Saturday, May 10, 2014

Night Two - The N00b Awakens

Night one I realized one thing - I am woefully unable to live in my car. I am not very street smart despite growing up in the projects. It was a safe, friendly projects. I am sure Carmen or Don could have given me some good advice. I am fairly certain they have lived in way worse situations that I was in. I mean let's recap - I have a nice 97 Lexus with comfy leather seats, enough money to get food, a job... It is pretty good life for a hobo.

Logistically I was a mess though. I had clothes. My computer (useless). This was it. No shower. No shave. No changing room. The night was freezing too. It was like 20 degrees. It really gave me some appreciation of what people have to go through. The wife's lawyer had said I could get a hotel and if I did not it was my own fault. However I could not justify the 3-4k a month for a cheap hotel.. it would take money away from my kids. I also was not ready to rejoin society yet. I am not sure I had decided if I was going to run off to Texas and live with ScottyMc, or do something else. Ditch the car and do a walking tour of America? I have no idea what my end game was going to be.

So I started reading. The internet has everything you need and if it does not there is always Dr. Pauly. It is amazing how many sites there are for Hobos. It explains everything you need. It had good ideas like: find a place to shower. Have a coat. Have a dirty clothes bag...

After work I headed off to Sears for supplies. I bought more for myself that night than I have in the last 5 years I think. Only spend like a hundred but bought a duffle bag (40.00),  workout shorts and a shirt.. a Jacket (39.99), and toiletries.. oh and a couple towels. I found the work Gym. I found the showers. So I setup my schedule. I worked out. I froze at night still. I showered in the morning before work.

The first day or so I was a real mess. I smelled like a bum. My hair was greasy. It was not a good path. Reading the Hobo guides I turned it around. Nobody would know I was homeless unless they saw me sleeping in my car which.....


Blogger lightning36 said...

Move to Las Vegas and connect with Tony Bigcharles. He needs someone to keep him from blowing money he wins. Meanwhile, he could show you the ways of those without permanent residences. The possibilities to package and sell this adventure ... limitless.

9:01 AM

Blogger angerisagift said...

dude, i have been living without an official address 4 like 10 years. here is some tips,bro.1) dont buy retail 4 b.s. like duffel bag,sleeping bag,etc,etc go to goodwill and such. here in colorado is the ARC.t-shirt for 2 bucks,jeans 5 bucks,etc,etc.2) showers get a gym membership at a 24 hour gym and/or soup kitchen most have shower signups,3) park at walmart at night .most of them dont give a fuck.4)eat 4 cheap .go to yr local food pantry. good shit 4 nothing. lot of ways to live and eat 4 nothing.ppl waste some much shit it is incredible.

1:39 PM

Blogger angerisagift said...

also craigslist

1:39 PM

Blogger DuggleBogey said...

Is there any chance you can travel for business? Maybe some training? Or a conference? There is always something going on, and every place has a travel budget. Find something out of town and beg to go. At least its a week out of the car.

4:53 PM

Blogger DuggleBogey said...

P.S. if you decide to hit the road point that car to Nashville. I've got a bonus room with a queen bed and a private bathroom. I'll hook you up with a recruiter and have you up and running in no time. If only we could fake your ID somehow. Give it some thought.

5:05 PM


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