Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #352: D&O

Down and Out, With a Typewriter

ONCE, Richard LeMieux was the envy of all his friends. He owned a publishing firm in Washington State that produced medical and university directories. He also owned a beachfront house, three boats and assorted luxury cars.

But the rise of the Internet contributed to his downfall, and in 2002, Mr. LeMieux’s business failed. In short order, he lost almost everything he had held dear. He became estranged from family members. The bank foreclosed on his house and evicted him. At 59, he was left with his clothes, his Oldsmobile van and a little white pooch he called Willow the Wonder Dog.

For 18 months, Mr. LeMieux was homeless. In what can be seen as a cautionary tale for our time, he recounts his descent in “Breakfast at Sally’s: One Homeless Man’s Inspirational Story” (Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95).

Mr. LeMieux slept in his van in church parking lots in Bremerton, Wash. He hung out at the local Salvation Army, which he and other homeless people affectionately called “Sally’s.” He started writing his book on a discarded manual typewriter.

I must read this book.

So should you.

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8 Comments on “Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #352: D&O”

  1. Gekko Says:

    >He also owned a beachfront house, three boats and assorted luxury cars.

    >His anecdotal evidence suggests that homelessness is often caused by economic, social and emotional catastrophes beyond any individual’s control.

    no, it wasn’t beyond his control. this man spent like a drunken sailor, lived beyond his means, was irresponsible, didn’t save a God damn penny, never planned for the future and the unexpected, and apparently neglected the welfare of his family by focusing on his own selfish material pursuits. it’s no wonder they are pissed at him. so maybe the ny times and the mike canes of the world should stop trying to hold up scumbags like this as romantic heroic “victims” and hold them accountable for their own actions, bad behavior, and stupid decisions.

    p.s. i came here to see the “lefty” post from PIC and it’s gone?

  2. mikecane Says:

    Just like you, Gekko, to jump to conclusions about someone based on second-hand info provided to you *third*-hand instead of, you know, reading his FUCKING BOOK and getting it *first*-hand.

    Which post from PIC? Do you mean this one?
    https://mikecane2008.wordpress.com/2008/10/15/to-the-unemployed-banned-psychopath/

    *His* Comments will never appear. He’s banned. And he knows that. Yet he still came back here *twice* with his pathetic psychotic mewlings and left two cowardly peepings that I laughed at and then deleted.

  3. Gekko Says:

    it’s hard to feel sorry for a guy who bought a “beachfront house, three boats and assorted luxury cars” and then goes broke and implies that it was beyond his control.

  4. mikecane Says:

    Once again I act stupid and recommend a book to you: The People of the Abyss by Jack London.

    Also, for you to think that all contingencies can be prepared for and that only Teh Stoopid wind up fucked in the ass — well, it’s clear you haven’t lived too long or are selectively blind (most likely by your smug ideology).

  5. mikecane Says:

    Once again I act stupid and recommend a book to you: The People of the Abyss by Jack London.

    Also, for you to think that all contingencies can be prepared for and that only Teh Stoopid wind up fucked in the ass — well, it’s clear you haven’t lived too long or are selectively blind (most likely by your smug ideology).

  6. Gekko Says:

    The “savers” never get in trouble. Remember that.

  7. mikecane Says:

    Yeah, Gekko. All those poor saps in the 1930s — pre-FDIC insurance — are glad to hear that.

    Have you not read a fucking word of the economic posts here? Are you that fucking autistic to reality?!

    Go get and print out this PDF:
    https://mikecane2008.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/chronicles-of-depression-20-349-pray/

    — the FDIC could have RUN OUT OF FUNDS. So much for “saving!”

    How long do you think this scam can keep running as its legs get more and more crippled?

  8. Gekko Says:

    “More notorious even than his miserly ways are Scrooge’s cynical words. “Are there no prisons,” he jibes when solicited for charity, “and the Union workhouses?” Terrible, right? Lacking in compassion? Not necessarily. As Scrooge observes, he supports those institutions with his taxes. Already forced to help those who can’t or won’t help themselves, it is not unreasonable for him to balk at volunteering additional funds for their extra comfort. Scrooge is skeptical that many would prefer death to the workhouse, and he is unmoved by talk of the workhouse’s cheerlessness. He is right to be unmoved, for society’s provisions for the poor must be, well, Dickensian. The more pleasant the alternatives to gainful employment, the greater will be the number of people who seek these alternatives, and the fewer there will be who engage in productive labor. If society expects anyone to work, work had better be a lot more attractive than idleness.”

    http://mises.org/article.aspx?Id=573


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