a day in the life Homeless in Eugene
On July 15, Emerald Photo Editor Tim Bobosky spent the day with Greg Sakradse, a 16-year-old, homeless member of the Eugene community.
While attending the Connecticut Friends School, Greg went to anti-war rallies as field trips.
Around this same time, Greg started smoking marijuana.
When giving reasons for dropping out of high school, Greg said that none of his friends attended high school.
In Ashland, Greg said he partied, stayed up all night and was drunk a lot. His parents would yell at him, prompting Greg to leave for days on end. Both of Greg’s parents are ER doctors.
Greg met his girlfriend Tehlor, 18, while living in Ashland. Tehlor later attended the University to study journalism but dropped out after losing her financial aid.
Why she "lost" her aid must be a superfluos detail. Maybe she lost it in the couch cushions?
Greg’s goal, after getting a place to live, is to start a production company and host electronic music events and parties.
“There is an okay rave scene, but it needs better drum and bass. Too much house and trance.”
The first step, he said, is to have an outdoor party September of this year, “with college students fresh back with their parents’ cash.”
Even his dream job depends on people depending on other people. How ironic.
During the summer, Greg and Tehlor eventually applied for food stamps; they each get $150 for food per month.
At the rest stop just north of Eugene on I-5, Greg said, “Much like a politician, I lie for money.” He then revealed his spanging sign that said: “Stranded! Out of gas and cash, Trying to get back to Ashland any thing helps.”
“We are living in a car, and we are happier than we have ever been,” Greg said. “We can take our money-making abilities anywhere we go, since it’s just holding up a sign.”
The homeless, drug using, liar is happier than ever. Right there is the problem. When our society allows people to choose homelessness as a viable alternative to a responsible and productive life we get this.
This is a 16 year old kid. Why should the taxpayers being helping him out when he chooses not to live at home because his parents won't let him get drunk and high? Why do his fellow citizens give him money that only helps to abdicate him of any responsibility?
But there is a good lesson here: Panhandlers are liars! Happy liars. Don't give them money because it will only make it worse.