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Man Cave Neon Beer Sign Collection

Homeless journey.

Byline: Randi Bjornstad The Register-Guard

"I led the way farther up the newly cut snow covered trail
towards the tent to find our camp in total ruin. The tent was dropped
and cut to shreds, the stove had been kicked apart and scattered
everywhere. All of our clothing was thrown about and all of Beth's
paperwork was scattered into the snow. Even our food was opened up and
dumped out everywhere. It was just a mess, a total disaster ... Nothing
was taken as far as we could tell; everything was all just utterly
destroyed. It was an act out of pure, bitter, meanness."

When you're homeless to start with, losing a tent is as tragic
as losing a mansion, maybe more. Getting a new pair of socks "feels
like getting a new car to anyone else,"
Robert Kirk

 Toncray says.

He knows. Toncray, who goes by his middle name to avoid confusion
because his first name is the same as his father's, spent nearly
five years on the streets.

His workplace during those years was "the rock," a
cluster of boulders at the drive-through exit of the McDonald's
restaurant at 57th and Main streets in Springfield, where he and other
homeless people spent their days "flying sign" for spare
change. At night, his shelter was a tent among trees if he was lucky; a
layer of cardboard under them when he wasn't.

He cleaned up in the morning as best he could in the restrooms of
fast-food places or gas stations where there were friendly managers. In
return, he spent his money in those places, on fast food or mini-mart
groceries he hauled to camp. His prized possession was his Mini Maglite,
relying on its piercing beam to
slice through

 a half-decade of dark,
uncomfortable nights.

"I was raised well," Toncray says. "I never thought
being homeless would last that long. The longer it went, the more I
thought it would never end."

It finally did, thanks to an injury that just as easily could have
ended his life. Toncray has turned that dark period into a
straightforward
memoir

, "Behind the Signs: A Journey Through
Homelessness," an unvarnished, day-by-day look at the monotony and
downward slide into hopelessness common to many who find themselves
without a home.

"I tried to make it into chapters, each one with a specific
point," he says. "But I also wanted it to read as a diary of
what life is like when you're homeless and living on the streets,
and why it's so difficult to find your way back."

"When I dig around in those memories, I find that after years
of being on the top of that society mountain and slipping clear down to
the very bottom, the experience will be something I will use for the
rest of my life. I gained knowledge that is only obtainable through
living the life. I don't think a person or even a group of people
could put it into words what actually happens to a person who finds
themself at that bottom."

Now 46, Toncray was born in Illinois. His father, Bob Toncray,
worked for a utility company there before moving the family to Oregon,
where he worked for the Springfield Utility Board until his retirement.

Kirk Toncray remembers a normal childhood spent with his parents,
Bob and Alice, brother Tony and sister Debbie. He graduated from
Lowell
High School

, married young and went to work, first in the woods and
eventually as a diesel mechanic and service manager at a heavy equipment
rental company.

He and his wife were "setting our lives up with two wonderful
children, a home and nice vehicles; not to mention a fairly decent
individual retirement account and plans for an even more fulfilling
lifestyle before the age of thirty," Toncray writes in the
foreword
  
n.
A preface or an introductory note, as for a book, especially by a person other than the author.



Noun

an introductory statement to a book

Noun 1.
 to his book.

All that changed in 1998, through a series of
devastating
  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun:
 events,
beginning with a divorce, "where I was left with basically nothing
except my clothes, tools and a disabled pickup truck," he writes.
The company where he'd worked for 10 years was sold. At his next
job, he sustained an on-the-job injury - "I stepped on a rock wrong
and broke my leg in four places," Toncray says, leaving him
"permanently partially disabled." About the same time, he

shattered
  
v. shat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters

v.tr.
1. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.

2.
a.
 his helmet in a motorcycle accident that left him with
scar
tissue


n.
Dense, fibrous connective tissue that forms over a healed wound or cut.
 on the brain. "I started having
epileptic
 /ep·i·lep·tic/ ()
1. pertaining to or affected with epilepsy.

2. a person affected with epilepsy.


n.
One who has epilepsy.
 seizures," he
recalls. "The doctors said I couldn't do my job as a mechanic
any more; it would be too dangerous."

Even so, he took a job as a metal
fabricator
  
tr.v. fab·ri·cat·ed, fab·ri·cat·ing, fab·ri·cates
1. To make; create.

2. To construct by combining or assembling diverse, typically standardized parts:
 for a motor coach
company, "which I wasn't supposed to," because he had
child support to pay. "But they were taking so much out of my pay
for child support that I was ending up with $2.08 per hour, and I
couldn't begin to make ends meet on that."

He began to lose his equilibrium, moving back home with his
parents, signing up for classes to learn new skills and taking job after
job from which so much pay was deducted for back child support that he
couldn't live independently.

The final blow came when a "very dear friend - I had known him
since we were 10 years old - committed suicide. I felt so helpless and
so guilty," Toncray says.

He started staying away from home, feeling like a failure for
needing help from his parents. He began to take long hikes without
telling his parents when he would return. Their concern over his
absences peaked when he was stranded in the hills during a freak ice
storm.

"At that point, they couldn't tolerate the stress of the
situation any more, and I understood that," Toncray says.

The next day, his father dropped him off at a homeless shelter.
"I stayed there one night, but I decided I would rather be out on
my own," he says.

Hard as life became for him, his parents also suffered. Although
they recognized his despair, they did not foresee what was going to
happen.

"Oh, no, we didn't see it coming," Bob Toncray says.
"It just kind of snowballed."

Sitting in their comfortable living room in east Springfield with
their tiny white dog, Mandy, running back and forth for attention, Alice
Toncray chokes up as she remembers Kirk's years on the street. Bob
Toncray takes a white
handkerchief
 In classical Greece pieces of fine perfumed cotton, known as mouth or perspiration cloths, were often used by the wealthy. From the 1st cent. B.C.
 from his pocket and
surreptitiously
  
adj.
1. Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.

2. Acting with or marked by stealth. See Synonyms at secret.
 wipes his eyes.

"It just progressively seemed to get worse, watching his
goals, hopes, dreams and desires being snatched out from under him, and
it was extremely hard on him because he would come and stay with us and
then feel so bad because he no longer could take care of himself
economically - all his pride was taken away from him," she says.

"When he lost hope, it just did us in. We prayed, let me tell
you. And we drove. We drove and drove and looked for him every day of
the week. When someone is out there like that, you do everything you can
do short of lying down and dying yourself."

She came to hate going to bed at night, in her warm house and
comfortable bed, knowing that Kirk was out in the elements somewhere,
cold, hungry and in despair.

During his years on the streets, there were three stretches when
police, while checking homeless people's identification, arrested
Toncray for unpaid child support. Each time, he spent four months in
jail.

"We were so relieved when he was in custody," Bob Toncray
says. "At least we knew where he was and that he was getting some
level of care."

"Sure, I drank the
booze

, and I have often thought of what I
would say when someone asked why most homeless people drink. I would
have to answer; When it's twenty-five degrees at three in the
afternoon, and you are looking forward to a night with the low
temperatures dipping in to the single digits, catching a little buzz
makes things a little more
bearable
  
adj.
That can be endured:



bear
."

Toncray had his own stereotypes about homeless people when he first
joined them at the rock, but he quickly learned better.

"The case of every homeless person is different and unique -
the stereotypes don't fit," he says. "You have to look
behind the signs and find out who the people really are and how they got
there."

Many became his friends. Danny had been a
filbert
 see hazel.


filbert
 or hazel(nut)

Any of about 15 species of deciduous trees and shrubs that make up the genus Corylus, in the birch family, native to the northern temperate zone; also, the edible nuts they produce.
 farmer in the
Springfield area before falling on hard times. John had been "some
sort of bigwig with General Electric," back in Indiana. "His
son died, and his marriage broke up, and he just couldn't take life
any more," Toncray said. "He ended up here, and he just sort
of dwindled away."

A woman named Beth had been a service writer for a major automobile
dealership. She and Toncray ended up spending several years camping
together, not as a romantic couple but more as protection for her,
"because she weighed only about 90 pounds," he says.

"She had a couple of boys and had been in an abusive
relationship. She had an apartment when I first met her, but she allowed
some people to stay there who did drugs in the bathroom - she said she
didn't know they were users - and everyone got thrown out, so she
became homeless."

"Behind the Signs" makes dozens of references to
beer-drinking, and Beth was one who wanted a beer first thing in the
morning to last thing at night. The group who spent their time at the
rock nicknamed her "the Betholizer" for the explosive change
in her personality when she'd passed a certain threshold of
beer-drinking in a day.

"A lot of people think you shouldn't give homeless people
money because they're going to use it for beer or cigarettes, and
to a point that's true," Toncray says. "But most of the
money is used in positive ways like food and socks and tents and
sleeping bags - it's miserable out there."

Weather is one reason, but part of the suffering of the homeless is
the non-homeless, Toncray says. "During one year that Beth and I
camped together, we had seven tents destroyed, mostly by people - often
kids - who don't like homeless people," he says.
"That's a very
insecure

adj.
1. Lacking emotional stability; not well-adjusted.

2. Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety.



in
 feeling."

When it happened, he and Beth would fly a sign saying they needed a
tent, and at least a couple of times passers-by stopped, took them to
the nearby Bi-Mart and bought them a new one. Once, a man drove home and
picked up a tent he no longer needed and brought it back.

Customers in fast-food places also could be cruel - "Some
people would
spit

 on you, yell at you or throw pennies at you," he
says - although managers in the same places were usually kind. "One
guy named Bruce, who was the manager at McDonald's, would keep
decks of cards for us to use when the weather was bad."

"In honorable memory for those who suffered the difficult
journey with me during the most challenging and memorable part of my
life (In respective order of their times of departure from this Earth):
Billy, John, Linda Lou,
Nimrod
 in the Bible, descendant of Cush who is recorded as a mighty hunter.



Nimrod

Biblical hunter of great prowess. [O.T.: Genesis 10:9; Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]

See : Hunting
, Dusty, Danny, Beth.

Rest in peace my friends."

It took a life-threatening infection and an old friend to rescue
Toncray from the streets, but many of his homeless friends were not as
lucky.

Billy, Nimrod and Dusty all died from injuries sustained after
being hit by vehicles on Main Street. Linda Lou died of cancer. John
said he was taking a bus to Texas to visit friends and simply
disappeared. Danny and Beth both died of
cirrhosis of the liver

A type of liver disease, most often caused by chronic alcohol abuse. It is characterized by scarring of the liver, which leads to an increase in the blood pressure in the portal veins.

Mentioned in: Bleeding Varices
. Some
had obituaries in the newspaper, with no hint of their homelessness.

Sometime in 2010, Toncray developed an infection in his leg.

"I somehow cut it or scraped it, and I wasn't in a
situation to keep it clean enough," he says. "Then one day I
got my foot stuck in a fence and couldn't get it out."

Beth called the police for assistance, and they couldn't get
him unstuck, "so they called Springfield Fire & Life
Safety," Toncray says.

One of the first responders was Doug Price, who had been a
childhood friend. "He took one look at my leg and told me I was
going to the hospital. I was in intensive care for 10 days. At one point
the doctors thought I would lose my leg."

After his stint in the hospital, Toncray went back to his
parents' house - and stayed there. He finished "Behind the
Signs," begun during his homeless years, using computers at the
Eugene Public Library and storing the draft on floppy disks or e-mailing
portions to himself via cell phone. He's now working on two novels.

Doug Price's mother,
Nancy Price

, remembers the Toncray family
well. "My sons and their children grew up together - Kirk is a very
brilliant person in my estimation - and it was sad to see that his life
went downhill in that way," she says. "I read his book, and it
changed my thinking. You know, I used to have an attitude about those
kind of people, but now I understand more."

It's an evolution Dan Bryant, a Eugene minister and one of the
community's most avid advocates for the homeless, appreciates.
"A new idea I've been pushing is the way the homeless
experience prejudice," Bryant says. "I've come to view it
as the same as race or any other kind of bias. You see a person with a
sign, and you make all kinds of assumptions, many of them wrong."

That's one reason Toncray now volunteers for the Egan Warming
Center network that provides overnight shelter, food and supplies for
homeless people on extra-cold winter nights.

One recent night, "I handed a man a pair of new socks,"
Toncray recalls. "He held them to his nose and smelled them and
smelled them. I understood."

WHERE TO BUY "BEHIND THE SIGNS"

Locally: Black Sun and Tsunami Books

Online: amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

Signed by author: kirktoncray.com

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