Got some good advice from Ryu and Geezer



Geezer:  Debit Card without pin numbers are often also credit cards also and can be used for purchases.  No one checks IDs.

I can’t run a business from a pay phone.

Like I might have said…I am trying to straddle completely destitute and working class.  To be working class, it helps to have certain things; certain things that cost money.

I think the straddling is part of the problem.  Perhaps I need to make a decision to either embrace destituteness-get rid of my van, forget about working and just live “free” or get a real job, real car, real home.  The in-between place is pretty difficult to keep together.

OR,,,,,maybe I’m just having a setback because of losing my wallet.

Another big problem MIGHT be getting a duplicate of my license.  Calipornia want’s to know your physical address.  I think they MAIL your new license to whatever physical address you tell them.

I REALLY need my wallet back.  If I can’t drive, I’m hosed.  I have asked a couple of friends in the past if I can use their address for this purpose but they won’t let me.  Too honest.  They are nice people.  Too nice maybe.



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6 Responses to Well….

  1. Geezer says:

    “Geezer: Debit Card without pin numbers are often also credit cards also and can be used for purchases. No one checks IDs.” ,. sorry for that one , it’s different here.
    “I can’t run a business from a pay phone.” , I was thinking about the reporting of loss more than anything.
    Since I’m thinking of doing the same thing as you ( forgive me if I seem verbose ) , Parts of the U.S. it’s legal ( sort of ) to use a rental P.O.box as your address , not sure if thats the case in California ( If I’m saying things you already know , I apologize ) , my thoughts on prepping for this kind of life
    A pocket computer , ( cheap smart phone or tablet ,then install skype and/or voip type telephony ), personally , I don’t have a phone nor want one ,but everyone’s needs are different , you likely need a more immediate means of communications than I.
    I mentioned earlier to rent a spot and extension cord , that would give you an c/o address maybe your friends can help you that way?!?
    Make copies of your ( renewed whenever ) documents , and copies as well to put somewhere safe , ( bank safe box , friends , whatever works )

    Yes , what you do is more difficult than a pure homeless ,totally destitute person , if it were easy everyone would be doing it , but then you’d be the type that the cops hassle all the time , and have a bad name , At least you have a chance for pride to exist.
    For what its worth , most full timers ( this is a RV thing ) manage to generate income thru retirement , or online business or all the money makers you mentioned on a previous post , on a small scale. Others go work at a job for a few weeks , make enough to last two or three months , then quit.
    I’m only talking atm , because it’s easy to focus too hard on one way ( I once went several months of bad times , never even thought of welfare, lost almost everything )
    Feel free to ignore me ( BTW , I think you need a donate button )
    Good luck

    • Me says:

      You have really been on the money with a lot of your advice so please don’t stop giving it Geezer. I have done a little research on the net and it DOES appear that in this state they REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to know where you live. I am sure that is why non-drivers here are REQUIRED by law to have an identification card. It’s wrong but they have the guns so not much I can do is there?

  2. Lynn says:

    Losing a wallet is a PITA. It is so hard to get everything back and takes forever.

    I don’t know how things are in the US but up here in my city, we have these stores that sell office space for people that want to operate a business but don’t want to use their home (or car) to work in. For example, you could rent the office space on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 – 2:00, also they are open 24/7 so you always have access and would have an office address. Do you have anything like that?

    Being destitute, you don’t want to go there!!!

    • Me says:

      I have considered renting an office space that would also double as a business address. I have a feeling DMV would flag it though if I tried to use it as a residential address.

      Trouble is, if you go into dmv asking these questions, you are going to be immediately suspect. DMV in California is VERY powerful now. It is not just involved with driving it is IDENTIFICATION and keeping tabs on people so I need to have my ducks in a row before I walk in there.

  3. B says:

    In San Diego, one of the social services (don’t know which one) will provide a street address for homeless people, for job-hunt purposes. Can you find something like that?

    • Me says:

      There is a place here that will do it for ID Card purposes. I guess I should ask them if anyone has successfully used their address for a driver’s license.

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