Megan has an AIDS-phobia (Whatever scientific term is) and it would be a plot point eventuallyHer reaction to homeless lady was weird (She should know that AIDS does not transmit like this). Maybe it was irrational fear speaking? It would also explain her outspoken abstinence.
Joel and Gary are the little kid versions of Charlie and Mac from It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaBoth pairs revel in their poverty and the filth of their broken city (the parallel between the "lake" Joel and Gary create and the ruined pool Charlie and Mac try to repair is an example of their similar mindset). Also, Joel is hopelessly optimistic and gets incredibly angry at bizarre, insignificant things (like Charlie).