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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The Theft

Someone stole over a thousand dollars from my landlady and for a minute I was a suspect!  It’s a long story but one of her employees collected money for something in their business and instead of locking it up like he was supposed to he (says he) put in on her desk.  Since I had access to the desk, I was a suspect!

This happened a few days ago.  What madness.  I thought I might lose my place to live.  I was mentally preparing to start sleeping in my van again.

Then it blew over.  She knows her employee did it.  She invited me to dinner tomorrow.  Whew.  That was awful.  I thought, what if she calls the cops to interview us or something?  I’d be so nervous I’d make myself look guilty!  Plus that sort of thing ALWAYS stays on your record even if you weren’t the guilty party.  So, since the way I earn my living requires me to be in people’s houses all the time, usually when they aren’t home…if something came up again…if something came up missing, I’d have this blot on my record and look guilty!

Anyway.  I think it’s going to be okay.  My heart got a a good workout because it was beating really fast all day Monday!  It’s going to be OKAY.

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The Want

Sorry, I’m going to talk about money again.

I am  earning pretty good money now but still dissatisfied.  It’s funny how I’ve changed since I first started this blog in September of 2011.  I just wanted to make enough to survive back then.  I didn’t even care much when my van broke down.  I just rode my bike.

Part of the reason I didn’t want to make money is because I didn’t want to be part of the corrupt money system.  There are lots of websites that talk about how corrupt the world is so I’ll try not to bore you, at least this for this post.

Ideally, I would barter for the goods and services I need but there just isn’t a good system that I know of for that.  So I got free food for a while from churches and a soup kitchen but I found that when you are dependent on others for food, you really limit your choices.  For instance, I have some food allergies or sensitivities.  I shouldn’t drink milk or eat things made with wheat flour.  Sometimes that’s all that would be offered at the church for dinner.  I also really don’t like spicy food.  I’m not accustomed to it, I guess.  But sometimes that’s all that’s offered.  Not to mention, sometimes the food just tasted really bad.  Sometimes it was awesome and the soup kitchen was awesome but you just couldn’t rely on getting three healthy, tasty meals a day.  I’m not complaining.  It’s just that as an adult human being, I’m kind of responsible for making sure I eat to stay alive.

Getting free food messed with my head too.  Being around people who were trapped in their addictions, whether they be substance addictions or thinking stinking(like underearning even)is hard for me.  It’s depressing and I always wanted to help, but couldn’t of course.  I don’t know what kind of ego maniac I was to think I could when I was barely surviving myself!  Some kind of weird super-liberal fantasy or something I guess.

I tend to get involved with the people around me and I made a few friends among the homeless crowd.  Some are very very nice people but they are stuck.  If they were ok with their situation that would be fine, I could accept that but they never were.  With a couple of exceptions, they were miserable and felt terrible about their lives.  But they were stuck.

I saw a few instances where people had a pet that they had no one they trusted to care for so they felt they couldn’t work.  I have never understood that.  Well, I guess I can.  Pets can provide both an excuse not to face fears and go to work and pets provide comfort and don’t require a person to work on their personality flaws and learn to get along with humans.  Harsh?  No just real.

And some people are ok with making due with what others provide.  Maybe they are more advanced than me in that way…no, because if they were they’d be happier.

Anyway, corrupt money system or not, money is how we obtain goods and services in this world so I have to have it.  I want to be able to eat nice food, go visit family if they are sick or just for fun or go take a course to learn something new if I want.  Money is power.  And I guess I want that kind of power.

The hard part is keeping “the want” at the top of my mind.  At the end of the day, after working my day job for a few hours, I don’t feel like doing my side job learning and working.  I just want to read, eat and sleep.  I have trouble motivating myself.  I’m going to have to make a conscious effort to direct my thinking to the things I want in my life, so that I can work to have them.

 

 

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Work is the Answer

I really find work therapeutic.  I get lonely without D around.  I have a nice roommate and that helps.  Taking care of business and growing my business helps a lot too.  There’s always plenty to do.  I mean, it’s overwhelming sometimes.  You pay with your time rather than money.  But I have a good bit of time on my hands sometimes.

I have a facebook presence I’ve been working on for at least a year for my business.  I’m getting to the point where I might be able to earn a little money offering products to my face book friends.  I want to give it a try.  It’s a lot of work though!  You’d be surprised.  The sky is the limit though if I want to put in the work and push through the difficult stuff.

What else have I got to do?  Watch television?  Ugh.

I’m still glad I lived in my van for 4 1/2 years.  I needed to get out of the 40-60 hour week to learn new things and profit off my own labor.  I don’t like corporations having a piece of me.

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Working

I finally got a chair for my room.  I had picked up a desk off the side of the road a few weeks ago but didn’t have a chair.  Today I got a chair.  Now I can sit and type.

Lately I’ve been working on an advertisement to put on Facebook for my business and a landing page.  A landing page is a special website you send people to in order to try to sell them something.(services or products).  It needs to look very professional or people won’t trust you.

It is taking me a long time to finish this up.  It’s harder than you might think. Most businesses hire someone.  Well, I did get someone to make me a photo for the ad.  I gave them the idea and they made it look good.  It was really cheap.  Worth every penny.  Probably took him 10 minutes.  Win win.

I’m a little nervous about putting the ad up.  I’m not really ready.  I’m actually quite busy for August, part of Sept and part of Oct.  So I’m just trying to fill in the empty spots.  I’m afraid I will have more phone calls than I want to deal with if I run an ad.  I might even have to hire someone.  This means, I need to get my business license, now that I have an address.  I’m going legit….very soon!

It’s nice having a place to live.  I can grow my business.  I can sit in my room with my door open, catching a breeze.  It IS a little hot in my room because it’s upstairs.  I have my own AC unit but I don’t run it.  I’m afraid of running up the electric bill.  I’m thinking maybe I need to get over this.  At a certain point, I just need to turn on the AC.  Maybe when it’s 85 degrees.  What do you guys and gals think is reasonable?

I don’t really mind paying rent.  It’s what people do.  And for whatever reason, I’ve picked up 4 new clients since I moved in to my room.  They are all really good, generous clients too.  Is it true that when you let go, the universe starts giving you stuff?  Or is it just a coincidence?  Either way, it makes rent easier!

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to answer my question about the AC okay?

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Feeling Good

I’ve been feeling really good lately.  I hope it lasts.

I like shopping for and cooking my own food.  I kind of like cleaning house again.  I’m afraid though, that I’m only enjoying if because it’s a novelty right now.  I never liked cleaning before I lived in my van!  I always liked cooking but cleaning up is a different story!

One only has so much energy.  When I’m done working, doing errands and cleaning up after myself, there’s very little energy OR time for my side/future business.  That’s a drag.  I’m not sure what to do about it.  Hire a maid?????????????  Yeah sure.

Still and all, I’m settling right back in to normal.  I’m the kind of person who doesn’t look back much.  I guess if I let myself, I might miss some parts of free-sleeping.

I liked waking up at the beach.  But I can drive there anytime.  I loved the feeling of waking up from an afternoon nap, under trees near a park.  I have a tree outside my window though.  There are even falcons nested nearby!  It’s neat.

I like having a roommate.  That could have gone either way.  I lucked out.  My roomie and I both try to be respectful and generous with each other.  It’s so great.  We are doing things together liking going to the beach for walk and going to the gym together.  I finally have a gym buddy.  (I changed gyms too, that helped)  Friday is the night when we (usually) sit down for a glass or two of wine together.  It’s relaxing and feels safe.  I really lucked out with the lady.

I have had to say goodbye to my companion of three years, D.  He crossed a line with me and I can’t have him in my life anymore.  Again, I try not to look back…there’s no point.  I have to keep moving forward.  To what?  I don’t know but I’m looking forward to lots of adventures!

 

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Perspective

It’s funny how things change.

I was getting ready to go somewhere in my van today from my neighborhood when I noticed a guy that seemed to be loitering in his car.  He was parked behind my van.  Who knows why he was sitting there in his car.  Maybe he was waiting for someone.

I looked pointedly at his license plate and I wrote it down.  I wanted him to know that I was watching him.  That I had noticed him.

I didn’t even think until later that maybe he was just a a free sleeper like I used to be (around 3 and a half months ago!).  Maybe he just needed a cool place to park so he could nap or read or whatever.  Poor guy.  I hope I didn’t make him feel bad.

I’m surprised at how quickly I’ve adapted to living in a house and how protective I am of my safe space.  I feel a little ashamed that I have forgotten so quickly what it is like to just need a safe spot to park and rest.

 

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I Don’t Miss Living in My Van

Ryu asked if I miss living in my van.  I don’t.  I do plan to always have a van though, just in case I need to again.

Every situation has its pros and cons.  Living where I do, I have more privacy than I used to and I’m sure I’m safer but sometimes NO frequently I worry about what my roommate thinks about me and my lifestyle.  It’s probably all in my head.  Imagine that!  Still, if my landlady decided suddenly that she wanted to sell her place, I’d have to find something as cheap or end up on the street.  And this place is pretty cheap.  She could raise my rent too.

It doesn’t do any good to whine about these things though.  I learned a few years ago that the middle class is disappearing and I have had to decide whether I’m going to be upper class or lower class. I’ve decided I want to end up in the upper class.  I like being able to decide where I live, what I eat, what I wear for clothing etc.

I may not make it to the upper class. Something bad could happen before I get there.  I’m going to try though.  I have nothing better to do.

Here’an article about how hundreds of (poor?) people are being force evicted from their rent controlled apartments.  I get motivated to reach for more when I read articles like this:

http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2016/06/29/mass-eviction-san-joses-largest-to-displace-670-people/

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NIce Night

 

pretty pink flower

So I’m sitting in the little sitting room at my house.  I rent a room but I can use other parts of the house.  D is here with me.  He is listening to music and I’m surfing the net.  There’s a cool breeze coming in the slider and the overhead fan is blowing too.  It’s pretty much a perfect night.

I’m glad I got to live in my van so I could appreciate moments like this.

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Sad

I’m a little sad sometimes.  I see young people starting out in their careers.  They have energy and their whole life in front of them.  They have so much hope.  They hope they have the “golden ticket” that will make them a success if they just work hard enough.

Some of them will “make it”.  They will work very hard and be considered “management material” work hard…deal with constant stress and at the end of it, they will own a home and have a nice retirement.  But how many people get to enjoy their retirement?  Home many are unhealthy or even DEAD within a few years of retiring?

And some will NOT make it.  They will be in dead end jobs their whole lives, slaving away for low pay, eating crap food, having poor or no medical care, etc.

I know young people who believe in themselves.  They are on their way UP, they think and they’re even a little cocky.  I hope I don’t have to watch them be disillusioned and ground down into what I almost became (a bitter Old Lady).

I hope that somehow this country will right itself and people can have work they enjoy that pays them enough to have nice lives and even to be able to afford a family.  I think that’s something worth working toward.

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