Sitting outside of Bluebird on Central Ave., downtown Albuquerque.
I gave a 19 year old girl with a black eye $20 tonight. She said her boyfriend hit her and made her leave their apartment at 2:30 this morning. That she had just moved up here from El Paso. Her grandfather, who had raised her after her mother died, had died just 3 months ago, and she doesn't have any other family. She didn't have a job, was trying to sell me a purse. When I asked her what she was going to do with the money, she said she was going to get some food and try to get a hotel room - that she was hungry and cold. I asked her if she was going to buy drugs with it, and she said "no, ma'am".
She didn't peg my bullshit meter, though if she was conning me, it was only twenty. If she wasn't, it wasn't nearly enough.
I didn't even ask if I could take her picture. And I'm really really really ok with that.