Cardboard Pleas

So I'm downtown and scruffy. Quick stop, no reason to dress the part. Find a meter, get it done.

Back to the car. Happen to have the hound with me, let him out on nearby grass to whee. He sniffs bushes, I just space, but then notice a magic-markered cardboard sign. It says:

out of Luck 
please Help 
Happy Holidays

It’s rumpled & frayed. Greasy & ripped. I pick it up because that's what I do (see post "Found and Claimed").

Suddenly I cop a meta-view of myself on that grassy patch, looking like spent luck myself:  two day stubble, dirty jeans, dog-haired sweater with taco stains. Stinky dog by my side ("but he doesn't like baths" I say when someone notices).

But what if people think I'm homeless...? I turn sign over as I carry to car, feeling vaguely shamed. For a moment I consider a sociological stunt, using the sign to get a view from the sidewalk. There for all to see.  

Swirling synapses--"I'm no better than this guy, just luckier, he might be honestly undone, nah, he's probably a drunk, where is he now? planning on coming back for his sign?"

Throw sign in the back,it sits in the garage for months. I finally take a picture of it and post to my TV show website ( Today my sign would say:

not quite broke
mostly lucky
please help somebody
happy holidays

I’m keeping the original. One day, who knows?

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