The Meth-Quitter Coffee Shop Hider
As I got just past Medicine Hat, Alberta, there was a guy standing on the side of the road, thumbing a ride. So, I stopped and got him into the car. He said his name was Michael and he was on his way to Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Michael told me that he has been clean from crystal meth since November. He quit cold-turkey, so instead of being in places of temptation, he hitch-hikes all around Canada and sleeps in the Tim Horton’s which he knows will allow him to stay. He said he woke up yesterday morning in Brandon, Manitoba, hitch-hiked to Medicine Hat, Alberta, slept in a hotel that an organization paid for, and now he was on his way to Swift because the Tim Horton’s there will allow him to sleep. He now wants to be a minister in a church. By staying on the move, Michael is able to hide from his meth demon. Five minutes into the drive he told me that he was tired and asked if he could sleep. I told him to make himself comfortable. He was snoring in about 90 seconds. I dropped him off in Gull Lake a little while later.