Tent City Practically in My Neighborhood

imageedit_40_9085368033I’d recently noticed a tent city had formed along the freeway in Santa Ana, CA.  Apparently a lot of people set up camp there because the former camp (At the Civic Center) was shut down so the city could do renovations.  Now they have shut down THIS encampment too (They need to put some boulders there) and there are claims that that the people only had one hour to gather their belongings and get out AND that some of their belongings were shipped around 30 minutes from Santa Ana.

Nick Mastrisciano, who suffers from a traumatic brain injury, was one of five homeless people to sue the county in the most recent lawsuit. According to the complaint, on Feb. 8, he was given one hour to remove his property, but his disability made it difficult to relocate in that amount of time, causing him to lose his driver’s license, telephone, blankets, sleeping bag, clothes, important paperwork and other belongings.

We treat our poor like crap in this country.  People assume that these folks are mentally ill or addicted.  They might be.  All the more reason to give them a break right?

There are enough empty houses in this counry s to house every single one of our homeless but the governments would rather just give them JUST enough cash to survive.

I must add a caveat.  There should be requirements for getting a free home.  No one should be allowed to just trash these places.  And they should be helped, TRULY helped to find employment if they are able to work.  And there’s the rub.  SOME homeless people have grown accustomed to not having to follow many rules.  I’m not sure what should be done about people like that.

Maybe if we have a REAL war on drugs and drugs aren’t so readily available, that will solve part of the problem.  Also, if we make it so “doctors” can’t give out mind altering drugs to CHILDREN for ADHD, and whatever, there won’t be as many young people becoming addicted to drugs before even reaching adulthood.

Also, I happen to know of people who were never big drinker and had never used drugs that began using AFTER they became homeless.

Imagine working your whole life and being hit head on in your 50s or 60s with a job loss and/or huge hospital bills and/or bad health.

That is why I am working harder now to make and save a little money.  I want to be able to withstand (at least financially) whatever life throws at me.

Thoughts?

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Working and Growing

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to give a little update on my happenings.

I’m still working on the transition from one business to another.  I am not in a big rush.  That could be a good or bad thing.  If I’m in a big rush, I’m going to get impatient with myself and that wouldn’t be good.  That’s how I look at it.

Still, I have a little trouble sitting down and working for a few hours at my desk.  I’m not accustomed to it anymore.

One of the online gurus suggesting starting with a 50 minute focused block of time, then take a ten minute break.  During the break, I’m to drink water, eat if I’m hungry and get some fresh air.  It works pretty well for me when I remember to do it.  I can get a WHOLE 2 hours in that way.  Oh well.

It’s always something.  Back hurts, I’m tired, whatever.  I wish I was better.  I’m told though that disciplining your mind is a little like disciplining your muscles.  You just keep adding weights (longer periods of focus time).

Do any of you have trouble with focus and discipline?

Other than that, I’m watching President Trump with interest.  I hope he brings back jobs in this country for our blue collar folks and I hope he will do something about all the drugs.  That would be so great.  Oh yeah, and I like that he wants to make our country safer.  Who could argue with that unless they hated Americans?

Some people say he’s a fascist.  I say if he keeps his campaign promises BRING IT ON.  A strong BENEVOLENT leader is a good thing.  We’ll see what happens.

Thanks for reading my friends.  Please leave me a comment!  I would love to hear from you.

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College and University Students Living in Vans

This was a sappy little film but it told me something I didn’t know before.

Really though, the sad music wasn’t necessary.   Living in your car or van can be empowering.  I don’t know how I would have started my small business without doing it.  I had ZERO capital and the 6 months living expense you are supposed to have socked away before starting your own business.  If I was a young person I would live in my van (cars are kinda small) and become some kind of computer god.

Another side benefit to this lifestyle for college students is getting away from the party atmosphere of the dorms.  College is for studying not partying.

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Van Living-The Basics

I was too chicken to make videos when I lived in my van but there are some good ones on youtube.

This young man free sleeps in SoCal like I did and he sounds just like me with a lot of his advice.  (Maybe he read my site for advice?  hehe)

I miss free-sleeping sometimes.  One of my favorite sleep spots was just a few feet from the ocean.  No lie!  I went down there the other day in the daytime and it’s still a beautiful place but you have to pay for parking in the daytime and I didn’t have the right change so I couldn’t stay!  geez.

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I thought I was Hardcore-These Guys Have Me Beat By a Mile

These two guys who I guess are good friends and not gay, sleep together in a van with NO HEAT.  IN CANADA.  Just wow.

I guess they have jobs but the Whistler BC is booming and they can’t get a place to live.  I smell a business opportunity for a clever person with access to money.  (Build tiny houses?  Bring Trailer homes up and rent them out?)

They run their car heater for a while, turn it off, jump under the covers real quick and go to sleep in temperatures as low as 5 degrees fahrenheit!  Check em out!

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December 2016

Hey everyone, thanks for being a loyal reader. Everything is okay here. I just came back from a week-long house sitting job. It was a nice break from my regular home. It’s in a mansion more or less with an awesome view of the ocean.  Now I’m back to reality again.

I’ve been working on my new business but it’s slow going. I think that in order to make the money I want to make I have to go after big clients that have a lot of money. The people from Craigslist don’t have any money! Imagine that. So if they don’t have enough money they really can’t get enough services to accomplish their goals. They would be better off doing it themselves. They’re not going to be happy with the little bit I can do for them with their small budget.

This means I am going to have to really grow and work on having more self-confidence. I am going to have to talk to people who I usually assume don’t want to talk to me. I am going to have to become expert in my field so that I will have confidence. This means I have to slow my plans down a little bit and take the time to really learn. But I have to do a little work for the poor businesses so that I can get experience and have a portfolio of work to show.

So I’ve just been spending my days working and learning. It is mostly happy. I don’t miss living in my van.  It’s kind of a weird thing though. When you live with people you have to interact with them more than you do some guy at a store that you were buying food at or whatever.  I managed okay but it’s not my favorite thing. Oh well.

Hope you all are doing well and have a nice holiday season. I’m not sure if I will write again before Christmas but I think about you guys a lot and wonder how you are. Maybe some of you will have blogs soon too so I can keep up with you.

 

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More Drama

One of the reasons I moved into my van is that I knew that I would have a hard time dealing with roommates.

Maybe you guys and gals remember that a couple of months there was money stolen at the house I live in?  Well I thought it was over but it all got dredged up again last weekend.  How exhausting.

It’s really loud here during the day so it’s hard to get work done.  The main problem is that the loud person is my landlady and she’s unpredictable so her voice “triggers” me even when she isn’t on a rant.

I know I have to get over this.  She’s not evil incarnate.  I actually like her sometimes but….it’s the drama.  I have a hard time dealing with drama.

This is harder than living in the van was for me.  I’m ready for advice!!!!  Help!

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Digging In

Hi guys and gals!

Just another update.  I was away a lot housesitting this last month, so when I came back to my room last night, the whole house needed cleaning.  My roommate isn’t into that.  Hmmm….oh well.  I actually thing hard work is kind of therapeutic.  She is a nice gal but she is pretty much what I don’t want to be.  She (at the moment) works twenty five hours a week but is tired all the time.  She spend her off hours alone in her room watching movies and drinking soda and sometimes booze.

And trust me, I can relate to that, and if that’s how she wants to spend her life, that’s fine but it’s not for me.  I would get depressed with that lifestyle.

Pretty soon she’d going to have to get a “real job” I think.  She doesn’t seem motivated enough to get a business going…I’ve tried to encourage her but her fears are very strong.  I only have so much energy to spare for others.

I honestly believe working for other people is usually slavery in this day and age.  Some slaveowners will treat you better than others but it’s still slavery.  You take what they give you.

I have two small (very small) businesses now.  I am very motivated to work for myself.  Living in my van for 4 1/2 years gave me the space to build my business.  I don’t know why I am so lucky.  I feel like a millionaire some days because I love my life.  I can’t believe how good I have it.

Tomorrow I’m going to try to find some free-sleepers I know because I want to check on D.  I haven’t heard from him in a while and I haven’t seen him in the usual places I usually find him in.  I’m hoping he went to rehab or something.  I’ll try to update you later on this.

Have a good week friends!

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Hello hello!

Hi guys and gals,  I just wanted to check in.  It’s been around six months since I started renting a little room to live in.  It’s funny how quickly I’ve acclimated, as if I never lived in the van at all.  It’s almost like I dreamed it.

I know that I could do it again if I have to but I don’t want to have to.  It was an adventure and now I’m on to new adventures. (Taking the business world by storm LOL)

I have little reminders of my van living experiences sometimes.  If I’m at a restaurant (and I go to the same ones I always did) and I use the bathroom, I think how glad I am that I don’t have to use public bathrooms all the time anymore.  I love my little bathroom, that’s clean and pretty and all mine.  Haha…I’m so selfish!

I felt some shame when I was living in the van.  I always tried to hide my free-sleeping and I was pretty successful at it but the hiding made me a nervous wreck sometimes.  When I went to Underearner’s Anonymous they talked about how underearners hide.  It’s true.  I was trying to hide from life.  What I found out was unless I’m going to live in a cave and subsist on berries and whatever wildlife I could catch I’ve got to make money.  Making money and hiding don’t usually work well together.

Working is easy.  Working and being with people can be hard.  I have a roommate and an ever present landlady I relate with now.  It has its ups and downs.  By the way, the person who stole the money a few weeks ago more or less admitted to it so I don’t have to worry about that anymore.  THAT was difficult.

I don’t work with people all day in my little business.  Just a little here and there.  I am going to a free class once a month.  Other than that nothing has changed as far as working with people.  I went to a dancing thing with a friend a few weeks ago.  That was fun but I felt socially awkward part of the time.

I can look a little nicer now.  Sometimes I curl my hair and put on makeup again.  I like doing that.  And I feel a little calmer.  Oh and I am beginning to sleep better.  I am forcing myself to stay in bed longer and get my eight hours of sleep in.  I feel so much better when I do this!

Well I guess that’s all my thoughts for now.  I hope you all are doing well.  Drop me a line in the comment section if you like.

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Update on theft

So things have eased up a little.  Things pass.  I’m taking life one day at a time and even experiencing a little joy along the way.

Business is good and I’m buying things I can’t normally buy, like vitamins.  Imagine that.

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