|B:||... I would kind of prefer it if you put that out before getting in.|
|B:||Sorry about all the mess.|
|HH:||No, thanks for the ride. What's your name?|
|HH:||... Man, what were your parents thinking to give you a name like that.|
|B:||They didn't. It's a name I took myself. It's short for "Baxil."|
|HH:||Interesting. What nationality is a name like "Bakh-heel"?|
|HH:||... ... How old are you?|
|HH:||Ah, I'm older than you. I'm 48. On January 1 -- that's my birthday -- I turned 48, and you want to know what else, on the 1st?|
|HH:||Three years sober.|
|B:||So are you heading to the AA meeting?|
|B:||Well, you're getting off right at the Brunswick exit, and I actually picked a guy up two weeks ago headed there, I drove him to AA --|
|HH:||Oh, I know the one you're talking about.|
|HH:||But no. I don't do AA. Nothing against them, but they -- you know, they don't believe in medications.* I'm bipolar. I take pills for that, they help me control the worst of it.|
|B:||... ... Well, you know, whatever helps.|
I helped him buy food** by giving him $5. As strange as my beliefs are to most folk ... there's being strange, and then there's needing help. Responding to that is one of the most human*** things we can do.
EDITED TO ADD: Apropos of nothing but two keywords in my post: The webcomic Jezebel and the Bipolar Dragon.
* Author's note: Web research shows that they're more nuanced than he stated.
** I have no assurance of this, but the usual rejoinder ("It's spent on booze or drugs!") is both insulting and not necessarily accurate (see table 3 and its discussion in particular).