Public Bathrooms and the Library

I think I said this last year but I will say it again.  Free-sleeping gets a lot better when the weather is nice.  Now that it’s spring/summer in SoCal being a free-sleeper is almost effortless for me. 

I remember when I first started out around 2 1/2 years ago, I was scared of everything.  Now I’m pretty used to things. 

Back in my old life, I RARELY used public bathrooms. Ew, right?  I had this one career where I would drive to other counties to do jobs .  It would take around 3 hours and If I timed it just right and didn’t drink too much liquid, I wouldn’t need to use the restroom at all while I was out.  The thought of all the germs from strangers helped me make this a priority.

Now I have to use public bathrooms all the time.  Some of them are dirty or dingy or both.  Some are very clean and some are in-between.  I have favorites that I use.  The library is good because it’s pretty clean and although it is stalls, people really aren’t in there much.  The library has sort of become the daytime homebase when I’m not out doing jobs.  I don’t like using bathrooms at gas stations but I often do because they are convenient.  The ones I like best are the ones where the people behind the counter hardly notice you.  I definitely don’t like going anywhere I might have to ask for a key.  I still try to stay kind of invisible.  I don’t like people looking down their noses at me.

As far as the library goes, a lot of homeless people hang out here.  It’s warm in the summer, cool in the winter.  Most of the people who hang out here seem decent although an argument breaks out once in a while.  I can read or write on a computer, laptop or even an ipad.  I can read a book or just veg out (I never do that) all while charging my phone. 

I might start going to a different library soon though.  I get tired of going to the same place all the time.  I don’t know why.  I guess I really am a nomad.

If I didn’t have a little business here, I probably would have moved to a different city by now.  I get tired of the same old places an people.  The plus side of staying here (besides growing my business) is that I finally know my way around pretty well and I AM developing friendships here.  Also, it just sounds better to respectable people when you say you’ve lived in a place for xxx amount of years.  I guess they figure if you are moving a lot, you might not have much going for you. 

Anyway, hope you are all enjoying nicer weather. 



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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2 Responses to Public Bathrooms and the Library

  1. Ryu says:

    I see alot of homeless at the lib. They’ve got it figured out. There must be a protocol for bathrooms. Using wipes, being in there a long time.

    I agree that it’s better to be invisible. Most of the time, if you don’t look at people, and don’t get interested in them, they’ll ignore you.

    It’s dangerous to become too familiar. People start to recognize patterns, maybe even asking questions. They get too comfortable around you, when they shouldn’t be.

    • Me says:

      Yes, it isn’t normal to feel like you are living in a fishbowl. The less people that know you very well, the better.

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