More Peeps

So proud of myself!   I made it through a cold night last night.  It was somewhere in the 30s outside.  I know this because weather.com says it’s 40 degrees outside here NOW at almost 8am.

I think I’m going to meet more people without homes now with this weather being so cold. They need a place to warm up, as do I.  I met a really cute couple here at the coffee shop where I’m typing this.  They are a little younger than me and they are sleeping rough.  I don’t want to be sappy or seem false but I feel like balling my eyes out to think of anyone, especially a woman sleeping outside on a night like last night.  How can we claim to be the greatest country in the world when any of our people have to live like this?  I just watched a video of a homeless guy in Denmark (super cold place!) and he says he can always find a place to sleep there!

Here’s a link to him.  He’s terrific.  What a great attitude he has!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FoUOeUQLOE

Sorry I don’t know how to imbed these videos properly.  There are a lot of things I could do to make my blog better but I only have so much energy everyday so my progress on the technical aspects is kind of slow.  I spend too much time reading on the ‘net and my eyes get super tired and most of the time I don’t feel like doing anything except writing.

Getting back to the couple I met, I’m glad they are together.  I could see how much they cared for one another.  I didn’t tell them I live in my van but I friended them on Facebook so they are going to find out eventually if they accept my request.  I hope they are trustworthy.  I had a good feeling about them but I’ve been wrong about people before.  Ah well I can afford to take some risks.  If my clothes get stolen, I have more in storage.  If my laptop gets stolen, I’ll use the library computers.  If worst (or almost worst) happens and my van gets stolen, I’ll couch surf until a wonderful family member sends me a plane ticket to come home.  I can afford to take risks to make new friends.

Hey D and C if you are reading this, greetings from a fellow homeless person.  I wish so much I could give you a place to sleep!  Please stay in touch!

 

 

 

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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5 Responses to More Peeps

  1. Ryu says:

    I was going to ask you about that. It’s been cold this winter for some reason. It takes at least three layers of blankets to be warm enough to sleep right now.

    I don’t believe a person could sleep outside without alot of layers or one of those barrels with a fire burning. What a thing it would be to be sleep deprived, cold and hungry at all once.

  2. Maureen says:

    Yah it’s cold. I’m thinking of getting a second sleeping bag just in case. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY was that church lady to give some money to help homeless people in this area. Goddamn it we don’t need more Goddamn churches!!!!!!!!!

  3. Maureen says:

    *want not was

  4. Maureen, have you tried military surplus for your sleeping needs? I sleep in a good, used European military mummy sleeping bag. Very warm and made of tough denim with a durable, washable cotton liner. Kinda heavy, but that’s what I need. I throw a canvas poncho with it’s liner attached and a light nylon blanket over that and it’s really warm on cold nights. Plus wearing a thick homemade knit cap and gloves. If it’s really cold, I’ll slip my softer, poofy nylon sleeping bag rated at 40+ degrees Fahrenheit inside the military sleeping bag. My own homemade sleep system that doesn’t cost $300 +. It’s heavy when completely assembled, but it’s very very warm. A bivy bag over it all keeps the frost or dew off the sleeping bag.

    I get just about all my military surplus camping and camo supplies at http://www.sportsmansguide.com . Being in LA though, there might be a much wider and local selection of military surplus stores or outlets.

    I’m prepping for much harder economic times after reading the Greeks are emptying their savings accounts at a rapid pace. No money in their banks means no money to be loaned for a fee. The banks go under because they can’t earn an income. Business can’t start up or maintain or even grow from lack of bank loans, so no one is hired. And it will domino effect over here to the USA eventually. All the homeless folks alive now will have an advantage over the new homeless a few years from now. The experience and street smarts of those homeless now will come in handy as the national economy worsens.

    Maureen, you could start taking notes on how to live homeless successfully and compile the notes into a book you could sell on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The new homeless a few years from now will need to know in a hurry what you know now and are learning and will gladly pay for the knowledge.

    • Maureen says:

      I agree regarding writing a book. This blog will serve as a guide while I write something. I’m definitely survival minded.

      I’ve tried to blog for years but never felt passionate enough about anything to be consistent. THIS is it. A Van Living for Survival type book will be the culmination.

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