It’s been over a month since I started living in my van.  Everything is starting to settle into a routine.  I’m trying not to worry as much about where I sleep.  At first I thought I should have 30 sleep spots so I’m not in any one place too much but eh…I think maybe that’s a little overboard.  I DO try to keep changing it….never in the same place two nites in a row…that sort of thing.

Some people think I should park my van and sleep in a parking lot.  I went to Walmart a few days ago to see how it was and parking there is not for me at this point.  Too much light, sound, PEOPLE.  Also, I would be immediately identified as homeless if the police started poking around.  Then what?

I should mention, I do some political activism.  Homelessness would be a good way for someone that didn’t like me to put me away somewhere, ya know?  Oh boy, now I sound paranoid!!!  I guess you can never be too careful though.  Have you ever heard of men who invented great things then disappeared into insane asylums?

Can’t decide if I should delete the paragraph above….you all are going to think I’m losing it for real!

A few days ago I spoke with a minister who has worked with homeless people for a long time.  I didn’t tell him about my situation.  I’m pretty sure he must work with people who are sleeping rough  (no where to sleep).  He said that most women start losing their mind around 72 hours into homelessness, just out of the abject fear mode they go into.  I can believe that without a vehicle it must be absolutely horrible.  He says rape is a big issue.  I read somewhere that many homeless women allow themselves to become dirty and disheveled looking to avoid being raped.  Who knows?  I’m sure anecdotes abound.

Another friend of mine that lives in another state is a dumpster diver.  She and her husband found a homeless guy lying on the ground bleeding by a dumpster last week.  They called 911 and probably saved the guy’s life.  It seems there is a trend for a certain racial group to target homeless White men…to rob them, beat them and leave them for dead.  We rarely hear about this in the news.  It only makes the news if the victim is a “minority”.  Why is that?  Are White lives less important that Brown lives?  Something for us to think about.

Well, I’ve written over 400 words now…a big no-no…so off I go!






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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6 Responses to Routine

  1. B says:

    Over 400 words? No problem! Always good to ‘hear’ from you!

    WalMart is legendary as a place for overnighters, but in S.D. area I’m not aware of any that allow it. Probably true for any that are located close to residential areas.

    It’s more likely that someone would go all bureaucratic on you to mess you up, than to put you away. Like, putting you away for 72 hours (which is the max hold unless you’re truly dangerous to yourself) (and which is enough for your vehicle to be towed). Paranoid? I think not. 🙁

    I’m guessing lots of homeless of all colors are found bleeding in the streets, and it only makes the news when there’s some political agenda going around. Homeless lives are worth less than politics. ~~~:-(

    My best wishes for you …

  2. Ryu says:

    Well, today white lives ARE worth less. We are the destroyers of the planet, killers of Indian, enslavers of women and blacks. Don’t ever expect pity as a white man. You won’t get any and you’ll probably be laughed at.

    • Maureen says:

      Good God what a horrible thing to say Ryu! It seems to me that White people have built some pretty fabulous civilizations. People from all over the world want to live here and we have welcomed them with open arms too!

      I feel that any White person that is ashamed of being White should go live in Africa or Asia somewhere. Make sure it’s somewhere where nothing invented or developed by “evil” White men exists. You know, things like electricity, running water, computers and so on.

      Good God you don’t REALLY believe the White race is evil do you? And do you really think we should be destroyed? That’s very wrong of you to want an entire race wiped out when White men and women for YEARS have tried to help people of color all over the world! How cruel of you!

      • Tabbycat says:

        It is really awful that people can be left in peace. First I had heard about whites being targeted. But does not surprise me there is no media outrage.

  3. FriendsCallMeB says:

    Hello, I am just starting to read your blog, and I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me.

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