Had a fun walk to the park. The city crew was mowing and cleaning up. I stopped to chat with one of the guys about the transients blocking the sidewalk. He said THEY (the crew) had contacted the police several times and gotten NO help). He said they even tried cleaning all of the carts and stuff away twice (I saw it one day with tons of stuff in the trash) but to no avail. He said he would be thrilled if I called the police and I might have a bigger impact.
So we walked around to the far side by the restrooms and found, all 8 carts blocking the sidewalk, sleeping bags laid out, stuff all over and a huge metal pole leaning against the restroom building. Looked chromy shiny like one of the supports for a multi-shelf storage rack. Also leaning there was a 5 foot 'branch' from one of the euclyptus trees that was all nicely stripped and smoothed at the top to a 'knob'. Just then the guy who always say hi, and mentions something about our walking, came out of the restroom and explained about the stick and how he was making it for a buddy (walking stick) and was going to affix some of those Mexican charms to it. Just then he pulled a frying pan and a HUGE butcher knife out of his coat and said he had been doing dishes. Yup, scared me to death for a split second, but it was obvious he had been in the restroom doing the dishes. Ick!
Now I know that these people are ARMED even if they are using the knife for cooking or carving walking sticks, etc. Scary. I think I'll avoid that area from now on. Never know what mood they might be in. Probably should alert the police to the knife, but then again, I dunno. Even the local park users are allowed to carry stuff to BBQ and such. Sigh. No right answer to this one.
Praying for some solution, just don't know what.
FOUND my Alka-Seltzer Fruit Chews Antacids at Wally Mart. Stocked up on 2 large bottles just in case they don't go over well. Yummy and do the job. No crunching into that chalk stuff for awhile. Looking for coupons to appear and save me some bucks. Each tablet figures out to about 12 cents!