Thoughts upon Being in a Real City:

Whenever I see articles about homeless people, they always say that what they really hate are the people who don’t even acknowledge them, who walk by and pretend they aren’t there.

I almost never give anything, not even a dime or a quarter, even when I am returning from a party or a dinner out at which I have spent lots of self-indulgent money.
But I always try to respond when people hold out their cups, to look at them and shake my head and say “I’m sorry.”

Is this really any better?