Make a Wish

I wish I had thought to give my sleeping bag to D today.  C had one that she had been given last night but D didn’t have one.  Now it’s too late.  It’s supposed to get down to 31 degrees tonight.  I hope D and C will be okay.  Maybe they will find shelter.

It’s got me thinking though.  I think I’m going to find a way to ask T’s wealthy, kindhearted friend to buy some good cold weather sleeping bags to keep on hand for people I meet that might need them.

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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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7 Responses to Make a Wish

  1. Ryu says:

    It’s been unseasonably cold. Then from May to October, it’s over a 100 almost straight though. The worst are some nights when it’s a low of 95. Then it truly is impossible to sleep.

    I have one of those mummy style military bags that MG recommended and could sleep in 30 degrees with no heat, as it is right now. Don’t remember what I paid for it though.

    • Maureen says:

      Hi Ryu, my sleeping bag is meant for weather down to 25 degrees F. It wasn’t too bad last nite.

      I have thought about going to the junior college to stay warm on very cold nites. Other than the fact that I’m older than most of the students, I think I could blend ok. I might even take a class next semester. They can’t kick me out of there if I’m a student right?

      I could go to the hospital too but that sounds much more risky plus think about all the germs! ewwwww!

      Last night I stayed up very late talking to a couple of friends. I didn’t want to lay down because of the cold. I might get another sleeping bag and lay it over the top of the two bench seats, making a sort of tent…that way my face can stay warmer and I can breathe. I feel claustrophobic when my face is under covers.

  2. Ryu says:

    I just remembered something. When I lived in the dorms in a colder climate, some homeless would often sneak in the front door and sleep in the lobby or whereever.

    It’s a good idea and shows their ingenuity. They would also go in the campus library and sleep there on the higher, unoccuppied floors. The police logs would always show them getting busted. What would give them away is their manner of dress mainly and that they carried so much of their possessions with them.

    This also shows the urban exploration angle. “Social engineering” it’s called. You have to be able to blend in. There must be some hidden places where they go in your town. Perhaps you could tail someone and find out.

  3. When my father was in the Baptist hospital dying from a massive stroke in 1987, homeless folk would come in late at night and sleep on the floor next to us family members who were keeping close to our dying family members. They would be very shy, never speak to any of us, and would leave when we all started to get up. None of us ratted them out and we’re pretty sure the nurses in the ICU knew what was going on, too.

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