Slept at the colony last night.  Got to chat with MH our benefactor and the woman who thinks she’s being stalked.  MH says she’s a bit paranoid.  She’s harmless though.  Just a little lost puppy.  The sleeping part doesn’t necessarily feel more safe but we have permission to be in this spot so at least the police can’t hassle us.  And since I’m allowed to be there, in the morning I can straighten up my van without (I hope) any eyes looking at me.  I am parked facing a wall so with the tinted windows, it would be pretty hard for anyone to see what I’m doing in there.  I can change my clothes under the covers.

That reminds me.  I guess I blogged a while back that my air mattress sprung a leak.  So for the last few weeks I’ve been sleeping on the floor of the van with nothing under me.  It’s do-able but my hips start hurting from side sleeping sometimes.  So I just got two of those memory foam rugs that people use in front of the shower.  I put them on top of each other for my hip area, put one of my new black sheets over them and ta-da!  I have a bed.

I wish I didn’t even have that much.  MH doesn’t even take showers!  He says they are a luxury.  He uses a spigot to wash his body and hair…cold water of course.  Why do I admire this sort of thing so much!  I was toying with the idea of doing it this morning but it wouldn’t be for the reasons MH has.  It would be because I haven’t liked going to the gym lately.

I don’t think I reported it here but I got into a loud argument with a Chinese woman there.  She was acting like an animal and I asked her to stop. She defended her disgusting action and it got a little loud.  I wouldn’t have said anything but someone had already complained to the people at the gym and they weren’t handling it.  Now I kind of avoid the gym again because it’s an uncomfortable situation.  I’ve got to get over it!!!

I seem to run into problems with “minorities” sometimes.  There seem to be cultural differences at times that get on my nerves.  They invade my space sometimes like standing behind me in a line at the grocery store, for instance.  They get TOO CLOSE.  I used to just ignore it but the last time it happened, I turned around and stared at the person.  I don’t think it’s good to put up with bad behavior.  It only encourages it.  Had a similar problem with a black man last night.  TOO CLOSE.

If we enable bad behavior, aren’t we just as bad as those that are doing it?  Do we want our country to continue degrading to where no one has manners at all?

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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3 Responses to Manners

  1. Ryu says:

    Well, maybe if you stop taking baths they won’t get so close:)

    I don’t know about “asking” someone to do something. Either you have the power to force them or not. Sometimes its better if they have the illusion of choice, then they can save face. I don’t envy you this problem. Men are better at dealing with use of force issues. It’s about power. It’s the false courtesy cops or soldiers have – do what I say or else.

    She spit, didn’t she? In the water fountain.

    Manners. Manners are for those who can afford them – this is the new, diverse, multicultural America. Every man and every group for himself. Indignity is a strange emotion; I think that it damages the feeler. Just withdraw your consent and feel nothing for them. It’s a matter of prioritization – become ruthless with those who you don’t care about, and more loving for those you do.

  2. Jenn says:

    Huh. All right then.

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