I slept at The Colony two nights in a row.  I used the “restroom” there for the first time.

If you are a little squeemish, don’t read further.  This is kind of a gross topic.

I rarely use the restroom in the middle of the night.  I plan my liquid consumption in the evening so I don’t need to.  It’s pretty hard to be stealthy or safe when you’re skulking about in the middle of the night looking for a place to pee.

Last night was an “emergency” though.. not sure why….maybe because I went to bed earlier than usual.

This pee spot is basically a lower level in a concrete area.  It’s has a square shape and you step down into it.  I had been near it before because I have thrown trash away in the nearby dumpster.  It has never smelled bad over there before, but last night it did.

I think the reason for this is there is a new person staying here and and two nites, I have heard her get out of her care 3 times to use the restroom. I’m not sure she is rinsing things down after she finishes either.  Based on her language skills, I don’t think she has been in the U.S. long and I’m thinking perhaps, if she is from a poor area, she may not know how important these sanitation issues are to preventing disease.  Also, if we stink the place up too much, we may not be allowed to stay at the Colony anymore.

After I used the restroom, I rinsed with a lot of water but the drainage there is not very good so the water is just sitting there…I put some window cleaner that I keep in the van in the water to make is cleaner(?) and to make the area smell better(?).

This is a good example of why I stay by myself most of the time.  Most homeless people don’t seem very bright and it makes my life more complicated being around them.  Sad but true.

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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4 Responses to Sanitation

  1. Ryu says:

    Squmish? Never!

    The midnight emergency, courtesy of Juan’s roach coach. Almost sounds like a dish. I don’t know what smells better – stale piss or window cleaner LOL.

  2. B (yes, that's really my entire name!) says:

    Yeah, it is sad but true that there is a higher percentage of homeless people who don’t know how to take care of their surroundings or even themselves. And it’s probably better for you to keep enough distance from them to remember that you’re in charge of your life and you have possibilities. It’s tempting to try to help everyone. But you have to put your own oxygen mask on before helping those around you …

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