My Go-Tos

Every one needs Go-tos.  You have your go-to friends for instance.  The ones you go to first for companionship and/or advice.  You have your go-to grocery store.  It may not be the cheapest one but it’s really close to home.

As a van dweller I am exploring and developing a few go-tos.  I have a go-to restroom.  It’s in an upscale gas station/convenience store/car wash.  It’s a onesie meaning it has just one toilet, not stalls with 2 or more toilets.  This makes for greater privacy.  It’s super clean and hardly anyone uses it, especially early in the morning or late in the evening when I’m most likely to go in there.  I THINK it’s open all night.  I meant to ask this morning but forgot.  (I’m very forgetful!)

As anyone who has read much of this blog knows, I believe in being stealthy about my van living so I try not to overuse any coffee shop, eating establishment, sleep parking spot etc. because I don’t want people to remember me, realize I have a lot of time on my hands and put it together that I don’t have a regular home.  This is for safety reasons only.  I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong or anything.  So I don’t use my go-to bathroom very often.  I save it for times when I REALLY need privacy and a clean place.  It’s for times I might need a little extra time.  It’s also for times when perhaps I haven’t put my makeup on yet and I don’t feel I look good enough to go into a coffee shop with the yuppies yet.

Today I was in there and the older Mexican man who works the register greeted me and said “long time no see”.  I guess I’m doing good making myself scarce!  Yeay!  Anyway, I did my thing and got some coffee.  I think it’s important to ALWAYS buy something if I can, especially at my go-to establishments.  The Mexican told me I looked “very pretty today”.  I started cracking up as I said thank you.  Maybe I should go with this nomakeuphairunderhat look more often!  I don’t really like this man remembering me but if you’re gorgeous, what can you do?  Just kidding!  He seems a kindly man and seems as long as I mind my ps and qs I will be welcome in his establishment.  That’s the important thing.

Also met a Black man who said he works for a very famous bimbo who I’m not going to name (I’m not impressed…it’s one of these idiot reality stars that’s made it big).  He and his wife come from an hour away on a monthly basis to see their dentist who he says is the best.  Good to know.  I got the dentist’s phone number.  I have a missing filling in a front tooth and it’s not very pretty.  I hope to get it fixed in 2012 sometime perhaps after I get my van a little squared away mechanically.

All in all a good morning so far.

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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7 Responses to My Go-Tos

  1. Ryu says:

    I think alot of the shock of homelessness is lack of knowledge.

    People don’t know what to do, and they panic. It appears to me, from the outside, that finding a routine and it would just be another mode of living. When I worked retail I often saw people who could have been homeless come in everyday but they were careful to buy a newspaper or something everytime.

    For 12+ hours of the day, I am also homeless. I just sleep, eat and do a bit of work there. We spend the vast majority of our time away from home. It’s just a matter of overcoming the aversion to the thing.

    • Maureen says:

      You are so right Ryu. For the most part my van is just where I sleep and keep a few things. The world is my home now.

      If I wasn’t writing this blog and just got a normal job, I probably wouldn’t even think about where I sleep much at all.

      When you live in a stick built home you have challenges, like maintaining and cleaning it and making it as comfortable and perhaps as nice looking as you can. I have the same challenges, just on a smaller scale.


    These folks offer free dental filling, according to their website. They are located in Los Angeles, too. Hope this helps you get your filling filled back up.

    All I did was Google “free dental care in Los Angeles”. Lots of sites popped up.

    Woo hoo! Merry Christmas.

    • Maureen says:

      I’m pretty good with google myself…. 🙂 I’ll probably fix my teeth sometime next year when I’ve gotten my van into decent shape.

  3. I am not sure of the technical schools in Los Angeles (cause I’ve lived here in podunk Mississippi my whole life), but some of the junior colleges here in Mississippi offer deeply discounted prices if you let the students work on your car. The work is supervised, of course, by the instructor. My father had a truck engine rebuilt and saved hundreds of dollars and that was back in the 70s.

    If the U-joints are wearing out in your van, you need to get that fixed ASAP because if the U-joints fail, the drive shaft can drop off and that can cause a very serious drive shaft through the car chassis type of accident. Happened to a guy I knew a while back. He recovered, but the brain damage that occurred in the wreck left him with life-long speech problems.

  4. Maureen says:

    Geez….scary…thank you.

    I have a decent amount of money coming in this month….should probably get this thing fixed but there are SO many other things I’d rather do. Then again, brain damage sounds….not fun. Gosh, I hate being a grown up sometimes!

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