homeless man

Toney Butler

Toney Butler loiters outside the center for the visual arts in Denton waiting to go to St. Andrews for lunch where he goes every day. He’s a private person and keeps to himself

“No not really. I had a few friends here but not lately, you know?” Butler laughs, “Kind of burned those bridges.”

Butler, from Lewisville, is staying at the Denton homeless shelter right now and has for the past year and a half. He’s not sure what caused him to be homeless. He says he is looking for work but hasn’t thought about what he wants to do and will go to the Denton Public Library to “do different research and stuff on the library computers.”

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Dallas, homeless, parole

GPiizy

His name is Christopher Morgan but they call him GPiizy. He’s from Dallas, Texas but he was born in Garland, Texas, you know what I’m saying.

He’s GPiizy and he has been struggling all his life.

“I been through prison two three times, you know what I’m saying,” he said all pissed off. His birthday is coming up on April 29 and he gets the perfect gift. He gets off parole.

“Look bro, honestly, I gone have jobs. I have school. I been doing everything to get my life together,” he said. “And this morning man, everything went kapoop.”

It’s like this right here, “When you don’t have nothing like I have been all my life, been messed up all my life, you know what I’ve been saying, going back and forth to prison and at the same time trying to get myself together.

GPiizy had everything invested in him and his woman. They were going to start a business together but his investment tanked.

“You want to write a book? If you wrote a book about me and this dude right here, your book will go platinum,” he said, laughing at his friend who was trying to pick up a girl walking past. “I guarantee you.”

This morning was the beginning of the end. Everything went haywire and now he’s homeless.

“Man, look, I’m at a point in my life right now where I even went to the homeless shelter this morning to try to just go to the bottom to come back up,” he said with a hope in his eye that put a smile on his pissed off face.

“I had everything, you know what I’m saying, as far as my business school taking care of my business,” he said. “I been with this woman and this morning we had a spat.”

Her sister is a preacher and her brother lived with them.

“I was taking her to work man I got pissed off bro, and it clicked,” he said.

Christopher Morgan was trying to start a business called the mobile dollar. He was going to do “like a vending thing.” He was even going to have food, but now can’t afford to feed himself.

“The food was going to be the main thing,” GPiizy said, “but it was going to be called the mobile dollar because everybody go’n around town trying to get stuff for a dollar.”

GPiizy knows his company was going to be a great investment because people can’t leave out of downtown “to like get stuff.”

“I was going to make my money and become a millionaire of my mobile dollar. I had everything drawed up, my plans drawed up and everything,” he said.

Christopher Morgan was going to have a cart. He even had food and everything already. But this morning it all ended.

“I don’t know what’s going on with my life bro.”

Dallas, Homeless

Davey Drew

A photographer stands, swaying, on the corner of Ervay and Elm with nothing in his hands but a paper CVS photo folder. The folder holds two beautiful pictures of slot canyons he tries to sell to a man walking past. He took them on his Cannon EOS. What others don’t know is that in the paper folder is another white envelope for extra protection of his best shot, his pride and joy.

Davey Drew is homeless right now and rather enjoys it. He likes the freedom and has for the past 25 years.

“I can travel all over the country, you know, shoot this with a camera, do what other people can’t do,” he said with a smile barely be seen through his greying beard. “Of course, I’m almost 60.”

The photographer has held other jobs before, but it was “just this and that, like everyone else. Junk.”

To get from city to city, Davey Drew takes greyhounds and hitches rides on freight trains.

“Anything that moves that’s going my way and that I can get in or get on. I don’t much think about where I’m going to go,” Davey Drew said. “I just, you know. I’ve already been there and somehow I liked it so much I ended up there again.”

He used to hitchhike but doesn’t anymore. You see, he’s crippled now.

“I fell very seriously, but it wasn’t on one of my photoshoots,” Davey Drew said. “I was just screwing around.”

Davey Drew peddles his photos across the country but is going to sell them on eBay soon. The best place he’s been is Arizona. Northern Arizona, to be precise, an area where he probably took the photos he’s now selling to the highest bidder.

“I lived in Arizona before I was homeless and I think I’m going to go there again next,” Davey Drew said. The last time Davey Drew was here was over 10 years ago. Even though he just arrived three or four days ago, he doesn’t know how long he’ll be in town, but he’s thinks he’ll be leaving soon.

It’s much warmer there.

“I aint worth a shit, but I like my life a lot and this is something to do.”