Is Couch Surfing Still Homeless?

Somehow I ended up at T and Js for the last couple of nites.  Just sort of visiting…helped T with a couple of things and ended up staying over.

I feel like a fraudulent “homeless” person when I do this.  But it’s cold and it’s hard to say no to a warm friendly place.

They are going to let my daughter and I stay this weekend too…then I start my housesitting gig that goes for 2 weeks.

T and J are just great but I feel like a mooch when I’m here too much.  Right now, I’m working on Ts computer which is kind of old and slow.  I’m no expert but I’m hoping I can perform some fixes that will help it not freeze up and will make it a bit faster.  We’ll see how it goes.  If I can make it faster, I’ll feel like I’ve earned my keep just a little bit.

Oh yes and T is a GREAT cook.  I’m so spoiled!

I’m rambling!!!  I do that when I’m happy.

Thank you for reading.  Yahweh (God) Bless You!

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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6 Responses to Is Couch Surfing Still Homeless?

  1. Just did that with my computer over the weekend. Ran a Scan Disk and defragg’ed the hard drive and compressed all the files. Downloaded some software to clean up registry errors. The software found over 2,000 registry errors. Went through the start up menu and took away the programs that weren’t necessary to run when Windows was cranked up. Emptied all the Temporary files of Internet pages cached from Net travels. Took a while, but the old Dell is running a bit faster. I’m thinking of adding a second hard drive for storage of programs I use occasionally and are huge (like Paint Shop Pro and Microsoft Office 2007) and keeping the master hard drive loaded as light as possible.

    I’m happy you are in a safe place for a few nights, Maureen. You got guts, woman. Don’t ever let anyone tell you different. Praying for you.

    • Maureen says:

      Thank you. I’ll use your comment as a checklist of what I can do with Ts computer. It’s so slow, it took all night to do a disk cleanup so we’ll see if I can do anything this morning before I head out.

  2. Ryu says:

    It’s interesting. Are you afraid you aren’t an authentic homeless person because you are housed for a few days?

    Maybe it’s like that, I don’t know yet. Maybe the homeless take what they can get when it’s available. It seems to be this uncertainly, this lack of knowledge about the next few days that makes homelessness.

    The big hurtle seems to be giving up small things like comfort and safety. If you worry about the little things, it’ll kill you. Where your next meal will come from, the hot and the cold, cops and so on. All of those things pass in a few days or hours. It’s good that you’re religious – faith will be a great help. You have to believe that this too will pass, that others will no harm you, that you can survive.

    Charlotte has listed all of the easy fixes for a computer.

    • Maureen says:

      Yes, Ryu. Everything passes or you find a way to get through it. My fears about the cold seem a little silly now….expect to hear them again if the temps drop into the 20s though!

      I don’t know if I worry more than other people. I share a lot on this blog just to express myself and get ideas for solutions.

      I don’t necessarily want to stop living in my van. When it gets warm again, it will seem very easy.

      I’ll try to stop whining…it probably gets tedious!

  3. UDD says:

    Never ever feel quilty when God is sending you a warm house for the night. Receive those gifts graciously. The more you allow God to give you, the more you will receive.

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