One’s first impression of Bobby Kelly would probably be wrong. He’s big, bald and tattooed. He is a 53-year-old man who is working with a tutor, trying to get his GED (General Educational Development for high school equivalency diploma). He didn’t finish high school for several reasons. In his words, “I really didn’t learn anything. It wasn’t due to my problems. It was due to other people’s problems. Then I became the problem. You get tired of being pushed around. I was a poor kid—I mean dirt poor. … I guess I did come to the point where I turned into, like, a violent kid or whatever … But it’s never too late to straighten up. I straightened up.”
Bobby has worked hard from the time he was a kid making five dollars a day delivering milk. So how does a hard worker like Bobby Kelly wind up homeless for the past eight years? “Eyesight. I was doing fence work and it got where I couldn’t tie the ties to the fences anymore … I got fired. Come to find out I had the cataracts of a ninety-year-old man and I just gradually lost my sight.”
MAILBOX OVEN-BAKED HOT CHICKEN PIE
Cans are multifunctional when cooking in the woods. Once they have performed their
original function, they are washed and used as baking pans or for dishware.
1 can of chunk chicken
½ cup diced onion
¼ teaspoon black or red pepper
½ cup biscuit mix.
Heat mailbox oven. Mix all ingredients together. Pour into empty cans. Bake for about 40 minutes. Allow mailbox oven to cool, then remove cans. Can be topped with warm cream of mushroom soup. Enjoy. Serves four (small cans) or two (larger cans).
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