Saturday Church and Reading at Night-POLL!

Went for breakfast (coffee!) and got my laundry washed at a mega-church in the area.  Almost everyone is very nice…with the exceptions of a few grumps.  I don’t know what some people are so grumpy about especially when THOUSANDS of dollars have been put into their lives for hotel rooms and well…everything you need.  You know who you are.

I always learn something good among my homeless friends though.  I learned some things about the bible that I didn’t know and I learned that it is probably ok for me to read with a light in my van at night as long as it’s not in my sleep spot.

Ya see, on the weekends the libraries close early and if I haven’t made social plans with one of my “housed” friends or something I get bored.  And when I get bored I want to drink alcohol.  Now before you judge, walk in my shoes.  Drinking (and drugging too, I’m sure), helps a long night pass more quickly and enjoyably.  Even housed people do it but it’s not something I can afford to do.  I can’t afford to pay for alcohol and God forbid I get randomly hassled by a cop and have alcohol on my breath!  You can get a dui that way, even if you haven’t been driving!  If you have an open container in your vehicle and/or alcohol on your breath, you are really pushing the envelope.

So I’d rather read instead but I’m nervous about it.  It screams homeless when you are sitting in your car reading.  I never sat in my car or van at night reading when I was housed.  I went home to read.

I’m trying to decide what would work better.  Sitting in a residential neighborhood reading or sitting in a crowded parking lot.  I’m leaning toward the crowded parking lot.  There, it might look like you are waiting for someone.

I’m curious, what would you think if you looked outside your window one night and saw an ugly van out there with a middle aged woman reading with a flashlight in there?  What if she was there for two hours? Be honest.  Would you think she didn’t belong there?  Would you call the cops?  Please participate in the poll below.  Thanks!

What Would You Do If You Saw a Person Reading a Book In Her Vehicle at Night Outside Your Home?

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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 Saturday Church and Reading at Night-POLL!

  1. Patti says:

    Honestly, unless she looked like she was in trouble I would leave her be. I would never call the cops or approach the van unless I perceived her to be a threat or be threatened by others.

    We actually have a homeless couple I see who sometimes sleep in the park down the way. I always speak to them, they are usually preparing some food at the time I see them, so I just treat them like anyone else. I am one of those people who speak to others everywhere.

    If she were out and about, I would speak to her without quizzing her, just treat her like anyone else I would meet on the street.

    However, my next door neighbor, would approach her or call the police for sure. He is bothered by everything and thinks everything is his business. His family suffered a tragedy when he was a child, so violent crime is very real to him.

    I think a parking lot would be safer. Particularly one where you might have a child playing sports or attending scouts or youth group or other clubs.

    I have often read or napped in my suv when I had to drive my son to events and he didn’t want me to join in. Never been bothered, and my suv is always dirty and the cargo area screams overprepared (or even hoarder). Lol.

    I have seen homeless people rousted out of retail areas, but never if they had a car that looked fairly normal. They are usually only bothered for begging or approaching others in an aggressive way.

    Hope you figure out something that works for you. Take care.

    • Me says:

      Great response Patti, especially about your neighbor. It just takes one person like that to really screw things up!

  2. Ryu says:

    You’re safer in the busy lot. Good thinking.

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