Not Welcome

I have been sleeping in this one spot twice a week (mon and weds usually)  I actually don’t like staying there because it is in what I call “my loop”.  A few of my clients live a block or two away and they know my van.  The reason I stay there is that my little 6 hour a week night job is those nights and since my van is on its last leg, my clients actually pick me up and bring me home.  And C lets me pretend that I live at her place.  She even gave me a key for when she is not at home so I can let myself in.

Normally, I would just leave after my client dropped me off but now by the time I get back at 930 pm my transmission fluid has all leaked out and I would have to put another ($6) quart in.  It seemed dumb to spend 6 bucks just to drive a few blocks away.

I’m always quiet but my ugly old van sticks out there and there aren’t any cars in front or behind it.  Bad idea.  You have to blend in.

So, strangely enough, last night after I finished working, I stopped at the van to grab a jacket, then went for a walk.  I never do that if I can help it but I was hot and just not ready to sleep.

I woman followed me and basically said, if I don’t stop parking there overnight, she’s going to call the police.  She said people in her “community” had been discussing this and she was their spokesperson.  She also knew my first name!

I have mixed feelings about this.  It’s a sign of a healthy society to want to keep your area nice and not have bums hanging about.

But on the other hand, I’m not a bum, I’m a tramp.  I work.  Some days (like today) I consider myself working poor.  But what I really am is an unsuccessful entrepreneur.  The only harm I cause in her neighborhood is, well, my van is an eyesore.  And the noise of me getting in and out of it and closing the hood in the morning after I put transmission fluid in the transmission is probably bothering someone.  That’s kind of loud but it’s only twice a week.

Ah well, whatcha gonna do?

This would be a good time to get housing.

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 Not Welcome

  1. Ryu says:

    Your cover is blown.

    They researched you and did intel on you. Also, they already called the police for advice.

    Stay away a few weeks. Then come back one day a week. Work back into it. No one can stop you from parking a vehicle in a public place.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      No one can LEGALLY stop you from parking on a public street. I have been teetering between wanting to defiantly park my van there during the day while I work and….just going away quietly. A friend of mine thinks the police can do what they want and tow the car if they really want to. It may not be legal but I would be without a van and have to go to court to get damage.

      • B says:

        There’s what is “supposed to be” and there is “what is”. The police can tow your van if they want. They’ll be able to come up with some justification.

        Can you find a place nearby, but not so close that the homeowners would be aware of her “community”?

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