren't aware of, until someone brings it
up. Over the years there have been television shows which take place in such
an environment... remember Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton in "Beauty and the
Beast" which aired in the late 80's? That was obviously a fantasy society,
but the tunnels exist under NYC, and under other cities too.
>I always wondered about the homeless in Las Vegas. At least until
>recent months, there were plenty of low tech jobs available
>(housekeeping, valet parking, bell hop, food service, etc.) that would
>provide a job for anyone that wanted to work. I'm no expert on the
>problems of homelessness, but all I can guess is that's the result of
>addiction, be it drugs, alcohol, or gamblng, and at least the last two
>are readily available in Las Vegas.
..and a lot of times it's mental illness with no history of booze, drugs
etc. Also things aren't always as they appear, just because they present
themselves as homeless doesn't mean they are, panhandling can be profitable.
And in most cases if not nearly all, homeless people have no interest in
working. The same with beggars that have those will 'will work for food'
Yeah, but it's fresh rats every day too.
> ..and a lot of times it's mental illness with no history of booze, drugs
And a lot of the times it is self-medicating for the mental illness
that triggered the history of booze, drugs, etc.
Also things aren't always as they appear, just because they present
If youąre going to sin, sin against God,
not the bureaucracy; God will forgive you
but the bureaucracy wonąt.
‹Hyman G. Rickover
> Homeless people have lived in below ground tunnels for a very long time,
> it's one of those things most of us aren't aware of, until someone brings it
Under freeway overpasses too. About 15 years ago, I drove from Phoenix
to Los Angeles to pick up my family on their return from a trip to
Argentina. We stayed in a hotel the first night before driving back,
on Century Blvd. just past the 405 freeway. Wife sent me out to get
some milk for my daughter. I had seen a convenience store just the
other side of the freeway, an easy walk. I had no idea how many people
called the freeway underpass home. I have to admit to being a little
bit nervous on that walk.
Not too long ago a television news magazine show did a piece about the
people who live in the tunnels under NYC...
Most of us have so much, and all too often we're unaware of those around us
A public THANK YOU to George Leppla for granting permission to
include the following on the page of A BIT OF NON-GAMBLING LAS VEGAS