I was in a coffeeshop recently and happened to hear a security guard talking about homeless people.
He said that a certain group of people that sleep (outside) at this certain place are very neat and clean, never leaving a mess behind in the morning. The spot he is speaking of is very public and I have been surprised (although glad) that the business owners have allowed people to sleep in front of this place. I know a couple who sleeps there, D and C and I told them about this compliment. So not all visible homeless people wreck things and I felt it important to state this, after my big rant I wrote the other day.
It’s pouring down rain here and cold and I feel truly sorry for anyone who has to be outside in this. There’s one guy I never see inside. He lives kind of wild in this urban setting, doesn’t talk to anyone that I know of and doesn’t take anything from anyone (although he must get a check or something, otherwise, how does he survive?)
I found myself wishing I had a small place where a person like this could come in and get a warm bath or shower, a nice meal and sit in front of a fireplace awhile and warm his bones. I wouldn’t expect anything of him. I would just like to offer him a break.
But alas, I have nothing to offer. Why don’t wealthy people do more to help? What’s the barrier?
I’m pretty conflicted about this topic I guess. It’s just that on rainy days like this, it hurts to see a brother suffering.
I rode my bike everywhere today. I’m sore from it. I hope I get used to it soon. I still need to get the battery thing taken care of. A friend is going to put it in for me because they don’t do installations at the $29.99 place.
I still should ride my bike a lot but it’s not convenient at all. It makes me late for everything. Having a car/van makes all the difference in homelessness. Without one, you are just screwed. Your world becomes very small and you are at everyone’s mercy. People are willing to help and naturally, it’s on their timeframe. I can understand that but it’s a logistical nightmare when you are dying on the vine.
A friend flaked on me this morning and to her it’s no big deal but she has no idea how much harder it made my day. People make mistakes….I make tons…so I will forgive of course but it is a reminder to me to follow through on what I say I will do.
My battery went out on my van yesterday. I knew that was coming as it’s a 4 year old battery. Still I just paid a lot of money to have the front end fixed. The van was in a grocery store parking lot and my friend C was willing to use one of her AAA thingies (units? You get 4 services a year) to tow my car out of there so I don’t get towed by the $250 a night guys. I have AAA but I’ve used up all my services, of course. The BEST part of the whole AAA experience is the tow truck driving told me where I could get a good battery for $29. Knowlege IS power sometimes. You can save a lot of money if you know where to find the good stuff.
So that was yesterday. It was too late to get the battery yesterday so I’m riding my bike. It was a little cold when I set out around 7 but it warmed up fast. I really love riding my bike. I went to my (kind of) new storage because they have a bathroom. My go-to morning bathroom spot that I’ve used a lot is CLOSED now, “due to vandalism and misuse”. THANKS SCUMBAGS.
Like I’ve said before one or two scumbags(usually from among the homeless community and usually addicts of some kind) can ruin it for the rest of us. If some business lets you use their bathroom, why can’t you just be decent and not make a mess? Why do you think everyone should clean up after you? I’ve already seen two bathrooms I’ve used be put on lockdown in just one year.
I’ve been around some of the visible homeless people lately and they don’t seem overjoyed to see me. I’m sure The Cobra and this other Witch tells them I talk bad about SOME homeless people (in fact The Cobra has done it before when I was in the same room with them) in my blog. Oh well. If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn’t, then obviously I’m not talking about you.
Be decent. If you aren’t, then don’t boo hoo when they close down all the service around here and you have to beg for your food. I will be okay. Unless, I’m half dead with an illness, I will find work. Why do you guys party yourself into a state where no one wants to hire you? Is that smart? Do you really think people are going to feed you and keep bathrooms, showers etc. open to you forever? Maybe they will, but do you really think it’s worth the risk?
A lot of people believe that at some point homeless people will be rounded up. Ya, see, well off people don’t like what they perceive as “bums” hanging about. It ruins their environment. Some of them beg, some pee on the sidewalk, etc. Anyway, here’s an article to read about the possibility of being rounded up and sent to a shelter that would be difficult to leave. Maybe these people are being alarmists and maybe they’re not. I’m not going to risk it. I like my freedom.
So I’ve been pretty broke lately. I’ve gone a couple of times to churches for a meal. They sure do a good job. A couple of enemies are there from the homeless community but I think they want to avoid me as much as I want to avoid them so it’s no big deal.
The food stamps help but they go fast. I also go to the local food pantry. It all helps.
I did get a new client today so that should help. I really need to just put aside ALL the money I make with this client for car repairs.
Frankly, I’m putting waaaay too much money into cars. I can’t afford it. I have my bike in storage but it’s not super convenient running back and forth from the storage and it’s going to be hard getting the bike in and out without boxes falling everywhere. Argh….you know me and my storage!
So I’m thinking I’ll just put a big rack on the back of the van and put on a nice sturdy lock or two. I REALLY need to ride my bike instead of driving everywhere. The car repairs are killing me!
Reader thoughts and ideas are always welcome. Thanks again for reading.
I’m having a slow season right now so blaaaaaah…..
AND I had to sell my car for parts after my transmission went out.
Now I I have to try to keep this van going or save for a new car. Haha.
That’s it. I’m sure next week will be better.
Been working a lot lately. Pretty tired but earning pretty good money.
I get tired and sore. I have to go online to find nature cures for all my injuries and ailments.
I’m told I have Medi-cal now but I don’t want to use it.
I have some problems with plantar fasciitis. (My heel aches). I have taken to taping my foot up with duct tape before I start working and that seems to help. Don’t laugh. When modern medicine realized how effective this is, they will produce a duct tape like material for medical use, call it some fancy name and charge patients (insurance) ten times what duct tape costs. Oh and I don’t even have to take an advil. No drugs! Yay me.
A friend of mine separated his shoulder in a car accident a couple of weeks ago and is in a lot of pain. The hospital gave him some Ibuprophen and Hydrocodone for the pain and didn’t even mention icing it and resting it. I think this is very bad medicine. Think about it. The guy takes pain meds and overuses his shoulder making the problem worse right? I’ll bet it happens all the time. These people should be sued for malpractice more often.
If you are a good doctor then this screed does not apply to you.
Welp, that’s it! Take care Friends!
2 more days ’til mansion time. hehe.
I’m not actually really into material things but I just find the whole thing amusing. They are paying ME to stay in their 5 star hotel mansion. Who’d a thunk it?
I saw an old enemy today. The Cobra. She had on black though so she sort of reminded me of a spider.
I hope you are reading this Cobra so you can be jealous, as I know you will be.
Gosh I’m so petty! Sorry folks. If you knew this creature you would understand my feelings.
The Cobra claimed to have worked with and even gone bowling with Bill Gates, back before he got famous and uber-rich. Is the Cobra crazy or will Billy G. actually be coming soon on a White steed to take her away from all this? I am waiting to see.
Oh I’m so naughty today!
Okay enough of this.
I MAY get housed soon but only if it will make sense. If the housing is too far away it may not work because my car is not reliable enough to make a big commute every day and I can’t afford the gas. I am going to take a look at what is offered though (if I qualify). You never know, it might be pretty darn good.
Storage update! You all know how I obsess on my storage situation. Well I’ve moved it closer to where I hang out and I reboxed a bunch of stuff so the stacks of boxes are more stable than before meaning they aren’t sliding down avalanche style, at least not yet. It is pretty organzed with stuff I use frequently near the front. My BIKE fits in there and I think I will be able to more it in and out without boxes going everywhere. No guarantees though. I have some survival food, mostly canned in there but it is getting old so it’s time to start replacing it.
I can’t believe I have been survival minded for so many years now. It’s been almost 4 years I guess. It’s good nothing horrible happened where I would need to use it and I don’t regret having it. It’s all cheap stuff. I didn’t spend much on it. It’s like an insurance policy in case there’s an earthquake or something and the food supplies are cut off. It gives me piece of mind knowing it’s there.
Good night all!
Ryu ask how much to keep in your van. Good questions Ryu. How much of various item to keep in your van is dependent on your circumstances. If you have another place to store things, then by all means use this other place like a closet, going there every day or two for clean clothes, food etc. This keeps your vehicle from looking too lived in and gives you more space for sleeping.
As I was typing the answer above i was thinking maybe my blankets should go into my storage during the day too. I’m not sure about that though because my storage closes at 9 pm and if I missed the deadline I would be VERY cold and uncomfortable trying to sleep!
A couple of really cool things have happened lately. First a friend of mine who works out at the gym faithfully has offered to drive out of her way to work out with me! We have done this a few times now and it is SO great having a friend to talk to while working out! I am so grateful to her!
The other cool thing is that I have a new housesitting client and the family lives in a mansion. So instead of paying rent I will get paid to stay in what amounts to a 5 star hotel! What does that
cost? $200 a night? More? This is even better because I will have the whole house. I really don’t have to do much either. Just normal house stuff. No cleanimg. They have people for that
Wish I had the wherewithal to do this.
I think you need an income that isn’t dependent on living near people to do this. I also would want a partner because two heads are better than one.
Ryu asked about how to pick a sleepspot a while back and I had a nice reply going but hit the wrong button and lost it all so here’s a bullet point list of what I do.
- Choose a low-crime area to “live” in
- Choose a residential area to sleep in which is neither too rich or two poor
- Get your hygeine, phone calls etc. done BEFORE driving to your sleep spot. Doing anything except laying down to sleep in your sleep spot is not smart. It attracts too much attention.
- Trouble sleeping? Go to bed later when you’re exhausted or listen to podcasts on your phone to bore yourself into going to sleep.
- Move your car or van frequently. In my town you aren’t even allowed to have your vehicle in the same spot on the street for more that 48 hours (you might get ticketed) so I keep this in mind. I used to change every night but now, if I like a spot I will stay two nights.
Hope that helps everyone. Have a nice day!
Two homeless women were very rude to me a few months ago and I just walked away. One was someone I’ve known for a while and liked before this happened.
My usual MO is to forget about these things and when I see the person just say hi etc. For some reason yesterday when I ran into the woman I used to like yesterday, I reminded her of what had happened a few months ago and told her she had been rude to me.
It’s not really fun to do this kind of thing but really how wimpy is it to be nice to people when they are bitchy to me (and I’m pretty sure talking behind my back)?
Enough of that. I have been eating better lately which is helping me feel less tired and sick during the day. This is good.
I am making schedules for myself everyday and trying to stick to them. That feels good too. I get a lot more done.
I have been listening to TEDTalk podcasts on my phone while I am working. Many of the speakers are kind of over the top with multiculturalism nonsense BUT they do have interesting thoughts to share and listening to them gets MY mind working.
Here’s on of the speakers I heard today. http://www.ted.com/talks/jacek_utko_asks_can_design_save_the_newspaper.html
Hope you had fun today too.