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Some of you may remember that a while back there was a woman who growled at me whenever she saw me.  I found her a little intimidating.

Well I’m glad to report that a few weeks ago I learned her name from J (who lives in AZ now).  For some reason, after I learned her name I was less afraid of her.  I saw her shortly after that at a church and I smiled and said “Good Morning ____________” to her.  She smiled and said Good Morning back to me.  It was that easy.  Now whenever I see her I say hello and use her name and I think she likes that.

It’s amazing how sometimes the scariest things and/or people really aren’t very scary at all.

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NOW I Remember

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Now I remember why I hate real jobs.  My memory is horrible and I get overwhelmed with all the details.

I have started working for the non-profit and I have to take SUPER good notes or I will look like a total flake.  Other people forget stuff too.  I am going to email everything I tell my boss so that there is a written record of what I’m doing and where things are at.  Sometimes the other person drops the ball and notes help clear things up!

Anyway….yah…work can be hard for me sometimes.  A doc would probably diagnose me with ADD.  I think ADD is just a fancy word for scatterbrained!  I’m not going to take meds for my “condition” though.  I am just going to have to be VERY, VERY organized and focused.

Are any of you scatterbrained like me?

 

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Sunday!

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The class I went to Friday was very informative.  I took good notes and it was also recorded so the info should serve me well.

I talked with the non-profit lady and I am going to work 10-15 hours a week for her.  A little bump in income, yay!  I think it is time to seriously consider, at the very least, staying in a motel once in a while.  By the way, there is a motel in town that is around $260 a week if you pay up front.  That’s not bad at all for this area.  I can’t afford THAT but I’m keeping my eye on it.

I’m going to a party tonight.  It’s for my friend’s uncle.  It should be fun.

party hats

Photo by Flickr user Maegan Tintari

Thanks for reading.

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Class

I am going to a class today to learn how to use social media (such as facebook) to promote a business or organization.

I’m nervous about it.  I wish I could just hang out at the library doing nothing today.  That’s what I like to do.  Hide.

I’m going to go to the class anyway and learn everything I can.  I might even have fun!

Summer Fun
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Homeless Health Concerns – Edema

One of telltales signs of a homeless person-particularly one who sleeps rough (outside, rather than in their vehicle) is edema or swelling feet.  It’s very ugly and can be painful.  Homeless people aren’t the only ones to get it, of course but when taken together with other signs and symptoms it can make things pretty obvious.

There can be many reasons for the onset of edema but being on your feet all day can certainly exacerbate the problem.  Did you know that some people even sleep upright all night at bus stops?  This is so bad for a human being.  People should be able to lie down somewhere!  Also, cutting down on salt intake is important but many homeless people just eat free food…and it’s not always low in salt.

Obviously, you don’t want to be homeless if you can help it BUT if you see things headed in that direction, try to shore up your vehicle so you can get your feet up at night and perhaps get to a job and the grocery store.  Homelessness can really cause a downward spiral that can be hard to pull out of.

If you are newly homeless or might be homeless soon, please contact me in the comments or from my “send an email” page.

Morning and Evening Feet
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Violence At The Bus Stop

Bus stops are a favorite place for folks with no where to go to hang out.

Waiting for a bus
Wow – this poster!vpickering / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

I guess it’s because of the plausible deniability factor where outsiders (including cops) may not realize you are homeless and assume you are just waiting for the bus and leave you alone.  Course if you stay too long then it becomes suspect.  Smart free-sleepers move from place to place so as to not attract the wrong kind of attention.

So I’m with a friend today and when we drove past a certain bus stop he saw a youngish guy who also happens to be an alkie get punched out!   This happens more than you might imagine at bus stops.  I’ve heard stories…..

Someone I knew saw a woman get “twisted like a pretzel” by a cop.  I suppose she could have taken the cop to court but she is known to have mental issues.  The judge wouldn’t have found her to be credible.  That’s why I would never, ever try to get a crazy check.  A crazy check is where you say you have post traumatic stress syndrome or bipolar disorder so that you can get a disability check every month.  Once you get THAT label, you’re stuck with it.  You’d be surprised at how many people “out here” get crazy checks.  Seems like the gubermint is giving them out like candy.

 

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More Blog Business and Deterring Free-Sleeping with Spikes and Rocks

Well I guess the reason Google adsense took down my advertisements before is because I didn’t verify my account (by mail) and because I never gave them my social security number so they could tax me.  Now I am waiting on the mail for my pin number.

I only share this to be helpful to anyone who is interested in this sort of thing.

ALSO, I was on one of the social networks the other day (my business account) and some nice church people got talking about how cities prevent people without homes from sleeping.  They showed photos from this article where a Chinese city puts spikes under bridges so people can’t sleep under them!  There are multiple millions of people sleeping in the street in China.  What the heck happens to those people when they can’t sleep?  Frankly, the Chinese aren’t known for their charity (if you don’t agree, you are welcome to prove me wrong).  Guess what though….I remembered that in a town near me, the concrete under a bridge I know of is roughly at a 45 degree angle and it has ROCKS sticking up out of it.  I took photos so you can check it out for yourself.

under bridge 2Look, I don’t think anyone OWES anyone else a living but this seems a little harsh to me.  Sure, there are problems with trash when you have homeless people are around but there ARE solutions.  It wouldn’t cost much (heck we’ve got lots of wealthy people who are looking for volunteer work around here) to clean up under a bridge every morning and patrol (neighborhood watch maybe) to make sure things are safe would it?  I don’t think so.

And ya know what?  I think patrolling and cleaning up after homeless people would make a great community service assignment for the STILL UNPUNISHED banksters who caused the housing bubble/burst.  It would be poetic justice since they are a big part of why many people are homeless or inadequately housed.  I can think of some greedy (minimum wage paying) capitalists I’d like to see mopping up in the morning too but I won’t name names.

Money-greed illustration
HikingArtist.com / Foter / CC BY-ND

 

 

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Checking in

 

Heart

seyed mostafa zamani / Foter / CC BY

 

I’m going to house sit at a mansion (truly!) for the next couple of days.

I got some cookable food to bring over and the lady said twice to not hesitate to eat some of her food too.

I’m trying to place an advertisement for sleeping bags here on the blog.  I’m not too good at this technical stuff yet so hopefully it will look right and not make anyone made.  I figure almost everyone wants or needs a sleeping bag at some point.

I should be back to blogging Friday at the latest.  Please comment and let me know you are still out there.  You may also want to subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already.  That way you won’t miss anything.

Take care Friends!

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I’m Baaaaack!

I had a nice weekend but my back it still hurting and the pain seems to also be in my abdomen and even down my leg a little bit.

I’m going to try to get an appointment with the doctor I guess.  I need to see what’s going on.

I went to the church this morning for my coffee and breakfast.  The coffee was great, as always.  The food not so much.  One of my enemies was there but he didn’t say anything and I willed myself to relax and not play, what I’ve come to call, the “what if game”.  This is where, instead of staying in reality, I get myself all wound up thinking, “What if he attacks me physically?” (he’s never done that and they DO have security there and there are people there that DO like me and would help me out) or “What if he says something and embarrasses me?” (big deal, it’s not like there are any potential clients there for free breakfast!)  So I did okay.  Sometimes I have to have a mental conversation like that with myself, so I don’t get too scared of things.

Besides resting this weekend, I also listened and participated in UA  (Under Earners Anonymous) meetings by phone.   I want to move forward financially and I’m hoping this will help.  Interestingly, through one of the meetings, I met and spoke by phone with a woman who does the same kind of work I do.  She lives across the country so we aren’t competitors which is nice.  We are going to be accountability partners.  I have to go now as I have an appointment coming up soon.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great week!

 

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House Sitting

Siesta
Jenny Kristina Nilsson / Foter / CC BY-ND

I’m going to house sit tonight through Sunday night.  I’m not sure if I will have good internet access or not.

I’m looking forward to a long bath or two and lots of sleep in a cozy bed.  My client is going to come pick me up so I won’t have my van with me.  That’s a little hard for me because I’m used to having everything I need at my fingertips.  Hope I don’t forget anything.

I have a couple of forms to fill out and get mailed off.  Hopefully I will get them into my overnight bag and it they get taken care of.  Sometimes I have trouble finding things in Vinnie the Van.  :)

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