New Years Eve. We get a call...Oh Woe is me. The usual. He's actually talking about coming home, etc. After discussion, Jabber and I send son $50 and tell him, "This is for you to be able to buy some food, bus passes, etc. Get to social services. Get to the homeless assistance agencies. You have been there 3 months and not done this. Don't spend your money on nonsense. You have a week to decide if you are coming home or not. But this is it. No more $. Get yourself on assistance." New Years Day. Wake to a text - On NYE he took his eyes off his backpack for "just a couple minutes" and the pack and all his goods were stolen. He has the clothing he's wearing (thankfully multiples shirts and pants and coat and boots) and he doesn't know what he'll do. Will see if he can find assistance. We don't hear from him again until this morning, when we wake to texts sent overnight. He has spent most of his $50 (apparently on weed and tobacco mainly) and gave most away...trying to start the new year off building karma, apparently, and doing nice things for people, like carrying heavy things for people with canes, letting people bum smokes, etc. But everyone is awful and there are meth addicts everywhere and the shelter is awful and he's sick and freezing and hungry etc. (Shelter feeds you at 4:30 and you get nothing else until 6:30 - that's the hungry part). He wants to come home. He gives up. Etc. Now...he doesn't really WANT to come home. He hates this town, he has no friends, he just has nothing left since his stuff was stolen. He says once campus opens, he has a girlfriend who'll be back in town, he will have people to stay with. He'd made friends on campus. Etc. Replacing his stuff new at Walmart will be about the same cost as the train ticket. Jabber and I don't know what to do. Frankly, we'd rather he stay gone...but the bank has to close! We are willing to pay for the train. We are not willing to give him money. We might be willing to buy from Walmart...but lets face it, he can return things for $, not to mention it's much more expensive and inconvenient to buy on-line than to just give him the $. For instance, socks. I can buy a basic package of Fruit of the Loom socks. that I KNOW are hanging on the wall at Walmart. But if I do, I have to pay $18 for a $8 package of socks in order for him to pick them up in 3 days. For free pickup, he has to wait until January 11th! But he can walk in with $8 and buy the exact same socks today! Same with sleeping bags and most anything else. They have a lot of "pick up today" stuff...but not many of the necessities. It's annoying. It's 11:31 and I've done NOTHING today at work. I hate my life right now. I can't believe I miss 2016...sucky as it was...given how this year has started.