I know some people who sleep rough (outside). Not only do they sleep rough but they are outside for most of the day because almost everything costs money. The library is a good hang out but it’s not open all the time and I’m sure it gets boring after a while (not for me cuz I’m an internet addict!)
Anyway, some homeless people have money. They might have a disability check, they might work a little or they might get a regular allowance from family. It usually isn’t a lot or they’d have a place to live but it’s enough to buy some meals (and sadly drugs and alcohol, although not everyone on the street is addicted).
I’ve noticed that in certain circles when you have money, you are expected to share and when you don’t have money, one of your friends will share with you. You want to be known as someone who shares so if you are broke people will help you. I have watched this in action and it’s quite interesting.
I have given out money here and there but don’t receive any. That’s ok by me but I imagine, if I were to find myself in trouble, I would probably be able to borrow 5 dollars for a meal or whatever. Oh wait! Actually I did borrow 5 dollars for gas once so I could get to the bank and cash a check so I could buy more gas! The person I asked knows I work so he knew I would pay him back right away.
I don’t really want to live that way, depending on others and having demands on the money I make but I like the sort of community feel of it. I imagine my European ancestors may have helped each other like this in different times and I see Mexicans (who are part European of course) do this even today. They buy lottery tickets together, pay for parties and weddings together and so on. I have even heard of money pools where you pay into it for months or years and eventually you will “win”. It’s a sure thing, not left to chance. When it’s your turn, you win. It’s an informal savings plan I guess. I like this idea. I wonder if any of the Mexicans ever renig on the deal and I wonder what happens if they do. They are probably mostly family members so to renig might put you out of the protection and help of the family circle (as it should). I’ll bet people don’t renig very often.
Anyway, that’s what’s on my mind today!
PS. It looks like I’m not going to be able to get all my comments back. That makes me very sad! Sorry guys and gals!