From the Drainage Tunnel at the Foot of the Castle on Stemmons, a Merry Christmas

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Photos by Dylan Hollingsworth
Late yesterday, friend of the show and Observer contributor Dylan Hollingsworth posted to Facebook the photo you see above; a second followed a little later, and it's after the jump. He offered no explanation for either, only a title: "Oh, Christmas Tree." And the date: December 2011.

But the site of the shot looked familiar. I asked Dylan if it was taken in the shadow of Medieval Times on Stemmons, just across the freeway from Unfair Park HQ. It was, he said, just yesterday. (The photo after the jump, of course, clearly identifies the site of the shoot.)

Friends of Unfair Park may recall: Back in June 2010 Patrick Michels met and spent a long while with Rusty Shotwell, who, at that time, had lived in the drainage tunnel for some three years. Justin Timberlake's favorite photographer confirms: It was Rusty who put out the Christmas tree.

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Jillyjiller
Jillyjiller

A snapshot of how the 99% will live in all 57 states when Obama is reelected.

guest
guest

I bet when that lazy, no good, panhandling tree starts losing its needles it's gonna wanna go to Parkland and receive treatment on my hard working, taxpaying dime! Bah humbug! Don't water the trees...give the water to charities, instead.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

The Mexican poinsettias coming over and having anchor seedlings are worse.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

I bet the Stemmons HOA makes the poor sap take it down.

Dougsterfresh
Dougsterfresh

Shhhhh....don't spoil the secret refuges in Dallas. If you do, how will I be able to fall back on my emergency crisis budget plan of living out of a tent in secret under a creek bridge in a strategic part of Dallas to save money to get back on my feet? Not that I'm there, far from it, but I want the option to be there if I needed it to be!

NewsDog
NewsDog

This guy is homeless and he has a bigger, nicer tree than I have in my apartment.

guest
guest

I know, right! Dudes living the good life! Exposed to the elements, exposed to the dangers of people who commit violent acts against the homeless, isolation, being marginalized, police harassment...living the sweet life, indeed! 

Angrywhiteguy
Angrywhiteguy

What a condescending twit.

That "sweet life" is HIS choice. Don't like living there? Then move.

GuestM
GuestM

From the previous interview, in response to his mother: "When they first moved in here, Rusty says, "She didn't understand it. She always said once I turn 40 I'll get a job. I'm 43 and I ain't fixing to work for anybody."

The article also talked about time they spent in jail and getting medical treatment at Parkland. Refusing to get a job, and benefiting from tax dollars. Sounds like a choice to me.

guest
guest

How do you know he chose it? You un-condescending twat.

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