The experiences of the Crazy Old White Man from the Hood are told. It also tells what he learned from those experiences.
The book is being published by Publish America and should be in bookstores by June, 2004
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The Crazy Old White Man From the Hood
I wrote this book to call attention to the drug and alcohol problems we have in our community. The book is based on my experiences in the hoods and streets of Detroit. In this book I talk about addicts, dealers, the homeless, the children, the lost souls and others affected by drug and alcohol abuse. I also talk about racism and the effects of it.
All of the stories in the book are true. You will also notice that I am honest and I do not pull my punches.
The book starts in mid fifties when I was in fifth and sixth grade. It goes through my childhood and it shows what kind of a kid I was. It has experience I had that I feel the reader will enjoy. It goes through my Navy experiences, my two marriages, my trips up the ladder success and down, my drunkenness, my study of life, my time with the lost souls of the streets and my experiences with drug and alcohol addiction.
The book also has essays about life and the crazy old white man’s words of wisdom.
It is my hope that this book will change some lives for the better. I hope that it prevents people from going to a life of drugs and alcohol. I learned from the streets and from knowing and in some cases loving the people I have written about. There are those out there that I feel I have helped overcome their addictions.
I am going to tell you about a day in the life of Joe Wino. Joe is homeless and a drunk. At one time he was a successful business man. He lost his family in an auto accident. After the accident he could not function. He started to drink to make the pain of his loss go away. He soon could not function at work and got fired. Then he lost his house and found himself in the streets.
During the warm parts of the year he sleeps on park benches, in alleys, in abandoned buildings, bus stop shelters or anywhere else he can lie down and go to sleep. During the winter if the shelters are full he tries to find something inside. It may not be heated he has some blankets to help keep the cold out of his body.
All of his belongings are in a plastic bag. In the morning he gets up and heads for the garbage cans and dumpsters. He looks for bottles that he can turn in for the deposit money, food or something to drink. He likes the dumpsters behind the restaurants because they sometimes have food, especially after meal times. If he is lucky he will not have to spend money on food. That gives him more for his liquid refreshment.