Milwaukee–Portland, Oregon –Vancouver, Washington
I should add something in regards to homeless people. Jonathan Kellerman, child psychologist and author of the Alex Delaware novels, describes in one of his books from the late nineties what had brought the homeless in the streets. I do not have the time right now to do proper research but the story went like this. In the nineties psychologists started to feel that because they could not help a lot of people the instead of accepting failure and need for more research it would be better to declare these people sane. If someone is sane nobody has the right to keep him or her in whatever institution and so the people were released and sent home. However, they were not sane in a sociological sense of the word which is to say able to live a normal life and consequently they all ended in the streets as homeless people.
When I was in Las Vegas in November the vice
president reported that approximately 50% of the homeless in this city – and Las Veags has a population of more than 5.000 homeless because of the mild climate in winter – really belonged in institutions where they could be taken better care of. The way it is right now they become the problem of the cities and these are neither prepared nor fit to do the job. It is really a bad situation for everybody involved.
Today I participated in a meeting of the Rotary Club of Milwaukie, Oregon. Milwaukie is a town south of Portland, a suburb so to speak. La présidente reminded of the fact that thirty years ago the Supreme Court ruled that women were to be accepted by Rotary Clubs in California. The buffet was excellent except I did not much care for the noodles and the spare ribs which left me with the roucola salad. These herbs, said my neighbor, you can find lots if it between the tracks of the old railroad. Maybe that’s were it comes from too.
It was interesting to be there because a lady gave a speech on the Enneagram. That’s an old psychological tool to classify people and thereby better understand their intentions. I am familiar with the subject because I gave a speech on the same subject 20 years ago and so I was surprised that the old Enneagram is still alive. Maybe I should warm it up myself.
Later we took a bike ride along the river in Portland. The bike trail was crowded and the additional scooters driven by the usual juvenile delinquents did not make the situation easier. Harpo does not much care, he just ploughs on no matter how dense the traffic. The sun was shining, everybody seemed to have a good time.
A couple from Stuttgart talked to us when we loaded the bikes on the car again. They had done the same trip as us only 40 years ago and we exchanged some experiences.
Today we were stopped and asked three times where you could buy a van like this.