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Eck ~ two years smack-free
Here is Eck, a familiar sight to those who frequent my stream and also those who live in Reading town. Eck has been free from heroin addiction for two years now and he has no intention of returning. Here's Eck's story from earlier in my stream . . . Alexander Kerr, known more affectionately as “Eck” has been a familiar face to many in Reading’s busy town centre, frequently seen sitting on the ground playing his tin whistle at the corner of Victoria and Broad Street with his two dogs loyally by his side. Eck was one of amongst forty or so of the town’s most visible homeless citizens that are often seen either begging, busking or selling copies of “The Big Issue”. However, Eck has turned his life around to such a degree that he has won the support and admiration of many followers of his on-line story worldwide. When I first met Eck towards the end of 2006 he was thirteen weeks into fighting a battle with alcohol and heroin addiction. He told me how he had been quite literally put out on the streets at the tender age of sixteen. Lacking any resources, dealing with rejection and having very little life experience he soon became vulnerable and his life rapidly disintegrated into a spiralling struggle to survive each day and feed his heroin habit. When he could not afford heroin he turned to alcohol in ever increasing quantities. He soon lost all sense of self esteem, he lost respect in himself and felt no sense of purpose other than to simply survive what had already become, which he described as “a hellish existence”. Eck, speaking with a gentle and soft voice blended with a humorous humble pride told me of his love for his two young children and how that love had given him the much needed incentive to get his life back on track. “Last year . . .” he told me, “I made nearly ?200 playing my whistle in the days leading up to Christmas. I spent nearly all of it on heroin and bought just a few small Christmas presents for my kids. This year every penny I make is going on the kids for Christmas.” Eck told me how at one stage he was drinking several bottles of sherry a day and he had now managed to reduce his intake of alcohol to just a few daily cans of beer. Methadone treatment, he explained had kept him clear of heroin for over three months and that he was resolute in his determination to stay clean. “I need to for the sake of my kids, My wife is still on the gear, she is all over the place, she keeps falling over and just can’t manage on her own.” He told me Social Services became involved and now after years of homelessness he and his wife were eventually and recently provided with Council housing. “After all these years of living on the streets I can’t get used to living in a house, it’s actually quite uncomfortable and a difficult transition for me to make” he explained. “You might think this strange but I much prefer the cold weather like this than the Summer heat. I’m very much a Winter person. In the Summer you’ll find me hiding in the shadows”. By this point in our conversation I was already shivering as the icy rain lashed down and the wind began to pick up speed. “You would expect my fingers to be too numb with cold to play my whistle in this weather” he said, “but they’re not, I’m quite used to it”. Eck spoke too of his hopes, his desires and aspirations for the future, sentiments that were not so long ago buried deep and lost. He told me how some day he hoped he could live in a houseboat and enjoy the freedom of a life outdoors but yet not be homeless. Most of all he spoke of his children’s future, how he hoped that he could one day take them on a holiday, something he told me that they had never had. We spoke too of the plight of Reading’s homeless and how there was little if no support available. Eck was keen and happy for me to chronicle his story as part of an on going project to highlight the plight of Reading’s homeless. After my taking a few photographs we bid each other a Merry Christmas and agreed to meet again soon.Sparky & the M3
This video is one of the few that I took while working on the BRC...I really wish I'd have taken more when I was out on transfers and such...but anyways...in this one we have a pair of ALCo C424's on the nightly transfer to the Soo Line at Bensenville...I've got the camera hanging out the window as the engineer is giving them hell...cleaning out all the carbon buildup. Later in the video is some action with the rope-pull Nathan M3...loved those things...it wasn't long after this video that I took promotion to engine service there, and was soon running these guys all over Chicago on my own...this should be late 1992 or early 1993.
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