Tuesday, November 25, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

The people for whom I am responsible

By
From page A6 | July 15, 2014 |

I was maybe 11 when my father brought Archie home to live with us for a bit. Archie was ruddy and a little loud, but gentle and gracious, especially at dinner.

Archie had no job or home. For who knows how many reasons, he could not reconcile his memories of Vietnam with the reality of a life forever changed by war, and the dissonance revealed itself in unpredictable ways.

I am reminded of Archie as I confirm the now weekly evidence of one or more people taking shelter overnight behind the building where I work. Behind a wooden fence, tucked between HVAC units, there are blankets, sweatshirts and towels, travel-sized tubes of toothpaste, cigarette butts, empty water bottles and worse. There is both order and chaos to it.

Sleeping things seem to go here, toiletries over there; but everything is tossed and partially buried by leaves and flattened cardboard boxes.

Stepping through the gate, I am an intruder to someone’s make-shift home.

I notice how loud it is. And hot. But there is a hose nearby, there is shade from a few giant old pine trees, and the fence and adjacent rose bushes provide cover from the street. I could walk downtown in 10 minutes, find something to eat or catch a ride. I think about what would have to change in my life to put me here — everything a person might have lost or never known that leads to this — and how much worse it could be.

I also have to consider the risk to personnel and property from an errant cigarette, or an errant mind. The same trees that provide shade also cover the ground with pine needles, now tinder-dry. The building is busy with students and staff coming and going, sometimes after hours. How many of them would be surprised to find someone living so near? Or frightened?

I think about health and hygiene; the law and keeping up appearances; staying safe and creating peace of mind for the people for whom I am responsible.

But in my experience that includes Archie.

Kyle Monhollen

Davis

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

UC students leave campuses in protest

By Wire and staff reports | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
As snow fades, California ski resorts are left high and very dry

By New York Times News Service | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Downtown lights up at annual holiday open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Adopt a family for the holidays

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

‘The Nutcracker’ magic returns to Vets’ Theater

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Candlelight vigil set tonight

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Arraignment date set for ex-Woodland firefighter

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Pets of the week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Pre-holiday market opens at noon

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
No hazardous waste collection after Thanksgiving

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Enterprise observes holiday hours

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Give blood and get a free movie ticket

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Learn how to accommodate low-vision readers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Lower American River expert speaks to local fly-fishers

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Wolks share their unique perspective on Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Are eggs safer from backyard chickens?

By Trina Wood | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Lohse’s ballet students present ‘The Nutcracker’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

.

Forum

Wait, which one is Tom?

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
This is getting expensive

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A8

 
Tom Elias: Who needs a political party?

By Tom Elias | From Page: A8

Green beans aren’t the only ‘green’ this Thanksgiving

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
Protect our migratory corridors

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

Sit back, watch the spectacle

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Behavior reflects on coaches, parents

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

.

Sports

Lots of Aggie basketball at The Pavilion this week

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Season’s over, but UCD is still making news on the pitch

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Wildhorse women’s group more than just golf

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
Just like that, Classic turns Causeway Catastrophe

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

 
DHS Madrigals plan traditional English winter celebration

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
B Street Theatre presents ‘Spinning Into Light’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7